View Full Version : Craigs List question

Rick Potter
12-16-2014, 5:09 PM
How does CL make their money? I don't see any ads.

Maybe by selling my looking habits to some list?

Rich Harkrader
12-16-2014, 5:46 PM
They charge employers for posting job listings. They may charge others, but I know they charge for job listings.

Myk Rian
12-16-2014, 6:10 PM
Also funded by Ebay. 25% owner.

Matt Day
12-16-2014, 6:55 PM
Ads for cars and trucks for sale cost $5 to post as well.

Mike Chance in Iowa
12-17-2014, 10:20 AM
Ads for cars and trucks for sale cost $5 to post as well.

This may be for dealerships, but by-owner vehicle sales & vehicle part sales are free.

Matt Day
12-17-2014, 10:29 AM
Thanks for the clarification Mike. I've never sold a car on CL but I noticed the fee note when posting an ad one day.

Brian Elfert
12-17-2014, 10:44 AM
Craigslist charges $75 for job postings in San Francisco, $25 for job postings in six other markets, and $10 for a broker to post an apartment in New York City. I see they are now charging for $5 for dealers to post car ads and for dealers to post tickets for sale.

The company has supposedly never made a profit and just breaks even. They must be doing okay as they currently have a number of job openings in San Francisco. They offer a list of benefits that rivals what Google offers.

Rick Potter
12-17-2014, 3:20 PM
Thanks guys,

Very interesting.

Steve Peterson
12-18-2014, 2:53 PM
Didn't they also start charging fees for personal adds? This would make sense, since supposedly most of them involve some type of money exchange.

If Ebay is a partial owner, then why has it not been completely commercialized?

I do remember the original "Craig's List" back in the early 90s. It was just an email listing of concerts in the SF bay area.


Brian Elfert
12-18-2014, 3:19 PM
I don't see any charges for personal ads. They did starting charging for "adult services" ads in 2010, but not long afterward they stopped doing "adult services" ads altogether.

Wade Lippman
12-18-2014, 4:16 PM
I have twice gotten invoices for $0 after listing something. That suggests they are at least thinking about charging. I hope not!

Terry Wawro
12-19-2014, 9:18 AM
It is my understanding (could be right, could be wrong) that the original "Craig" wants it to stay as free a service as possible. Ebay just purchased a part of it so they could make sure it would never become a big competitor.

A "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer" type of thing.