Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 7:43am by The Free Geek
With listings all over the nation, Craigslist has become the go-to place for many who are looking to do everything from rent a new apartment to find a deal on a vintage sofa. But deal finding on the ‘net doesn’t have to end at Craigslist. There are plenty of other great places on the net to find all kinds of free and cheap things, no matter what you’re looking for. Here are just a few we’ve put together that may be able to help you save a bundle.
Find listings for just about everything on these great sites.
- Oodle: Browse or search through listings on this classifieds site. You’ll find ads for cars, real estate, jobs, renting, stuff for sale and much more.
- BackPage: Whether you want to place your own ad, or find things to buy, you’ll find both on this nationwide site. Choose a metro area and you’ll have access to thousands of listings for goods, services and rentals.
- Verticlans: Verticlans allows you to create or look through user-created marketplaces. You control who has access to buying and selling so you always know who you’re getting things from, whether its a group of your closest friends, your coworkers or members of your church.
- Gumtree: With sites in the UK, Australia and the US, this site provides loads of listings for just about anything you could want or need.
- USFreeAds: If you want to place an ad or just look through a wide range of online ads, this site provides a great forum to do so.
- MySpace Classifieds: MySpace doesn’t just have to be for keeping in touch with your friends, it can also be a great place to find listings on merchandise, job openings and rentals in your area. Facebook has a similar service.
- Blurbpage: Simply choose the area that’s closest to you and start browsing through these ads, which contain listings for community activities, jobs, buying and selling, renting and more.
- Hoobly: Get access to local classifieds with Hoobly whether you live in the United States or even Japan. You’ll be able to read announcements, get a new pet, or find a deal on a new apartment.
- BuySellCommunity: Users can create storefronts and sell just about anything on this site. Those looking to buy and not sell can find hundreds of local listings.
- Adoos: Find millions of classifieds on Adoos. Listings encompass everything from personals to apartment rentals.
- Yahoo!Classifieds: Post your own ads or search through listings using part of Yahoo!’s line of services. You can search by keyword or zip code to help you find what you’re looking for.
- CollegeClassifieds: If you’re looking for goods or services on a budget consider checking out this classifieds site designed for cash-strapped college students.
Finding a deal on an apartment can be easy through these sites.
- Rent.com: This eBay run site contains listings for apartments and homes all over the nation. If you find and rent a place from the site you could get $100 back, and who doesn’t love free money?
- ApartmentFinder: Search for apartments by college, military base or address using this convenient online rental site.
- My New Place: Finding an apartment on this site could be worth some extra cash in your pocket, up to $100. Plus, you’ll have millions of listings to choose from.
- CampusRent: Moving into your first college apartment can be exciting and you can help make sure you find just the right place with college centered listings from this site.
- ApartmentGuide: With this site you’ll be able to search through apartments and get help finding all kinds of services to help make your move easier.
- ApartmentSource: It won’t cost you a thing to look through the millions of rental listings on this site, and who knows, maybe you’ll find a great place at a great price.
- ApartmentRatings: This site not only lets you search for apartments in your area but can also give you other renter’s impressions of the properties and their management.
- Move.com: You’ll find listings for millions of residential properties on this site both to rent and to buy.
Whether you’re looking for a kitchen sink or a gift for your mom, you can find it through these sites.
- eBay: If you don’t mind bidding against other buyers, eBay can be a great place to find bargains on just about everything from cars to vintage toys.
- RealPeopleRealStuff: This site takes an innovative approach to listing goods by having sellers made videos that describe and showcase their items, combining elements of YouTube and Craigslist.
- MyStore: Shop in hundreds of user created stores on this site. You’ll find stores customizing in things like handbags and jewelry and CDs and electronics.
- Etsy: Find all kinds of handmade and unique items created by the sellers on this site, some of which are great bargains.
- MadeIt: Similar to Etsy, this Australia based site is full of great handmade and vintage items that can make thoughtful gifts for that special someone.
- Sell.com: You’ll find everything from the rare to the useful on this site, which gives access to free classifieds ads for sellers.
- uShops: Users of this site can set up free shops to sell their merchandise from and you’ll be able to browse through them to find merchandise that suits your needs and interests.
- Flippid: Here users can create a list of the things they’re looking for, from a Fraggle Rock lunchbox to a new fishing pole, and sellers can match up their items to your wants.
- BuyOnIt: This auction site has listings for items that range from the bizarre and tacky to used cars and motorcycles.
Free and Trade
Why pay for what you can get for free? These sites can help you get all kinds of stuff at a steal.
- Freecycle: Trade goods with other members of this group in your area. It keeps stuff out of landfills and allows you to get great free stuff.
- Freesharing: Get rid of old stuff you don’t want any more and get free items from others trying to clean out their stuff on this site.
- PaperbackSwap: Want some new reading material? Don’t head to your local bookstore, sign up for this site and you can swap your old books for new titles.
- AroundAgain: Find a local chapter of this organization in your area to get and trade goods without spending a small fortune.
- FreeMesa: Whether you need to get rid of your own stuff or find some cheap or free goods for your home you can do both through this organization.
- ReUseIt Network: Meet members of your community that are giving away all kinds of useful stuff on this site.
- MakeUp Alley: Ever bought a shade of lipstick you hated after trying it on? Now you can keep from wasting it by trading it with others who’ve had similar experiences on this site.
- Gigoit: Find used items being given away all over the world through this great organization’s site.
- LocalDataPlace: Place an ad for items you no longer need or find things that people in your area are giving away on this site.
- SwitchPlanet: Add some new DVDs or video games to your library with this site, which allows users to swap free of cost.
- TextSwap: Textbooks can be a big expense for college students, especially for those with less than deep pockets. You can save a few bucks by trading your old textbooks for new books you need on this site.
These sites provide listings for help doing everything from walking your dog to remodeling your kitchen.
- MovingHelp.com: Moving can be a huge pain to do on your own. Find hourly labor to help you out with ads listed on this site.
- International Listings: If you are selling your luxury home, use this site to advertise to an international audience. Or, if you’re on the market, browse through their listings to find the property of your wildest dreams.
- Find a Dogwalker: Don’t let your furry friend have to hold it all day long. Find a friendly dog walker in your area through the listings on this site.
- Find Me a Tech: Computers and other high tech gadgets can be difficult to fix on your own, so find a tech expert to help you out through this site.
- FolioFinder: Hiring a qualified graphic designer or illustrator can make or break your company’s reputation, so ensure you’re getting the best by searching through portfolios on this design site.
- Mechanic Finders: If your car needs some work find listings for ever kind of mechanic in your area through the search tool offered on this website.
- GenieTown: Listings on this site can help you find help with anything from pet sitting to personal chefs.
- ContractorFindUSA: This site make it easy to find a contractor to help your remodel your kitchen, finish your basement or anything else you need help with.
- FlatDoor: List the services you need help with on this site and providers can bid to provide you with services, helping you get the best deal possible.
- BizReef: Post your project on this site and freelancers can send you offers to complete it for you. Listings range from business services and marketing to photography and website development.
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