12 Craigslist alternatives to sell stuff, find a job, or get laid (2024)

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The scary part about loving something is that you must eventually let it go.

The internet learned that lesson the hard way in March when Craigslist announced that it would be pulling its personals section in response to Senate bill H.R.1865 which, in an effort to curtail online sex trafficking, says websites are responsible for unlawful behaviors made possible because of their personals sections. (Don't worry, the beloved Missed Connections section is still alive and well, and has a new home in Craigslist's community section).

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The move shocked users everywhere, primarily because the site (and its personals) seemed like an untouchable staple of the early internet. As dating sites rose to prominence and hookup apps took over our romantic exploits, Craigslist personals seemed like a nostalgic artifact of our digital past.

The pulling of the personal ads made everyone stop and ponder: what would a world look like without Craigslist, which has helped users with everything from finding a job to finding a roommate? But fear not. While Craigslist has dominated the space, there are several platforms that offer the same services as Craigslist, if you know where to find them.

Here are 12 alternatives to Craigslist.

If you're looking to find housing

One of the most helpful Craigslist features is its housing section, which allows renters to post about openings for roommates, landlords to post about available rentals, travelers to post about sublets, and more. But if you're looking for alternative places to find housing be sure to check out:

SpareRoom

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Spare room is a roommate searching platform that allows users to post "room wanted" ads and "room available" adsCredit: SparRoom

Spare room is a roommate-searching platform that allows users to post "room wanted" ads and "room available" ads. The service also has expanded with an IRL event, Speed Roomating, in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to connect a community of people looking for a housemate, making it faster and easier than ever to find someone to share your space with.

Ghoslight Housing

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Ghostlight Housing — formerly Gypsy Housing — is a massive Facebook group designed to help people find housing.Credit: Ghostlight Housing

Ghostlight Housing —formerly Gypsy Housing — is a massive Facebook group designed to help people find housing. The group is for actors so the housing offered tends to be short-term sublets or temporary rentals, as actors book tours are looking for people to finish out their lease.

But with over 200k subscribers, Ghostlight Housing can be a great way to find a place to stay, especially as you look to get your footing when you move to a new city.

Roomster

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Roomster is a home sharing website that was founded in 2003 with a simple mission: make finding a roommate easier.Credit: Roomster

Roomster is a home-sharing website that was founded in 2003 with a simple mission: make finding a roommate easier. The site allows home owners to post listings of their space, and then allows users to sort through them, filtering out whether they're looking for a room, an entire place, a roommate, or a tenant.

The site also allows users to connect their social accounts to their Roomster profiles so that you can better verify that your potential roommate is actually who they say they are.

If you wanna sell extra junk you have lying around

It is astounding what you can buy and sell on Craigslist. From requests to "get this satanic f*cking couch out of my home" to purchase this "gently used orbital launch vehicle" for $9,900,000 (bring your own tug boat," Craigslist allows users to buy and sell anything and everything. But if you're looking for alternative platforms for peer-to-peer purchases, be sure to check out:

eBay

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eBay is a go-to platform for anybody looking to buy and/or sell things.Credit: Getty Images

This one seems obvious since the site is such a big player in the space, but eBay is a go-to platform for anybody looking to buy and/or sell things.

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That could be because it's super easy to list items on eBay. To sell something eBay, just enter the category of item that you'd like to get rid of, and eBay will list similar items to yours, allow you to set the condition of your item, and then the platform will send pricing recommendations.

The site also boasts a "best offer" feature, which allows users to place a bid for an item other than the listed price. For shoppers, that means a greater ability to negotiate bargains for goods and for sellers, that means its easier than ever to get cash for an item you're trying to get rid of.

Amazon

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With Amazon making it easier and easier to buy things (you can now buy stuff with the push of a button, after all), it's easy to forget that the digital commerce site also lets you sell things too.Credit: Amazon

With Amazon making it easier and easier to buy things (you can now buy stuff with the push of a button, after all), it's easy to forget that the digital commerce site also lets you sell things too.

For anybody who is looking to sell stuff on Amazon, the platform has two subscription plans — professional and individual. For individuals, the service is free, but the company charges $0.99 per item plus fees; and for professional, Amazon charges $39.99 a month plus fees).

That means whether you're a small business or just looking for some extra cash by getting rid of some of the junk you have lying around, Amazon can be the perfect tool to find a new marketplace to sell stuff.

Facebook Marketplace

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For anybody looking for a little extra security while buying and selling stuff, meet Facebook Marketplace.Credit: FAcebook

The joy of Craigslist's list "for sale" section was that almost anybody could post or respond to a listing. The downside is that almost anybody could post or respond to a listing... which means you could have total strangers showing up to your apartment (not necessarily the safest of scenarios).

For anybody looking for a little extra security, meet Facebook Marketplace. The tool allows Facebook users to buy and or sell items in their neighborhood. But the perk of Facebook Marketplace is that it connects to your Facebook profile and displays data that you've made public on the platform, which the platform hopes will make it easier to avoid spam and fishing.

If you're looking for a job

Know where and how to search, and Craigslist can be a job hunters go-to career board. With everything from writing gigs to medical opportunities, Craigslist hosted a bevy of job listings. But for anybody looking for an alternative, make sure to check out:

Glassdoor

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Glassdoor is great for job searching because, in addition to listing job openings, the site allows you to also filter through reviewsCredit: Glassdoor

Glassdoor has an interesting history —the site was founded in 2008, after the CEO of Zillow accidentally sent a sheet of his employees' salaries to the public printer instead of his private one, causing him to ask: why do we keep salary information secret? He passed that idea along to one of his former employees who then created Glassdoor.

The company is great for job searching because, in addition to listing job openings, the site allows you to also filter through reviews, giving you a better sense of what the company culture of the job you're looking into is like, what salary range should you be asking for, and if the current employees are happy there. All helpful information for anyone trying to find a new gig.

TaskRabbit

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Since it debuted in 2008, TaskRabbit has become almost synonymous with the phrase "gig economy."Credit: TaskRabbit

Since it debuted in 2008, TaskRabbit has become almost synonymous with the phrase "gig economy." The platform is a same-day service app and site that connects job searchers with people looking for some help with odd-jobs.

To match people with jobs, TaskRabbit does two things. First, it allows job searchers, which they call "Taskers," to make a profile which lists their hourly rate. Then it allows clients looking for help to post a task request for everything from helping build furniture to waiting in line to put in a restaurant reservation. Taskers are able to select a job around them and if a client confirms a tasker and their rate, then parties are matched.

Moonlighting

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Moonlighting is a site and app that connects job searchers with clients, but rather than complete tasks, Moonlighting curates longer-term freelance jobs.Credit: Moonlighting

Like TaskRabbit, Moonlighting is a site and app that connects job searchers with clients, but rather than complete tasks, Moonlighting curates longer-term freelance jobs. Moonlighting lists jobs ranging from website designer to wedding photographer, which means no matter what your speciality, you can find a gig that suits your skills.

If you're looking for a no-strings-attached boo thang to call your own

When Craiglist retired its personals section, the internet collectively mourned the loss of one of the OG places to find a quick fling online. With sections for casual encounters, strictly platonic, and misc romance, the site was a hub for anyone looking to meet others in their area. But fear not, if you're looking for an alternative to Craigslist personals, be sure to check out:

Happn

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If you love Craigslist's "Missed Connections," then Happn is the dating app for youCredit: Happn

If you love Craigslist's "Missed Connections," then Happn is the dating app for you. Founded in 2014, the app allows anyone looking for a date to see the profile of other users that they happened (see what they did there) to have crossed paths with. From there, users can decide if they want to chat with that person, or to move on.

Grindr

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If you're looking for an app to help you find a date, casual hook up, or more, check out Grindr.Credit: Grindr

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Grindr .shows you the distance you are from other LGBTQ users in your area, making it easier than ever to meet up.Credit: Grindr

Sometimes people went on to Craigslist personals to find their one true love buuuuutttt other times people went on Craigslist to find their "one true just for right now."

If you're looking for an app to help you find a date, casual hook up, or more, check out Grindr. Since it launched in 2009, the LGBTQ app has expanded to include a digital news magazine, but at its core, Grindr allows users to list their sexual preferences and then displays how far users are away from each other, making it super easy to find someone up near you.

CasualX

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As the name implies, CasualX is an app designed for people not looking for a relationship but desire a more casual experience instead.Credit: CAsualX

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CasualX, which was founded in 2017, bills as "Tinder minus marriage-minded daters."Credit: CAsualX

As the name implies, CasualX is an app designed for people not looking for a relationship but desire a more casual experience instead. The app, which was founded in 2017, bills as "Tinder minus marriage-minded daters," which means that even though Craigslist personals are gone, you can still find people near you who are looking for a quick fling.

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12 Craigslist alternatives to sell stuff, find a job, or get laid (2024)

FAQs

What is the best alternative to Craigslist? ›

In 2019, the company added a basic app, but its no-frills design is extremely similar to the website.
  1. eBay Classifieds. The largest buy/sell site in the world launched the classifieds site under the name Kijiji in 2005 in Canada. ...
  2. 2. Facebook Marketplace. ...
  3. Poshmark. ...
  4. Apartments.com. ...
  5. Indeed.com. ...
  6. Match.com. ...
  7. Zillow. ...
  8. Carvana.

Who is Craigslist biggest competitor? ›

Here are the top five Craigslist competitors to consider.
  • OfferUp. OfferUp is a popular alternative to Craigslist, and you can find almost any item on there. ...
  • Oodle. ...
  • 3. Facebook Marketplace. ...
  • Gumtree. ...
  • Locanto. ...
  • For Electronics. ...
  • Decluttr. ...
  • Buyback Boss.
Apr 26, 2024

Is Craigslist still around? ›

With more than 80 million new classified advertisem*nts each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium.

What is the Craigslist alternative to England? ›

gumtree is the first site for free classifieds ads in the uk. buy and sell items, cars, properties, and find or offer jobs in your area.

Is there an app like Craigslist personals? ›

For the most part, if you're in the U.S. you may want to stick with one of the major dating or hookup apps—Tinder, Adult Friend Finder, AshleyMadison, etc. If you're in Canada, then you can try Kijiji, but it doesn't necessarily have a lot going for it as a casual hookup site.

What is the barter site like Craigslist? ›

Best Bartering & Swapping Websites
  • Craigslist. You're probably already familiar with Craigslist as a secondhand shopping marketplace. ...
  • Freecycle. Freecycle isn't exactly a swap site. ...
  • Listia. Listia is an online auction site like eBay — but with a twist. ...
  • BarterQuest. ...
  • Buy Nothing Project. ...
  • 6. Facebook. ...
  • TradeMade. ...
  • Rehash.

What is the best app to sell stuff? ›

The 7 Best Apps To Sell Your Stuff in 2024
  • eBay: Best overall.
  • Facebook Marketplace: Best for selling furniture and for local sales.
  • Poshmark: Best for clothes and fashion accessories.
  • Depop: Best for curating an online clothing or accessories store.
  • thredUP: Best for recycling clothes with minimal effort.
Apr 30, 2024

What is the most popular classifieds site? ›

Craigslist, based in the USA is the most popular classified ads website in the world, with over 60 billion page views per month. It offers a wide variety of categories, including jobs, housing, for sale, services, and personnel.

Why is Craigslist not as popular anymore? ›

Safety concerns: Craigslist has faced criticism and concerns regarding safety and scams. Due to its open nature, it can be challenging to verify the legitimacy of listings and the intentions of users.

Do people still use OfferUp? ›

OfferUp is the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers in the U.S., and we are still growing at a rapid pace. Last year we acquired letgo to create a combined U.S. marketplace with more than 56 million yearly buyers and sellers.

Why is Craigslist so sketchy? ›

Craigslist is a legitimate website, and most Craigslist posts are legitimate and trustworthy as well. However, just like any other online platform, it can be used by scammers. Some people may post fraudulent listings only pretending to sell goods or services, so take precautions to ensure your safety.

Why is Craigslist blocked? ›

Craigslist states that “you may post to one category and in one city, no more than once every 48 hours.” So, if you attempt to post too many ads in a day or post the same ad multiple times, it's going to trigger Craigslist to remove them and block your IP address.

What site is better than Craigslist? ›

The best alternative to Craigslist, in our opinion, is Offer Up. The app offers a robust array of listings, is easy to use, includes a verified account feature, and includes buyer ratings. Other worthy alternatives to Craigslist include Facebook Marketplace, Locanto, Mercari, and Recycler.

What do Germans use instead of Craigslist? ›

In Germany, one popular website used to sell used goods locally is eBay Kleinanzeigen. It is often referred to as the "craigslist of Germany" [2]. eBay Kleinanzeigen allows individuals to buy and sell a wide range of used items, including furniture, electronics, clothing, and more.

What is the equivalent of Craigslist in China? ›

In china For B2C service, it's http://58.com . For C2C, it's Witmart also 帮帮 . similar professional 2C consulting services also like zaih.com . What are alternative sites like Craigslist? Oodle. This is the number one competitor to Craigslist. ...

What is the best Craigslist search engine? ›

SearchCraigslist.org — Web app

One of the simplest and most effective Craigslist searchers online, SearchCraiglist returns fast and complete results for any search term you want (just remember the first few results are going to be ads, just like on Google). You can search your results by relevance or date.

Is LetGo better than Craigslist? ›

Today, Craigslist is still the leader when it comes to online classified ads. However, it now has some competition. OfferUp and LetGo are two apps that work like Craigslist, but they are easier to use and safer. Plus, they tend to have less spam, which is always a good thing.

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