Advantages Very detailed
Disadvantages Open to fraud
Many will remember a time when the classified section of a local newspaper was all there was if you wanted to look for second-hand goods, or look for a place to live without going to an estate agent…but not anymore. Goodbye the classified section; hello Gumtree.comTo quote the frontpage of the website, Gumtree advertises “Homes, jobs, cars, sofas, vintage records… anything, really”…and they’re not wrong! It lists it’s good in cities across the country. And not just the capital cities of the UK, but anywhere from Brighton to Nottingham, from Oxford to Aberdeen. This handy tool can help you look for exactly what you’re after without having to sift through adverts from cities hundreds of miles from you.
Now, to indicate the scale of the website, in the London section, the “Flats and Houses” adverts totals 124,174!! That seems a bit high! But no – it’s broken down into “For Rent”, “To Share”, and “For Sale” sections – clicking on one of them will list the latest ads, but you can chose customise your search regarding on price, number of bedrooms, location etc. etc.The sections include jobs, services, cars for sale, ‘stuff’ for sale and dating. Think of it as all the websites such as ebay and autotrader thrown in together and all advertised by third parties rather than an individual company. You can save ads that you’re interested in which is a handy tool to keep track of things on the site for anyone who’s a regular to it.
Now, as you’d expect with a site such as this – there is fraud which takes place, so whatever you do, be careful when purchasing goods and make sure you don’t get scammed. For example, as it’s based on locality and regions, if someone’s advertising something and they’re based abroad, approach with caution.You can sign up for daily email alerts as well which wil lhelp you keep on track of new listings for products you may be after. And there’s also the Gumtree forums…now I’ve never stepped foot in there, but asides from all the spam and kids with nothing better to do but slag someone or something off, I’m sure there’s help for people buying specific products and keeping people abreast of potential scams across the site.
So there you have it – if you’re a big internet buff when it comes to buying things, you probably know Gumtree.com inside out already. If not, take a look around and be fascinated at what you can buy. Oh, and for some reason you can ‘follow’ the site on Twitter…but then again, you can do that with everyone nowadays!
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