How Craigslist Works

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How Craigslist Works

  1. 1. <The Craigslist Network> Each craigslist site focuses on a specific community. Craigslist only listed classifieds and announcements within San Francisco. As the service grew in popularity, expanding well beyond founder Craig Newmark's original concept, craigslist added other cities to its network. Today, more than 450 cities have a craigslist community site. <Craigslist Financials> Craigslist started as a pet project but blossomed into a full-fledged company. Craigslist incorporated as a for-profit organization in 1999. The company also purchased the domain craigslist.com to prevent anyone from buying it and misleading craigslist members. Craigslist has expanded to cover more cities and communities, becoming a powerful financial force in the process. <Craigslist Controversy> Craigslist community is weeding out scam artists. The site has a section describing common scam tactics and what users should do. Scams might involve fake money orders or checks, bait-and-switch schemes (in which you think you're getting one thing but end up with another), phishing schemes designed to obtain personal information, identity theft schemes and other unethical and illegal activities.

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