Paranoid Thought for the Day: Craigs List
Of course, there are tire kickers, not to mention the offering of services which are illegal in most states. But overall, the reviews are very good. Wood chippers, skis, washing machines, cars, on and on – friends and family have enthused about the stuff they’ve been able to sell or the bargains they’ve obtained via this free (did I mention free?) classified listing service.
It is difficult, however, not to speculate that there is bad intent behind the offering – gratis – of a good service. Especially as the service is not offered entirely without strings attached. Or more specifically, cookies – cookies that could track all websites visited and do heaven knows what else. Not to mention – cue ominous music – the millions of e-mail and IP addresses harvested.
So who is behind Craigs List and what is their ulterior motive? My own suspicion, based solely on their ruthlessness and demonstrated lack of values, is that it is the Chinese government. And their ultimate goal is world domination. Craigs List alone will not achieve this for them, naturally; it is but one tool in their
But I am open to suggestion on the matter so feel free to posit your own threat or conspiracy.
Commenter Pitcher points out that Craigs List is not free in all market, as it charges for
help wanted ads in three cities, and for apartment rental listings in NYC from apartment brokers
Additionally, dealing a serious blow to my theory that the Chinese government is behind Craigs List, it appears that there is a real Craig – his name is Craig Newmark – and he has a foundation, the Craigslist Foundation.
An unkind characterization of the foundation would be that it is borderline “commie”, emphasizing as it does the development of non-profit organizations. (Why are so many people down on profits?) But this deals the fatal blow to my theory. Highly unaverse to profits (even if channelled solely to those in power and their cronies), the Chinese government is communist in name only.