Sunday, March 16, 2008

Craigslist - What A Wonderful List Craig Has

Craigslist is such a simple idea: Allow the general public to list advertisements for goods and services, with no oversight or editing whatsoever.

If you can imagine it, you can find it on Craigslist.

On Craigslist, you can buy/sell organs – of the internal, human variety.

On Craigslist, you can buy/sell kidnapping services.

On Craigslist, you can buy/sell fully-automatic assault rifles.

Well, maybe there is SOME amount of oversight. It’s somewhat difficult to find any of the items listed above. Trust me, I just checked, and actually there is a list of restricted items including – animal parts, used bedding, and non-packaged food items (HANDFUL OF CHEETOS – 35 CENTS!!! - INCLUDES 2 NAPKINS!!!)

But perhaps the greatest, most liberating thing about Craigslist is that no one will try to tell you where to put your Oxford comma, or replace your “you’re” with “your.”

You can write the most fucked up, grammatically incorrect piece of crap listing, and it will remain on Craigslist for an entire week – as-is.

Case in point:

This one's too obviously fake (and I should know, because I wrote it), but it just serves to prove my point. For those of you who don't feel like clicking through to the actual site, I've pasted the ad in its entirety below.


PLESE like me now to make you for smarts at read or to write good the English.

I bestest at this. But don't not aks me. Have to ask testemonial, see now:

"Man is good here, will make talks gooder for a child." - William Templeton III, Hoboken.

"He true with good learned. You see why rate tops at list in New York Magazine, on list of best tuters." - Nancy Cohen, Upper East Side.

"My dauhter is need help, and this man learns mine like genius now. What a wonder make him thoughts so smart." - Governor Eliot Spitzer - Albany

So now see with these admires, that I teached to learn all the best, and fastest and cheap.

Gurantee satisfy you.

Anyway, despite the site being riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, I think Craigslist is an invaluable asset, and I'll continue to visit the site whenever a) I need an apartment, or b) I'm looking to buy someone else's used crap.

Alternatively, if you own any used crap that you're looking to sell on the cheap - books, CD's, clothing, mattresses, opened food containers, expired meat, electronics, automobiles, boats, RV's, or anything else - please contact me directly.

I may be interested.

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