I ran into Tom Bashe’s Craigslist hits another low.. Charging for job posts in this economy!?
From the get go it was obvious that Craigslist did something terribly wrong, and, also obviously (see “another”) not for the first time.
So, what is that they did so wrong and why is that they hit “another” low? When the author tried to post an ad under “Jobs” category, he was asked to pay $25.
We may want to pay, or not want to pay, we may be happy that it is only $25 (less than in the newspaper, which, obviously, have not yet hit another low), or angry that it is $25, which is too much… but can we dictate to a private business what to do with their money?
How come we charge Craigslist with caring for the economy? Are they our President? Our government? And if they are a private business, how come we don't hesitate to blame them?
As real estate professionals, shouldn't we reconsider our fees in this economy and start charging 50% of what we were charging 5-6 years ago? Do you do that?
I don’t but then I am not against what Craigslist or any other private business is charging. It is their money (or lack thereof), it is their business decision. I can vote with my dollar. But it ends with my dollar. Socialism is not only when you take forcefully the money from one group and redistribute it, it starts with allowing to think that we can tell businesses what and when to charge.
I think it is important to adopt a self-policy to do what we preach. We want Craigslist not to charge, let's chip in. If they should, why not us? If we think that it is OK to take taxpayer's money and offer discount purchasing homes, than why not get the checkbook out of the pocket and write the check for $8,000 to the Buyer right at closing table?
Or it is only fair when it is done with someone’s money but bad, bad, bad, when it is done with our?