Advantages still fees free! (for standard adverts)
Disadvantages Any option costs money, plenty of time wasters, ads get automatically removed for no reason
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.
Attention, this is the first review from this author
Instead of giving a negative rating, consider:
Help this member by giving your advice
Report fraud (for example plagiarism) or other issue with the review to the Ciao support team
Add your comment