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There are quite a few websites that I check out on a daily basis, and sadly Craigslist makes the cut. I find that I will spend way too much time just scrolling through the listings, even when I’m not looking for anything in particular. I just find it fascinating to see what people are trying to sell, and the descriptions they write for various things. 

One of the things I like about this website is the sense of it being more community based for finding jobs, trading goods, housing, services, and even activities. It can be a little scary when trying to meet up with someone who has responded to an ad, or whose ad you have responded to, but so far, I’ve only had positive experiences.

I’ve learned to only meet up in highly public places, and only in broad daylight, as I really enjoy not getting murdered by a stranger from the internet. I also try not to give out a personal e-mail address or contact information unless absolutely necessary, and have an e-mail account that I only use for replying to or posting listings on there.

Lately, my favorite section has been the housing section, as I’ve been looking for an apartment. I know that Craigslist is probably not the best place for house hunting, but I have hopes that I will be able to find the “perfect place,” and not end up settling for a cookie-cutter apartment. Most of the listings seem to be either scammers, or places that I wouldn’t consider if they were paying me to live there, but sometimes potentially good ones show up.

Since I hate paying e-bay and PayPal fees to list things, I’ve resorted to Craigslist a couple of times to sell my old phones. One of the best experiences I have had with Craigslist happened just a few weeks ago, when I was selling my old iPhone, as I recently switched over my number to another carrier and the old one was no longer compatible with my provider.

I created a listing and after filtering through a lot of junk, found someone who was actually interested in meeting up to buy my old phone, and paying me what I was asking for it. We met up at a local mall on a Saturday afternoon, and things went smoothly. He got a new phone that wasn’t missing half of the screen, and I got some cash while getting rid of something that was at that time useless to me.

While I’ve had good experiences with selling a couple of old phones, my best experience with Craigslist is probably finding my dog Jasper there. At the time, I wasn’t even looking for a pet, let alone a tiny puppy, but something made me click on the link and I fell in love with the adorable little guy. A quick e-mail, followed by a phone call (in which the lady barely spoke English) and we had agreed to meet up later that same day.

Meeting up like that and just deciding to get a puppy was a little crazy, but there was no way I could have resisted after holding such a tiny and innocent creature. Over the last couple of years I’ve spent a ton of time and money on Jasper, but I don’t regret for a minute my decision to click on that Craigslist ad and adopt him.

I know that it’s probably a little strange how much time I waste looking at stupid ads, but you never know when you’ll find something that can make a big change in your life.



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