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Diagnosing Craigslist Syndrome

Updated on July 15, 2011

Whosa Whatta?

That's right. Craigslist Syndrome. The symptoms are easy to spot. You spend hours perusing the ads. "Hey look honey, a barbecue, only twenty bucks." Never mind that it's a hundred years old and you already have two sitting on your deck out back. You find yourself looking at stuff on a listing in another time zone. You post your spare parts car (If you're my husband) forcing the wife to field phone calls for days. When you don't get an offer you like, you pull the ad. A month later you post it again for a different price. You repeat this behaviour four times throughout the year.

If you display any or all of these symptoms, pay attention. You may be a sufferer of this rising epidemic. If you aren't sure, ask your loved ones. They will tell you the truth.

Treatment Options

The most obvious way to treat a disease like this one is removing the source. However as smashing your PC isn't always a viable option for everyone, we offer more solutions.

Another way to correct Craigslist Syndrome is to introduce a different disease that will kill CLS. Common cures would be Ebayitis or the ever popular Facebook Addiction. In these cases, the solution may be worse than the initial problem.

Some CLS sufferers simply ride the disease out and eventually go into remission. This is inadvisable unless you are able to purchase a large warehouse to hold all of the couches/old refridgerators no one wants anymore.

Inoculations in small doses may be able to do the job. Limiting yourself to a half hour on the site daily and one purchase/free item a week may be a wise idea, but most of those with CLS are unable to do so.

There Is Hope

Physicians/Computer Programmers are, as we speak, searching for a permanent solution to this life altering affliction. The projected time for the delivery of a cure is about 2015 or so in the form of small devices that can be plugged into your laptop or PC. The device will emit a harmless electric shock or a small dose of nerve gas (your choice) every time you type in the IP address of selected sites. It will come in black, pink, blue, or a leopard print variety.

We ask that you do not lose hope and continue to help us fight this raging war against a tyrant we all must face. The sovereignty of Craigslist is not a pretty sight, and we'd all do well to guard ourselves against its tyranny.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Finding A Cure For CLS Fund, contact the author of this hub. She would be glad to direct your donation to an appropriate PO Box. Thank you and stay Craigslist Syndrome free.

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    • northweststarr profile imageAUTHOR

      northweststarr 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      Amen Immartin! It's a terrible affliction to battle. I have problems with it in my own home. Did farmville a little but really had a problem with frontierville personally. Glad you were able to pry the credit cards from her!

    • lmmartin profile image

      lmmartin 

      7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Never suffered from the ailment, though a number of my e-friends seem to have a bad dose of "farmville dependency." My daughter went through a terrible spell of Ebay bid-affliction but successfully cured herself with the help of a good 12 step and confiscation of credit cards. So far, my family has been spared Craigslist syndrome. May the powers that be keep it so.

    • northweststarr profile imageAUTHOR

      northweststarr 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      TY KKGals! This does seem to be primarily a male affliction, doesn't it? Glad my first attempt at a humor hub tickled your funny bone. I'll have to do some more.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I was amused from beginning to end. I giggled and I grinning. I thought you hit the nail on the head. As I read I pictured my husband bent over the keyboard carefully going through Craigslist page by page. Up and funny.

    • northweststarr profile imageAUTHOR

      northweststarr 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      Ty Bud! Stay cool, and away from the CL page!

    • Bud Gallant profile image

      Bud Gallant 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      This is very amusing and creative.

      I've avoided the CraigsList affliction myself, so I guess I'm ok. I'll keep this in mind for future reference, though.

    • northweststarr profile imageAUTHOR

      northweststarr 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      Ah, so you're an enabler. ;)

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      When we lost our house and had to move, I offered a bunch of things FREE on craig's list...wow! that was an eye opener...I never got so many emails...it was awesome!

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