1. Lesson & Report
1. Go to www.Craigslist.org
2. Choose your city by clicking on the name
3. Click post to classifieds in the upper left corner
4. Log in to your existing account or click sign up for account in order to create one.
5. Select the type of posting you will be creating. For this lesson we’ll select for sale.
6. Choose what category your item would fit into. For this lesson we’ll select appliances by owner.
7. Enter in the posting title, price, location, and description. Make sure to select if you would like your email address to appear in the reply to field.
8. If you have images to add click the add/edit images and upload your photos.
9. You’ll now see a preview of your ad. Make sure to proof read your ad for accuracy. Click continue if everything is correct.
10. After selecting continue you will receive an email asking you to confirm your email address and advertisement. Click on the link in the email to have your ad go live for all of the world to see. Good job you have know successfully posted an advertisement on Craigslist!
Important Considerations to Keep in Mind When Creating an Advertisement
- Make sure to read the terms and conditions in order to ensure that your post is within the guidelines.
- Adding a photo of an image will increase the likelihood of a quick sale.
- Be sure to post your ad in the correct category to avoid having it flagged. When an ad is flagged by other users it is removed from the site and will not be visible to potential buyers.
Safety Tips & Ways to Avoid Scams
Craigslist is a fabulous website with a lot of wonderful people, however since you are meeting people often for the first time below are a few safety tips to keep in mind (Craigslist Safety Page, 2012).
- Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe
- Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home
- Be especially careful when buying/selling high value items
- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going
- Take your cell phone along if you have one
- Consider having a friend accompany you
- Trust your instincts
Along with these personal safety tips Craigslist also recommends the following for avoiding scammers (Craigslist Scammer Page, 2012).
- Deal locally with people you can meet in person
- NEVER wire funds via Western Union, Money Gram or any other wire service
- Be aware of fake cashier’s checks & money orders. Both of these payment types are common. Banks will cash them and you personally will be held reliable when the fake is discovered
- Never give out your financial information
- Do not rent a home sight unseen or purchase an item until you have looked at it
For this project I used my Dell notebook in order to access the internet and log into my Craigslist account. I used a Microsoft Word document in order to type up my report and then I copied and pasted it into my blog. I thought that the best images to use for this project would be screenshots. I used the Snipping Tool in order to capture my screenshots. I then saved them as an image and uploaded them into the blog. I think that capturing the screenshots, editing them, saving them, and then uploading them took the greatest amount of time and was rather tedious. I definitely see the added benefit of having images included in our lesson plans however so I feel as if this part of the assignment was worth the amount of time I spent on it. I also used the internet to search for tips and tricks on how to post items along with searching for additional information about Craig.
Since I am familiar with Craigslist there were not any real obstacles that I had to overcome. I did noticed that I paid more attention to the steps that I was having to take and I explored the website more to ensure that I was posting in the most conventional way. I will definitely use this technology in the future using the same methods that I listed in the lesson plan. Craigslist does a great job of creating a user friendly platform that makes for a rather easy posting experience.