Since its inception in 1995 as a emailing list distributed among friends in San Francisco, Craigslist has evolved into a massive classifieds site where you can buy, rent, or apply for almost anything. However, the site is a little outdated when it comes to visual design and search functionality. Fortunately, there are a bunch of other websites like Craigslist you can use instead.
For years, Craigslist has been the premiere website for scoring a free sofa or finding an available apartment (and sometimes white van scams), but there are now plenty of other free services that do an equally fine job, with a more attractive interface and fewer spam postings. They may not offer the sheer number of listings or familiarity of Craigslist, or even the ability to pay in bitcoin, but they do provide a new audience and additional options not offered elsewhere.
Whether you’re merely looking for a short-term loan or to post your ad both online and in print circulation, here are our top picks for the six best Craigslist alternatives for online classifieds.
Facebook Marketplace has been around for years, but the company relaunched the feature in late 2016. You’ll need to have a Facebook profile to get started, but it allows buyers and sellers to interact in the Marketplace via their Facebook profile, adding a name (and often a face) to a listing unlike the anonymous Craigslist format. Marketplace is also available via the Facebook app.
Simply set your filter options and search your local Marketplace up to 100 miles from your current location. Individuals already spend nearly an hour each day on Facebook, and Marketplace only makes impulse buys that much more tempting.
Not only does Oodle act as its own classified ad service, but it also aggregates posts from ebay, ForRent.com, and other competitors to make your search experience more comprehensive. Oodle has also been a service of choice for many companies in the past who used to offer classified sections, such as The Washington Post Express. You can narrow your search by applying as many filters as you want. And yes, Oodle offer a Personals section.
One thing Oodle has over Close5 is the ability to post if you’re a seeker — meaning if you’re looking to buy, rent, or procure certain services. It also boasts compatibility with social media sites, so you can link your Oodle account with your Facebook page and post status updates on the front page asking about services or specific items for sale. Moreover, connecting through Facebook attaches your face and name to an Oodle post, adding an element of trust and security not often found through Craigslist.
Letgo is one of the most user-friendly classifieds websites we’ve seen, and the mobile app — available for both Android and iPhone — is similarly straightforward and easy to use. Unlike some of the other options out there, you do unfortunately need to create an account to use Letgo. Once you’re signed up, you can simply snap a photo of the item(s) you’re trying to sell and set a price (or utilize the “negotiable” option).
You can similarly shop for items available on the site or app with the basic search tool and filtering options. The company recently announced it had raised more than $175 million to bolster its presence, so expect to see Letgo gain ground on Craigslist in the next few years.
Recycler does exactly what its name suggests: help buyers and sellers swap items, using the site as the medium of communication. While you can also post home rentals, it seems more popular among sellers looking to get rid of used items.
Recycler offers listings in most major cities in the United States – such as Atlanta, Boston, and Miami – but the site is rather useless if you’re not willing to trek to the nearest listed metropolis. Developers initially founded the site on the idea of exchanging goods and services instead of money, and although that component is still a major hallmark of the service, it’s expanded to include money offerings as the primary model for exchange.
Additionally, Recycler pairs with a network of print publications dispersed throughout the country, allowing you to place the same ad online as in print circulation. This list of available publications is fairly limited, but ad exposure is still ad exposure.
Back on the minimalist front, Hoobly is a basic classified ads site that is helpful for those who want just snippets of photos to accommodate their search. The site can scour its listings from around the world or country-specific, and shows you each headline with a small excerpt to give you an idea of what the ad entails. Unlike Craigslist, Hoobly users need to register their email addresses before posting, rather than simply responding to a verification email prior to publishing. This could, however, help with cutting out the spam (though not as much as using a blocker).
The site doesn’t have a section for personals like Craigslist, but it does include job listings and property rentals, in addition to a swath of popular sale categories that range from electronics to jewelry. Though finding jobs and products in your particular city can be difficult — the site can only filter results down to U.S. states with available listings — the service is more than suitable for finding specific items and opening doors outside your region, or even the world.
Like Letgo, OfferUp is relatively new and has a helpful app available for both Android and iPhone. One of our favorite features is the haggle option, allowing you to negotiate a lower price with a seller. You can also keep an eye on specific items with the convenient “watch” feature. If an item hasn’t sold in a few days, you might feel more comfortable asking someone to lower the price. OfferUp also allows users to rate one another using a basic five-star system, enabling individuals to buy and sell more confidently.
Updated 01/17/2018 by Jon Martindale with updated images, combined pages, removal of Close5.
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