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I have used Loot quite a lot in the past years. Loot is a magazine where people place adverts on virtually anything. I use it to look for accomodation, and, in the last year, since when I took charge of a 3 bed house which I am resubletting, to find tenants. Well, I must say that overall the service is gone down, each time I place and advert less and less people call. I know this may be because of the general housing market out there, but I do not think so. I think it si to do with their circulation. they charge you 20 quids to place and ad for 5 days, which I find good value when you get 30 people calling every day, but I had 10ish the 1st day, 5ish the 2nd day and 2 today. If you call them, by the way the number is 08700 434343 they are quite stroppy. I had once probs in the past since they wanted to charge me higher rates because in their mind I was a trader. This is because previous tenants had left the house to go and live in a new flat, and were looking for new flatmates and asked me if they could use the tel of our house, to which I did not object, since on that occasion I had already relet the property, but Loot did nto want to believe this and in the end I was told "ok, we give you the benefit of doubt" The end of thsi story is. If anyoen knows an alternative to loot, please let me know! I am not happy with them at all!
when you hear the words, moving house? Not for nothing is it rated as one of the three most stressful things in life, right up there with bereavment and divorce. From leaving your old pad, finding a new one, moving all your stuff, replacing some, losing more, telling everyone... I could go on, but anyone who's been through it already knows all too well what I'm talking about, and if you haven't.... well, you've got it all to come. So what does all this have to do with loot? Quite simply, the only reason I've known people to buy it is to find a new home. Loot is published every other day in London at least, I don't know about the rest of the country: it has regional editions. It costs 1.40 and for London at least, is by far and away the best way of finding a place to live. From flatshares to six-week short lets, family houses to penthouse suites, they're all here in their thousands, and there really is no better place to look. Not that Loot's fabulousness is evident when you first buy it. In the newsagent, you'll find a rather unprepossessing tabloid with paper that's a funny colour (a different one for each days), filled with tiny ads in cheap, easily smudged print. At first glance, they may seem to be written in a strange language: ref/dep req (references and deposit required), f/f kitchen (fully fitted), no DSS (no-one on benefits), N/S (non smoker).... the list goes on. And once you've cracked that one, there's the code stuff too.. but we'll come on to that. And then, of course, there's a website, www.loot.com, where you can find everything in the print edition to look at for free with one exception: anything added over the last two days requires a fee to view. They'll charge you £1.30 for a days access to all new ads, and you can book more days at the same time which will get you a discount. Payment is easy by card over the site, and the site is fast and well designed. Everyt
hing in Loot is in categories, just to make things easier, usually by price. There are places to buy but most are to rent: there are sections for flats, flatshares, rooms, studios, and short lets. Within those, categories are listed by location, tho this is something Loot users are very used to being wary of. Everyone wants to sell their property, and like estate agents many Loot people are happy to bend the truth a little. Don't be surprised if Camden turns out to be Chalk Farm or Clapham to be nearer Balham. It's the postcode you really need to check, and obviously the actual street, very few of which are printed for exactly this reason. Other tricks to beware of: a studio flat is basically a bedsit with your own bathroom, but you need to check if they're actually separate or just whacked behind a bit of plywood in the corner of your dining room. Ignore all adjectives. In particular, avoid anything described as 'compact' - even 'spacious' generally means that if you sit on the bed your feet will almost touch the opposite wall. 'Studio', as I said, generally means a room with a couple of sheets of plywood masquerading as walls at one end, with a loo and a kitchen in them. Next stage is the calling etiquette. You need a basic checklist of things when you call: is rent exclusive or inclusive (if the former, find out what council tax is), do you have a phoneline, is the place furnished (don't assume it is if it doesn't say so in the ad) and will it take you less than four hours to get into work. 'Quiet' means that if you have a social life they'll think you're a complete degenerate, and I immediately pass over anything that says 'clean'. And if you're going for a houseshare, be prepared for the full Shallow Grave experience, and remember that they're not just looking for a new housemate, they're looking for a new Best Friend and will judge you on that basis, and will a
lso very likely faff around with shortlists and such like. They quite often take weeks to make up their mind, whereas at least with bedsits and one-bed flats they're generally available immediately. My other main tip - and this is VERY important, is that you have to be fast. Property in London is a buyers market, and the good places go fast, and I mean in hours. If you're serious about getting a good place, you need to start early: buy Loot by 10am at the latest and get phoning right away. If you're going for house/flat shares you'll be talking usually to the people who live there, for flats often it's agents - who sometimes charge a percentage or a fee if you take a place - you need to check. If you see somewhere you like, be aware that by going away and thinking about it you'll almost certainly lose it. You can usually secure somewhere with a deposit of £50 - £100. WIth houses and flatshares, people will generally take your number and say they'll call you - but don't count on it. You might have guessed from all this that I'm having my own little nightmare this last couple of weeks, trying to find a new flat after being unexpectedly ejected from my own. I've been looting like mad ever since, and actually have just managed to find a nice place - but not before waiting in the rain to see complete dumps, being told by estate agents that the flies in the sitting room were 'only temporary' and being told some frankly complete lies. But I have now found my place, and the other day I found myself flipping through my now obsolete Loot to see what the rest of the paper is about... and boy was I surprised. If there is anything that is not sold through this paper, I have yet to think of kid. Kids shoes to curtains, mopeds to shops, it's all here. And there are some real deals. Electronics are especially good value, with TVs starting at around £15, tho' I have my doubts about how many of them w
ere legally obtained. I could, if I wanted, furnish my whole house this way. Its kinda like an entire gigantic jumble sale, a London only real-life e-bay. In fact, it's so good, I might just find myself buying it again, even though I hope it'll be many, many moons before I have to put myself through househunting again.
Loot, I am sure everyone had heard of it……… no? Oh well if you haven’t then I have joy in store for you. Loot is a three times weekly newspaper chock full of ads from baby items to cars. The paper itself costs £1.30, which considering what you can buy and how much you will save is a bargain. The sections are as follows Motors Cars, vans, motorcycles, bikes Computers & business Hardware, software, business opportunities Household Furniture, toys, pets, DIY, computer games Property Rooms, flats, houses to rent and buy Hobbies & sport Collectibles, books, boats, health Sound & vision TVs, musical instruments, audio Holidays Holidays UK/abroad, camping equipment Jobs Recruitment, education... Personal Relationships, friends, penpals Once you have your copy of loot, search through the likely items you may want, note the telephone number and simply ring and see if the item is sold. I bought much of my baby equipment in this way, and disposed of it in the same way also. Not only are people offering items for sale, there are also people wanting to buy items. To save money there is another handy way of browsing loot newspaper – that is to visit their website (www.loot.com). You can browse the ads in much the same way as a newspaper, with the added facility of searching for ads you want, therefore saving time reading all those not applicable. If there is nothing you want, then you need not spend your £1.30! If something does catch your eye, and it is a recent addition then you will have to buy loot, but after 3 days all the contact details are on the site. I have bought and sold many items through magazines and newspapers, and have had no problems with being hounded after my item has been sold, or third party publications wanting to use my ad. If you have items to sell, it is a g
reat way of generating a little money, without standing at cold windy car boot sales!
I have used Loot to buy several item's over several year's useing it to find second-hand good's that people sell in London,and been very happy. I had a TV to sell a few week's ago and used Loot,noteing that they can change your add to fit, I checked my on-line add after 15 calls within 8hrs for my £170 16" widescreen TV, to find that they had taken out that the TV was only 16"!!(a major selling point) now I know why my phone was so busy and all but one call thought it was a 32" TV. Lucky I was, one person was looking for a 16" to play game's on,so I did sell it though I was not happy to recive so many incovinent calls and informed Loot of this,still wating for a reply to my email.
The Loot is a newspaper which doesn't actually give the news. Instead, you advertise wanted and offered items which you want to get rid of or want. You can advertise virtually anything and the best thing is, it's totally FREE! You can post them your ad, call them up, email them or fax it to them. The Loot costs £1 for your local area or £1.30 for the country. You can also put an item up for auction. This means people bid for it and the highest bid after x number of days gets the item. There is an alphebetical list at the beginning of the paper. You can put your ad with upto 220 characers-about 30 words. You can also do Loot power ads, which means they will stand out from other ads as they have a box around them. This costs money though-£5 for one ad or $10 for two. The layout of the paper is very good and easy to use and read. Overall The Loot is probably the best paper to buy if you are looking for someting to sell or buy. It comes out twice a week and is either yellow or green!
I only have experience of the London edition, but I can tell you that it has helped me out of a few sticky situations, mostly involving somewhere to live (I shall not go into the others!). It's basically a free ads paper which provides details on everything you may wish to buy or sell, and it is divided into different sections. The accommodation section for instance is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone moving to London who are not sure where to live. Accommodation for instance, is divided by price range as well as postcode areas so would suit the young graduate all the way to someone who runs the stock exchange. A must for everyone moving and an A-Z will also prove invaluable!
I have been buying the loot newspaper for the past several weeks as my friend wants to buy something from it and has ask me to keep an eye on what is for sale. This newspaper is excellent value and has something for sale for everybody. The newspaper is priced at £1.30 which I think is not that bad, considering the fact it has things for sale that cover all these sections: - Household - Sound and Vision - Home - On the road - Recruitment - Computers - Holidays - Leisure - Personal All the listed sections are well represented with good bargains that are for sale in your area. With over a hundred pages of item for sale I think it is well worth a look when you want to buy something. I bought my car from an advert in the loot. What I find good about the loot newspaper is that it covers adverts in your area hence you have a realistic chance of being able to look at what your are buying. You can place an advert for free in the newspaper so it comes in handy if you want to sell something, again a service used as I sold my old computer when I ought a new one. Your add is placed in the next edition of the newspaper and it is so easy to do. You can either e-mail them or ring them whichever one is more convenient to you. Your add can be upto 50 words so you have a better chance of selling the item, there is no limit to how many ads you place. The newspaper comes out three times a week, each with different thing for sale unless someone has placed an advert in again. There is everything for everyone from a Christmas tree to god knows what else. This paper has almost everything you can think of for sale.