Gumtree is a classifieds website where you can find lots of items for sale, job advertisements and wanted ads.
It is pretty easy to use, you can list a product for sale quite quickly and easily adding photographs and can choose to pay a small amount to "feature" your ad which will keep it near the top of the search result page.
It is easy to search for a product by selecting the category or typing it's name and choosing an area.
If you find an item you would like to buy you can email the seller (their email address will not be shown, but gumtree will forward your email to them) or phone them if they leave a phone number.
It is between you and the buyer/seller to arrange payment and collection/delivery of the item. Unfortunately there are many time wasters who will either not turn up to meet you or will turn up and try to haggle down the price of the item so make sure that they are clear the price is non negotiable before meeting them.
Unfortunately, Gumtree are one of many websites which allow people to advertise pets "Free to a good home" which is something I am strongly against allowing a stranger to take your pet free of charge is hugely irresponsible as there are so many bad people who scour these pages looking for innocent animals to use as bait.
Another thing that annoys me is that so many spam adverts are posted, there are "man with a van" adverts in almost every category and Gumtree really should monitor the adverts before publishing them instead of letting the pages fill up with spam before later removing them. I have seen people trying to sell their ex-partners on Gumtree.....complete with photographs. The posts really should be monitored as sometimes the damage has already been done by the time the ad is removed.
Gumtree also like to delete your advert and then email you to say it's in the wrong category (even when it isn't). It would be as easy for them to just move it to the right category but instead they delete it so you have to relist on the suggested category from scratch.
Unlike selling sites such as Ebay, if you pay for a dodgy product on Gumtree you are completely responsible and have no comeback.
I do not generally like gumtree because of the lack of monitoring and the animals adverts but occasionally it is quite useful. Some people will advertise jobs or services available, others are giving away items free to people who need them or to charitable organisations which is nice.
Be careful when using Gumtree, you never know who you might be meeting to make a transaction so make sure you are safe and don't advertise free to good home animals! Contact a rescue for advice & assistance instead
I have recently started using the site Gumtree, because i have heard some great reports about people using it. It was only last week I decided to have a look at the site, and I must say I am very happy with the service so far.
Gumtree is a buying and selling site, which is similar in some ways to the classified ad sites. The site is divided into categories, which you can choose to browse for a number of items, anything from furniture to jewelry, cars to clothes! Buying on the site is made to be really simple, which I think is one of the best aspects, especially for a seller. All you do is find the product that your looking for and send an email, or call, the seller for more information or to negotiate a price.
The site has its own email relay system, so you do not have to disclose your own email address which I think is really helpful as unlike the other classified sites you do not get bombarded with hundreds of spam emails. The site also has a job section, so people who are looking for work can also browse the site too. There is an increasing number of jobs on the site which I think is really helpful, and people can also post a wanted ad for jobs too, explaining there skills and what kind of job they are looking for. This is a brilliant idea because potential employers can look at the potential employees ad and perhaps offer them employment and its all for free.
I have started to sell on the site to, in addition to the other sites that we sell on including Ebay, but i like this site a lot because it is 100% free. There are optional extras that you have to buy, such as bumping up your ad, which sends your ad to the top of the listings, or you can choose to make the ad featured which displays the ad on the home page of the website, but i choose to just use the free services, which at the minute is working really well for me. I have sold a number of items on the site so far, and all have been very pleasant transactions, but i have had a couple of unpleasant people asking about my products, but you can choose to ignore them.
The site has been designed really well I think, much better than most of the classified sites which usually are very plain. The colors used on the site are neutral which makes it pleasing on the eye, and the classifieds are presented in list form. The ads can be posted with photographs, which is a really good idea looking at a photo is the most popular method of buying. When posting a new item for sale, you can also choose where you would like to post the ad which is a great feature of any selling site. So you can choose the city, usually your own, to sell your product in.
All in all I think this a great site, which has been presented very well. It is free so everyone can enjoy the benefits of using this website. I can only hope that your experiences are just as good as mine with this site. I will continue to use the site too!
I tried to use gumtree for the first time recently.
I posted a couple of items for sale in good faith and was surprised when my ad failed to appear.
I queried my account and found it empty.
so I posted the ad again.
once more my account registered as empty.
I emailed gumtree to try to find out what the problem might be.
they emailed me to tell me that they have a duty to protect their users and that I was not a reputable vendor.
I was astonished and baffled.
I placed my ads in good faith and am a genuine seller.
googled gumtree and found I was not alone.
apparently many have had a bad experience with this site.
gumtree is best avoided in my opinion.
I don't expect to be insulted when I engage with a site in good faith.
I note their rating on amazon is quite good.
I find this goes against all the other reviews I've seen so treat the amazon rating as suspicious.
I have used Gumtree several times over the past few years, mostly to get rid of household items and a few clothes. Everything seemed to go well. The replies were sent promptly and Gumtree offers a service whereby your email is not revealed to the person who replied. This is to prevent scams and spam, apparently. Anyway, I did manage to make some money out of selling household clutter and my house looks a lot tidier as well.
Recently, however, I have had problems with Gumtree admin. I posted an ad and received 4 replies. After a couple of days, Gumtree contacted me to let me know that I had had 4 replies and asked if I wanted more. If so, it would cost me £3.50. I ignored this as the amount was higher than the item was selling for!
A few days later, the same thing. Would I like to upgrade? No, not really, so I ignored it again. A couple of days ago, I got an email telling me that my ad had been deleted because it broke Gumtree rules. There was a list of problems and apparently, somewhere amongst them lay the reason why my ad had been removed.
Here is part of the email I received:
Our Services posting rules include:
- no prohibited services such as tantric massage or escort/ prostitution services
- no recruitment ads. These should go in Jobs.
- ads offering professional massage services must state official qualifications, clearly state it is a non-sexual service, and only include professional images.
What a cheek! I am selling a few household items, not auditioning for Crimewatch!
Gumtree are not the great website they are made out to be, i never really had an issue until a couple of weeks ago, when all of a sudden they started to delete my ads, baring in mind iv'e been using gumtree for some years now, so i know the procedure and my ads have been posted on a regular basis, but since a few weeks ago they keep deleting my ad, when i asked them why they say it's because i'm submitting my ad to the wrong category, but seen as iv'e been using gumtree for a few years i am pretty well certain it ain't in the wrong catergory, i'm a DJ so post under community then under the DJ's section, i tried another category only to get deleted again, then it came to light that they are really trying to drive me to pay to be featured or listed in a payed catergory, The thing is gumtree are a free ads site and so that's why i use it and i would assume that's why most others use it, but now it seems they want to delete ads that are placed in certain sections to drive you to another section, the worst thing is there are no other sections on the website for DJ's so where would i post, well i can tell you they want you to post in the services section which is a paid section obviously trying to gain extra cash, you would think they earn enough money especially since they have TV adverts, but it seems they are not making enough so would rather drive the free users to pay, well i think they are a money hungry money grabbing company and the fact is why would you pay for something you have been using for free for the last 2 or 3 years, just doesn't make no sense, i think someone should open up a rival site called GUMFREE or something and Challenge them for their business since they wanna delete our free ads, also i think we should enlighten others and keep posting our reviews, soon the word will get around tweet it facebook it google plus one it the lot then we shall see who wins the battle, without us using gumtree they would never of got anywhere in the first place, as it took us to start using it and promoting it for their website to get traffic, i think they are taking the this too far and should be brought down a peg or two so i will be posting bad reviews as much as i can just to let others know how much of a bad service there providing and to start using another service, there are definitely alot of other free ads sites such as Friday Ad Free Classifieds if you type free classified ads sites in google you will see many others, maybe it's there time to shine instead of gumtrees and maybe just maybe gumtree might reverse there stupid new policy and start to allow us to post our ads again instead of going after more money, who ever implemented the deleting ads campaign needs to have a rethink.
I have been advertising on Gumtree as a dissertation tutor and proof reader for nearly 2 years using paid adverts and free adverts. I am aware that recently Gumtree have decided to change their policy for the service sector adverts and refuse adverts for dissertation writers. I am in agreement with Gumtree that these advertisers should not be given advertising space for such a business. I was amazed that Gumtree were allowing such to begin with. I have been a senior lecturer and dissertation marker at a UK university for 20 years and am continuing with the dissertation help part of that job and also proofreading. I do not write for students but am a tutor and proof reader. Over the past few months Gumtree have continuously deleted my paid for and free adverts for dissertation tuition and proofreading. They have now banned my email IP totally. Yet I see that dissertation writers are still advertising and indeed as of today there is a paid for banner on their web site for custom writing of dissertations and essays. There has been no control of the section for tuition and over the past two years I seemed to be the only tutor advertising amongst all the other adverts for dissertation writing. There was no control over the number of adverts these companies were placing and my solitary advert was soon down the page after the page was flooded with many, many adverts for dissertation writing. I have been informed by a student who answered my advert last week before it was deleted that Gumtree had emailed him to inform him that I was involved in fraud. I am not at all sure what fraud would mean in terms of tutoring students. However I regard this as decimation of personal integrity and defamation of character. I have been in professional employment all my life and now at over 60yrs I am trying to run a one person tuition business from Wales. The problem exists with the so called customer care section , there is no customer care. There are automated replies and no distinctions made between what requires and intelligent human response and a standard computer reply. Gumtree cannot understand the nature of my business which is a dissertation supervisor and tutor and proofreading and confuses my business with dissertation writing which I do not do. The fact that my advert has the word dissertation included in the title means immediate deletion and the fact that I have tried to re advertise has resulted in banning of my email address and IP. My business is now suffering from the treatment I have received. Gumtree has a very successful advertising model and the confidence they have is coming across as arrogance to the ordinary person trying to make a meagre living post retirement
I think gumtree is fantastic, a couple of weeks ago I brought my son a wtp envy bmx bike for his birthday, my ex partner decided that I couldn't give it to him so I placed a 'swap' ad on gumtree, I was asking to swap the bike for loads of hugs and kisses from him knowing he was searching for one of these bikes...... after a few days he replied to my ad telling me how great he thought the bike was and to post more pictures of the bike and me and how he missed me and loved me :))) He now contacts me regularly through gumtree, I know it wont last because there ads are only listed for a short time!!Thanks gumtree.
I have been using Gumtree for a long time and there free adverts are great but i red there blurb about spotlight advertising, they say you can get up to 100,000 views on the blurb, so i thought great worth a shot , its £50 for 7 days so quite expensive for most sellers like me but i thought even if i only get 1% of what they say then could be worth it as that would mean 1000 views in seven says, well its been live now for two days and Ive had 21 views, i have tried contacting Gumtree about the very outlandish clams they are making but surprise surprise no reply, all i can say it use Gumtree for free adds but trust me (not there crazy statement of 100,000) don't pay.John
Been a member with them for years then suddenly I get all my ads removed for no reason, I asked why and found out someone hacked my account and made me out bad, I tried to explain but they rejected everything I said and where very rude. Apparently after a while if you have never paid for ads they will remove them..what's the point of a free ad site. NEVER USE THIS BULLYING WEBSITE!
I'm reviewing GUMTREE.
I think most people will recognise the name,but in case you don't, it is an online selling/buying site.
Think ebay ,but without bidding and with a wider range of things on offer.
For example you can advertise for flatmates on there,rent out property ,advertise services, sell /buy animals.
****WHY I USED IT****
To sell items I no longer needed but knew someone would be happy to buy, and to buy something I couldn't afford as new.
I also use a 'freecycle' site for passing on items,but some things WILL bring in a few ££££s and that being the case ,why not sell them & help pay a bill ?
**** HOW IT WORKS****
If you type in GUMTREE in your search box then it will come up on the list offered,BUT read carefully before clicking on any site because other selling sites use the GUMTREE word in their headers to grab unsuspecting buyers to their sites.
They are basically city based ,and on the left side of the home page you should find a list of cities to choose from. (it might be a drop down box sometimes).
On the other hand putting GUMTREE BIRMINGHAM/London/Wherever in the initial search box is a shortcut and you can bookmark it.
Once in there you type in the item you are looking for and the list pops up. Don't be put off by the top items,they are companies selling stuff and you just scroll past them to the individual sellers/items.
If you are wishing to sell something then there is an orange coloured box to the left for clicking on to start the process,or if you used them before it will be at the top of the page in an orange box.
Type in the item details keeping it simple but clear, and you can also add pictures of the item. You need to sign up with an email address to post an advert . An easy process.
One tip....use a spam email for GUMTREE (and all such things) just in case. Luckily I did this because my first selling effort resulted in reams of spam mail trying to sell me stuff. For these most recent adverts I had no such issue,so I think they have tightened things up in that regard,but best play safe rather than mess up your email inbox with spam.
Also, personally I would NOT give out a phone number on there. Best deal through emails because there are weirdos out there. For example, my item today was stated as "very VERY heavy. Will need two strong men to collect".......and yet I got an email saying "I'm interested in this. Can you post to Australia ?". Oh how I laughed.
But it could have been worse I suppose.:-)
They will invite you to upgrade your advert for a fee. There are three choices of fees ranging from £2 upwards, and they ensure your advert gets priority on their pages for 7 or more days,but frankly I think they are a waste of money....just use the free one ,keep your price reasonable and it will sell itself without costing you anything.
If your item sells you simply log on there and delete the advert to avoid any more emails regarding it.
All three times I've used it to sell things have been extremely positive experiences including today when I met a lovely lady who purchased my item,didn't quibble over the price and even invited me to visit her at any point when I'm out her direction (in the country).
Both my other items sold quite easily too(within a week),although they did haggle just a bit over the price. Which was fine with me because I had priced them just slightly higher to allow for that scenario.
I've also bought one item on there last year (my lovely potting bench),and again all went well, with no complications, resulting in a happy seller and buyer.
I've already mentioned spamming emails and avoiding giving a phone number, so the next VERY important thing is to take care meeting anyone from GUMTREE. Don't be alone ,especially not if you are female. If you make arrangements for someone to call to your home then ensure you put your item in one safe area where it can be viewed and a deal done without giving access to all areas of your home. The same applies when going to view an item. NEVER go alone and don't be lured into the depths of an unfamiliar building. If it feels wrong (trust your instinct) then feign an urgent phone call and leave. It's only a 'thing' and your safety is more important.
I've never used their "flatmates" etc, section and thank goodness for that ,because I can't help thinking it will contain some rather dodgy situations. I tend to be paranoid re safety anyway,but even so,people really need to use their heads on these matters and remember 'stranger danger' exists.
The final thing that worries me is the selling of animals for big money.
It depresses me that there are bound to be puppy farmers selling on there among genuine caring breeders, and I'd advise going to your local animal shelter and rehoming a needy animal from there instead. They (Shelters) really do have pedigree animals at times too, from owners who can no longer afford to feed them or whose health precludes keeping them.
I think that covers most of the main points. Using the site is easy enough and logical in each step,so if you want to use it then go ahead and I hope you are as lucky on there as I've been.
Would I recommend it ? Yes,definitely. Just use common sense.
I'm deducting one star,because while my experience was good,I can see that it is open to abuse, and I'm not happy that I logged on earlier to delete my successful advert and was greeted by a chubby naked girl in a see-through negligee advertising a "love buddy" site.
Well,I suppose it IS proof that they do cater for everything .
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful to you~~~myloh
People complain and joke about Ryanair but they are pups compared to gumtree they have the most deplorable customer service I have reported racist ads to them in the past which were still up two days later I would strongly suggest people go to a much better sever like classified ads my ads there have had much more sale from them aswell than gumtree and they have great customer service plus some of there rates can work out cheaper than gumtree so definately take a look at them as these cowboys gumtree will take your money and treat you like dirt as quick as they like they are a disgraceful company with no morals there are much better companies out there and in this time of recession dont settle for less they try to say they are great but my experience has been much different.Hope this is of help to anyone
===Let's get busy===
At the time of writing this, the last few weeks had been hectic. Between packing two houses, arranging finances and getting butt naked on stage for charity, I'd realised that myself and my partner have a lot of furniture that wouldn't be able to fit into the new place all at the same time. Short of rotating the furniture out into the garden on a weekly or monthly basis, we decided it would be best to get rid of all the duplicate shi...stuff... ahem... that we have accumulated.
===A visit to the Gum===
My grandfather will hold onto anything. Bits of wood, packaging, any materials or objects that someone might wish to use at some point. My mother is slightly better in that she will hold onto anything she thinks might sell for some money at a later date. Carrying on that tradition, I have a slight issue with binning perfectly good items. I'd rather sell them or give them away. Given the situation we found ourselves in this month (each separately having to pay rent on our old flats and the new flat we are moving into) I thought selling would be a much better option. I decided since I'd recently found my new flat on it, I'd give Gumtree another shot from a sellers side.
Gumtree, for those who are not aware, is basically a "free" advertising site. I use the inverted commas as it is only free if you are careful. You can advertise anything for sale or rent such as cars, flats, furniture, appliances, kittens etc and you can also post wanted ads.
===How I became infected===
Gumtree and I have a very colourful history. Years and years ago I needed to find a replacement flatmate in a hurry after I came home one day to find my current flatmate had taken all his stuff and left. He was a bit of an idiot at the best of times. So off I went and set up a Googlemail account to get the emails sent to. Gumtree which was founded in 2000 was still a bit of a toddler (2005) at this point and I ended up getting roughly ten billion junk emails from roughly ten billion scam artists after I put my advert online. It seemed at the time that even the genuine users were a touch dodgy, with more than a few of the prospective new tenants being completely unsuitable. As it turns out we ended up getting stuck with a gentleman who constantly tried to get me and my other flatmate Michelle to attend church every evening with him so we could repent our sinner's lifestyle. Something to do with us both preferring same sex partnerships I think.
After moving out soon after the missionary man moved in, I tried to put Gumtree to the back of my mind. It was fairly easy since I never used my Googlemail account for anything. Then came a smart phone that demanded Googlemail. The only account I had was full of spam. I was not a happy bunny. But I digress.
===Best Use Protection===
Back to Gumtree I went, this time knowing in advance that I would be best to set up an email I'll never need again. A few clicks later and I was ready to go. Gumtree.com is possibly the messiest website I know. Its layout makes me want to smash my head in with a brick. Thankfully this tends not to be necessary as long as you don't look below the first navigation bar. All the important stuff (Post an ad, My Gumtree and Search) is at the top of the page. An endless stream of bumf is below it. Throw in the interesting green and orange colour scheme it really is a total headache of a site visually. At least to start with. I'll run through the important functions now.
===Have a look===
The search box is located just beneath the first large green swathe. You have two boxes to play with: "find a" where you type what it is you are looking for (for example "2 bedroom flat") and the "in or near" where you type the area or post code you are looking for it. If you are a bit weird (and I am) you won't like the fact it may leave you typing sentences like "find a elf" or "find a apple". It would freak me out a little to use a vowel without an "an" before it. Funny considering I'm quite happy to otherwise rape and pillage the English language!
Once you hit enter, assuming there is an advert for what you want, it will present you with a list of matching results. The layout becomes a bit better at this point with a small picture (if the advertiser has included one) and the title of the advert displayed. The price will appear at the side too. The downside of this list is that Gumtree will only allow you to order the list by the date the advert was added. You can either have most recent to oldest or vice versa. This means that there might be quite a few items popping up at an unsuitable price. Throw in the blocks of sponsored ads that appear and the fact that they list all the wanted ads in with your search and it can become quite a trawl to find something decent. Sometimes it's worth it, sometimes it's not. As I mentioned earlier, I recently found our new flat on there, but this was after a day or two of trawling the depths. At least it's neater than the homepage.
When you click into the ad, you are presented with a much neater page. If you are logged in you have the option to save an ad so you can come back later, or you can simply hit reply to ad to send a quick email or make a phone call.
===Getting your goods out===
If you are selling rather than buying then there is a rather large orange button on the homepage on the top left hand "Post an Ad". Click this and you will be taken instantly to the page where you select the category of what you are advertising. Firstly you select your country and region and then you decide what best fits your item. After hitting continue you will be met with a very simple form to fill out which will shape your advertisement. You'll be asked for a title for your ad, a price and a description. You will also have an option to add a red URGENT sticker to your ad to draw more attention to it in the listings. This however will cost you £3.95 if you want to do it.
If you wish to add pictures there is a button about half way down that will take you to a separate page to upload up to 9 photos and all for free. If you are so inclined you can even link a YouTube video to your advert. I've never done that myself.
One thing I found slightly frustrating is that if you have typed your description and then go to add photos, occasionally I found that the description box had lost some information when you are taken back to it after your photos are done. A bit annoying, especially if you are selling a lot of items. 30 adverts later and it was a nightmare.
===Give me your number?===
After you have entered all your product information you will be met with a few boxes asking for your details and a password to set you up an account. This is so that you can manage your ads later. It will also ask how you want to be contacted for your ads responses. You have two options: Phone and Email. You can even choose both so that people can have a bit more choice.
You may remember I mentioned earlier about spam? Well, Gumtree must have cottoned onto this and have fixed the issue with spam emails. I've not had one since I set this new account up. They re-route any responses through a generic Gumtree email so that the Robots can't get your email and harass you. Yay for that.
However, all is not as fantastic as it seems. Dramatic pause. I gave my phone number on one advert and the next day started getting phone calls from a very long very strange looking number. Knowing it wasn't a local number I ignored it and popped it into Google. Two minutes later and I had a stream of people saying they had received marketing calls from a scam company offering to advertise for you rather than you using Gumtree. People were harassed daily till their adverts with phone numbers were removed. I instantly took the advert down and haven't had another call. The moral of this tale is that putting your phone number down isn't secure, don't do it.
===Paying for your kicks===
Lastly on your form you will come to some options at the bottom. This is where Gumtree make their money (if you let them). As everything is arranged in date order, your adverts will slowly sink into the depths and are therefore less likely to sell. Gumtree offer a service to cheat the sinking. You can select an option to feature your advert which means it stays at the top of the listings for however long you select. 3 days of being at the top will cost you £3.95, 7 days will cost £5.95 and 14 days will cost £7.95.
The next option is to have your ad featured on the homepage for a week. This could potentially mean thousands more hits on your adverts but will also cost you a hefty £19.95. Depending on your item that cost will increase considerably; my sofa would cost £29.95 to put on the front page. I think not, Gumtree. I'll include a quick guide to advertise your stuff without having to pay near the end of the review.
===Members Private Area===
Now that you have set up an account with them, you can log in and out of Gumtree. At the very top of every page there is a little link saying "My Gumtree". Click on this and you will get a dropdown box with four simple options: My saved ads, Manage my ads, Edit account and Log out. "My saved ads" is where you will find any adverts you have been interested in enough to select them for later perusal.
Edit account and Log out are quite self explanatory so I'll skip those and go straight for the important stuff. "Manage my ads" is, as you may have guessed, where you can see all of the ads you have put up. It lists them in order that you have put them up, unless you later edit your ads in which case it lists it in order of most recently edited.
This page will be full of little tick boxes after each add so that you can select all those costly options for advertising and a new box appears for "bumping" your item, around about £2-£3 will allow you to shove your item back to the top of the list. I ignore all of these extortionate boxes. If you edit your ad's you will be met with a screen asking if you want to bump it for a minimal fee or keep it where it is. Ignored again.
===Getting the all clear===
Once you have sold your items you can "delete" the adverts which removes them from the listings. It does, however, keep the advert on your manage ads screen for about two weeks in case, I assume, you wish to put the ad back on if someone messes you around. This can get a little annoying once you start selling off items as you are always first presented with the full list of everything you've put up. There are options at the top to only view live or deleted items which are handy, but you can't set it to a default view, so as soon as you navigate away from the page you'll have to reselect how you want to view things.
Overall the website is quite basic. I'm not its biggest fan but it does serve its purpose. Once you get over the colour scheme and the slightly messy look, it's fairly easy to navigate for both sellers and buyers. The mobile version of the site is much the same but slightly neater and quicker to use.
So what happens once someone has contacted you?
Potentially the biggest drawback of buying and selling on Gumtree is the fact that you essentially are inviting complete strangers into your home, or walking right into their front room. This can be a very scary experience at the best of times. I'm not the biggest people person and I hated every part of having strangers come round.
Some will be lovely like the woman who bought my exercise bike. I would happily be her friend! She was polite, didn't haggle, had the money with her and even gave me a text the next day to thank me as it worked great. Some will be the lovely young man who took my T.V. off our hands. Very polite, showed up with his mum just so she could approve his purchase.
Others however will be like the junkie who first wanted to buy my T.V. His voice scraped on my ears, I actually had nightmares about him coming round to the point I asked my friend to borrow a stab vest and he ended up not showing. He called the next day to say he'd slept in (till 3pm?!?) and then didn't show again. Poor Allan (my partner) was so put off by a guy who had tried to convince Allan to let him leave with his fridge-freezer saying he would come back later with the money that I've had to deal with every single person we've had round since. Some will haggle even when you've been clear about the price which can lead to some uncomfortable moments if you don't like doing it. You really need to weigh up how willing and able you are to deal with these people before you advertise.
***Tips for Beginners: A quick guide to being cheap and safe***
*Post your links on Facebook. Seriously. Hassle your friends and family with a list of your items for sale. There are groups for nearly every city on Facebook called "FaceBay" where you can also put your links so a wider audience will see them. This will circumnavigate having to pay for hits. Don't get suckered in by Gumtree. You don't need to pay through the nose to make sure you get hits; you just need to be sensible.
*Don't panic. Even if your item sinks to the bottom of the listings page, you will still get some hits. I had five emails about an item eight days after I had posted it. It's now sold. Just be patient!
*Repost. If you want to bump your object, don't pay £3.95 for it. Simply make a new advert for the same item then delete the old one. Walla, you are back up at the top of the page and £3.95 better off for it.
*Always make sure if you are buying or selling that you have someone with you when you are meeting strangers. It's not safe to do this sort of thing on your own. You never know what is waiting for you.
*If you can, move things you are selling somewhere in the house where strangers can't see what you've got. Allan and I had all our items set up in the empty spare room or in the hallway with all the doors closed. That way if people are a bit dodgy they won't have a clue what you've got that's worth stealing.
===Was it worth it?===
I'd rather not have done it, if I'm being honest. Due to circumstance, however, I didn't really have much choice. I have made about £535 in a couple of weeks which will thankfully cover a months rent of the new place and ease our way into our new adventure living together. I still have a few items left to sell but all of the bigger items are gone which will also make moving a lot easier for us. If I hadn't used Gumtree, probably about £100 of that would have went in fees to Ebay. Even more than that would have been paid out if I'd been bumping items and featuring them etc. It does what it is supposed to but that doesn't mean I have to like it. One star off for being a messy eyesore, one star off for the fraudster's phone calls and one star off for the prices they want to charge you. I want to take a star off for the horrible people that have came into my household but will begrudgingly admit that isn't their fault and let the nicer people that have also bought stuff from me cancel out the horror stories. That leaves Gumtree with just 2 stars. My verdict? It's ok if you don't have any other avenues to go down but I still won't be singing its praises.
Gumtree is possibly the least customer interested company to offer a web based service. They are great at harvesting your cash especially for their so called "featured " ads that will easily bypass the casual browser as they are featured on a rolling 24 hour basis (maximum of 5 per page) so the chances of someone seeing your ad are close to winning the Euromillions.Trying to speak to anyone at this Ebay owned cash cow is near to impossible by phone and their email resposes are of the "we can't see a problem" nature.Apparently there are no supervisor grades who work there as they are never available and the equally secretive Ebay owners transfer you to answering services (02086053000) where no calls are returned.
This site allows you to advertise for free, so the rip of merchants can swoop in and try to buy it under value. It is just a front for nasty cash buy companies to try and get your home under value. It is a disgusting site, stay clear unless you are looking for a place to rent etc.Absolutely shameful these people are!
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