How to Reset Your Craigslist Password

If you only use your Craigslist account periodically, you might forget your password for it.  That’s okay; it happens to the best of us.  It also might happen that someone finds a way into your account and uses it without your permission, though that’s rare and we really hope that it doesn’t happen to you.  In either case, you should reset the password on your Craigslist account.  Here’s how to do it.

To reset your Craigslist password:

  1. Go to www.craigslist.org in your web browser (which will take you to the sub-site for your local city or region).  Click My Account.

  2. Under “Log Into Your Craigslist Account”, click Forgot Password?

  3. Craigslist will now ask you to type in the email address associated with the account that you wish to reset the password for.  Click in the box labelled “Email” and type in the email address that you used to sign up for Craigslist.  Then click Reset Password.

  4. Craigslist will notify you that it has sent you an email with a hyperlink that will let you reset your password.  Go to your email client and log in, and then open the email from Craigslist titled “Craigslist.org: Request to Reset Account Password for [Your email address]”.  Click the second blue hyperlink (the first one should be your email address).

  5. You will be taken to a screen where you can reset your password.  Click in the box labelled “New Password” and type in a new password that you’d like to use for your Craigslist account.  Then click in the box labelled “Re-Type New Password” and type in a copy of that password.  Finally, click Change Password.

  6. You will see the screen below if you successfully reset your password.  Click Go To My Account Home Page to go back to your Craigslist account.

There!  Your Craigslist account is once again accessible, and has a new password protecting it.  If you need help remembering your passwords in the future, consider reading our How to Manage Passwords tutorial.


How to Change Your Craigslist Password

Though Craigslist is mostly a free service, you probably don’t want other people poking around in your account on it.  This is especially true if you have a paid posting account, which you may need for posting certain types of advertisements (such as for cars or jobs).  This requires you to input billing information, which you really don’t want anyone unauthorized getting a hold of.

A password is a principle line of defence for you in this regard, so make sure that you have a strong one protecting your Craigslist account.  If you’re not sure whether your password is strong enough, check out our How Secure is My Password article.  It will give you some tips on determining the strength of your password, which you can also use if you decide to change your password on Craigslist. 

The following instructions will show you the actual process for changing your Craigslist password.

T change your Craigslist password:

  1. Go to www.craigslist.org in your web browser (which will take you to the sub-site for your local city or region) and log in.

  2. Click the Settings tab, and then click Change Password.

  3. Click in the box labelled “Old Password” and type in the password that you are currently using for your Craigslist account.  Then click in the box labelled “New Password” and type in the password that you’d like to use on your account from now on.  Then click in the box labelled “Re-Type New Password” and type in a copy of that password.  Finally, click Change Password.

  4. If you are successful in changing your password, you will see the screen below.  Simply click Go To My Account Home Page to go back to your account on Craigslist.

That’s all there is to changing your Craigslist password!  Make sure to write it down somewhere safe so that you’ll remember it, or use a password manager program to remember it for you!


How Does Craigslist Make Money?

Curious how Craigslist makes money running their website? In this article, we’re going to tell you about how Craigslist makes money, and explain a bit about their different types of ads. You are always responsible to pay for any items you want to buy from a user on Craigslist, but since the site doesn’t take a cut, how do they make their money? We’ll answer that here, and to begin, answer this common question: is Craigslist free to use?

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. There are some exceptions and possible added fees.

In some areas, certain types of ads cost money to post, such as apartment rentals, furniture, and therapeutic services. We’ll tell you more about the potential Craigslist posting fees below.

Craigslist postings that are not free

So, how does Craigslist make money?

There are some types of advertisements where Craigslist charges people money for the privilege of posting them. These are usually for job hiring, or for high-priced items, and are selected based on the density of the urban areas they are posted in, where Craigslist is used frequently. 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 however, 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, though 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! If you haven’t already, check out our other articles for an introduction to Craigslist and how it works, and a tutorial on how to post on Craigslist.