Craigslist suggestion: pause and resume listings

Here’s a feature suggestion: I’d like the ability to pause and resume a post on Craigslist.

Here’s the scenario:

  • I post an ad in free stuff
  • I get 10 responses immediately
  • I want to stop getting responses until I can deal with the ones I’ve already received
  • If I delete the ad, I can’t repost it for two days (it gets flagged as spamming)

It would be nice if I could pause the ad, either until I resumed it, or for a fixed period of time (1, 12 or 24 hours).

I emailed Craig a few months ago. Perhaps if he gets more requests, they’ll implement this.

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7 Comments

  1. I am having that problem right now and searching for a way to pause my Craigslist ads. Seems like an easy and very useful feature.

  2. I offer a 24 hour service, it is not 7 days a week. Craigslist people get VERY VERY angry if I dont answer on a Sunday when I cant do the 24/7 service. IF I could pause my ad before going to bed on Saturday night it would prevent the angry Craigslist people from retalitory marking my ad as prohibited, or get me flagged as retribution for their anger of my not being available.

  3. it’s not the perfect solution, but you could edit the post by cut/paste your original text to a text file on your pc … and simply put another message in it’s place, something like “due to high call volume, this posting has been temporarily suspended blah blah blah … that way your pics and the ad can stay in the system, and when ur ready for new business just put the original text back into place …

    i dont know if CL allows this, but i’m about to try it right now …

  4. I am going out of town for a few months and will be unable to show my truck. I would like to suspend my add and resume when I am actually able to show this vehicle.

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