Founded in 2000, Gumtree has grown into the UK’s number one website when it comes to classified ads. Classified ads are either free or paid depending on the product that you want to sell. The website was launched as a local London classified advertising website, seeking to help visitors to the city from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa but new welcomes over 16m unique visitors per month to the website. They reach 33% of the UK population and 12.6m of their advertisements are replied to every month.
Creating an ad on Gumtree couldn’t be more straightforward, however, it’s always good to get some guidance when you submit your first advertisement.
When selling on Gumtree, there are two options for your advertisement, free and paid. However, both these options come with their advantages and disadvantages. The majority of ads on the website are free to place with some exceptions. If you happen to be a landlord, business or dealer you may be charged for your advert. Also, ads created in certain categories can also come with a charge, although these items normally cost a substantial amount, so if your plan is to use Gumtree to get rid of some of your junk, you’re unlikely to have to pay out any fee’s for your listing. The type of items that may incur a charge includes employment, service and property.
When you post your advertisement, make sure to check the total amount shown on the ‘post an ad’ page. This is where you can select add on’s, such as choosing the featured ad option. This will increase the visibility of your advert, but it will raise the cost of the listing. The price will vary depending on the length of time that you want your ad to appear as a featured listing.
It can be daunting when you post your first ad on Gumtree. This mainly stems from wondering if your post is optimised for selling your item. We have 5 top tips when selling your unwanted item.