Once Something Is Sold on Craigslist Does the Ad Go Away?

By G.D. Palmer

Craiglist classified ads reach a larger audience than newspaper classifieds.
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Posting a printer or piece of office furniture on Craigslist is an excellent way to clear out the old and make way for the new. Unlike ads on an auction site, however, these listings don't disappear as soon as someone claims the item. To prevent your email inbox from flooding with inquiries before the ad automatically expires, manually edit or delete your listing.


The expiration dates for Craigslist posts vary depending on your location. In most cities, a classified post lasts up to 45 days before automatically expiring and then being deleted. If you post a Craigslist classified ad targeted for most major U.S. cities however, it expires within just one week. (See the Resources for Craigslist's help topic on ad expiration.)

Posting With an Account

If you posted your classified ad via a registered Craigslist account, editing or deleting the post is relatively simple. Visit your account homepage and select the post from the “your postings” tab. You should see options to delete or modify the original post. Editing the post won't change your post's expiration date or move it to the top of the list. If you want the revised post to appear at the beginning of the classified ads for its category, you must copy all the information to a new post. Remember that duplicate ads may be flagged if you repost too often.

Posting Without an Account

If you don't have a Craigslist account, you can still delete or modify your post via your email confirmation link. This link was sent by Craigslist when you first posted the ad. If you cannot find your confirmation email, check your spam filter or use the Craigslist resend post link (link in Resources) to get a new one. Clicking this link enables you to edit the post exactly as if you had an account.


If you posted a classified ad to Craigslist and the item did not sell, or if you would like to modify the ad and push it back to the top of the listings, you can repost it. To repost a currently active free classified post, simply click the renew link on your account page or in the confirmation email. To repost an expired ad, choose the repost link, also found in the email or on the account page. A paid listing, such as a brokered rental post in New York City, requires you to pay the listing fee again before you can create a new copy of your ad.