At a colleague's suggestion, I decided to place an ad on Craig's List. I wanted to advertise my Pilates Home Studio. I shared a few photos, used my general location, and posted under the "lessons and tutoring" section.
Craig's List was completely automated and user friendly, so I finished my ad fast, uploaded it, and then received a confirmation email. Silly me, I didn't even notice the bottom instructions from Craig's List: It was Safety Tips and Avoiding SCAMS.
I would love to share with you just a few of the many emails I received in response to my ad. I am pasting them here. I did not change a word!
1. from mywayne101
3. arianna59ok wrote
4. this one's a lengthy one from Mr. Wilson
I have a response ready for Mr. Wilson, but have't emailed it yet:
Hello to you too.
I have a better idea. How about I pay YOU $500 per week to do your wife's training and errands? Any children in the family? Because if there are, I can also happily babysit, anytime day or night. As a matter of fact, why wait? Why don't you and your family come stay at my house until your sale goes through. Send me your personal info and I'll send you the keys.Mi casa es su casa.
At your service!
5. This is the last one I will share. It's from Debra James
To sum it up, I would NOT recommend Craig's List as a method of advertising a pilates trainer. As much fun as I had reading some emails, I ended up wasting my time. Luckily, Craig's List takes unpaid ads down in seven days, so at least I saved a bit of time on that end. I just let my ad expire. I'm so smart!