Is Craigslist Good Enough To Go Unchallenged?

I don’t believe anyone could deny the fact that Craigslist is not noted for its fancy GUI nor for its flashy Web site. If anything, one could be critical of how Craigslist presents the ads as it does — in such a fashion that appears outdated. The simplicity of the design has not been changed since Craigslist was started, yet the site continues to rack in some $100M a year in revenue. Working with a couple of dozen workers in an older building in San Francisco, one would never suspect that the building housed a multi-million dollar a year business.

What is surprising is that no one has challenged Craigslist a la Facebook to take these folks on. What is also surprising is that Craigslist still functions using an archaic system that does not support the latest smart phone, tablet, or Apple iPad technologies.

So why is it that Craigslist remains so popular and basically has no competition? It could be that Craigslist is so simple it is what attracts people to the site. The atmosphere is low-key and it is just a bunch of people trying to unload their treasures and do so for free. It is a combination of simplicity and no charge for selling anything that keeps attracting sellers and buyers.

I have used Craigslist for both buying and selling my personal items. What is actually interesting is that I do not give the Web site design a single thought. In fact, I couldn’t care less how it looks. As long as I can buy and sell for free, what it looks like is not a concern of mine.

What about you? Do you care how Craigslist looks? How has your buying and selling experience been?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Quora

Craigslist Removes Adult Section – Was It Pressure From The Government That Caused The Removal?

In a recent show of solidarity, 18 Attorney Generals from states across the U.S., had asked Craigslist to remove the adult content section. Apparently the pressure may have been too much for the San Francisco based online classified ad site only has a ‘censored’ where the site once was in black with white lettering. See below.

The ban is only for U.S. based online services and does not have any affect in other countries. No one has been able to reach Graigslist for comments as to why or when the dicision was made to remove the section.

So what do you think? Should Craiglsist have removed the section or should they have fought the government?

Source – SF Gate

Shopkick – New Start-up Lets iPhone Users Scan For ‘Kickbucks’

A new San Francisco based start-up called Shopkick launched yesterday with a unique new shopping service that allows iPhone users to receive ‘kickbucks’. The new services involves some major retailers like Best Buy, Macy’s and others and provides a way for Shopkick users to receive rewards for just going into a store. The stores will have a device that connects to your iPhone that will record your visit and apply the rewards automatically. In addition iPhone users can take pictures of bar codes of items from their iPhone and receive additional rewards or cost saving discounts.

In a recent article it states that:

Kickbucks, in turn, can be redeemed for Facebook credits to play games online, song downloads, in-store gift cards, and other standard online rewards club stuff like magazine subscriptions or donations to charities.

So basically Kickbucks is creating a rewards system; a portfolio of your shopping habits and the merchandise you find interesting enough to scan — so it can potentially target you better with deals; and a virtual currency that can be redeemed for goods in the future.

Will it take off?

We’re not sure how the rewards structure will look, which could play a big role. If it’s a ripoff — lots of activity required for lame rewards, it will get boring really quickly.

I think there are two issues that may limit participation into the program. First, the service is limited to iPhone users. While this will work great in the Bay Area where there is a large concentration of iPhone users, it is still limited. Second is the limitation of participating retailers. If Shopkick can expand their service to other phones like those using Droid and expand their base of participating retailers, Shopkick could take off with a bang.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Silicon Alley Insider – Business Insider