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.
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.
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.
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.
All advertisements for apartment rentals in New York City cost $10 per unit to post or renew.
All advertisements for therapeutic service providers across the United States cost $10 to post and $5 to renew.
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.)
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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