I've bought 3 things off of craigslist,
I paid $100 for the vacuum and for the air operated bumper jack. The little generator I paid $200 for which was too much.All three transactions went without a hitch.
The vac was delivered to me from an hour away for a fee, the jack and generator I went to their homes and or businesses and picked the items up.
I did learn about the spam emails and texts the hard way so now I do what Nick has outlined to prevent it. Read the rules and warnings pages carefully, follow what they say and you'll should be fine.
The robbers and killers on CSI New York are on TV But make no mistake, they are definitely out here in the real world too, and craigslist is just one of the means they use to lure in unsuspecting victims. I like the idea of packing heat to do craigslist transactions.