Advantages things are for sale sometimes cheaper than ebay
Disadvantages Its practically impossible to buy the popular items
Gumtree is basically a classified advertising site. People place an advert on there for free. Buyers can call them if sellers provide a phone number or email them through the siteUnlike ebay it is not an auction. There is no bidding, sellers just provide a price or open to offers. There is also no feedback system and no ecommerce so you can't pay for items through the site. It is just like looking through classified adverts, as you may do in a newspaper and then contacting sellers to make an arrangement to view or collect.
The advantage over ebay is that some items are often advertised cheaper than you would expect to pay on final auction on ebay. The disadvantage is that even if you see the advert first, you really need to be avaible to drop everything at a mimutes notice to go and see or collect the item. This partciularly applies with popular items. I am not sure what they may be in other fields but I've found this to be the case with cars, chesterfield suites and antiques.Because there is no policing as to the integrity of anyone buying and selling on the site, there is no way of telling the type of person you are dealing with in both cases, a huge disadvantage.
If you have ever used Loot, it really is just a similiar site but uses a TV advertising campaign to raise awareness.The site is easy to use and navigate. You can search by key word and by nearest item to your location. There is an ability to provide photos though many don't and the photos that most do provide, are nowhere near as detailed as you may find on ebay.
Now, I hope that explains Gumtree for those who commented that I had only written a complaint letter and not explained what is was about. The reason I have written about my experience with gumtree is because a review is about a persons experience of a product or service, good and bad.I don't have any good experience of Gumtree though, just the bad unfortunately which is what follows
My husband and I recntly decided to buy a chesterfield suite and having seen the recent TV campaign, decided to give Gumtree a go.The first suite we found for £200. I quickly rung the seller who was 100 miles away. She agreed to hold it until we got there and we promised faithfully we would arrive with the cash in a little under 2 hours.
We drove 75 miles when she phoned to say she had sold it to someone else. ( we assumed for more money )A week later we rang about another. This was 2 piece for £175. She agreed to hold it as we definitely wanted it. I said I'd phone back in 5 minutes after I'd checked the Gps to see what time we could arrive. I assured her we were 100% genuine and coming for it but I needed to give her a time as she was 50 miles away. She assured us she would not even answer the phone to anyone else.
10 minutes later I phoned back and she said we couldn't come as she'd just promised it to someone else who'd offered £30 moreNext time the suite was £225 but 150 miles away. I explained to this buyer all I had gone through and she was so sympathetic.
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