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The other day I decided to clean out my garage, and was amazed at the amount of unwanted items I'd collected over the last couple of years. There was a couple of cell phones, ski boots, my old laptop, pieces of furniture and even the old salt water system from the pool. All were in excellent working order and far too good to throw away. Thinking that they would certainly be useful to someone somewhere, I decided to advertise them on the Internet. But where would I find the best free advertising online? I decided to research the main websites.. like Craigslist, US Free Ads, and eBay before deciding which would be the best place to sell my unwanted items. Key criteria was going to be ease and speed at which the items were sold, and of course how much I would get from the total sales. A quick visit to each of the sites had me realizing there was no simple answer when it comes to selling your unwanted items. Finding the website offering the best free advertising online was to be no walk in the park. I started by categorizing every aspect of the selling process, making a note of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the online advertising services I was to research. Here's a few notes on my findings. Craigslist - Free Advertising Online The Craigslist web site works in much the same way as an old fashioned classified ads portal, with the main difference being that you are able to add images with your text, and buyers are able to browse advertisements in their own geographical area (city and state) by category or simply by the date, making contact with the seller either online or by phone number, assuming one is provided. Sellers choose a metropolitan area, and category, create an ad (with or without photos) adding their phone number if they wish. The seller's email address is hidden from would be buyers. Contact with the seller is made through internal email. The seller thereby controls how they wish to be contacted by prospective buyers. The great thing about Craigslist is it's free, with no charges for seller or buyer. Shipping costs are rarely an issue as the web site works locally giving potential buyers the opportunity to visit, inspect and collect merchandise. A couple of disadvantages with Craigslist are firstly your advertisement is limited to one particular metropolitan area, and secondly, because of the open nature of the bulletin board, it has become a haven for spammers and scammers, so you need to be on your toes and never release any goods until you've been paid in cash. US Free Ads - Free And Paid Online Advertising Services


US Free Ads has been offering free advertising online since 1999, and the web site offers both free and paid online advertising services to it's 800,000 members. Basic membership is free, but is limited to private non-commercial use. Once you've registered, you are entitled to free advertising online, and can choose to either go nationwide or stay in your own metropolitan area. You can place a new advert at any time and you are able to advertise most products, items and services, as you would expect to find in a regular newspaper classified section. As a seller you can place your advertisement with images, and. prospective buyers can contact you through internal email so although you might receive the odd spam mail, security is pretty good. eBay Classifieds - Local Free Advertising Online Most people automatically think of eBay as being a paid auctions web site, but eBay Classifieds was launched in the U.S. in June 2007, originally as Kijiji.com, and specializes in free advertising online with the emphasis on local ads. You will need to register to post a free ad, but once you log in you'll find loads of categories to choose from and 272 local community areas across the US. The only drawback I found with eBay Classifieds is that it is local only, so you are only able to place your ads in your own area. Security is good though and because eBay Classifieds is part of the eBay Group, you can expect your ads will have a great deal of exposure. So, having had a closer look at these three quality, online advertising services, I found it difficult to make a choice between them. Then it dawned on me.. since there was no fees involved and they all offered free advertising online, I decided to advertise my 'stuff' on all three portals. It turned out to be a fun exercise and needless to say I sold everything within a week. I did notice that the bigger items sold through Craigslist, and the more expensive items sold through the contacts I made at US Free Ads, with the remainder of my sales took longer, but sold through eBay Classifieds. At the end of the day, I guess I was unable to discover which was the best free online advertising portal. My advise to anyone interested in clearing out the garage, looking for a new job, buying a used car, selling your old bike, lining up a babysitter, or simply warming to your kids' plea for a puppy, is to keep your options open. Use all three of these fine online advertising services to full advantage, and I'm sure, like me, you'll be delighted with the results.

Trevor Taylor writes of his experiences in helping others to find the best free advertising online. Please feel free to visit our website at Online Advertising Services and discover the full facts about all advertising services available.

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