Craigslist vs. classifieds

My girlfriend sold her Jeep the other day. She took two routes advertising it: the traditional way, newspaper classifieds; and the new way, craigslist.
Her brother, who is also looking to sell his vehicle, called and asked her what worked better. Her answer: craigslist.
Turns out she got more calls from people who said they saw the ad online rather than in the paper.
Craigslist, which is free, is among the culprits that has contributed to the downfall of print newspapers around the country.
“It’s hard to compete with somebody that doesn’t want to make money,” I remember hearing an editor here say.
So yeah, from a newspaper standpoint, this isn’t good news.
But from a consumer, or I suppose seller, standpoint, it’s what is selling cars (and couches, TVs, etc.). And it’s allowing people to maximize their profits doing so.
Yes, my girlfriend did get some response from the newspaper classified. But a majority of the calls, she said, came from craigslist users. It’s what ultimately sold her car. And it’s what helped her find a new one.
I’ve actually never bought or sold anything using either medium, but I’m curious what experiences readers of this blog have had with either one. Please share.

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One Response to Craigslist vs. classifieds

  1. Jo says:

    One excellent experience last Fall–selling a sectional sofa for $100 to parents of student at Indiana (PA) University.
    Second experience–in March–involved a nut job in Hellam interested in a brand new electric grill for $130. After several emails back & forth over a few days, her last one on a Sunday morning stated she was putting kids down for a nap and then would leave to get the grill. Never heard another word from her nor did she ever show up. I sent her one more email thanking her for not letting me know and as expected, got no reply.
    Of course, the one caveat when using craig’s list or a newspaper ad is that if you expect someone to arrive be very sure you are not alone! Ask a neighbor or friend to be there if you live alone as I do.

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