Mine hasn't been bad honestly. I've found numerous photographers on there that I've worked with, sold loads of items, and bought some things as well.
Yes, you'll get spam. Yes, you'll get people trying to get your personal info. However if you do not respond they won't get your actual email address to add you to their permanent list. Since CL is free, it's a nuisance I can handle.
Make sure and mark: Local Buyers Only. Cash Only. Serious Inquiries Only. No spammers on your posts. While it doesn't always eliminate each spammer, it lets them know that you know they're out there.
When we meet with someone from the site, we are ALWAYS in a public place. We usually meet up at a local Walgreens and exchange the items/cash there. We absolutely never meet at our house, and I keep everything in a different email that I do not use and it's not used for any of my online accounts, so they can't find any personal info that way.
at 2:24 PM on Aug. 6, 2010