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Craigslist Reviews

Average: • 2.0 / 5 (by 4 Users) for Craigslist   View Add

As of March, 23 2018, Craigslist shut down the personals section of their service. This was effective immediatly for the Craigslist website serving the United States only. Other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom will continue to operation their personals section. The shutdown of the US version of the personals section was in response to the US Congress passing FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) which seeks to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties misuse online personals unlawfully. For more information on the shutdown you can read this story.

This is a review for only the online personals section of which is only available in countries other than the United States. The personals section of Craigslist is broken down into nine main categories (women seeking men, men seeking women, etc.) and two other categories (miscellaneous romance and adult services). Some of these categories also have sub-categories. Craigslist is known for being a free and easy-to-use classifieds website, making it a popular website.

Craigslist first started as an email list for events in San Francisco in 1995 by Craig Newmark. In almost 15 years this classifieds website has grown to become the seventh largest English language website. Every month Craigslist (not just the online personals section) gets more than 20 billion page views from over 50 million users in the United States alone. This results in 40 million classified ads being posted every month.

The one big problem with Craigslist is you have to be very careful of scams and fraud. Since it is a free service, it does tend to attract criminals looking for an easy target. Please read Craigslist personal safety tips before posting or replying to any ads (see Page).

Positives of Craigslist

  • It is completely free to use, with the only exception being the adult services
  • Very simple to use
  • Large number of users and personal ads posted every day

Negatives of Craigslist

  • Study shows 84% of Craigslist personal ads are fake (see Story)
  • Huge problems of prostitutes posting ads (see Story)
  • A number of murders and kidnappings have been linked to Craigslist personal ads recently (see Story)
  • There are not a lot of features to make it easy to find the type of personal classified ad you are looking

At a Glance

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, International
Member Numbers:
50,000,000 ?
Cost per Month:
Free to $10 per posting
Membership Types:
Free - Complete

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Craigslist Free Membership

  • Yes
  • Included:
    • Create a posting (expires in seven days)
      • First step - select type of relationship you are looking for
        • Platonic, long term, sex, etc.
      • Second step - select relationship type
        • Men seeking women, women seeking men, men seeking men, etc.
      • Third step - select your location
        • When first visiting Craigslist, you select the country and city you want; this third step in posting further refines your location and neighborhood
        • Neighborhood can be skipped, but your posting may not show up in by-location searches
      • Fourth step - posting
        • Specify the title of your post
        • Specify your age and email address
        • Write a description for your post
        • Add up to four images
    • Searching
    • Viewing of posts and photos
    • Communicating with posters of online personal ads

Relationship Types Allowed

  • Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Couple

Your Relationship Status

  • Single
  • In a Relationship
  • Married
  • Separated
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

Relationships You can Find

  • Casual
  • Dating

Craigslist Costs

  • Prices last confirmed June 6, 2017. Please check Craigslist for most recent pricing. All prices in USD unless specified otherwise. Prices may differ based on location, time of purchase, or access point (this can include device used and/or if accessed from a website or app)
  • It is completely free to search all ads and to communicate with the poster
  • It is free to post an online personals ad in all categories with the exception of adult services (in the US only)
  • As of September 15, 2010 adult services section has been closed for good (see Story)
  • Adult services posting
    • Adult services use to be called erotic services (US only, in other countries still called erotic)
    • Restrictions include:
      • Ads will be reviewed in the order received for compliance with posting guidelines and the Craigslist Terms of Use
      • Once submitted, ads cannot be edited
      • Adult services category may be used only for advertising legal services
      • Ads suggesting or implying an exchange of sexual favors for money are strictly prohibited
      • Ads including pornographic images or images suggestive of an offer of sexual favors are strictly prohibited
    • Costs in US dollars:
      • $10 per online personals ad, $5 to repost. You are only charged if the personals ad is approved
    • All ads expire seven days after posting
    • Most major credit cards are accepted for payment of posting

Craigslist Viewing & Communication Features

  • Posts
    • When searching or viewing, posts are always listed by date with the newest first
    • All search results includes date of post, title, age, location and if a picture is included or not
    • Most posts are community moderated; you can flag postings as prohibited or as spam
    • Not allowed to post phone numbers, email addresses, or URLs in personals ads
  • Images
    • Craigslist has implemented the PICS content labeling system to assist parents and others who may be interested in content filtering
    • Four images may be uploaded per posting
  • Messages
    • Uses Craigslist email addresses for all online posts. For ad posters, this means your email address remains anonymous until you reply back
  • Date of posting (default sort order)
  • Age range
  • Text
    • Enter text to search for in a posting description and/or title
  • Location
    • You can search by country, state/province and city
    • If needed you can specify a neighborhood in the city
  • Can filter postings by whether an image is included

Other Craigslist Information

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to post in the Craigslist personals section
  • Relationship Types - additional available types beyond what is listed above
    • Strictly platonic
    • Misc romance
    • Casual encounters
      • w4m (woman seeking man)
      • m4m (man seeking man)
      • m4w (man seeking woman)
      • w4w (woman seeking woman)
      • t4m (transvestite seeking man)
      • m4t (man seeking transvestite)
      • mw4mw (man and woman seeking man and woman)
      • mw4w (man and woman seeking woman)
      • mw4m (man and woman seeking man)
      • w4mw (woman seeking man and woman)
      • m4mw (man seeking man and woman)
      • w4ww (woman seeking woman and woman)
      • m4mm (man seeking man and man)
      • mm4m (man and man seeking man)
      • ww4w (woman and woman seeking woman)
      • ww4m (woman and woman seeking man)
      • mm4w (man and an seeking woman)
      • m4ww (man seeking woman and woman)
      • w4mm (woman seeking man and man)
      • t4mw (transvestite seeking man and woman)
      • mw4t (man and woman seeking transvestite)
    • Missed connections
    • Rants and raves
    • Adult Services in the US (which has now closed). Erotic Services in other countries
      • w4m (woman seeking man)
      • t4m (Transvestite seeking man)
      • m4m (man seeking man)
      • m4w (man seeking woman)
      • w4w (woman seeking woman)
    • Miscellaneous romance (less deterministic but still traditional dating/LTR oriented)

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