Newspaper classified ads yielded a great amount of group to the rise of Craigslist. And now I wonder if Craigslist, which has no official mobile app of its own, might not be losing out to a few apps that connect local buyers and sellers.
I’ve been playing around with “Letgo” and “OfferUp,” two easy-to-use services that make it easier than, say, eBay or Craiglist to make a quick-hit For Sale ad using your camera phone. Browsing and messaging is also simplified with fast search engines and navigation and pre-written prompts (”Is it still available?” “Is the price negotiable?”
The items range from junky (some old RCA cables anyone?) to pricey (major appliances and high-end TVs), but neither app collects fees or makes the sale for you; that’s still left to buyers and sellers to work out on their own. There are plenty of other apps that do similar work (”Poshmark” for clothes; “CPlus,” which is licensed by Craiglist to navigate its listings), but “Letgo” and “OfferUp” are both easy to use and quick to browse with lots of active listings to peruse. And if you’re leery of shopping by phone, there are web-based versions you can use on a computer as well.
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