Bye Bye Craigslist :-(

It’s with a heavy heart that I must announce that PadMapper is no longer including Craigslist rental listings – they’re currently being wiped from the search index. I recently received a Cease and Desist letter from Craigslist, and wasn’t able to get a meeting or convince Craigslist’s lawyer that PadMapper was beneficial to Craigslist and apartment hunters in general. They allow mobile apps to display their listings if you buy a license from them, but not websites.

If you or any of your friends that PadMapper has helped would like to weigh in and tell them how PadMapper has helped you search through Craigslist, you can contact them at:

jim@craigslist.org – Jim Buckmaster, CEO
craig@craigslist.org – Craig Newmark, Founder

If you do contact them, please, please keep it civil. Perhaps if they see how many people PadMapper has helped, they’ll be willing to consider changing their minds.

PadMapper still has a lot of other sources, I’ll be adding more, and I’ll keep mapping pads, but it’s a sad day for pad mapping and apartment hunting. Craigslist is a really important source of apartment listings, and I hope we can get it back someday.

Thanks everyone,
Eric ☮

UPDATE: Many of you have asked me how you can post to PadMapper now that Craigslist is gone. I just posted about PadLister, a completely free way to post directly to PadMapper. I still want to get Craigslist back on there, but in the meantime, it’d be great if you guys could encourage any landlords you know to post their vacancies on PadLister as well (they should, of course, continue to post on Craigslist). Alternately, you can post to Oodle, RentalHomesPlus, Rent.com, ApartmentFinder, or one of the more local sources PadMapper picks up. Of these, Oodle is also free.

UPDATE 2:
If your area is looking empty without CList, you may want to enable Rent.com’s listings to show up. Look under “Show More Filters” and check that on if it’s not.

UPDATE 3:
I’m bringing Craigslist listings back! Here’s the blog post.

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  1. Tony
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Funny thing . . . How is Padmapper any different than any other search engine . . . I think Craigslist has lost their minds and actually doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to this.

  2. Brett
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Ridiculous!

    Padmapper is the only way CL has ever gotten me onto their site. This is a huge mistake on their part. I’ll be writing them for sure.

    Padmapper is an invaluable service. I’ve used it many times myself and recommend it to everyone. Thanks for all your tireless work, Eric. I hope you take a lot of pride in knowing you’ve helped probably thousands of people find homes stress-free. Hopefully, CL gets the message and reverses their position.

  3. Janice
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Just sent them an email. I don’t know what CL’s rationale was, but I think they’re being ridiculous. Hopefully, they’ll reconsider.

  4. Posted June 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Having Craigslist on padmapper is what makes padmapper a useful website. It’s unfortunate that there really isn’t much benefit for me to use padmapper any longer.

  5. leah
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Will be emailing them both, thanks for the links. Padmapper has been a must-have for me when looking for an apartment, and this action really hurts both you guys, so it doesn’t make any sense.

  6. David
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    This is no doubt sad, and definately an opportunity for padmapper to stretch its legs and improve and leave CL in its wake,

    However I wonder if CL is actually planning on implementing a map feature similar to padmapper, and haveing their mapping and padmapper running side by side would be bad for thier business. just a thought…

  7. hra
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Why you don’t change the padmapper to give the users the option to post their rental ads directly on padmapper!
    I think in this way you can directly get the ads on the map without any need to third party websites like criagslist;)

  8. Jillian
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I just emailed both addresses as well, I hope they will reconsider. So sad!

  9. Kathleen
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I will send both emails a nice, but hopefully persuasive letter. Hopefully they will re-consider.

  10. Kathy
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    This is so so sad that CL is not on PadMapper anymore. I don’t know how I will search for the apartments now. That is terrible!

  11. cissi
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Unbelievably sad.

    I hope Craig comes around. I can’t use Craig’s List without your phenomenal filtering and mapping. God knows Craig’s List is no longer functioning as-is.

    I’m stunned they haven’t yet gone after livelovely.com which is also a tremendous help when it comes to apartment hunting.

    I wrote emails. I got no response. I hope it still helps your case, and wish that everybody reading this does the same.

  12. Jess
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Eric! This is BS.

    Another set of emails is headed their way. This site has helped countless friends and co-workers find their apartment through organizing the data of craigslist and I was so bummed to arrive to my computer today to find that during my own apartment search, I’m without! Back to the ole minus-this minus-that kind of search string on craigslist.

    Wishing you luck! Hope this gets straightened out soon!

  13. Michael Higdon
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    please reconsider your action of removing craigslist as one of the availble list a person is able to search on padmapper. i have actively been searching for an apartment and having your posting register in the map format has made it possible for me to narrow my options and be able to consider craigslist postings more rationally then is the limited format of the listing on craigslist regular website.

    • Literate Person
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      Did you actually read what he wrote? He doesn’t have a choice.

    • Cash
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      Read the blog, he was forced to take Craigslist listings off of Padmapper by CL lawyers. He has no choice in the matter.

  14. Nina
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Nooooo!! Just emailed both of them asking them to reconsider. Hopefully they will!

  15. Marie
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    A copy of the email I sent to craigslist CEO and Founder is below. Good luck!!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Gentlemen,

    An introduction of myself: I am not a sloucher. I have a PhD now only because through craigslist I successfully recruited 12 people from all over North America to agree to enter research with me. I am a 30 veteran of teaching who is transitioning into a second career in Real Estate Investment in the Buffalo area. How does this apply to Padmapper and craigslist?

    I had been searching madly for a studio apartment in Buffalo from which to conduct business on weekends. Padmapper has been essential for me in successfully locating the home I wanted by way of mapping. I needed the visual layout of Buffalo, a city strange to me until recently, and over the course of many days, almost every listing led to craigslist. Not only did I find my lakeside dream place via craigslist, I also found gorgeous furnishings to put in it … all on your site. Padmapper led me to you, over and over again, in a precise way that was conducive to my needs and learning style.

    I have just returned from my successful weekend trip to Buffalo, and resumed my search on Padmapper to find a house here in Toronto for my sister and I to combine homes. She has what we affectionately call “a special needs dog” and we need to find a place close to her current home so that the support network she has in place remains accessible daily within walking distance. My sister has no car.

    I was shocked that when I called up the map tonight it was blank. Just BLANK! Finding an appropriate home for us and Roxie will be daunting, inefficient, and exceedingly time-consuming without the valuable asset Padmapper offered.

    I sincerely hope you have taken the time to read this. I am certain that, for every one person like me who has taken the time to write you, there are upwards of 1000 people out there who are upset but silent with this decision of yours. Rather than being informative, simple, and efficient, finding a place to live in this enormous city will now be onerous and discouraging. And, frankly, cranky-making.

    Please reconsider this decision, as it is truly not in the service of clients like me. I have tried to respectfully make my case, and I hope you appreciate that. Please give us a break. Life is tough and busy enough without needless extra effort. Endless columns and clicking keep leading me to places miles from where we need to be.

    I could just cry right now, I’m that weary.

  16. C
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I was so sad to hear this that I took the time to write a pretty detailed letter to CL. I really urge everyone to do the same and to that end, if it makes it any easier for those of you who don’t have time to write a letter, I wanted to post my email below so that people can copy parts of it if they want and shoot off a quick email. Please, everyone, take a few seconds to do so!

    Dear Jim and Craig,

    Thank you for providing the great service that Craigslist is and all that you do to keep such an amazing service free. It’s a brilliant idea that has become so essential to how I go about doing many things in my life.

    I’m writing today to urge you to permit PadMapper to use Craigslist apartment listings because PadMapper is another one of those brilliant ideas like Craigslist, and in fact, complements Craigslist in a perfect way. For those of us who search for apartments, especially people like me who live in urban areas, it’s hard for me to even describe how incredibly helpful PadMapper has been. And without Craigslist listings, it’s become essentially useless.

    In urban areas, Craigslist can be amazing in the sheer number of apartments available, but it can also be very overwhelming. PadMapper brilliantly provides a way to narrow innumerable listings down to a relevant and manageable number, something that even the search function in Craigslist can’t do as many landlords use neighborhood keywords for apartments that are nowhere in the areas that the listings say they are.

    In urban areas, location is also especially important. This is because (at least in cities that I’m familiar with) safety can vary block by block in cities. So simply searching for a neighborhood on Craigslist will turn up both suitable and unsuitable apartments, whereas by using PadMapper, I can pan the map and look at exactly where the listings are and only focus on ones that match my criteria.

    In pointing out the above, I do not mean in any way to criticize Craigslist. As I mentioned before, I’m incredibly grateful for all that Craigslist offers. What I do hope to do in this email, however, is to show how PadMapper and Craigslist are actually a natural and complementary fit for each other and explain the value, to me, of having Craigslist listings on PadMapper. With the increasingly mobile population these days, especially true for urban dwellers, the service that PadMapper and Craigslist provided in conjunction was invaluable and has helped me and many people I know find apartments.

    All of that being said, I imagine that the issue is not as simple as just allowing PadMapper to pull Craigslist listings. I can understand the myriad issues that might be involved in such a partnership and can understand how Craigslist may now be wary of PadMapper as it was apparently pulling listings without Craigslist’s permission or knowledge. I do hope, however, that Craigslist will not let this fact keep it from a thorough evaluation of whether it would be possible to allow PadMapper to use Craigslist listings in a way that is mutually beneficial.

    Specifically, I’m writing to request that Craigslist take the time to meet with PadMapper’s creator so that a potential solution can at least be discussed. By enhancing Craigslist’s functionality, I think PadMapper can actually help Craigslist and can increase traffic to Craigslist.org (perhaps instead of opening a Craigslist listing in a frame, Craigslist can require PadMapper to redirect to the original listing on Craigslist.org).

    Thank you very much for your time, and I hope a resolution to this can be found.

    Sincerely,
    ________

    • Cash
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      Thank you for posting this, I did use a few parts of it in my email and it saved me a huge amount of time.

  17. Luke Kulma
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Padmapper revolutionized apartment searching. This is a big blow.

  18. Rod Edwards
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Does this really surprise anyone?? Craigslist has been consistent in enforcing their anti-scraping policy from day one, and padmapper is only the most recent in a long list of companies that have run into this roadblock. Until CL publishes and API and more permissive terms of use, everyone’s just going to have to deal with the fact that its their choice to make it a walled garden, however recidivistic that may seem.

    • Kevin
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

      Am I the only one who had to look up what “recidivistic” meant? :D

      • RalphJ
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

        lol….my brain did a pause by default due to how many “i” s there were. But me just wanting to get through the rest skipped over it. :)

  19. Esra
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Eric, I am so sad about this and I’ve just sent an email to Jim and Craig. I hope you guys find a solution.

    A Padmapper and Craigslist user.

  20. Cole
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi Eric,

    I don’t understand how Craigslist (CL) monetizes residential listings, but if you decided to pay CL to repost their content. I’d be happy to pay a fee to use your Padmapper ($5-19/mo.), if that meant CL listings would be included.

    Best,
    Cole

    • Lucie
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 5:03 am | Permalink

      me too!

      • Jack
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

        You two are crazy. It would make more sense to pay padmapper money to help promote their OWN listing service. There is nothing so magical about CL that you should be willing to pay to see their listings when really the money should go towards the advertising budget to get more landlords and rental agents to post directly to padmapper. PM is a better and more useful site than CL and it’s time landlords and rental agents abandon CL altogether. As a past landlord, I would have jumped to list on PM over CL any day. I also use MyFloridaHomeMLS because I live in FL.

  21. skelix
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    just emailed the 2 losers now. padmapper with craigslist helped reduce the search time for my current apartment that was listed on craigslist. it also made searching for a new potential apartment in another state whole lot easier until this blunder.

  22. t
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Eric– you are my hero! I am obsessed with Padmapper! I check it along with my gmail multiple times a day. So unhappy with Craiglist. I sent them the below note—-

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I have never written such a letter, but it is no exaggeration to say that I am dismayed to learn that Padmapper has been barred from sharing Craigslist’s apartment postings. I used Craigslist twice to find an apartment in Manhattan in the last five years. While I appreciated the free forum, the format, frankly, was a nightmare to keep straight, and difficult to wade through.

    My husband and I have recently moved to San Francisco, where we are staying with my in-laws until August. I have been gleefully checking Craigslist postings through Padmapper, just to see what is “out there” in our price range. As I do not know the city here at all, Padmapper’s format has helped me to get to know the city better and has allowed me to use Craigslist directly, without having to use a google map and other resources like yelp to better understand each neighborhood.

    I have been telling everyone (literally– strangers on the street!) about what a relief it has been to find Padmapper, and what a help it has been to get me oriented in a new place where I don’t know NOPA from SOMA. I was so looking forward to launching our apartment-search in earnest this week and using Padmapper to find the Craigslist postings that would be within range of my husband’s work, my school, bus lines to family and friends, and neighborhood amenities.

    As a graduate student in a highly competitive program, I now fear that my apartment search will take much much more time. More time than I have to spare, actually. So now I may be stuck here, in my in-laws’ basement, for another few months until I have a break from school in December, all because we may miss Craigslist postings that would have worked for us, but we do not have time to wade through all the clutter and decipher unclear postings on Craigslist.

    I do not know any specifics about how your companies are set up, but I cannot imagine that Padmapper’s aggregating of your postings can be anything but a helpful and much-needed support to your already successful system.

    Please, for the sake of my sanity– get me out of my in-laws’ basement and bring back Craigslist on Padmapper!

    Many thanks for your time.

    Sincerely,

  23. Paul
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Eric you have a great service here. Thanks for your efforts. But judging by the resulting map of my searches after CL cut you off, I’d say don’t give up trying to get them back easily. It’s make or break for your project here.

    I’ve emailed both provided CL folks. Let’s hope they are listening.

  24. Catriona
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    just e-mailed ‘em. Best of luck!

  25. Hamza
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Heartbroken!!!! What is the alternative??

  26. Kevin
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I sent an email to Jim and Craig too. Bummer on CL’s decision. I think padmapper.com enhanced the craigslist experience. Hope CL reverses course.

    Good luck!

    -Kevin

    • asiyah
      Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:46 am | Permalink

      I emailed a polite letter also. I hope they reconsider!

  27. rita
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    this sucks (sorry for the juvenile language but there’s no other phrase for it!). i have found both jobs and apartments thru craiglist before padmapper, and was thrilled when i was able to use padmapper in conjunction with craigslist to find an apartment that was affordable and in a safe area (female, youngish, and i like to run/jog after dark, so, this is a main concern for me) right on the bus line with cats ok; and because of padmapper’s email alerts was able to fill out the paperwork & grab the apartment before anyone else. really sad about this, but i guess it means my next job search / apartment hunt won’t be through craigslist, because it will take up far too much of my time to do this on the CL site and not through padmapper. if they are really supporting a free internet, they’d realize that collaboration is not a hindrance to success.

    in the meantime, eric and padmapper, THANK YOU for existing and allowing me to find my current home :) and grumpy-yet-civil email sent to CL.

  28. Peter
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    http://www.mapskrieg.com/ also down a few days ago. Looks like CL is taking steps to stop other services.

    Why don´t you get a lawyer and talk to the guy from Mapskrieg.com about going against Cease and Desist Notice. Question yourself: Do they have a copyright on ads? Do they own the ads? Are ads worth having a copyright? Is there data copyrighted? Was there a similar case in the US?
    Maybe worth talking to a lawyer about this!
    Good luck!

  29. Lucie
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    I just emailed them (at both addresses)! I hope you hear back soon. How tragic! Thanks for your work, I’m relatively new to padmapper, but since I’ve been introduced, I’ve used it countless times. What a great tool!

    Much appreciation,
    Lucie

  30. Lucie
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Just a thought, but, without Padmapper, craigslist is pretty much useless to me. Is there anyway that padmapper could become a replacement to CL for apartment searches? Could you open a way for people to post their available apartments directly to your site?

  31. ellec
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    So disappointing, for both PM and CL users.
    I sent an email as suggested.
    thank you

  32. April
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    I sent an email to both. I so enjoy using your service – I’ve found two of my previous apartments and recommended it to at least five friends. I was really counting on using it for apartment hunting this November and December. Please keep us updated with the progress!

    • Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Yep, I’ll post here if there are any updates!

  33. muppetzinspace
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    I didn’t used CG because I couldn’t find any other way to filter out the spam listings or organize lisitings by the features I wanted. Padmapper allowed me to do all of those things and directed me back to CG for the full add. How is that infringing when you’re giving CG so much business? Very short sighted indeed. Hope they reconsider.

  34. J Q Public
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Having your site (as well as others) bulk download ALL their ads almost certainly used TONS of bandwidth that craigslist has to PAY for.

    Perhaps if your had READ the Terms of Use for their site, and then contacted them IN ADVANCE, and arranged to PAY FOR the bandwidth use at their end, the result would have been different.

    • Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Hey John, I’m not a dummy, I structured the crawler to be as light as possible on their servers. Most of their ads are <10 kbytes of HTML. I would GLADLY pay for the resources it uses if it meant that PadMapper could keep including Craigslist search results.

  35. Li
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    I sent an e-mail yesterday to both. For me, Padmapper made Craigslist a helpful resource. Without being able to see, at a glance, where an apartment is located or if a listing is one of the bogus “services” that advertise great apartments that they don’t have available, I find Craigslist maddening (esp. all of the duplicate listings). You would think they’d appreciate someone making their listings more user friendly! Seriously, what were they thinking?!

  36. rKitt
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    This is so disappointing. I have already shot an email out to both with the many reasons why I think this is a terrible idea for Craigslist and expressing my disappointment as someone who is currently in the midst of apartment hunting.

    Thank you for this fantastic service, and I am truly sad to see this pan out this way.

  37. Demi
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I’m sending off a civil letter to the folks over at CL, but I will say that I 1000% agree with some of the earlier comments. You don’t need CL. Padmapper has enough of a following to become an rental listing site. Craigslist has become a mess of a site over the years and this is no secret. I’ve spoken to past small time landlords who have expressed annoyance about CL over the fact that they ads are getting flagged off (MANY believe that larger realtors/landlords team up to dislodge these smaller guys from the site) and that realtors have near free reign to spam their listings, pushing their own ad further down. I personally have seen an increase of landlords just using old school “For Rent” signs and forgoing CL altogether (last two places I rented I found in this manner and they weren’t even posted on Craigslist). As a user, I have long found CL to be borderline useless due to the amount of scams, spam, and just pure misinformation. It’s impossible to do a search due to all the tagging and lack of information. Padmapper practically cut through all this spam and a good 90% of the hits I found on your site were legit. The map system helps weed out a good chunk of the scams.

    I recently did an internship in LA and since I didn’t have a car, Padmapper helped me find listings for rooms within walking distance of where I needed to be. Craigslist can’t do this. In fact, Craigslist seems loathe to make any changes to the site at all. It refuses to adapt and change and as a result, it’s going downhill. People have been seeing this for years but many feel as if they’re stuck with CL, which is ridiculous. It’ll take time, but Padmapper can be built up to be a true CL killer when it comes to rental listings. Work on finding people in major markets to advertise PM to smaller landlords and realtors. Expound on the benefits of PM vs. CL and build up an inventory of listings. You already have a good head start and have people who love your site. I see little reason to go groveling back to CL, a site that’s become a known joke over the years.

    • Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for all the nice words, Demi! The big challenge there is that it’s tough to spread the word to all those small landlords, and I’m probably not going to be able to do that as a one man shop (though I’ll give it a try that way). I’ve got some friends who are interested in working on PadMapper that have helped some in the past, so it’s not the end of the world. Tell any landlords you know!

      • doug
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

        Why don’t you use a social media campaign? You can also post free ads on Craigslist right that direct users back to your site.

      • cissi
        Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

        Hey Eric, maybe you can turn this lemon into lemonade.

        Padmapper is a hundred times better than CL (which is hopelessly passé with all their spam/fake listings and lack of useful and functional search options).

        Why not turn it into pay site? Even a symbolic fee such as $1 per listing would keep the Nigerian scams off it (I’m thinking), and avoid all the floodings of annoying identical listings – both which are rampant on CL, as we all know.

        • Posted June 26, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

          Maybe, since that would probably help at least somewhat with the scam problem, though I’m reluctant to do anything that would discourage people from posting listings on PadLister. Need all the (real) listings we can get!

  38. Berto
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I just e-mailed them for you.

    If you need any assistance, I know of some Internet Lawyers who may be able to help. They specialize in this kind of thing… e-mail me. I also sent them a message to reach out to you.

  39. Jeff
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Eric, can you provide your email address for carbon copying emails to Jim and Craig?

    thanks

  40. pounds
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I just emailed the people at Craigslist asking why they would stop the PadMapper connection – it is helpful to seekers and promotes their business. I don’t get it….

    I hope that more people start posting to PadMapper – I am moving in a month and I need new digs! Plus I’m a GIS geek and I appreciate the application that you’ve put together.

  41. Grace
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    This is so incredibly sad Padmapper was so useful. Craigslist housing postings in New York are overrun with multiple postings and spam using Padmapper to sort out duplicates and spam was invaluable. I hope Craigslist sees how harmful this is…

  42. Jill
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I think this is SOMEWHAT of a good thing, because craigslist is completely RIDDLED with scam ads and 20 listings in a row of the same apartment complex!! It is extremely frustrating to go through all of those listings and their search engine at the top doesn’t work more than half the time. I always came to padmapper because you have REAL ads from real people! I hope everything works out.

  43. Rebecca
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Honestly I stopped looking at Craigslist lately because 90% off the apartment ads we inquired about where scams.

  44. Luke
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Could we start a petition on change.org?

    Perhaps this petition is not “cause-y” enough, but it could be under the guise of affordable housing…..

  45. Justin
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Bummer, just wrote Jim and Craig a friendly email. I hope they reconsider!

  46. Cookie
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    The email I sent to craigslist:

    Oh My Gosh! craiglist I love your site but, I also, love padmapper they show me exactly where the property is listed from your site without me having to google search it. Please please go back to them. I have been finding many people rental property from padmapper through craigslist. The both of you combined makes life much easier. Please, Please go back to padmapper.

    I enjoy both sites

    Thank you
    Cookie

  47. Berklee
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I just sent an email as soon as I saw this posting. Hopefully they’ll reconsider this decision asap!

    -B

  48. Brittany
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Cool, calm, and collected e-mail sent.

    That doesn’t mean I’m not FREAKING OUT about this – right in the middle of apartment hunting! D: D: D:

  49. Brad
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    My email:

    Jim, Craig,

    As a user of both sites I commend the work done by both teams in developing their websites. Craigslist has been useful for obtaining useful used items and finding good homes for things once belonging to me.

    But the ability to search listed rentals has been difficult – especially to individually click through each listing. Padmapepr made this very easy and I found my last several rentals with its capability. I’m sad to see the cease and desist coming from your legal team.

    I would like to encourage you to work WITH padmapepr instead of a one-sided approach. I think your services are a great benefit to each other, and develop useful synergies.

    Regards,
    B

  50. Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, Craigslist had to do this during San Francisco’s peak new housing season? I sent them an email as well and I really hope they’ll reconsider.

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