Mar 14 2012

Four Best (and One Worst) Alternatives to Craigslist

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When you’re looking for a job, an apartment, or an obscure piece of farm equipment, where do you go? If you answered Craigslist, you’re not alone. Craigslist is the most popular free classified ads website, and there are thousands of listings for you to browse. But when you’re really searching for something in particular, don’t stop at one site. Here are the four other sites you should try after Craigslist, and the one site you should avoid.

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The Best



Oodle is has free local classified listings just like Craigslist, but there’s an additional sense of community because Oodle is integrated with Facebook Marketplace. Your Facebook account is used when you post listings, and you can quickly see what your Facebook friends are selling, too. Oodle has listings for all the same major categories as Craigslist, including items for sale, jobs, and personals, but it’s set up like a newsfeed. You can also find listings for free items being given away by people in your area.



Ebay is well known as being the most popular online auction website, but most people aren’t aware that it also hosts free classified ads. There are Ebay Classified sections for all major cities and regions, as well as smaller, local zip codes. All the major Craigslist categories are present here, with an even larger sections devoted to pets and vehicles. An added bonus to Ebay Classifieds is that you can get a custom user page (ebayclassifieds.com/user/yourusername), which makes it easy to promote your listings across other platforms.



Recycler is yet another option that is very similar to Craiglist’s setup and design. You can search for cars, apartments, jobs, and items for sale, and you can post your own listings for free. There are larger sections here devoted to music, tickets, and sports and recreation. Recycler also has a Local Guide section that contains listings for local businesses, products, and services, including restaurants and legal counsel. If you’re a business, it can’t hurt to add your listing to Recycler, too.



Freecycle is a bit different than the other Craigslist alternatives. Freecycle only offers free listings for items, and all the items are free. If you’re looking for something in particular, be sure to check out Freecycle first to see if anyone in your area is offering the same thing at no cost. If you have something you want to get rid of, consider listing it on Freecycle. The Freecycle community is all about being generous and helping each other out. You can post wanted ads, too.


The Worst



Backpage is set up almost identically to Craigslist, so avid Craigslist users would have no problem navigating the listings. The only problem is there are hardly any postings. While there are a few legitimate ads here and there, they’re hard to locate in between all the scams. The only reason people go to Backpage is that it still has the adult services listings that Craigslist did away with last year. While you won’t find a job or new furniture on Backpage, you can very easily find an escort.



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