Wired’s Epicenter seems to think so. They conducted their own calculations and determined that it could be as much as three times that initial estimate.
And thereby hangs a tale. The craigslist factsheet itself provides evidence the company generates at least $300 million Ã¢â‚¬â€ three times the AIM estimate.
Do the math:
Q: How many job listings does craigslist receive?
A: More than 1 million new job listings each month
Q: How much are job ads?
A: $25 in most cities, $75 in SF.
So, a conservative top line number would seem to be $300,000,000 (1 million x 12 months x $25). This assumes no ads in San Francisco at all, which is impossible.
A breakdown of the cities that craigslist charges anything lists 19 big markets where they collect $25, and one (San Francisco) where they get $75. That leaves hundreds of places where they get $0, and that may account for what seems like an enormous disparity that craigslist wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t comment about at all. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ We have never discussed our revenue at any time, so the plethora of numbers that have been reported over the years are merely guesses of which weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had no part Ã¢â‚¬â€ this most recent study included.Ã¢â‚¬Â