Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the commit-craigslistcrime-do-hard-time dept.

Crime 316

Bala4361 writes "Classifieds site Craigslist has been linked with 330 crimes, 12 murders and 105 robberies or assaults in the United States last year due to anonymous interactions on the site, says a new study. The report calls Craigslist 'a cesspool of crime,' citing murders, rapes, robberies, assault and rental rip-offs as some of the examples." Among the many Reefer Madness-style quotable stretchers from the originating consultancy: "The unfortunate fact is that Craigslist has become almost synonymous with crime." Update: 02/25 17:05 GMT by S : Craigslist has posted a response.

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

misunderstandings (3, Insightful)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305806)

Is this another idiotic moment where people don't realize that it's easier for police to find crime when you know it's on craigslist? Or is this another AG grandstanding moment?

Re:misunderstandings (5, Insightful)

bunratty (545641) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305876)

What they're missing is that all of these criminals ingested significant quantities dihydrogen monoxide in the 48 hours before each of these crimes was committed. When will people learn?

Re:misunderstandings (4, Funny)

einstein4pres (226130) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305982)

Don't drink and craigslist!

Re:misunderstandings (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306026)

Pretty much. They might as well have declared that the internet is a cesspool of crime, or that populated areas are cesspools of crime.

Sounds like a Friday night out in Glasgow to me (2)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306492)

I don't see what all the fuss is about.
 

Re:misunderstandings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306506)

news flash! anything to do with life is a cesspool of crime!

Re:misunderstandings (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305890)

Totally true. Look, the crime was going to happen anyway. The only question is, will the police ignore the crime, or will they investigate. It's like objecting to the highway because then people speed. No, the highway is the perfect place to put up a speed trap. If you have craigslist, the the AG knows where to look and it is a GREAT tool to find and arrest criminals before they commit the crime. Any Prosecutor that dislikes craigslist is actually saying that he is too lazy to do his job and wishes people would stop making his job easier, because then he doesn't have an excuse for not doing his job. Craigslist, the police's best weapon against crime.

Re:misunderstandings (2, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306176)

If you have craigslist, the the AG knows where to look and it is a GREAT tool to find and arrest criminals before they commit the crime.

If they have not committed a crime yet, they are not criminals.

Re:misunderstandings (1)

cforciea (1926392) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306350)

Conspiring to commit a crime can make you a criminal, whether or not you are caught online. You can't really get caught hiring a hitman or soliciting a prostitute, for instance, and say that they can't arrest you because the crime itself has not yet been committed. I assume this was GP's point.

Re:misunderstandings (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306394)

Conspiring to commit a crime is a crime. Hiring a hooker or hitman is a crime. So then you have now committed a crime. GP said before they commit a crime. All of your examples are after a crime was committed.

Re:misunderstandings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306508)

Yes, but the post didn't say to catch them before they commit A crime, it said THE crime, as in the one they are conspiring to commit, whereas a crime you can catch them for since it's already committed is conspiring to commit the crime.

Re:misunderstandings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306490)

Sounds like you need to report to your nearest re-education center immediately.
everyone is a criminal, and the sooner you learn that the safer we'll all be.

Internet equals crime. Needs control. (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306280)

The point is that the internet is crime and must be controlled. It's not just communication, freedom of expression. It's mostly crime. Copyright abuse, financial fraud, child porn, pedophilia, terrorism, prostitution, drugs, that's what the internet is about. The solution is to identify everyone that connects each time with an ID, and log all activity all the time. Then we'll have no crime. If you argue about freedom, you are told to not confuse your freedom with taking liberty with other people's safety and well being. The proper response, I think is not fall into the trap of choosing between crime or monitoring the public. It's best to say fine, full transparency, full monitoring, let's get rid of crime. Let's monitor what everyone does, all the time. Biometric readers on every doorway, every intersection, every car, phone, and computer. Full publishing of all that data. Of course, the public first needs to trust the people controlling those records, so we need to monitor them. The public needs to monitor everyone in government, all the time, even when they are not on the job, because they could commit crime anywhere, abuse public data. Let's get rid of crime, monitoring all the US spy groups, the police, everyone in DC. Then, when we trust govenment is not full of criminals, we'll move on to monitor the public, too. Otherwise, we'll have government criminals monitoring innocent public. And that sounds terribly dangerous.

Re:misunderstandings (1)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306288)

It's like objecting to the highway because then people speed. No, the highway is the perfect place to put up a speed trap.

Nevermind that many highways are built like drag strips, it's for your safety!

Besides, the summary mentions about 330 crimes associated with the site. How many millions of users does it have? I wish major metropolitan areas had crime rates like that.

I think this is another one of those "... but with a computer!" type of stories.

Re:misunderstandings (3, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306424)

The difference is:

Speed traps make you money.
Criminal traps usually cost you money.

Just follow the links. (5, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306052)

The study was published by "The AIM Group," of which there are two. One is a placement agency for the petro industry, the other is (can you guess yet?) "Consulting Services for Interactive Media and Classified Advertising"

Shorter version of TFA "Don't use the crime infested, but generally free Craigslist, pay our customers to place your classifieds safely, without the fear of VIOLENT RAPE!"

I just love screwing with marketing numbskulls who try to manipulate people into giving them free publicity. Where's your free publicity now, AIM Group?

Follow up, from their home page, they brag thusly: (5, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306112)

The AIM Group has just completed a research project for Oodle, a Craigslist competitor, cataloging crimes that have been linked to Craigslist. And the results surprised even us.

Yeah. Screw you assholes and your manufactured FUD.

Re:Follow up, from their home page, they brag thus (2)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306274)

"Yeah. Screw you assholes and your manufactured FUD."

You missed this little nugget...

"On Oodle's Marketplace, people who post or respond use their real identity on Facebook, introducing appropriate social norms back into the conversation.""

It is quite easy to make a Facebook account with a false identity--in short, there is NO real difference between the two, except you are required to be a Facebook user to participate Oodle's Marketplace. That rules me out.

This is nothing more then a move to get even more people to use FaceFuck.

Re:Follow up, from their home page, they brag thus (0)

mozumder (178398) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306452)

Sometimes you need a competitor to find public faults with its competition.

Re:Follow up, from their home page, they brag thus (1)

spun (1352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306530)

Sometimes you need a competitor to find public faults with its competition.

And sometimes a competitor hires a third party to find exactly what they want found. How many crimes have been committed against Oodle users, per capita? How about traditional Classified users? This study is not a real scientific study, it says exactly and only what Oodle wants it to say.

Re:Just follow the links. (2)

PatHMV (701344) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306278)

Amen. First thing I thought of was, did anybody do a similar study of crime rates with anonymous classified ads posted in the newspapers and the PennySavers? People were inviting strangers into their homes to look at crappy old pieces of furniture to sell for $10 long before there was a Craigslist.

Re:misunderstandings (-1, Troll)

mozumder (178398) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306432)

No, this is a report finding fault with Craigslist in enabling murders and other crimes.

You will notice that it doesn't find fault in other websites, like meetup.com.

Craigslist is at fault, possibly by it's design.

Streets (5, Insightful)

ivucica (1001089) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305826)

A lot of crime happens on the streets. What conclusion does that draw?

Re:Streets (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305896)

A lot of crime happens on the streets. What conclusion does that draw?

If everyone wears giant neon signs with their names written on it while in the street, there will be no more crime, because there'd be no more anonymity!

Re:Streets (2, Funny)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306242)

Yes, I wouldn't wear a giant neon sign with someone else's name, because that would be illegal...

Re:Streets (1)

PraiseBob (1923958) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305944)

That this "AIM Group" is incapable of basic math and statistical analysis.

Re:Streets (1)

dougmc (70836) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306260)

That's probably not true -- they probably are capable of them.

However, they're obviously also capable of ignoring these and similar things when ignoring these things helps push the agenda they're trying to push.

Re:Streets (4, Funny)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305950)

We must rid ourselves of streets or at least require license to use them.

Re:Streets (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35305952)

Concrete encourages crime.

Re:Streets (0)

crow_t_robot (528562) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305956)

What conclusion does that draw?

That the actual cesspools are "cesspools of crime?"

Re:Streets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35305960)

The streets and neighborhoods are cesspools of crime as well. self whoosh!

Re:Streets (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306296)

Well duh. We should put an end to socialist institutions like paved streets and let them return to their natural state to put a stop to street crime.

Yet, the same can't be said of meetup.com (0)

mozumder (178398) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306308)

Why does craigslist have so many murders, but meetup.com doesn't?

Re:Streets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306382)

I thought this was just a typical day in congress.

You are correct Sir (1)

bobs666 (146801) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306458)

Who pays people to write this stuff? Oh ya, people that want to sell you new stuff.

Which is ridiculous..... (3, Insightful)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305832)

The same thing could be said about public places. "Since we have built this new park three years ago, there have been 83 people mugged, 8 murders, 125 cases of lewd conduct, 20 cases of prostitution.... etc. etc.". Really, craigslist is just a public forum for commerce and other needs, although it exists on the web.

Re:Which is ridiculous..... (3, Insightful)

e9th (652576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306090)

Forget public places. Before the web, we had newspapers. Thieves would scan the classifieds looking for things to steal and the obituaries for the best time to burgle the homes of mourners Con men read the personals looking for the gullible and the lonely. And the ads in the sports section of most big city papers included some really dubious looking massage parlors and escort services. If it weren't for that pesky 1st Amendment, you can bet that every charge that's been laid against Craigslist would have been made against the newspapers.

Re:Which is ridiculous..... (1, Funny)

bunratty (545641) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306170)

The amount of crime in a city has always been highly correlated with the size of the classified section of the local newspaper. Coincidence? I think not!

Re:Which is ridiculous..... (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306228)

The amount of gang violence has gone up as spirograph sales have gone down. Coincidence? I think not!

ha (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35305846)

No worse than a normal day in Chicago.

So be smart about it. (1)

Khoa (935586) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305850)

If you're going to meet someone for a deal, agree to meet at a public place with lots of people like a Starbucks or something.

Re:So be smart about it. (2)

stonewallred (1465497) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306182)

Yeah, that way the robber can rob you and the emo/goth/idiots who frequent Starbucks. Ain't like them pussies are going to fight back.

As they say in Kentucky, Satisticals! (5, Insightful)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305852)

Out of how many millions of ads?

This is why many of us lament the death of math and science in this country. No sense of proportions or priorities.

Re:As they say in Kentucky, Satisticals! (1)

gknoy (899301) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305936)

Exactly. How many users use Craigslist in that time? How does that compare to a regular city? Craigslist could be compared to a community of similar size.

Total Perspective Vortex (3, Funny)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306320)

The Total Perspective Votex derives its picture of the whole Universe on the principle of extrapolated matter analyses.
To explain--since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation--every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition, and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake.

The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife.

Trin Tragula--for that was his name--was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.

And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of pieces of fairy cake.

"Have some sense of proportion!" she would say, sometimes as often as thirty-eight times in a single day.

And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex--just to show her.

And into one end, he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other, he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.

To Trin Tragula's horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain, but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.

-- The HitchHiker's Guide

Re:As they say in Kentucky, Satisticals! (1)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306346)

Well, it is probably the case that these numbers vastly under-represent the number of attempted crimes, and unreported crimes. There definitely is a lot of attempted fraud on Craigslist.

There are certain categories, like vacation rentals, where in some areas there are almost as many fraudulent postings as there are real postings. There was an article about this in the New York Times a few weeks ago and how the author was defrauded of several thousand dollars for a fake vacation rental that seemed "too good a price to be true" and involved wiring money to the UK.

I do however agree that the odds of violent crime from a Craigslist posting seem pretty darned low. I'm guessing the odds of getting robbed, assaulted or killed by somebody you meet on Craigslist isn't much different than the odds of the same happening with somebody you meet at a bar.

Re:As they say in Kentucky, Satisticals! (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306468)

There was an article about this in the New York Times a few weeks ago and how the author was defrauded of several thousand dollars for a fake vacation rental that seemed "too good a price to be true" and involved wiring money to the UK.

The author was an idiot. These same scams occur in classifieds in newspapers, via old fashioned mail, over the phone and every other method of communication we humans have cooked up. I bet the author avoided mentioning those other common sources of this old scam. Here is a nice tip for you, if a deal seems "too good a price to be true" it is. Here is another free one, if it involves wiring money out of the country it is a scam.

Re:As they say in Kentucky, Satisticals! (1)

Beerdood (1451859) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306376)

Also, 330 crimes - 12 murders and 105 robberies, out of how many nation-wide crimes, murders and robberies is that exactly..?

(Rhetorical question, not sure what the answer is, but i'll bet that's not even 0.1% of all crimes)

Re:As they say in Kentucky, Satisticals! (2)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306390)

Actually, I'm impressed by how LOW the crime numbers are... To me Craigslist seems safer after reading the article.

I DNRTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35305864)

Less crime than a middle sized US city.

so... (2)

Lord Dreamshaper (696630) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305868)

500 postings linked to crime out of how many? This just in: paper is also used to write ransom notes, stationery stores to be outlawed

Re:so... (2)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305928)

- It can also be used as a weapon to give nasty paper cuts to someone!
- Most crimes are about money and money is printed on paper.

Outlaw paper!

What's next, outlaw writing and reading?

Re:so... (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306094)

When died yellow and bound in a volume containing lists of phone numbers paper can be used to bludgeon someone to death!

Re:so... (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306258)

I was not aware paper could suffer from jaundice.

Re:so... (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306366)

y? i? does it make a difference?

Re:so... (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306536)

In this case... yes. One ceases to propagate itself and the other just changes color.

Re:so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306310)

What's next, outlaw writing and reading?

Only for the lower-class, the ruling class still needs access to these evils, for your own good of course.

Wanted: Some help (1)

trollertron3000 (1940942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305894)

Looking for someone that can:

1. Hold their hand like they're pulling a carrot from the ground.
2. Not ask questions.

craigslist unfortunate facts: (4, Insightful)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305908)

"The unfortunate fact is that Craigslist has become almost synonymous with really great deals."
"The unfortunate fact is that Craigslist has become almost synonymous with bargains that don't get taxed."
"The unfortunate fact is that Craigslist has become almost synonymous with purchases that don't get tracked by advertisers."
Those are the first things that leap to MY mind.

Re:craigslist unfortunate facts: (2)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306130)

The unfortunate fact is that Craigslist has become almost synonymous with people pretending to be interested attractive young women, but they really just want your credit card number.

Ratio (5, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305910)

So, what's the ratio of criminals to honest ads? Craigslist claims 80 million classifieds are placed each month, that means that the odds of any one ad being linked to a crime is an amazing 1:2900000. Won't someone close down this cesspool of crime!? Granted, there's plenty of illegal stuff going on in craigslist ads; prostitution, drug selling, etc. I would imagine that is the odds of accidentally becoming the victim crime rather than participating in it.

Re:Ratio (2)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306046)

The authors of the study are just PO'd because can't afford all those roses.

Synonymous for crime is a stupid term. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35305924)

If craigslist really was synonymous for crime, this statement would make me not want to move somewhere: The area has a high rate of craigslist.

Guess Who Paid For The Study (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35305926)

Neither the summary nor the article linked to actually tell you who paid for the study. Luckily if you go to www.aimgroup.com the second paragraph of the story about the study says

  The AIM Group has just completed a research project for Oodle, a Craigslist competitor, cataloging crimes that have been linked to Craigslist. And the results surprised even us.

Good with the bad (2)

travdaddy (527149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305934)

Yes, but how many "Missed Connections" has it resolved?

So let see (3, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305942)

100's of million can access it, and there has been less then 400 crimes.

Yeah, thats a regular hive of scum and villainy ~

+1 for appropriate StarWars reference! n/t (1)

Radical Moderate (563286) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306110)

-30-

AIM Group self interest? (5, Insightful)

tickticker (549972) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305954)

We are the world’s premiere research and consulting firm for the classifieds industry. We’re widely quoted in the press, including Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.

We are experts in developing successful revenue strategies around automotive, real estate, recruitment and merchandise advertising, encompassing print, online, mobile, video and social media.

Which I'll bet includes all types of classifieds and advertising EXCEPT Craigslist.

Hey, atleast it's keeping people off the streets.. (1)

Falsify (1971140) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305970)

and on their computers! ^_^

Craigslist == classifieds from all newspapers (1)

sideslash (1865434) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305974)

How much crime has resulted from newspaper classifies, from all papers in all cities? Craigslists' goal is to replace all of them, and it's not unreasonable to expect the bad to scale along with the good.

Re:Craigslist == classifieds from all newspapers (3, Informative)

Isaac-1 (233099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306354)

It is worse than that, the free nature of CL means the less than reputable sells can post ads over a wide area and run them for a long time waiting for someone to take the bait. Try searching for larger ticket items in the CL listings (things like RV's, camping trailers, generators, or even riding lawn mowers) and see for yourself what a large fraction of ads are obviously scams. It helps to use a helper CL search tool like searchtempest where you can scan all adds within XXX miles, once you find a suspicious ad for a deal that is too good to be true on an item, search for keywords out of that ad on a wider area, and see it listed with the same photo all over the place, but always with a local location..

Hyperbolic, much? (2)

ceriphim (1530579) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305990)

A "cesspool of crime"? Seriously? How many thousands or tens-of-thousands of successful interactions have their been? TFA doesn't say. Are the crimes linked to Craigslist unusual in that they are committed more frequently per capita (or however they measure crime statistics) than they would be without?

Anecdotal, yes, but I have used Craigslist easily in excess of twenty times over the past few years to sell and buy various items. Of course, you have to be smart about it and use common sense. Even then, there's the outside chance you may get robbed. You may also get robbed walking down the street. I have taken what I thought were reasonable precautions and always met in open, public areas with many people around. Others may choose not to take those precautions, or choose to put themselves in an inherently dangerous environment (going to someone's house, etc) because greed overcomes common sense. YMMV.

TL:DR - Bad things happen all the time, stack the deck in your favor but they may happen regardless. Don't be greedy.

Someone needs to review definitions (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35305996)

Someone at this publication needs to have someone review what the word synonomous means. Out of all the crimes committed in the U.S. last year only 330 are linked to Craigslist. 330 crimes out of over 10 million are linked to Craigslist and somehow Criagslist is this "cesspool of crime"? Get real.

Anonymous Report Sponsor (3, Insightful)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306006)

AIM Group doesn't do reports for free, for the public benefit, or for nobody. Some corporation or organization is either paying for this report, or targeted by AIM marketing to buy such research (or just the hypercritical reports). Yet they are as anonymous as the buyers and sellers AIM's report finds to be the root of all Craigslist evil.

I suppose since such anonymous attack marketing is old-fashioned that it's "OK" in some way that Craigslist is not.

Re:Anonymous Report Sponsor (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306332)

It's not anonymous. It's Oodle, a Craigslist competitor.

The bigger story here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306034)

Should be the total lack to information used to draw the conclusion. This isn't journalism, it's anti-Internet propaganda, and will eventually end up in a government report given to our legislators to scare them in to believing they need absolute power over the Internet.

As other have indicated, with no other information to compare these numbers to, they are indeed worthless. I could easily conclude that Craigslist is a safe place because more people that didn't go there got mugged, raped, and killed than those who did use it. See, now I'm a journalist too.

For me... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306060)

Things I have gotten off Craigslist:
Coffee table
Head-board for my bed
6' tall cat tower
Dining room table + chairs
My job

Things I haven't gotten off Craigslist:
Raped
Murdered
Robbed

I do not think it means what you think it means (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306064)

"The unfortunate fact is that Craigslist has become almost synonymous with crime."

So in the eventual remake of Repo Man, Debbi will say, "Duke, let's go do some craigslists."

Re:I do not think it means what you think it means (1)

tm2b (42473) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306412)

Yeah! Let's go get sushi and not pay!

It's not as bad now... (3, Funny)

ChangeOnInstall (589099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306126)

...since they removed the jobs/hired goons section. It's a shame too, as the local one had excellent goons.

That site will be slashdotted soon... (1)

Radical Moderate (563286) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306150)

...if there's any justice in the world.

So Craigslist is Mos Eisley then? (4, Funny)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306156)

Luke: You know, I think that R2 unit we bought may have been stolen.
Uncle Owen: What makes you think that?
Luke: Well, I stumbled across a recording while I was cleaning him. He says that he belongs to someone named Obi-Wan Kenobi. I thought he might have meant old Ben. Do you know what he's talking about?
Uncle Owen: Just a fucking Craigslist thing, you know how it is.
Luke: I wonder if he's related to Ben.
Uncle Owen: That wizard is just a crazy old internet pervert. Now, tomorrow I want you to take that R2 unit to Anchorhead and have it's memory erased. That'll be the end of it. It belongs to us now.

Re:So Craigslist is Mos Eisley then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306300)

Craigslist, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Re:So Craigslist is Mos Eisley then? (1)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306462)

Yes, Craiglist is a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

wait til they roll out the new version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306186)

Maybe Craigsbtree, with its massively superior performance will become a "River of crime".

world+dog disillusioned with US (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306202)

we use the strongest terms of understatement & empty rhetoric to implore us to get real before we're relegated to bad history due to the illegal, immoral & inhuman greed/fear/ego based behaviors of a very small # of corepirate nazi megalomaniacs & their hired goons. we're better than that? see you there?

Oodle is behind this smear campaign (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306230)

Since this study was sponsored by Craiglist competitor oodle I wonder what their angle will be? Will they be sending out security guards to all the transactions that take place using their classified ads?

This study (1)

Kitkoan (1719118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306238)

This study has been proudly presented to you by eBay.

Re:This study (1)

Beerdood (1451859) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306400)

Not to nitpick on your joke, but eBay actually owns 25% of craigslist - maybe you meant proudly presented to you by Amazon :)

How can you be a victim of a crime when you're (1)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306286)

behind your keyboard? It is only your stupidity that placed you in the hands of criminals.

A friend of mine was wanting to get rid of something today and knows very little about the internet... I asked for the details and he had wayyyy too many people calling him in under an hour. He called me back and said "MAN!! TAKE THAT AD DOWN!!! I'M TIRED OF THE REDNECKS CALLING ME!!!"

wait a minute... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306304)

Wait a minute... are they talking about Craigslist or Congress?

Get Real (1)

rcamans (252182) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306306)

that is out of how many millions of interactions?
Don't bars have far worse statistics?

Re:Get Real (0)

mozumder (178398) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306540)

You're comparing against bars, when you should be comparing against other websites.

How many murders did meetup.com enable?

So, its like a pawn shop then (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306358)

Lots of broken, stolen and overpriced or totally out of date stuff. I see people selling stuff like grandmas vhs video camera -like new $500, she paid $2200 in 1989. People selling $1000 with of itunes gift cards bought 2 days ago with a stolen credit card. Car dealers listing 300 cars at once, wrecking yards putting in 20 ads per vehicle,one for each part on each car.

Its getting more and more useless each day as more companies buy software that let them upload bulk ads directly from the inventory they have in their system.

Connecting the Dots (4, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306370)

Report was done by a company called "AIM Group" [aimgroup.com] . Go ahead and click through to the site. Check the sponsors box on the right. Notice anything? (In case you didn't click through or have ad-blocking software, I'm referring to the eBay and Kijiji ads.)

Not to mention that they say right in the study that it was commissioned by a Craigslist competitor, Oodle. So they're being paid both directly and indirectly by competitors to Craigslist. Is any of this mentioned in the coverage of the study? Not a chance.

It's a smear paper in its finest and nothing else, especially not a "study".

NYC's Central Park has a worse ratio (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306440)

And I don't see anyone rushing to close down *that* cesspool of crime...

I'm really getting tired of that when something happens "on the internet" it's somehow 1000 times worse than real-life.

public roads (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306472)

wait till they find out public roads are a Cesspool of Crime! I bet you cannot even commit a crime without having to use a public road. Think of the children!

Get real (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35306522)

I've gone on a few dates and set up gangbangs on Craigslist, never had a problem

Sheeze, might have to actually think... (1)

Super Dave Osbourne (688888) | more than 3 years ago | (#35306542)

The amazing thing is most will just read the headline and write Craigslist off as crap. Its the best damn thing since slices bread, and utilitarian as well as equalizing for those without massive advertising budgets. Is it full of crap, yes of course. However that would then require someone to actually think and have a clue about life and scams. If you want to filter that out, and be sold a load of BS from marketing hype and droids go and spend money on the machine that AIM offers (surely they don't guarantee against any such anyway, so you get scammed anyway).
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?