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What Sites Are Like Craigslist?
We all love freebies! If any organization provides us with the ease of doing business with an additional privilege of transacting it at little or no cost at all, we are likely to jump at it. It's a similar case when it comes to online platforms where we get such benefits at little to no cost.
Craigslist (founded in 1995) is one such platform that has proven to aptly fit this picture. When it comes to hunting for jobs, securing various forms of services, housing, rentals, and sales of new or fairly used things, Craigslist is the place to go. It's noteworthy to mention that you can get nearly all you want here.
Until March 2018, Craigslist also used to be a place where people seeking any form of relationship, be it serious or casual, found each other. It was a haven for the LGBT community. To many of its users, it seemed like a tragedy when the personal ads section was taken off the website.
So no matter how great a concept is, there are bound to be times when the need for an alternative will arise. And so did the need arise in this case as well, for the people suddenly had no platform to fulfill all their needs under one roof.
Fret not. I have taken the time to compile a list of websites that could make a great alternative to Craigslist. Take a look.
Sites Similar to Craigslist
- Facebook Marketplace
Founded in January 2015, about 20 years after Craigslist, Letgo has a more attractive interface than the former. Unlike Craigslist, which you can only access on your browser, Letgo also has an app that works well on Android and iOS.
There is more security on this platform, as users are obligated to authenticate their identity either through their Facebook or Google account. Moreover, buyers and sellers only get to communicate through the chat system integrated into the App. There is no need to disclose personal details like phone number, email address, or residential address unless the user desires to do so.
Another feature of Letgo is its low tolerance for spam, unlike Craigslist. If you, as a seller, make a listing on a particular product more than once, the whole listing will be taken off in no time. So it's better to stick to a single listing for a specific product.
Letgo also discourages posting things like used cosmetics, adult content, food, alcohol, and weapons. Just as I had mentioned earlier, Craigslist still enjoys more patronage than Letgo in spite of better upgrades in the latter. Craigslist still enjoys the great reputation it has built over the years and that's the edge it has over others.
According to statistics gathered by SimilarWeb (as of April 10, 2019), Letgo has got a monthly user base of 13.85 million and the total visits between January 2019 and March 2019 stand at 41.55 million. It's a massive number, but still, it isn't much when compared to sites like Craigslist. With time and the right exposure, however, these numbers will only surge.
OfferUp has been around since April 2011. When it comes to making comparison with Craigslist, OfferUp has got a lot of similarities with Letgo. It's been given a lot of positive reviews by those who matter in the industry.
When compared to Craigslist, OfferUp is safer to use. It also appends appraised reputation to its users (buyers or sellers) based on the track record garnered by each individual during the course of their transacting with people over time on their platform. This encourages good practices amongst the community since most will strive to avoid negative reviews on their profile.
The better your review, the more the likelihood of people willing to do business with you.
3. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook has been around since 2004, so it was only a matter of time before it joined the fray, pushing and shoving for space in this industry occupied by giants like Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, Letgo, and the likes.
In 2016, Facebook launched Facebook Marketplace with a mission to harness the huge traffic it had already cultivated overtime to its advantage, and that's one thing it has been doing well. According to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, about 800 million users use Marketplace on a monthly basis, dwarfing the number of Craigslist users by far. You are more likely to get things sold locally on Facebook Marketplace than on Craigslist if your locality has got a relatively greater number of users on the platform.
Facebook Marketplace has more security features than Craigslist because each user has a Facebook profile. Thus, it's possible to see how long the person has been using the profile, their activities, and to some extent, a sense of their personality. You can have more confidence by knowing a little about whoever you are transacting with.
The personal details of individuals are also protected since there are means to either communicate through chatting or putting calls through without necessarily exposing phone numbers.
Peerhub Peerhub came to life in the early part of 2014. This site adds a social algorithm to its design, ensuring the number of followers leads to a boost in status. So in essence, the more followers you have, the more people will trust you with their money.
Peerhub combines the features of Facebook, Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. Unlike eBay where you are charged for listing stuff, this site doesn't come with such drawbacks (just like Craigslist). Just as you can post listings for goods, housing, and services on Craigslist, you can do the same on Peerhub.
It gives users the choice of using 'Steem' (a form of cryptocurrency), cash, or credit card to transact. With the option of Steem, users can avoid the extra charges incurred by using a credit card.
Peerhub has always had the option of using cryptocurrency. Right from the very start, it intended to use blockchain technology for financial transactions. However, the great volatility that comes with dealing in cryptocurrency has to be considered while you operate on this platform.
While the site was designed to be an open and social platform, users can remain anonymous on the platform if they choose to do so. To sign up on Peerhub, all you need is your email address. To guarantee a sense of safety, it makes a provision for users to give a rating on how much they trust another user and how comfortable they feel transacting with them. All a user has to do is to click a button to trust or "untrust" someone. The higher the trust rating an individual garners, the more comfortable others can feel selling or buying from them. Users can also write reviews, setting up a system with some form of transparency. Unfortunately, this feature isn't available on Craigslist.
Peerhub also features an internal messaging system through which users can communicate without necessarily using their personal phone numbers or email.
What About eBay and Amazon?
When talking of great alternatives to Craigslist, eBay and Amazon are the most obvious names that come up, as they are giants in the e-commerce industry. However, they may not be considered as a top option by a good number of sellers due to obvious reasons. One of the main reasons is the cost of listing stuff on such sites, as well as these sites readily jumping to the defense of the buyer whenever there is a dispute, even in cases where it isn’t justified. In spite of these drawbacks, we should still factor them into the picture.
Craigslist may have its security issues, but it is a place you can easily sell almost anything. One such item is furniture. It's the ideal place to sell popular products with big brand names. When it comes to obscure items, however, Craigslist may not be the place to get quick attention, and you may have to try your luck elsewhere.
That's where sites like eBay and Amazon come in handy. Let's delve deep into these two.
eBay was founded in September 1995 and it has carved a niche for itself in the e-commerce industry over time. As mentioned earlier, though eBay is a giant when it comes to e-commerce, it may not readily come to mind when we think about Craigslist alternatives, primarily due to the fact that eBay deducts 10% from each transaction.
A seller will have to up his price a bit to cover the unfortunate cut in profit. As a result, such stuff is more likely to be expensive when listed on eBay, as compared to Craigslist.
As for the brighter side of using eBay, you can rest assured of having more attention on your item. You are more likely to get a successful bid for your rare collectibles on eBay due to the sheer volume of buyers out there and their preference for such items. eBay also gives you an idea of what is the fair price for your particular item. This is made possible by a feature exclusive to this site, enabling you to filter your search using the “Sold items’’ option. This lets you see the price of a particular item being sold. Another plus point is if you’ve got broken electronics like iPad or the likes to sell, or you have spare parts of an item you wish to sell, eBay is a great place to go.
While Amazon was founded in 1994, it actually went online in 1995. According to eMarketer, Amazon accounted for nearly half of online retail sales in 2018.
If your business sells goods online, you should definitely consider Amazon, the only catch being its unstable pricing. It's cheaper than its alternatives most of the time, but it could charge you more than eBay in some cases.
One thing it has going for it is that it's got a well-built tool for selling inventory. You don't have to roll out a long listing as you may have to do on Craigslist or even eBay. Amazon has got a huge database of products. This, coupled with a well-built tool for selling a lot of items makes it a very desirable platform.
Did I miss out on some good alternatives to Craigslist? Let me know in the comments section.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 15, 2020:
Thanks for sharing these. I have several thousand DVDs that I want to sell so I'm going to give the sites you've listed here a shot.