Longevity of Gumtree classified ads

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gumtreeBack on the 18th February I listed a couple of items on Gumtree as part of an experiment in selling on alternative sites. The experiment was much more successful than I ever thought, Gumtree was really an extra just on the off chance it was worth the time and effort.

My original results showed that Gumtree was a runaway success with no listing fees, no final value fees and normally cash on collection, so no PayPal or banking fees. What I wasn’t expecting is quite how long the Gumtree listings would carry on producing results. Today I’ve had to delete one of my Gumtree listings following yet another enquiry for a printer – I’ve run out of stock so can’t supply.

It’s a month and a day since I posted the Gumtree listings and they’re still producing sales. From a cost/time perspective they’ve actually performed better than previous 30 day eBay Shop Inventory Format listings. It’s important to realise that with a Gumtree listing so long as you have stock the same listing can be sold many times over.

Looking to the future Gumtree will certainly feature in my selling strategy, and once again if you’ve not already tried Gumtree I would strongly recommend throwing up some test listings. After all you’ve nothing to lose bar the couple of minutes it’ll take you to cut and paste an existing eBay listing onto the site.

8 Responses

  1. I’ve just put my first item on gumtree, it was so easy! Like you say Chris, what have we got to lose?

    Kate

  2. Hey Kate come back and let us know how you get on. It’ll be interesting to know what products it works well for as well as those (if any) that it’s not so suitable for ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Any insight on Gumtree vs Craigslist? We’ve had lots of VERY surprisingly positive results with craigslist.

  4. hi chris,

    thanks for the tips – please keep ’em coming.

    if one places ad/offer on another site, with link to an ebay shop, potential buyer has to be/become ebay member to purchase.

    is this a hurdle/block to making a sale, what do you think/find ?

    inspired by the gumtree tip , we have opened a google adword account!

    best regards,

    just ‘shaved the sheep’ in time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Why would you spend time/money placing ads to go to your eBay shop? If you’re listing on Gumtree or a similar site just sell direct with no fees. Don’t make it harder for a potential Gumtree customer to buy from you than from another Gumtree advertiser ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. hi chris,

    ” why make it ….” – got it and agree!

    fyi – arrived at adword, via gumtree ‘featured’ option research.

    wondered if you had any info’ re sales conversions via the adword route & any views in general?

    do have concerns similar to your points made.
    shall trial adword (in moderation) and look at gumtree direct as tipped.

    best regards,
    justin time

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