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10 Best Sites Like Craigslist (and one app)

When it comes to selling and buying of used items online, the king of all the websites where such services are offered is Craigslist.

If you live in Canada or the US, there is almost no City without a specific area on Craigslist. Also, different countries around the world have their entries on this site, but sometimes craigslist might not be the perfect choice for buying and selling your used stuff on the internet.

So, you may want to check out some other site that works like Craigslist. You might be pleased to know that there are several fantastic options out there that you can try, and many of them have some incredible advantages over craigslist when it comes to purchasing and selling used items.

In this article, we will take a look at some of these sites and telling you all that you need to know about using them 10 Best Sites Like Craigslist (and one app)

OfferUp

OfferUp

OfferUp is a site you should try out. One of the most amazing features of this site is that it has native Android and iPhone applications that not only allows you to browse the available items but also lets you communicate safely with sellers and buyers.

OfferUp is dedicated to creating a trustworthy and safe marketplace for both the seller and the buyer, which is why they offer an ID verification service that will guarantee every user that you are who you say you are.

Also, the app shows if you have mutual friends on Facebook, and that makes your transaction a safer and secure experience on the site

Bookoo

Just like Craigslist, Bookoo features a site for different cities within and around the country. This allows you to find things available for sales around you.

While it is true that there are not so many different areas represented on bookoo, what we can tell you is that there are over 2 million users of this service, and its reach is fast expanding.

Bookoo also provides more information about the different sellers on its platform by allowing them to upload a bio, that tells people what they want to sell. This allows the buyers get a very good idea of who they’re dealing with on the service.

VarageSale

VarageSale

VarageSale has successfully differentiated itself from all the other platforms that offer the service of sales of fairly used items by combining offline and online social Communities successfully through buying and selling.

Users on this platform join groups that include people from their local area and they transact their business within the group.

This ensures that the people you are dealing with are those who are closest to you, and that makes it easier to establish long-term trading relationships with these individuals on this platform.

There are also interest-based groups on VerageSale where people can sell specific items. Things on Varage sales are very easy because they have an Android and iOS application that you can download and use on the go.

The Online Yard Sale

Similar to VarageSale, what’s the online yard sale tries to do is to create a feeling of browsing through a yard sale in your vicinity.

However, it allows you to connect with people from different places. You can easily connect with riding lawnmowers, buy books, get used clothes, and many different items as people post things regularly.

If you’re buying larger items on this platform, the manner of delivery may be restricted to pick up only. But if you have a good negotiation with the seller, he/she may be able to negotiate a shipment.

The online yard sale does not have as many listings as you would expect, but in a period, there should be a massive growth on the platform.

Oodle

If what you want to a new place to live, a new pet for your kids, a new vehicle, or almost anything else, you can find all of them on this website called Oodle. While cars, pets, and houses are the main focus of this site, other categories can be explored.

One of the most exciting things about using Oodle is the fact that it is very simple to find what you want and get in contact with a buyer, then arranging a meet, and finally make a transaction.

This site is a pretty active one, so the chances that you would find what you’re looking for in less than a half-hour is very high

OLX

Even if you have never heard about any of the sites listed in this article, the chances that you have heard about OLX is very high.

With a robust online presence in more than 100 countries in the world OLX has been able to redefine how we use the global online Marketplace when it comes to buying and selling a used item.

On OLX, you can find almost anything you want to buy, even pets, getting services, getting an apartment, getting jobs, and a bunch of other things that you probably would never have imagined to be present in an online buying and selling platform.

Recently, it has been discovered that you can even get protected animal products on OLX, which is one reason why you need to be very careful what you purchase on the platform.

Because of the large variety of items and services you can get on OLX, it has become the choice website for people in different countries where it is available.

In places where you can get access to OLX, you can download the Android app or the iOS app from your app store and start buying and selling.

There is no debating the fact that OLX has become way more prominent than Craigslist, and should earn the number one spot on this article. However, the other sites featured here are also great.

Gum tree

While Gumtree is primarily UK-based, the site is fast expanding with a growing presence all around Europe, Australia, and in expat communities in the United States.

It is safe to say that Gumtree is the European version of craigslist as it offers almost the same services and connects sellers and buyers easily. On this site, there are also free and paid ads that people can take advantage of.

At present, the Gum tree is one of the go-to places for job and motor listings in the UK, which means that almost anybody can find this site very useful.

However, if you’re going to use a Gum tree, you have to be very careful because it has become a means of conning people out of their hard-earned money. Make sure to be extra cautious when looking for flats on Gum tree.

Kijiji

Kijiji is Canada’s local version of Craigslist, and it has repeatedly introduced itself as the most famous free classified site.

At the time of writing this article, this site had over 70 million indexed, and that makes it a perfect place for buying and selling used items.

Kijiji offers different sections, such as sections for jobs, resume, services, vacation rentals, and almost anything you can imagine to search for.

On this site, sellers are allowed to post videos of the items they wish to sell, and that can provide better information then what will be captured in pictures.

People have complained about not getting what they see in movies, but when it comes to videos, you can be sure that what you say is what you get.

eBay Classifieds

While craigslist is very popular, when it comes to buying and selling used items, a lot of people think about eBay before they think about any other website.

However, everybody is aware that in its classified sections, you are allowed to buy, sell, and trade with other members of your community.

This site is a very impressive resource if you’re unable to find what you are looking for on Craigslist. About a year ago, eBay was not as known as it is today.

However, people are now going on this platform to get things that they need (especially pieces of jewelry and clothing items).

The speedy growth of eBay is a fascinating one, and we are sure that in a matter of years, it may become as significant as other platforms.

Facebook

You may be surprised to find Facebook on this list because most people use it for connecting with people, making friends, and merely chatting and watching videos or posting pictures.

However, there is so much you can do on Facebook, and that includes making money off your used products. Buying and selling on Facebook is fast becoming a thing, and the online traders love it.

Facebook currently features hundreds, if not thousands of groups, where people from the same area can buy and sell items. Also, you can get items from other regions shipped to you when you join any of the marketplaces on Facebook.

This makes social networking more than just something you do for fun. If you’re looking to join any of the market groups on Facebook, all you have to do is search for your city name and include “garage sales” to your search. You should be able to find a minimum of three groups where you can buy and sell.

Very soon, Facebook hopes to launch a new feature that will allow people to buy and sell without having to join groups. And with the cryptocurrency they wish to start very soon, Facebook might become a marketplace that is bigger than any other you can ever find online.

SocialSell

Socialsell is another place that you should consider trying.

However, unlike the other platforms that we have featured, social sell does not have a website but has an application for Android and iOS devices where you can do your buying and selling transactions with ease.

One good thing about using the social sell app is that you can do Direct messaging, so you do not have to send emails if you don’t want to do that.

However, social sell does not have as many users as the other platforms in this article, but one thing we know is that the few people who have used it have made excellent reviews and feedback, which means that it is worth a try. Also, the platform is entirely free.

Another challenge you might face with social sell is that if it is not operational in your area, you might not get as much information as you want. But the good news is that you can make it instrumental in getting it started in your area

Why not Buy and Sell Local?

It is beautiful when you buy and sell things locally because you get to help people around you understand what they want, and you also get what you want without going too far.

The next time you want to make purchases make sure that you get in touch with people around you, and you also pitch your products to those who are close to you. Using these sites could make it a lot easier to sell and buy items online.

Which of the featured craigslist alternative sites do you use for buying and selling used items online? Please share with us below whatever opinions you have.


Emmanuella Ekokotu
Ella Romena is a content writer, sociologist and Anthropologist who lives in Benin-city.

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