Classifieds, Web Marketplace
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Review of "gumtree.com"
Gumtree is a website dedicated to free ads of certain areas of the globe. It is advertised as UK n°1 website for classified ads but it has branches also in other Worldwide locations (Australia, Poland, New Zeland, Asia and South Africa) plus European and North American partners, meaning other websites called differently but offering the same service.The website is divided into main areas of the UK and each main city in those areas have their own space for posting your ads. So if you live in Manchester you will post your ads in your local area. Also the search of items for sale is local, there isn't yet a function for a global search, mainly because most of transactions end with a collection in person so it's useless to search items across the UK if you live in Cardiff.
Classified ads are divided into categories:
Flat & Houses
Friends & Dating
Cars For Sale
Stuff For Sale
Sounds great doesn't it? Well it's not really. Personally speaking Gumtree really ticks me off for several different reasons.
First of all it's usually a waste of time, more than once I posted an advert which was automatically removed (without anyone telling you) from their system for preventing spam or frauds. I'm at the point that everytime I post a single ad it gets deleted soon after, so that I have to contact the admins and tell them to look into it. They always reply something like "we have looked into it and it seems that there is no problem at all, your ad has been restored and please let us know if it happens again"... well thanks for nothing it happens ALL THE TIME I post a single ad! Some other times silly people decide they don't like your ad and report it as fraud to the customer service which promptly delete it without even looking into it. Again you have to contact them and tell them to check why it has been deleted.
So these are the problems with the website and its hyper-sensitive spam/fraud filter. Another problem is the people who navigate into it. It must be because I'm selling in the city of Glasgow mostly, perhaps other cities have better people, but it's full of cheapskates and time wasters you wouldn't imagine. Of the many ads I've put in these years the stuff that I actually managed to sell is so little that I don't think it would be even the 0.01%. People asking for appalling discounts (if I'm selling new DVDs for £2... and I mean NEW... there is still someone asking to have them for less, how CHEAP can you be???), people asking to meet in town and never show up (only done it once and never again! Learnt my lesson), people not showing up at your house and never contact you again... what is wrong with people buying on gumtree??? What is wrong with the glaswegians on gumtree????? Sorry people, nothing against glaswegians but the ones on gumtree must be a race on its own.
Product Information : gumtree.com
Manufacturer's product descriptionClassifieds, Web Marketplace
Type: Web Marketplace; Classifieds
Domain Extension: .com
Listed on Ciao since: 19/08/2007