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9 of the Strangest Things Found on Craigslist

Joshua Lockhart 21-11-2011

strange craigslistWhile browsing Craigslist 4 More Search Engines to Search All of Craigslist The search engines keep on coming, and it seems like there will be even more new ways to browse your favorite HTML-stubborn site, and a lot of these aid you in carrying your searches nationwide.... Read More for various items that may or may not relate to illegal activities, I found an ad that simply said, “Go to YOUTUBE & type in BULLYFREESONG (no spaces)”. I clicked the said ad, under the impression that I would find a link to the mentioned video… but sure enough, there wasn’t one. Why would anyone post an ad like this when they could just post the link?!


It was then and there that I realized there are probably some other crazy things among the virtual classifieds, and fortunately, I found the Best Of section of the site. While there, I found some very strange items on there, so I thought I would share them with you!

Spokane: Bigfoot

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When I first saw this ad, it mentioned something about an imaginary friend. Naturally, I figured that’s all it would be – a goofy ad about an imaginary friend 6 Facebook Stereotypes We All Know & (May) Love I've taken a look at the top Reddit commenters that drive me nuts, and I've also told you what you need to stop posting on Facebook. However, what if you smash those two topics together?... Read More seeking real friends. Not exactly… What I did find was an entire ad about Bigfoot looking for love, and it’s definitely worth checking out. (Responding is optional.)

Baltimore: Body Dumping Site

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With all the humorous stuff concerning Siri 6 Reasons I Love My New iPhone 4S Some time has passed since the iPhone 4S hit the market, and everyone is screaming from the mountaintops about it. I am coming from a 3GS so the improvements are leaps and bounds for me.... Read More and body disposal, I thought I’d put this one on the list. Someone in Baltimore offered up their backyard for a good body dumping site. Why? Apparently, it’s legal to dump a body in Baltimore, and furthermore, civilians don’t have to report a dead body. Don’t take my word on this, for I’m just reiterating the ad.


Asheville: 1970s Avocado Green Toilet

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Oh, the seventies – a time in which home decor was bad and earth tones ruled the day. This porcelain wonder is advertised as a place where you can sit “while leafing through a Reader’s Digest, smoking a cigarette, watching Chico and the Man”. Sounds like a party, indeed.

Washington, D.C.: Actor Needed

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I don’t know why I clicked the simple ad request for an actor, but I did. Basically, someone needed an actor to “lose” the family dog so the kids wouldn’t be too hurt. The premise of this was both cruel and genius. I loved it. Also, the fact that it was a $500 gig wasn’t too bad, either.


Minneapolis: MacBook Wanted

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Before I got my MacBook 8 Reasons Why I Switched To A Mac I've been using Macs for about 5 years now, and before that I was a 100% Windows and PC guy. What happened exactly? Why did I switch? Without wishing to start a flame war, here... Read More , I was willing to do whatever I could to get one. This college Study Up On Your University With Koofers [US-Only] I know that students are already half-way through the fall semester, but don't you think it's about time to start thinking about the spring? (Even though you may not like the fact that it's about... Read More kid obviously wanted one really bad for school. However, instead of offering up cash, he opts for the barter system, offering items such as his Robin Hood: Men in Tights DVD and a can of vegetables (your choice!).

Raleigh: Ghost Wanted

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This is actually the most recent BOC I found, but it’s different, fresh, and unique. To put things short and sweet, it would appear that a documentary filmmaker is looking to contact a ghost. Ah, but not just any ghost – a ghost who is using the Internet. Brilliant, really.


Orlando: Human Soul

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Much like how I was forced to sign away my soul when I began writing for MakeUseOf (I should really start reading contracts more thoroughly – kidding, I love MUO), a fellow right on Craigslist tried to sell his soul on a “Black Friday special”. His purpose of doing this was to simply earn money for Christmas shopping. However, he was also open to bartering. Perhaps the MacBook kid could haven taken a note?

London: Henchmen Needed


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Based on the details of this ad, Jacques “The Zapper” Zerapi was in need of a few good henchmen to get his super-villain lifestyle started. With desired traits such as a “flexible moral code” and “being a corrupt government official”, I’m sure there were plenty of applicants available.

New York: Potato Cannon

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This… I don’t know what to say about this. Apparently, the fellow was wanting to get rid of his 8-feet long potato cannon because “the neighbors figured out what was happening”. I’d like to know the story behind this, so if any of you want to email him and ask, leave your findings in the comments.


I really don’t know if all of these ads are real (some are obviously fake), but I almost wish all of them were. The world could use a few more interesting things, don’t you think? Perhaps Craigslist is where we could start! For more Strange Craigslist, check out the Best of Craigslist.

What other strange ads have you found on Craigslist? Do you know of any other places with odd items such as these?

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  1. Craigslist Akron :(
    November 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Hey, that thing with the body dumping site in Baltimore and the henchman needed in London, there's something semi-related but far more serious emanating from this site.

    Apparently a sick, twisted old man and his equally demented son lured desperate job seekers looking for farm work to their desolate farm in Ohio, where they killed them on the spot and then buried the bodies on the farmland.

    I'm so waiting for this to be on Criminal Minds or CSI. Sick, just sick. First the XXX killer from, where was it, Connecticut or Massachusetts? And now this. Something tells me Jerry Sandusky might have been looking for school-age playmates on this site too. They really should just shut this whole thing down, it's awful. Just awful...

    • J. Lockhart
      November 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

      I wouldn't want to shut the entire site down... but it might be best to moderate it better. Anything can be corrupted, and with this reasoning, everything could be shut down. This is terrible, though. Do you have any ideas of how to fix it?

  2. Cell Travis
    November 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Craigslist sometimes reminds me of the Area 51 of online classifieds. But the fact that people use that "web 1.0" site even now is testament to its effectiveness and longevity.

    • J. Lockhart
      November 22, 2011 at 8:51 am

      I know! Why fix what isn't broken? It's simple, it's clean, and it's functional. Pretty cool stuff, right?

    November 22, 2011 at 4:36 am

    There is some wierd stuff on craigslist...

    • J. Lockhart
      November 22, 2011 at 8:50 am