If you plan on listing multiple items for sale on Craigslist, it is definitely beneficial to open an account. The process is very simple and completely free, and it makes it much easier to manage, edit and delete your ads.
Opening a Craigslist account allows you to keep an inventory of all ads you have listed, as well as the status of each listing. Your account screen will look like the image below from the Craigslist website. Each color represents the current status of the ad as follows.
Green = The ad is live on Craigslist
Blue = The ad has been deleted by the user
Purple = The ad has expired
Pink = The ad has been flagged and deleted by other users
If you choose to post an ad without creating an account, more steps are involved. After posting, you will receive an email from Craigslist that contains a hyperlink to a confirmation page.
You will then need to follow this link before your ad can be published to the website. You will also need to keep this email if you need to edit or delete the ad.
Posting Multiple Items
If you are planning to post multiple items and don’t want to create an account, you may wind up with a lot of emails from Craigslist and it will not be as easy to keep track of the ads you list.
After you fill in the fields in the example below and click the “Continue” button, you will see a preview of your ad. If you are satisfied, click “Continue” and follow the instructions.
You will then receive an email from Craigslist to publish your ad to the website.
Create Craigs list Account
When you click the “Add / Edit Images” button, you will be given the option to add photos to the ad, which is highly recommended.
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