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 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.
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. 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 – 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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