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Craiglist is an interesting part of the Internet’s legacy. Founded over 15 years ago, 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, Craiglist remains a popular and successful site.

This success has spawned many imitators over the years. Most of those sites like Craigslist have failed before anyone knew they existed. Still, there are a few sites like Craigslist that serve a similar purpose.

Backpage.com

sites like craigslist

If you’re looking for a straight Craiglist clone, this is it. Backpage.com replicates much of what makes Craiglist great in the eyes of many – a basic design with a simple, (usually) free posting system. In fact, posting on this website is a lot easier than posting on Craigslist.

Backpage is not as popular as the site it imitates, but its following is surprisingly robust in some areas of the United States, particularly the southern states like Arizona and Texas. Some cities in Italy, Germany and a few other countries are supported, but there’s not much activity.

Oodle Marketplace

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Oodle is both a site like Craigslist and an anti-Craiglist at the same time. The basic concept of posting online classifieds is the same, but it embraces Facebook to provide a more personal experience. You don’t have to use Facebook to post, but if you do so your profile will be accessible via Oodle.

There’s a lot of activity on Oodle. It’s not just good for buying and selling – it’s also great for finding 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.

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.

Sell.com

like craigslist

Nearly as old as Craigslist, Sell.com is more focused than many other sites of this type. Rather than focusing on all potential classifieds – including personals, job ads and more – this site only focuses on buying and selling. This site also does not categorize classified by region automatically, though there is the option to enter your zip code.

Sell.com is quite basic and free to post on, though you can make your ads more visible on the site by paying money. The focus on buying and selling reduces the flexibility of this site, but it also frees up space on the page, providing room for thumbnail images of many items. You’ll also find eBay-like features such as seller ratings and a shopping cart.

Ebay Classifieds

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This is eBay’s new attempt to rival Craigslist. It was known as Kijiji but has since been renamed to make sure everyone is aware that, yes, eBay is the owner. This site is a bit different from others because it was launched globally first and then re-purposed for the United States. Unfortunately, the international community seems to have been completely erased in this latest incarnation.

Ebay Classifieds is quite popular in a number of metro areas. It focuses on buying and selling but supports many other classifieds such as jobs, housing and more. The site’s design is cleaner and more attractive than other competitors, but still intuitive.

Geebo

sites like craigslist

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. 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 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 “safer” than anywhere else.

That doesn’t have much impact on buying and selling, however. If you just want to find a free chair or get rid of an old car, Geebo is excellent. It even offers thumbnail images and easy-to-use advanced filters.

Conclusion

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. Susan Jones
    October 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

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

  8. Craigslist Fans
    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.

  9. 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 .

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

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

    i need a excellence furniture for my home

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

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

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