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Updated by Saikat Basu on July 4th, 2017

Craigslist is an interesting part of the Internet’s legacy.

Founded over 22 years ago as an email distribution list, the site has steadfastly refused to change its minimalist design and easy-to-use posting system. Though perhaps no longer as popular as it was a decade ago, Craigslist remains favorite shopping site for local bargain hunters Become A Boss On Craigslist With These Apps And Services Become A Boss On Craigslist With These Apps And Services Sellers on Craigslist usually want to sell as quickly as possible, meaning if you find an item before anyone else you're more likely to actually get it. Job searches, similarly, offer an advantage to the... Read More and an enduring site to post your classified ads for free.

This success has spawned many imitators over the years. Most of those alternatives to Craigslist have failed before anyone knew they existed. Still, there are a few which managed to withstand the web’s churn and are a viable choice to Craigslist.

Let’s look at five online classified sites where you can buy and sell stuff without too much hassle.

1. Oodle Marketplace

Oodle is both a site like Craigslist and an anti-Craigslist at the same time. The basic concept of posting online classifieds is the same, but it embraces Facebook to provide a more personal experience and recommendations from friends. It uses the same technology that powers Facebook Marketplace Facebook Marketplace Lets You Sell Your Old Junk for Free Facebook Marketplace Lets You Sell Your Old Junk for Free Facebook has launched Marketplace, which lets people buy and sell used items listed nearby. As a bonus, Facebook Marketplace is completely free to use. Read More . You don’t have to use Facebook to post, but if you do so your profile will be accessible via Oodle.

Oodle Marketplace

There’s a lot of activity on Oodle. It’s not just good for buying and selling – you can use it to find nearby jobs in major metropolitan areas. This site seems to do a better job of providing geographically relevant results than many competitors and there is support for several countries besides the United States. Try Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

On the other hand, Oodle’s focus on social networking makes it a bit less intuitive for people looking to find items in a specific category. Some people will prefer this design, and others will find it frustrating.

2. Sell.com

Sell.com is not as old as Craigslist but not by much as it started in 1999. It started its life with only buying and selling ads but since then it covers other kinds of classifieds like Pets and Animals, Jobs, and Services. The site also does not categorize classifieds by region automatically, though there is the option to enter your zip code. You can also drill down to the city of your choice and then refine it with an advanced search.

Sell.com

Want to save yourself some time? Log-in to the site and set up an alert to match new ads to your keyword. Sell.com allows you to make your ads more visible on the site by paying money. You’ll find eBay-like features such as seller ratings and a shopping cart. Products are more visible thanks to the thumbnails.

Do note that there’s no charge to browse, make offers, or buy items and services on Sell.com. But, you have to pay a small fee to list and sell items and services.

3. Geebo

Another Internet veteran, Geebo has never obtained the household name status of companies like Craigslist and eBay but has remained relevant for anyone who’s looking for an alternative classified site. Like most classified sites, the design is simple, but like eBay Classifieds it is far more colorful and modern than Craigslist. Another similarity is this site’s focus on the United States.

Geebo

Geebo uses the tagline “safe community classifieds” and claims to have a more personal atmosphere than the competition. The site’s blog does spend a lot of time bashing the competition for sketchy practices, but otherwise the site isn’t any safer than any other online classified site 10 eBay Scams to Be Aware Of 10 eBay Scams to Be Aware Of Being scammed sucks, especially on eBay. You invest so much time into selling a product or researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… nothing. Do you know when you’re being scammed? Read More .

4. Close5 (eBay)

Close5 is eBay’s classified arm. It is a strong Craigslist competitor that has taken aim at quick location based local selling through its mobile app. Like all buy-sell apps, the Close5 app is also location based. Features like in-app messaging and mobile snapshots of the products make buying and selling easy.

You can filter products by distance and price. Browse through categories like home goods, furniture, fashion, baby and kids, and bicycles.

Close5

Creating your listing is as easy as a snapping a photo. Close5 is US-only for now but with eBay’s strong mind presence it can dent Craigslist popularity because the world’s most popular classified’s site does not have an official mobile app yet. Though, there is a hefty ecosystem of third-party apps that support Craigslist Become A Boss On Craigslist With These Apps And Services Become A Boss On Craigslist With These Apps And Services Sellers on Craigslist usually want to sell as quickly as possible, meaning if you find an item before anyone else you're more likely to actually get it. Job searches, similarly, offer an advantage to the... Read More .

5. Facebook Marketplace

There was a hint of Facebook’s own market when we talked about Oodle. There are already thousands of groups on Facebook that have the same idea at their heart but the Marketplace makes it a bit more organized. Think of it as a more specialized corner where you can do a more localized search for stuff you want to buy and sell.

Browse to buy, snap a photo and publish it to sell your stuff, and filter what you want to see by location, category, and price or through a map.

 Facebook Marketplace

With the community powered marketplace, you can “know” the person you are dealing with through their social profile. That’s always a wise precaution before any big-ticket purchase.

Adweek says that some of the hottest selling items on Facebook’s site are furniture; babies and kids; and women’s clothing and shoes. Also, more than 18 million new items were posted for sale to Marketplace in the U.S. in May.

What Is the Best Way to Sell Without Using Craigslist?

There are a lot of sites like Craigslist, but these were picked because of their strong user communities. A classified site is not of much use if no one ever visits it. Craigslist is still here and it has overcome every horror story and even the rise of the social shopping so far. Have you had your share of good bargains on Craigslist 15 Ways You Can Use Craigslist to Make Money 15 Ways You Can Use Craigslist to Make Money Craigslist is a massive site with tons of opportunities for making money. Here are 15 of them, from totally sensible to borderline crazy. Read More or any other classified site?

Do you know of an alternative classified site that has an active community? Tell us about it in the comments.

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  1. Jack
    October 12, 2017 at 10:44 am

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  2. Jim WHITTINGTON
    September 6, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I've been selling online for the past 2 1/2 years. I have never had any success with Close5. I have done very well on OfferUp and Letgo. I recently started using Facebook marketplace and have done very well there as well.

  3. Jim WHITTINGTON
    September 6, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I've been selling on local sites for two years plus. I e never had any success with CLOSE5. However I've had major success with OFFERUP and LETGO. Facebook Marketplace is my other go to site.

  4. KELLY
    August 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

    My grandmother contracted Herpes from Usher backstage because she likes the Oodle.

  5. Jackob Fisherman
    August 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Oodle Requires you to have a face book and to connect it to post

    • KELLY
      August 13, 2017 at 6:31 am

      And Usher contracted Herpes not using his noodle messing with the wrong oodle

  6. mongana
    December 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Email me@ (mongana6@gmail) if posted ads
    is still available for sale?i will have chat with you
    but am at work now am on able to chat okay thanks for your understanding...........

  7. oc2o
    October 6, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Dear,

    We are finishing our website oc2o.com , we don't have a big database of users but we keep the quality of the design. We hope to give a free service and a good quality of the service.

  8. Trademysite
    September 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

    hello,

    I love the articles that you have mentioned, though in simple words Buying and selling of websites can be very tedious and confusing if you don’t have much experience .I remember the first time I wanted to sell my website.
    I was a complete mess and eventually it did take me a long time to understand the working of the internet market world dimensions .seller is selling his website it may be due to following reasons :
    1.First and foremost , understand the fact that when you intend to buy a website you should earn a profit buying 2. 2. the asset and not on eventually selling it
    3. It is usually harder to build a business than to grow it
    4. Never rely on google, it may seem it brings a lot of traffic but it doesn’t, looking at larger scale
    Build your own ad campaign
    There are a number of market place sites which offer you great deals .Sites such as trademysite can be a great platform to sell the website when the need arises.

    Thnaks

    • oc2o
      October 6, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Dear,

      we offer a local marketplace on oc2o.com , free to post listing, you are right we concentrate on the quality even it is free.

  9. Trademysite
    September 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

    hello,
    I love the articles that you have mentioned, though in simple words Buying and selling of websites can be very tedious and confusing if you don’t have much experience .I remember the first time I wanted to sell my website.
    I was a complete mess and eventually it did take me a long time to understand the working of the internet market world dimensions .seller is selling his website it may be due to following reasons :
    1.First and foremost , understand the fact that when you intend to buy a website you should earn a profit buying 2. 2. the asset and not on eventually selling it
    3. It is usually harder to build a business than to grow it
    4. Never rely on google, it may seem it brings a lot of traffic but it doesn’t, looking at larger scale
    Build your own ad campaign
    There are a number of market place sites which offer you great deals .Sites such as trademysite can be a great platform to sell the website when the need arises.

    Thanks

  10. Ace
    May 17, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Sell.com DOES charge; so others may want to take note... GRRR...

    • oc2o
      October 6, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      oc2o.com is free of use, no hidden fee.

  11. Sara Harlington
    May 5, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Buy*Sell*Trade locally the items Craigslist doesn't allow!
    Pistol / Handgun
    Rifle
    Shotgun
    Antique Firearms
    Firearms Accessories
    Survival Knives
    Collectors Knives
    Swords
    Compound
    Crossbow
    Recurve
    Long-Bow
    Precious Metals
    Coins
    Jewelry
    Antiques
    Collectibles
    Vacant Land
    Off-Grid Property
    Business / Commercial
    Housing
    Apartment /Condo
    Homeopathy
    Weight Loss
    Enhancement
    Herbal
    Coffee / Tea
    General Wellness
    Medical Devices
    Heirloom Seeds/ Plants
    Local News
    World News
    Politics
    Women 4 Men
    Men 4 Women
    Local Groups
    Religion
    Conspiracies
    Coupons
    Gift Cards
    Adult Entertainment
    Advertising
    Automotive
    Consulting
    Contractor Svcs
    Electronic Repair
    Financial
    Landscaping
    Legal
    Medical
    Moving
    PC Repair / Software
    Software Developer
    Tutoring
    Miscellaneous
    Appliances
    Arts & Crafts
    Automobiles
    Auto Parts
    Baby & Todler
    Barter / Trade
    Bicycles / Bike Parts
    Boats / Water Craft
    Books / Magazines
    Business
    CD/DVD/Blueray/Media
    Cell Phones
    Clothing
    Electronics
    Farm & Garden
    Free Stuff
    Furniture
    Garage / Yard Sales
    General Items
    Household
    Materials
    Motorcycles & Scooters
    Musical Instruments
    Photo & Video
    RV's & Campers
    Sporting Goods
    Tickets & Venues
    Tools
    Toys & Games
    Video Gaming
    Wanted to Buy

  12. Charles
    November 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Great post! I am trying to learn more about this subject and this article gave me a lot of insight so keep up the good work!

  13. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    hey there is one more site Cirtru.com which can also be a better option for classifieds

  14. Anonymous
    July 2, 2015 at 4:08 am

    There are many new players (I mean new classified websites) in the advertising industry. Perhaps it would be good to create a table of such (latest/updated) listing in alphabetical order, domain age, etc. There many good ones out there if you search for the Biggest or Largest Classifieds, Best Online Classifieds, Free Classifieds Directory, Internet Business Classifieds, Online Business Classifieds, etc.

  15. annmariebouchet
    May 18, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I would love to have or given some vintage items.And old big wine bottles .if not selling them .

  16. C
    April 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    OfferUp is popular in the Los Angeles area of Southern California. As a seller, I've done pretty well. What's different is that buyers can respond with Offers to your items in a very easy manner. Beware of crazy low ball offers however!

  17. Alex Abrams
    January 6, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Just started using an app called eddi. Way easier to deal with. They have a website too: eddi.com

  18. Tom Swearingen
    December 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I helped start a very honest and friendly wat of selling a buying tools and cars just prior to the recession about 5 years ago on( EBAY), I sold automotive spray guns on there that were very high quality and the government was forcing people to change to stupid HVLP EPA Compliant guns. Then 5 years ago I quit and had to move North to help my passing parents and bury one and sell the house and move the other down to Florida where I live.
    I checked out eBay after 5 years and now it is nothing but thieves bidding on there own items and ebay seldom stops them, it is pittyful, it was very honest many years ago, I wish someone would bring back the honest eBay.

    • Me
      January 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      can you prove it that they bid on their own items or are you just disgruntled because you did not win. I think it's the latter

    • Todd
      January 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Besides the op was taking about ebay classifieds anyway not ebay

  19. Mike
    December 12, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I suggest these great free advertising websites:
    advertigo.net/
    fastadpost.com/

  20. jim
    August 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    You gotta try http://classifiedsearth.com because the site is really set up to give you the maximum for your nonbuck. It's free but what cool is I can stream my twitter account under my ads and also post them to my facebook. If you know a little seo this site will rank your ads, plus you can use tags in each ad for even more of a boost. It is a fairly new site.

  21. Michael
    August 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Something that you might want to take a look at is Catasym. It is a new Classified selling social network. Gives you the ability to post ads for free but also allows much more for just a low monthly fee. http://www.catasym.net is the website. To view videos about this website go to http://www.mycatasym.com/hiss. thanks

  22. patricia
    August 12, 2012 at 3:16 am

    i need a good furnture

    • janette
      March 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      I'm selling my bedroom set and sofas

  23. patricia
    August 12, 2012 at 3:11 am

    i need a excellence furniture for my home

  24. David
    June 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Have you guys heard about http://www.adeelist.com, this is getting popular in philly?