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Craigslist Adds Another Fee

Craigslist Adds Another Fee

Craigslist still has a reputation as a free online classifieds site, but as many serious sellers know, it now charges fees for certain types of listings and for business sellers, which it refers to as “dealers.” Now it has added a new fee, as the AIM Group reported.

Craigslist is now charging “regular” people $5 to list their cars for sale; it already charged dealerships selling fees.

Craigslist first shook up its customer base when it began adding “dealer” fees in December 2016 in certain categories. One benefit to paying fees – there is a human review before deletion if your post gets flagged.

On the Help page, it states all Craigslist postings are free, except for the following:

Job postings in selected areas—$10-75 (fee varies by area)
Brokered apartment rentals in NYC area—$10
All by-dealer categories in the US—$3-5
Cars/trucks by-dealer in the US, Vancouver BC—$5
Furniture by-dealer in the US, Vancouver BC—$3
Cars/trucks by-owner in the US—$5 (starting April 15)
Gigs in US and selected CA areas—$3-10
Services in US and CA—$5

  • Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.
  • Paid posting accounts provide high-volume posters with additional payment options in some cases.

As you can see, the new fee for selling cars went into effect on Monday. Note that we could not find a list of “All by-dealer categories.”

We noticed a recent thread on Reddit where a user said Craigslist was charging him $10 to post a want ad for a personal trainer. While the list above indicates there’s a fee for posting gigs, there’s no indication there’s a fee for listing a “want” ad for a gig worker – unless it’s considered a job posting, for which CL does charge.

Are you seeing changes in fees, which can vary geographically? And what value is Craigslist providing for those fees?

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

4 thoughts on “Craigslist Adds Another Fee”

  1. Offerup is better anyways AND lets you sell locally and online. Free locally, but a 10% fee for online sale

  2. Has anyone used letgo? If so, what do you think? I’ve seen a lot of their comical TV commercials.

  3. Hmmm, maybe this is will cut down on the number of listings from dealers who bloat the site by listing their ads as both “dealer” and “owner.” No amount of reporting seems to discourage this spammy stuff, so now the honest get penalized along with the rest.

    Seriously, new office furniture listed in antiques as well regular furniture for months on end, trucks with photoshopped backgrounds being sold by an “individual” but listed all over the country, instead of locally? I can’t help thinking fees will eventually be added to all categories for using their site instead of just enforcing their boundaries.

  4. Two years ago they started charging “dealers” in Maine $3 an ad for lots of categories. I bailed and have been using Facebook Marketplace instead with a lot better success and NO FEES. I offer shipping on smaller items and customers as far away as New Jersey have bought them with no extra marketing effort. Only downside is that there’s a lot more messaging to get a sale, but I have the opportunity to upsell during those conversations.

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