How Does Craigslist Make Money?

Last updated: August 10, 2015 - 12:59pm EDT

Is Craigslist free?

Craigslist is mostly free to use.  It costs you nothing to sign up for an account, browse the website, or post messages on the message boards.  In addition, most types of advertisements can be posted on any of Craigslist's sub-sites at no charge to you.  However, there are some exceptions.

How does Craigslist make money?

As we just mentioned, there are some types of advertisements where Craigslist charges people money for the privilege of posting them.  These are usually for job hirings or high-price items.  We'll list them below.

Types of paid Craigslist advertisements

Job postings in San Francisco

All job openings advertised for the San Francisco Bay area cost $75 per opening to post or renew, including if the same job is advertised in multiple categories.

Job postings in other major American urban areas

All job openings advertised for locations listed in the table below cost $25 per opening to post or renew, including if the same job is advertised in multiple categories.

Apartment rentals in New York City

All advertisements for apartment rentals in New York City cost $10 per unit to post or renew.

Therapeutic services in the United States

All advertisements for therapeutic service providers across the United States cost $10 to post and $5 to renew.

Tickets (by dealer) in the United States

Licensed American ticket outlets are allowed to advertise available tickets on Craigslist at a cost of $5 per posting.  (Individual Craigslist users are allowed to advertise tickets for sale for free, under certain conditions.)

Cars and trucks (by dealer) in the United States

Licensed American car and truck dealerships are allowed to advertise cars and trucks for sale at a cost of $5 per posting. (Individual Craigslist users are allowed to advertise their cars or trucks for free, under certain conditions.)

Craigslist accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express as payment for paid advertisements.  Advertisements can also be paid for by signing up for a paid posting account.  Click here for more information about what paid posting accounts are and how to sign up for them.

 

That's a bit of information about how Craigslist makes its money!

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