How to Choose Anonymize on Craigslist


When you publish a Craigslist classified ad looking for a job or a piece of used office equipment for sale, you may choose to receive responses via email or provide another method of contact.

If you prefer email but don’t want to give out your real address or create a disposable email account, Craigslist has a feature that shows an anonymous Craigslist email address in your ad and passes comments to you.

Anonymization is used by many Craigslist vendors, and it has no effect on the number of people who react to your ad.

1st step
On the homepage of your local Craigslist community, click the “Post to Classifieds” link. Select a posting category and, if applicable, a sub-category using the radio buttons.

Step 2

Fill in the relevant fields with your ad information, then validate your email address by entering it again. To choose a Craigslist reply address, use the “Anonymize” option choice.

You can also choose to “hide” your email address, but you’ll need to provide another form of contact information in the body of the ad. To finish the wizard and submit your ad, click “Continue.”

Step three

Check your email for a Craigslist confirmation message. Respond to confirm or update your ad, which should appear within 15 to 20 minutes. Craigslist sends responses to your ads to the anonymous address.