If you like to buy or sell used items locally, the initial place to look is probably going to be online sites like Craigslist. Craigslist has a lot to offer sellers. It’s free to list and sell on Craigslist. And because most transactions are local, you can get your money and get rid of stuff quickly.
However, you may not be comfortable with Craigslist for whatever reason. Or, maybe you just want more classified sites to choose from.
These Craigslist alternatives allow you to buy, sell, or trade online if you’re looking for something different.
Top 18 Sites Like Craigslist as an Alternative to Buy (or Sell) in 2020
If you are looking for sites like Craigslist, here are several Craigslist alternatives you can consider. Check out the details of these sites. You might find them a better way to sell your stuff online.
You might think of Facebook as a place to read the latest status updates for your friends or watch viral videos. What you might not realize is that Facebook allows you to buy or sell locally.
Since nearly everyone has a Facebook account, Facebook “for sale” listings can be quite numerous. In fact, you might be surprised at the large number of items you see listed for sale on Facebook. If you are having a hard time selling something on Craigslist quickly, consider listing your item on Facebook.
Simply type in the name of your local city and online yard sale to find your local selling groups. Or click on the “Buy and Sell Groups” button in the Explore menu. Or, click on the Marketplace tab on the left sidebar of your Facebook page.
You can search for specific keywords within the group if you are looking for a certain product to buy. If you do not submit any search criteria, the results will look like your regular Facebook news feed. They will be displayed in the order of posting.
Be sure to read the group’s rules before listing a product to sell. Some groups are more restrictive than others. Similar to Craigslist, you cannot sell firearms with any of the Facebook Yard Sale groups. Selling on Facebook is free.
You may have seen the literal “cliffhanger” TV commercials for Letgo (the actual site’s spelling) a year or two ago. In addition to Facebook, Letgo is probably the most popular Craigslist alternative.
Letgo does a little better job than Facebook at grouping product listings. You can search for specific keywords or general categories like Fashion and Accessories. This makes Letgo easier to search for items in some ways.
Also, the Letgo site is a bit more attractive. As soon as you get to the site’s home page, you’ll see photos of recent items listed for sale. You can also easily view additional items for sale from the same seller when you click on a product listing.
Letgo can be a little safer than Craigslist. You have to verify your Google or Facebook account to create a Letgo profile. While Craigslist has a very simple and clean platform, Letgo allows sellers to get a bit more detailed. For example, you can also post videos with Letgo in addition to pictures.
Finally, Letgo is also convenient. You communicate through their app when interacting with a potential buyer or seller. As a result, you don’t need to list your phone number or e-mail address. This feature helps some buyers and sellers feel more comfortable about conducting a transaction with a stranger.
Swappa helps you buy and sell a wide variety of electronic items, such as:
- cell phones
- video games
And more. They even help you buy and sell smart home equipment such as voice assistants, streaming devices and thermostats. As a seller, you won’t pay any fees to sell on Swappa.
Buyers pay a small fee when buying on Swappa, as Swappa helps assist with the sale to ensure all goes smoothly. The fee is refundable (typically) if the buyer isn’t happy once they’ve received the product.
If you live in a large U.S. city, Recycler is another good option. Recycler started as a local classified newspaper in Southern California. It became a national marketplace in 2010 and now boasts 18 million monthly users.
You can use Recycler to buy or sell pets, find houses to rent, sell used cars and just about anything else that Craigslist offers.
When you sell on Recycler, you can quickly post your listings to Facebook and Twitter. To boost your exposure on Recycler, it’s also possible to use paid ads to target specific buyers or markets.
As far as Craigslist alternatives go, Offerup is relatively small. But, it still has a lot of product listings and has become more popular recently with 23 million app downloads. It was also awarded the App of the Year by Geekwire. Sellers and visitors can broadcast their listing on Facebook as well.
Both buyers and sellers can receive ratings too. This can help make the sales process feel more secure and keep scammers to a minimum.
To live up to its namesake, Offerup allows you to accept the seller’s listed price or make your own offer. You can also add listings to your watch list if you are not ready to buy at once.
Oodle has a slightly different take on helping you buy or sell locally. With other sites, you only see listings that sellers physically posted on that marketplace. With Oodle, some listings are posted directly to Oodle, but they also comb other Craigslist alternatives to expand their listings.
As an example, you might see vehicles listed from Cars.com in addition to vehicles sold by actual Oodle members. Oodle can also be a good way to buy or sell antiques as they will also list products from eBay for local pickup.
Oodle also allows sellers to advertise listings via Facebook as well.
Oodle has a wide array of categories including pets, personals and services.
Bookoo (as in I saved a bookoo amount of money by using Bookoo) is geared as a family-friendly Craigslist alternative. You can list items to sell one at a time or advertise a yard sale.
There are Bookoo locations located all across the country. Many locations are in towns with military bases. This makes it easier for military members to buy or sell belongings with their most recent move.
To help become more personal, Bookoo has sellers create a profile that includes a short bio and picture. The profile also lists the types of items you have listed in the past.
While this site is a little smaller than the others at 2,355,912 current members, it has an easy to use platform for buying or selling. It has live chat support, and social media feel that it is also family-friendly.
Founded in 1999, Geebo allows you to buy or sell merchandise, heavy equipment, vehicles, real estate, and services in 160 communities. You might want to give Geebo a try if you live in a major city like L.A. or Chicago. Geebo could also be a good choice if you live in a mid-major city such as Virginia Beach, Tulsa or Cincinnati.
As a way to make buying and selling safer than other online classified sites, Geebo offers “SafeTrade” transactions. A “SafeTrade” occurs when buyers and sellers agree to meet at a local police department.
If you are hesitant to try Craigslist because you don’t feel safe meeting in just any public parking lot, Geebo can be a good Craigslist alternative.
In comparison to the other Craigslist alternatives listed in this article, Hoobly probably has the almost identical look and feel of Craigslist. You can search for just about anything on this site. In addition, there are product listings in Canada and Europe.
You might have the most success with Hoobly by selling or buying pet animals as there are arguably more listings for this category than any of the other merchandise categories listed. It is free to post or shop on Hoobly.
Maybe, back in the day, you picked up a free PennySaver newspaper from the newspaper stands at the street corner or grocery store. Now, they have moved online, and you can find local deals by entering your zip code. They still publish a printed edition as well.
You can publish paid ads on PennySaver as well. It is very much like the classified section you would find in your local newspaper.
Ads Globe is an online newspaper classified ad service. With Ads Globe, you can post unlimited ads for nearly any category including merchandise, autos, real estate, rentals, pets, and travel. It’s also possible to advertise your business services or events with this Craigslist alternative.
This site is entirely free to use, and you can buy or sell just about anything. ClassifiedAds.com has a very simple layout and is reminiscent of the classified ads you would see in a newspaper except with pictures uploaded.
As with many Craigslist alternatives, you will have the most success using ClassifiedAds.com if you live in a large city. Although, they do have boards for many smaller regions across each state as well.
US Free Ads
US Free Ads has been around since 1999. It still has a very basic layout reminiscent of circa-2000 websites. Unlike some of the other sites that allow unlimited postings for sellers, a free membership with US Free Ads will enable you to only list two products at once.
If you are a frequent seller or want additional selling features, you will need to upgrade. The Gold membership is $10 per year for 25 ads at once. Or you can choose the Premium membership, which is $9.99 per month for unlimited ads.
To buy on US Free Ads, you only need a free membership. According to US Free Ads, their most popular listings are dogs, horses, and houses.
This site offers online classifieds in over 60 countries. Most large U.S. cities have a Locanto board. This site does accept paid ads from national retailers so not every listing will be local.
You will probably have the best chances with Locanto if you live in Los Angeles, Miami, or New York. Those cities are their featured boards.
Posting your ad on a city board is free. But, you can pay extra to extend the advertisement to additional cities. You can also pay to remove third-party ads from your listing. And for an additional fee, you can pay to send your ad to the top of a buyer’s search results.
USA Today Classifieds
The USA Today is one of the most widely circulated newspapers. It does a great job of presenting the latest news in a digestible format. They also have a classified section for the print and online edition.
This option is probably only best if you have a big-ticket item to sell since it will cost you to publish your listing. However, you can get wide exposure to prospective buyers.
Trovit is a classified search engine and is ideal for buying. With Trovit, you can search for multiple online classified databases for homes, cars, or jobs. The site is fairly well organized and easy to use.
Just choose your country first (Trovit operates around the world) and then choose your subject. You can choose to view Homes, Cars or Jobs at the top of the page. After that, you’ll be directed to narrow your search to find listings for your item near you.
Note that not all areas have listings on Trovit at this time. This fact could impact whether or not you find cars, homes or jobs close by your area of residence.
The vast majority of eBay auctions and sales are delivered via mail. But, there are local pickup options for items that are too large or bulky to ship at a reasonable cost.
You might consider this option when looking for or selling antiques, flat-screen TVs, and automobiles (eBay motors).
eBay can also be a good option if your products don’t sell locally on Craigslist or one of these other sites. While it’s possible to sell almost anything on a local classified site, there might be weak demand in your market.
For example, a winter parka or snowshoes will probably sell for a higher price in Alaska than the Louisana bayou. One downside to eBay is that they do charge listing and selling fees in most instances.
Those fees can cut into your profit as you sell. However, you could always raise your price a bit to cover the cost of listing and selling fees on eBay.
Mercari is a selling app that makes it really easy to sell just about anything online. When you sell through Mercari, you only sell shippable items, so there are no in-person meetups.
Listings on Mercari are free, but you’ll pay a 10 percent flat fee when your item sells. Also, Mercari offers for you to print out a prepaid shipping label for when your item sells. That means you’ll want to take into account shipping costs when pricing your items on Mercari.
One interesting thing about Mercari is that when someone buys your item, you need to rate them using the Mercari rating system. The buyer also has to rate you once they receive your item.
This rating system can be helpful in helping you choose who you do business with on Mercari. And it helps Mercari ensure that people who are doing business on the site are trustworthy.
Craigslist is a longstanding site that’s helped millions of people sell items they no longer need or want. The simplicity of the site makes it attractive to use. The fact that it’s free to list and sell also helps to make Craigslist popular.
Craigslist’s long buying and selling history and easy-to-use site make it popular among many buyers and sellers. And, you can find just about anything you could possibly want on the site.
I’ve used the site dozens of times. I’ve sold (and given away) items I just needed to be gone. And I’ve purchased items for my home. For example, I once bought a large extension ladder for $75. The guy was downsizing from a single-family home into a townhome. The ladder was in great shape, and a new one would have cost me about $300.
If you’re willing to sort through the not-so-good deals, you can find some gems on the site. And possibly just when you need them.
There Are Other Choices
However, for many reasons, Craigslist isn’t right for everyone. It could be a non-option due to security concerns, or simply because your item isn’t selling there. Luckily, you have alternatives to Craigslist that can help you sell your items and make some cash.
Depending on where you live, some Craigslist alternatives will be a better option than the others. Only time and experience will help you learn which alternative sites are best for your area. The next time you are ready to buy or sell locally online, give one of these a try. You might be surprised at the results.
Have you ever bought or sold on any of these Craigslist alternatives? If so, what was your experience? Which sites did you try? Did you find more success or less success than you do on Craigslist? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section.