We would not be shocked if someone took this person up on their offer to rent out their Subaru for $1,800/night.

Sleeping In This Guy’s Car For $1,800/Night Might Be A Better Deal Than Other Super Bowl Rentals

Though this year’s Super Bowl is irrelevant because of its lack of Eagles, there are apparently still enough people out there who want to attend the festivities that the illegal short-term lease market is booming in New Orleans. [More]

(The Joy of the Mundane)

Consumers Now Feeling The Pain Of Post-Holiday Gift Card Scams

Back in December, we told you about how scammers could take money from your gift card before you even get a chance to use it. Now that people are trying to cash in those cards, they’re feeling the sting of finding out they have a zero balance. [More]

(Ninja M.)

Posting An Item On Craigslist As “Free” Before You Steal It Doesn’t Mean It’s Actually Free

When I was two years old and sitting in my stroller while my mom checked out at the grocery store, I did not tell her, “Hey, Mom? I’m about to grab this candy bar and shove it in my mouth,” because that is an easy way to get caught. Police in New Hampshire say three thieving suspects weren’t so smooth, and instead would post items as up for grabs on Craigslist that they intended to steal, and then went out and stole them. [More]

(design boner)

Finding Or Being A Loan Co-Signer On Craigslist Doesn’t Sound Like The Best Idea

Asking strangers to help you in exchange for money always carries a bit of risk, but for those people who don’t have good enough credit to qualify the loans they need, sometimes it seems there’s no other choice. In a sign of continued hard times, some cash-strapped folks are posting ads on Craigslist seeking a loan co-signer to help them out of a jam. [More]

Bar Owner Buys Entire Texas Town, Renames It “Bikinis, TX”

Bar Owner Buys Entire Texas Town, Renames It “Bikinis, TX”

The man behind the Texas-based Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill chain of eateries — so named for its servers’ barely-there attire — has purchased an entire abandoned town off Craigslist and named it after the restaurant, all with the goal of transforming the ghost town into a tourist destination. [More]

Padmapper listings on a Google Map

Craigslist Shuts Down Services That Make Craigslist More Useful

Padmapper is a site that takes housing listings from Craigslist and other sites and plots them on a map. That sounds like a very simple thing, but it makes searching for a new home easier by many orders of magnitude. Craigslist, though, doesn’t like people scraping its data and monetizing it–even if the use of that data sends lots and lots of traffic right to Craigslist. [More]

Man Steals His Bike Back From The Guy Who Stole It From Him

Man Steals His Bike Back From The Guy Who Stole It From Him

A vigilant vigilante went after his property with a vengeance in Washington, D.C., after a thief made off with his bike. Police couldn’t respond fast enough, so this guy did what any bicycle-loving property owner would do — he tracked his bike down and took back what was his. Turnabout is fair play, right? [More]

Scammers Using Real Vacation Rental Info To Trick Victims Out Of Thousands

As people have gotten wiser to the obvious hallmarks of online scams, the scammers have had to step up their game in order to keep making a dishonest buck. And now that people begin thinking about their upcoming summer vacation rentals, these scammers are prepared with the latest in darned-close-to-realistic-but-still-fake realty listings. [More]

Milwaukee Police Invite You To Conduct Your Craigslist Transactions At Their Station For Safety's Sake

Milwaukee Police Invite You To Conduct Your Craigslist Transactions At Their Station For Safety's Sake

In an attempt to cut down on back alley Craigslist deals gone awry, Milwaukee cops are opening the doors of one police station to quell the surge of recent robberies by having transactions go down under the station’s roof. Better there than behind the dumpster at the gas station, right? [More]

Craig Newmark Talks To Us About SOPA: "Things Can Go Bad Real Fast"

Craig Newmark Talks To Us About SOPA: "Things Can Go Bad Real Fast"

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has been a vocal opponent of SOPA and PIPA with good reason: According to Newmark, if the bills as currently written were passed into law, “any site with any kind of user provided content could be shut down easily. For example, Wikipedia, Amazon, craigslist. Any media site with commenting.” In an email interview with Consumerist, Newmark (who is also a member of the Board of Directors of our parent company) warned that, despite White House opposition, and recent changes to the bills to limit DNS filtering, consumers should still be concerned. [More]

Friends Of Rental Scam Victims Go Undercover To Nab Scammer

Friends Of Rental Scam Victims Go Undercover To Nab Scammer

A couple in California recently got taken for several hundred dollars by a woman pretending to be a landlord. So to help catch the baddy, a pair of friends went undercover to help police nab the alleged scammer. Thankfully, a news crew was also there to get it on videotape. [More]

Southwest Passenger Uses Craigslist To Track Down Stolen Laptop

Southwest Passenger Uses Craigslist To Track Down Stolen Laptop

This story is useful in two ways. First, as an example of how you can utilize freely available online tools to help yourself when others won’t. And second, as yet another example of why you should never, ever check your laptop on a flight. [More]

Man Finds Parts Of His Stolen 1949 Ford Shoebox On Craigslist

Man Finds Parts Of His Stolen 1949 Ford Shoebox On Craigslist

Craigslist is a great place to find stuff. Like parts from the 1949 Ford Shoebox that was stolen from your driveway. [More]

Photographer Looking For People To Do Their Jobs For Free

Photographer Looking For People To Do Their Jobs For Free

Deciding to turn the tables, one Atlanta photographer has posted an ad to the talent gigs section of Craigslist looking for people to do their jobs for him for free. “I am a photographer and since people are always looking for free shoots I assume that they must also do their job, or provide their services, for free,” the post reads. “Just think, you will gain more experience, and I will put the word out for you and let everyone know what wonderful work you do.” Here’s the full ad. [More]

If Your Craigslist Ad Says "Everything's Free," Don't Be Shocked When People Start Stealing Your Stuff

If Your Craigslist Ad Says "Everything's Free," Don't Be Shocked When People Start Stealing Your Stuff

A woman in Boulder, CO, has learned a tough lesson about being more precise with the wording of her Craigslist ads… and about locking her house, after her plan to give away some unwanted items devolved into looting. [More]

Craigslist Isn't Giving Away $1000 Apple Gift Cards, Either

Craigslist Isn't Giving Away $1000 Apple Gift Cards, Either

We’ve already established that Craigslist isn’t giving away free iPads to randomly selected people who post ads. But the weird scam just keeps going. Uyen first received the “Free iPad” e-mail after posting an ad on Craigslist, but realized that it was clearly too good to be true, did some research, and found Consumerist. Yay! Then someone–no one is quite sure who–sent a follow-up e-mail with a different, but inexplicably more lucrative deal. Sorry, kids, but cynical Uyen is right: this one’s too good to be true, too. [More]

Craigslist Says "Cesspool" Study Is "False And Defamatory"

Craigslist Says "Cesspool" Study Is "False And Defamatory"

A new study calls Craigslist a “cesspool” of crime — a study that Craiglist says was paid for by the competition and which it calls “false and defamatory.” [More]

Ignore People On Craigslist Asking You To Halve Your Prices

Ignore People On Craigslist Asking You To Halve Your Prices

One of the first annoying things you figure out when you try to sell a few things on Craigslist is that there’s these people who just seem to go around asking you to halve your price. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or what the price is, invariably someone pops up and says “How about half? I’ll pick it up tonight.” Over at Blogging Away Debt she talks about how she said no to one of these price choppers, even though her husband got angry. Then she ended up relisting at a higher price and selling it. Win! [More]