Craigslist isn’t just one of the largest websites on the internet, but it is also one of the earliest sites appearing way back in 1999. The websites founder, Craig Newmark, had no idea that his small site would one day serve more than 700 cities across 70 different countries. The design and layout of Craigslist has remained the same since the early 2000s, opting for a more text-based look than the modern-day glamour. Here is a list of 6 amazing facts about Craigslist San Francisco.
Thanks to Craigslist, newspaper classified sales plummeted 77% in just 10 years
Classified ads for newspapers accounted for $20 Billion during the early 2000s. By 2012, the revenue had plummeted to just $4.9 Billion – a drop of 77%. Throughout this period, many people preferred Craigslist to post ads rather than the daily paper as it was totally free of cost. However, by 2004, the site did start charging for Job ads, but they also included a free “gig” section as well.
Craigslist San Francisco gets more visitors than Netflix
Despite having no sort of advertising, promotions or marketing, Craigslist still managed to rank amongst the top 20 most visited sites in the Un. It’s the 15’th most popular site, beating major contenders like Netflix, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and even CNN.
It’s still one of the most dangerous sites on the internet
Albeit its popularity, Craigslist is still one the most dangerous sites on the internet. Craigslist is notorious for many murders and other violent incidents since it first started accepting classified ads. This is why you should always exercise extreme caution when attempting to make transactions on Craigslist or any other similar website.
Craigslist’s staff comprises only of 50 employees
Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark, has always kept the number of employees in the organization the bare minimum. This is due to a concept in psychology known as Dunbar’s number, which suggests that there is a cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one person can maintain a healthy and stable relationship. Newmark follows this ideology and has since limited the number of workers to allow him and the other employees to maintain a healthy relationship.
One Craigslist user bartered his way from a cell phone to a Porsche
Steven Ortiz was 17 years old when he used Craigslist to trade his way from an old cell phone to a 2000 Porsche Boxster S. Over the course of 14 trades, he worked his way up — starting with a simple swap to a slightly better cell phone, then to an iPod. He worked his way through a laptop, dirt bike, a 1987 Toyota 4Runner, a golf cart, and a 1975 Ford Bronco. The Porsche he ended up with was worth about $9,000.
You could once buy an $8 million McLaren F1 on Craigslist
While Craigslist is fertile territory for affordable and roughly used cars, occasionally you can find some monstrously expensive vehicles listed on the site. In 2014, a private owner put his 1994 McLaren F1 for sale for $7.9 million. And surprisingly, it’s not a one-time anomaly.
In 2008, a San Francisco dealer put a Bugatti Veyron on the site with a list price of $1.3 million. And that topped a previous post for an $875,000 1965 Shelby GT 350 Mustang, which was offered that same year.