Move over eBay

By Abigail Keefe
December 8, 2005

Vacationing in Florida when your favorite band’s playing there? Need tickets to tonight’s hockey game? Have extra junk that you want to get rid of? can help.

Surely you could try eBay, but a not-so-new online community has created an “alternative to impersonal, big-media sites” and has provided a place where it is about “keeping things simple, common-sense, down-to-earth, honest, very real,” according to craigslist’s “What We’re About” section.

In 1995 Craig Newmark decided he wanted to be able to tell people about events in his local San Francisco area and friends convinced him to keep his posting site down-to-earth like he was. Word spread quickly and a has become a sort of forum for everything from tickets to jobs to mattresses for sale to personal ads and events.

Craigslist is a no-hassle stop for browsing, selling and buying and can be used whenever, wherever and no updating your account is ever needed.

Unlike eBay, there are no posting fees and, if selling, there is no step-by-step process. Choose the item you want to sell, what area you’re selling from, write a description and post. Items can be bid on or be listed as a set price. Craigslist is set up so people interested can email via craigslist so no personal email is ever given. Phone numbers can also be listed for those last-minute things like the tickets to tonight’s game.

Craigslist is apparently growing from its SanFran-events listings and may eventually rise to eBay status, but like Craig states, “personal and down-to-earth nature.”

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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