Craiglist’s for-sale listings hit 15 million in March, almost double a year ago, as people sell off stuff in an effort to make ends meet. [AP]

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  1. ElizabethD says:

    Crazy times. I’m storing the few worthwhile heirlooms I’d planned to sell on eBay this year, and will wait for the next upswing in the economy.

  2. bobpence says:

    I never noticed the AP citing the long-term steady decline in classified advertising as a sign of economic nirvana. Nor were past notices of Craiglist’s rise — a year ago, my area was barely represented — been seen until now as a sign of dark economic times, but as a sign of, well, Craiglist’s rise.

    And eBay seems to be having a lull, which of course is being blamed on fewer buyers. I suppose a rise would be blamed on motivated sellers?

    Pish, we’re not in a recession and I see no reason to talk ourselves into one.

  3. Buran says:

    I was one of them, but I was just giving away some old car seats from a past car mod project. I didn’t charge. I said “whoever comes and gets them from my driveway gets them”.

  4. BlogFather says:

    Everybody’s selling stuff. I live in a rural area and even when I drive down a country road I see for sale signs on EVERYTHING!

  5. @ BlogFather

    Yeah … especially those ridiculously big SUV’s that everyone bought 3-4 years ago, and now can’t give away.

  6. JiminyChristmas says:

    I think Craigslist could just be benefitting from general eBay fatigue. You don’t have to read too much Consumerist to have seen the stories about scams, getting screwed by PayPal, and eBay jacking up seller’s fees.

  7. unklegwar says:

    People finally realizing they overspent on crap, and now trying to unload said crap on people who haven’t gotten the clue yet.

    Personally, I’m patrolling for a used electric guitar. I just *know* one of these days I’ll come across some pissed off chick selling her recently-ex-boyfriend’s axe for cheap. :-)

  8. snoop-blog says:

    @TakingItSeriously: Well people in my area never got the memo I guess because I sell used cars for a living and suv’s are selling like hot cakes, and have been ever since I started 2 years ago.

    From my personal experience, 9 out of every 10 purchases made buying a car are pure impulse; no common sense at all! Most people get too excited and talk themselves into doing stupid things. Even if I sat there and told them how crappy the gas mileage is, and that the (insert compact car here) is waaay more affordable, it’s like that makes them want the suv more! They don’t want to go into debt for something they don’t want, and unfortunately almost all compact cars look and feel cheap and disposable.

  9. LatherRinseRepeat says:

    I think those numbers will keep rising. I’m still a little surprised how many people DON’T know about Craigslist. And let’s not forget about freecycle.org and other trading sites.

    Spread the word!

  10. stopNgoBeau says:

    Is this just the Consumerist’s or the AP’s opinion of why Craigslist is at an all time high?

    Perhaps people are doing so well that they have decided to UPGRADE their exisitng crap and want to offload it? (Not that I belive this is the case, just being the devil with his advocate)

    Besides, if people aren’t buying, people wouldn’t be selling. It does take two to tango, in this case.

  11. QuantumRiff says:

    I ag@JiminyChristmas: I couldn’t agree more. Not only are there no “fees” that the seller has to pay to sell something (those really, really add up) but the fact that you can search locally is a huge plus. This past weekend, I put on craigslist that I had a trampoline and 30 cinder blocks somebody could have for free. Within 2 hours, they were gone from my house. (and I live in a really small town). I have a motorcycle listed for sale on craigslist (Need a bike with a back seat). I have had lots of people call and want to come look at it. That is almost impossible with ebay.

  12. ideagirl says:

    @bobpence: Not sure what country you live in, but where I am (Northern California, USA) there is definitely a recession on. Large and small businesses are dropping like flies, houses in foreclosure or up for fire sale all over town (the house across the street from me was foreclosed on in Jan., it is now selling for $150,000 less than it sold for three years ago), everyone I know who works for hourly has had their hours cut. Even the company I work for, always pretty stable, for the first time in it’s history had to put payroll on hold for two days last month because sales are so slow we didn’t have the cash.

    Like I said, glad things are going well in your country. No need to talk yourself into something that doesn’t exist.

  13. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @snoop-blog: Same here. RepoMan’s gonna have to pry the SUVs from my neighbor’s cold, dead fingers before they’ll give them up. There are four houses on my street alone that have gone into foreclosure in the past six months, yet the late model SUVs are crowding the freeways.

    @Buran: I don’t even bother with Craigslist anymore. I just put my old crap out on the sidewalk and it’s gone by morning. Doesn’t matter what it is: old bookshelves, broken electronics, clothes, books, kitchen gadgets, the top half of a trellis, bricks from an abandoned yard project … the nice scavenger fairies take everything. It’s awesome. My garage hasn’t been this clean since I moved in.

  14. The article has great news: There are alternatives to eBay! eBizAuctions.com, AuctionPal.com, LiveDeal.com…

  15. Imaginary_Friend says:

    Totally off topic, but can someone PLEASE do something about that Gawker banner on the left? It’s f*ing creepy! That woman’s eyes follow you no matter where you go! Yeek.

  16. Geekybiker says:

    Well I’ve been using craigslist alot more recently just because I’m tired of all the fees that ebay has. I provide the merchandise and all the labor. ebay makes more money than I do.

  17. Buran says:

    @snoop-blog: Tell that to the VW GTI. Feels like it should cost twice as much.

  18. Buran says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: Got your attention, huh?

    Just block it.

  19. Buran says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: Maybe I can ditch a microwave I replaced recently because its performance is sucky now…

  20. telepheedian says:

    I’m sorry, but they were probably mostly scams. I just did a day’s worth of craigslisting for cars, ended up with a bunch of shady emails and links to fake “escrow” sites.

  21. StevenJohn says:

    And how many of those Craig’s listings are scams, p_rn offerings, crapola and trash?

    My guess is 75%

  22. humphrmi says:

    @snoop-blog: Here’s the memo: [www.automotiveworld.com]

  23. humphrmi says:

    @humphrmi: Sorry, that was a registration-required site. Here’s another article, not the same one, but the gist of it’s the same:

    [publications.mediapost.com]

  24. homerjay says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: Yeah, those “Gawker Artists” sure could use a day job. Especially “hairy skinny closed-eyes guy”

  25. coolkiwilivin says:

    As people have been saying, Ebay is a major hassle. You nickle and dimed to death and then you have to deal with payment and let’s not even talk about if a package gets lost. My wife has sold a ton of our old books through Amazon. It’s cheap but they are so stingy with shipping. the PO lost two books but since Amazon gave us crap for shipping they had no insurance.

    As for No Cal, here’s a clue, make laws that are friendly to business. The state is obscenely expensive to live and do business in and then you penalize the crap out of companies. I’m not saying a company can’t be responsible but it’s a whole other step to treat them like they are the criminals.

  26. TechnoDestructo says:

    @LatherRinseRepeat:

    Seriously. I don’t think my dad knew about it before a year and a half ago, and he still doesn’t seem to understand the concept. Also he still refers to it as “that craig-list thing.”

  27. whatdoyoucare says:

    @unklegwar: you should try freecycle. I know that people in my freecycle group have asked and received electric guitars. Freecycle is great.

  28. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @Buran: I would, but the Gawker blogs are one of the few domains where I actually don’t block the ads (some of them are actually entertaining in their own right). That woman was creeping me out though and she’d been riding the page for far too long anyway.

    Back on topic: Up until a few weeks ago, I was honestly surprised that eBay hadn’t f*ed up Craigslist yet. I thought, time’s a-wastin’! What are they waiting for? And then this happened:

    [finance.yahoo.com]

    Figures.

  29. Snarkysnake says:

    @Geekybiker:

    Sadly, the posters that are calling out Ebay are right. It’s definitely NOT worth the hassle anymore.Here was a good idea fucked up by Wall Street types.

    On a cheery note- The successor to Ebay is being thought of,started up or already exists. As long as there is profit to be made,someone will give the small and infrequent sellers a place to go…

  30. ian937262 says:

    These people are just fucking idiots that are over spending and living out of their means. If you need to sell a family heirloom teakettle for $6 on eBay then you need to reevaluate your living situation / spending habits. Also, you could perhaps moonlite at an easy retail job for 8$ dollars an hour maybe 10 hours a week. that’s 300 extra a month

  31. SybilDisobedience says:

    @TechnoDestructo: I can relate. My mother refers to it as “that Greg List.”

    And one of my officemates refers to TiVo as “Teebo,” and I haven’t the heart to correct her.

  32. mgresser says:

    We wrote about this the other day. We saw a similar phenomenon in the last Bush recession, where people were selling off anything and everything. There were many who talked about it as if we’d all become small businessmen, but in reality we were all flat broke. It’s just more of the same. You can read more at Impatient Sufferance.

    [impatientsufferance.com]

  33. @BlogFather: I’m interestedly waiting for garage sale season to start. Garage sales are big around here; I’m curious to see if they’re bigger this year than in the past.

    @Imaginary_Friend: I love my scavenger (I have a regular neighborhood scavenger); he absolves me of recycling guilt when I don’t have a vehicle big enough to move some piece of junk or don’t know where to recycle it. When I have scavengables I make sure to leave them out the night before because he usually comes by at the ass crack of dawn. He’s a very nice, fairly recent immigrant. I’d leave him cookies but he gets a little jumpy when people come out to actually talk to him, I guess because some folks are weird about scavengers. I’m like, “Rock on, scavenger man!”

    @whatdoyoucare: Depends on your local group. Mine is WILDLY dysfunctional. It’s all people demanding things, hardly anyone giving things, and if you offer something, a set of about a dozen hoarders who spend ALL DAY reading the list snap it up and take it (I assume to resell). It’s terrible.