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Diamond Freeads.... A real gem
Member Name: wishywalshy
Date: 09/11/00, updated on 09/11/00 (7611 review reads)
Advantages: Everything you ever neede to buy or sell in one place
Disadvantages: No staples, very wide area covered
A regional yellow newspaper full of private advertisements.
Costing £1.10, this paper is released on Wednesdays.
I have been a fan of the Freeads for many years. Whether just browsing, or actively seeking a specific item, there are advertisements for anything that it was ever possible to buy or sell.
Organised in an orderly manner, the sections are easy to find with the aid of the listing guide, and each section is split into for sale and wanted categories.
Although the paper costs £1.10 for the reader, it is free to advertise your unwanted items. There are charges for trade adverts and puppies (If I remember correctly).
It is easy to place an advert by telephone, post or email, all available 24 hours a day. However, you may be transferred to an answering machine on which you must speak clearly to place your ad.
Personally, I get a buzz out of tracking down a wanted item and going to buy it.
A word of warning though, it is far more sensible for safety’s sake to take someone else with you, especially for expensive items.
If you are selling, there are guidelines which should be followed, and as is described in the Freeads.
It is important again to have someone else in the house while the transaction is taking place.
Arrange the viewing at a suitable time for you.
Have all relevant documents and paperwork to hand.
Ignore derogatory comments about your goods (Ploy to drop the price)
If you intend to sell for offers, do not take the first, make a note of the highest, but do not necessarily expect to get that price, the buyer may deduct the travelling costs.
Do not take a cheque unless the goods will not be taken until the cheque has cleared.
If you take a deposit, state clearly how long you are going to wait for the buyer to return, before the good are offered for resale.
Keep it friendly.
The only real disadvantages are th
at the paper isn’t stapled together,(I know seems petty, but the paper is read by a large volume of people in my house, resulting in pages missing)and that the goods offered can be scattered all over the Devon and Cornwall countryside.