Motorcycles, cell phones, jewelry, boats and household goods are some of the typical items on Craigslist in Houston, Texas. Craigslist is a free online advertisement platform that allows users to list items for sale in their geographic regions. Other available items include furniture, books, antiques and clothes.
Craigslist sellers create an account, post pictures and give a brief description of the items they have for sale with the prices. Buyers can contact sellers through email or sometimes telephone to express their interest and make a purchase. The platform has sections devoted to jobs, services, community and housing as well as a discussion forum. It also features an "Items Wanted" section where buyers can request specific items they need.
Named after its founder, Craigslist launched its Web-based service in 1996 and currently operates in 70 countries. It is among the top 10 most viewed websites in the United States as of 2015 and serves more than 55 million unique visitors per month. With over 2 million new job listings monthly, Craigslist is among the top job boards in the world. In 2004, the company added a Gigs section to the website so users can access low-cost jobs and internships quickly. Craigslist generates revenues mainly from paid job ads in select cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and New York City.