A question about posting on Craigslist

May 21, 2017 at 11:15:38
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In another thread recently, I asked about what to do with an old (1988)
console TV in a nice cabinet that is not especially valuable but is just too
nice to trash. It is in almost perfect condition. And the TV still works.
I use it every day. But it is big and I need to get rid of it. So I intend to
try to get the attention of someone locally who might want it and be able
to take it away. On Craigslist.

This page...


... seems to imply that I can post with or without a Craigslist account.
Are there advantages and disadvantages to creating an account?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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May 21, 2017 at 11:19:23
An account is mostly about having a post history with them. I've sold a few things through them, and I've never bothered with an account.

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May 21, 2017 at 11:53:12
Another advantage of having an account is you can edit your ad, or refresh it after a few days, or delete it after the item is sold (or picked up). You can still do those things without an account by clicking on the link contained in the ad confirmation email, but if you delete the email, you won't be able to edit/repost/delete.

If you're going to include a phone number, I suggest you disguise it from the harvesters. Rather than 321-1234, enter something like 32one-1two34. If you don't include a number, just use the CL anonymous email service rather than putting your actual email address in the post.

EDIT: don't be surprised if you get bogus responses, especially immediately after posting. Beware responders with gmail addresses.

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May 21, 2017 at 13:23:57
I would certainly refrain from posting "any" personal contact details - phones, email etc. - on any open site. Use the eBay approach where they forward the emails back and forth. Presumably CL has a similar routine?

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