We all know the potential risks of striking deals on Craigslist. The founders of Replyboard, an online service to help you screen those involved on either side of the site's transactions, have gone undercover in a series of hilarious videos to show you how sketchy dealmaking on the site can get. They replied to various ads posted on Craigslist Seattle and brought a hidden camera along to document the meeting, during which they made themselves at home, and then some. The videos are laugh-out-loud hilarious, and, not a hoax. Says Replyboard co-founder Steinar Skipsnes,"We did respond to real ads. Regretfully I don't have actually screenshots from ads we responded to. It's something I thought about after the fact and wish I had captured." According to the Replyboard Presents site, each person featured was offered and given $50 to sign a waiver.
Says Skipsnes, Craigslist "lacks transparency. You have no idea who you're dealing with. That needs to change and that's why we created Replyboard.com."