can someone please tell me...How in the hell Craigslist makes any money?
It's the single-most effective online advertising tool on the web today, as far as I'm concerned. And it's totally free. It's conspicuously free of any ad support whatsoever, and I use it as the shining example whenever I try to explain to someone why user-driven content is king right now. (MySpace isn't for everybody, after all)
The other night I put on ad in the Vancouver vehicle classifieds on the site, and within minutes my phone was ringing, and I was getting emails like crazy. First thing the next morning, I guy came by and gave me my full asking price for my car; while my phone kept ringing. I had to rush upstairs after he left to delete the ad, but still the calls came trickling in.
I subscribe to the RSS feeds for work leads as well, and if things ever slow down for me, you can bet I'll be posting ads for Tell Ten Friends' services as well.
I just can't believe that after getting so much value from a site, I have yet to pay a nickel, or be subjected to even one banner ad with talking emoticons, etc.
I guess what I'm saying is, I love Craigslist. I even like how when you bookmark it, it leaves a little "peace sign" icon. Maybe it will be free forever.
Peace and love, Craig.