Launched in South Africa in 2005, Gumtree says it has helped millions of people buy and sell millions of things on its classifieds portal.
Accessible both on web and mobile, Gumtree says their platform is easy to navigate and totally free.
The classified ad marketplace helps users connect to others near them so as they meet and do the transactions face to face in the good old fashioned way.
Top cities on the platform include Cape Town, Durban & KZN,Eastern Cape, Free State, Johannesburg & Gauteng,Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West. Users can put vehicles,real estate,jobs, services, home and garden, electronics, baby and kids stuff, boats or watercraft, Business-to-Business, fashion, animals, sports, Leisure and Community events.
To post an Ad on Gumtree, one has log on their site. Click on “Post Ad” in the green bar at the top of the Gumtree pages,choose the category whether their Ad falls, enter a title and price, briefly describe the item, upload photos, enter contact details then post it. users can now click on the time and make inquiries to to the seller to buy it.
Sellers also have options of promoting or featuring their ads at a minimum fee. To promote an item, a sellers has to tick the “promote my ad” box and select a preferred option and indicate the duration they want their item should stay featured then confirm the post, and the ad will appear among the featured. Sellers also edit, change photos and remove their ads when they sell them.
For buyers the procedure is even much simpler.
Gumtree says: “To reply to the person that posted an Ad, enter your email address and a message in the “Contact poster by email” box found on the right hand side of an Ad. You will also need to enter the verification code to avoid SPAM replies.”After replying to an ad, the poster of the Ad will receive an email with your inquiry then they will contact you directly and organize how you can meet up to buy the product if your are interested.
Gumtree however, is not the only free classified listings site. OLX
, Google Trader, Junkmail
are also as good and also have mobile apps and are also location based but competition is always good for every business.