Craigslist Captcha Image Verification: Car Dealer Post Software, Terms of Use

What is CAPTCHA? It is actually an acronym. It stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. In case you wonder, Turing was an early Math / Computer Science professor. The reason Craigslist uses this verification is because they want to make sure that there is an actual human being posting the ad. They want local sellers reaching local buyers.

The first thing people want to know is how to automate Craigslist posts. Well, you cannot. Not completely. Terms of use clearly states that it is not allowed a user posting for somebody else and this includes the automated programs. When a program "cracks" the captcha and hits that submit button for you, the maker of that software program and you are breaking the terms of use. You can get a program to generate the post for you - even login for you and get to that submission screen automatically. But you cannot have a program read the captcha and hit that "submit" button for you. Not legally anyway. You have to read the captcha and hit that submit button yourself. This is exactly what Carsinia provides. We make it as easy as legally possible for you to post on Craigslist.

You may see some companies offering automated CAPTCHA reading. It is illegal and we do not advise that you work with them. Craigslist will most probably sue their pants off and you may be fined as well. If you see any solution where you do not even need an account, you can be sure that it is not legal. You are breaking the terms of use of Craigslist. You may get significant fines for it.

What about when a human reads the CAPTCHA for you? There is actually a service called Amazon Turk that does that. You can get people to read captchas for very small fees and report them back to you. Again, it is illegal for somebody to post it for you. You have to submit the post yourself. There is only one exception to this. Some companies actually work like staffing agencies and get you to hire their Craigslist posters as part of your staff. Then you need to install a software on your PC for them to be able to remote access your computer when you are not using it. Because it is your staff using your computer to submit the post, this is legally OK. However, please note that usually this is pretty expensive and you can never be sure what they are doing with your computer.

Carsinia makes it as easy as legally possible to post on Craigslist. You still have to enter the captcha yourself. Contact us for more info and demonstration.

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