Craigslist Tutorial for everyone!

So.  You have a piano sitting in your dining room that never gets played.  You have a bed that’s tucked away in storage.  You have a car that you need to sell.  You wish desperately that you could easily sell these items without paying someone to display your ad somewhere, but you don’t know what to do!

Paging Mr. Craig on isle 4, Mr. Craig on isle 4, please

Craig’s list, that is.  Craig is a man from San Francisco who decided to make a very simple and free website, called, to allow people in his same town to easily buy and sell just about anything, back in 1995.  Initially, the service was only available for San Francisco (the Bay Area, specifically); however, it has grown to almost every major city in the U.S. nowadays.  The beauty of the service is that it is localized, i.e. the ads you see will be posted by people within a 50 mile radius (give or take) of you, so you can go look at the item before buying.  No more sending money on the internet and then wondering whether your item will actually show up!  Conversely, if you’re selling something, its much nicer to deal with local buyers, rather than to have to worry about shipping something.

Right about now, you’re probably thinking that you don’t know anything about computers, and aren’t comfortable with selling things on the internet, even if it is craigslist.  Wrong!  A few weeks ago, I showed my slightly computer-challenged mother (no offense Mom!) how to post an ad on craigslist.  She was selling a canoe.  Within only 5 hours, the thing had sold!  Oh man, was she hooked!  Since that time, my mom has sold or helped friends sell nearly a dozen things through craigslist!

Good for her, but I’m not your mom, genius.  How are you going to teach me?

I thought you’d never ask.  For your viewing pleasure, I have created a video which goes through all of the steps required to post something on craigslist.  This is just the first in a series of videos I plan on creating about craigslist.. Video #1 is all you really need to post something on craigslist, while the future videos will be tutorials on how to make your ads look nicer, and have more and bigger pictures on them.  

Hope you enjoy! Please leave comments if you think this video rocks, or if you think it sucks, and you want me to do it differently somehow.


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  1. UC
    Posted June 23, 2008 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Outstanding job! Thank you. UC

  2. Posted November 23, 2008 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks, helped out a great deal!


  3. Posted January 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Finally I got busy and searched for some help. Yours is the first
    tutorial and I can certainly understand how your mom was able to do so well. Your lesson was clear, concise and right to the point.
    Thank you. You are a good son.

    Where can I find the additional tutorials you mentioned you were
    going to create? Trish

  4. B
    Posted January 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Trish. Ihave visited many tutorials and yours was very helpful and well done. Thank YOu!

  5. Posted April 21, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Excellent Basic tutorial! This will be my first time selling on Craig’s List. I have confidence I can sell my items successfully. Pat

  6. Annette
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you made it so simple, Craigs list tutorial for dummies… thannks!!! :-)

  7. Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh Craigslist.. where to even begin.. I used to like craigslist, but has anyone noticed that it’s becoming very difficult to post your ad on Craigslist lately? I have always used craigslist to sell my old stuff when I need extra cash, but lately the craigslist spammers have made things nearly impossible for the rest of us. Maybe it is just me? What do you guys think?

  8. Linda
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t used it yet, but this tutorial looks very useful! Thanks!

  9. New2Craigslist
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Nice simple tutoria Jeff! How do I keep my ad at the top of the list?


  10. Warren
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Excellent totorial!

  11. Posted May 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Very helpful tutorial.

    Thank you very much for you work.

  12. Linda
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Everywhere else life is so complicated. Now let’s see how I do. Thank you Jeff.

  13. Posted October 11, 2011 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks Man, We appreciate the help, Dave

  14. Posted February 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Great Tutorial! Thanks Man!

  15. jangmi
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I’m from the Philippines and i need to post on craigslist in california. what should i do to prevent it from being ghosted?

  16. Linda
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much! I have been wanting to list something for over 3 weeks and couldn’t get anyone to help me. I finally Googled “how to list on Craigslist for Dummies”. Your tutorial came up and it was AWESOME!

  17. k srikala
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    thanks, very helpful tutorial. explanations are excellent

  18. SANDRA
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    very helpful! I just listed my first ad, easy peasy! that for your time and effort to help us out here in the big world.

  19. dl721
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Very helpful and clear introduction; thanks

  20. Theodore Cokkinos
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a very concise and informative introduction.

  21. Susan Gibbs
    Posted September 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Your video was awesome!! Thanks so much!!

  22. Posted June 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, it seems so simple that even I can understand it. We shall see.

  23. Kristie Blumenschein
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Perfectly simple, consise, and relevant. Thanks!

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