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3 best Craigslist alternative sites

Take a quick look around your house. As you do, you'll probably notice tons of items that you no longer use. Old clothing, furniture, electronics, etc. can easily pile up.

But you've probably heard the saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and while you may not want those vinyl records, pieces of jewelry, or even that used vehicle, there's someone out there who does.

When it's time to sell, the first place that comes to mind is usually Craigslist. But the site is riddled with problems. Scams, like this one, can cost you the cash and the product. And the scammers target both buyers and sellers.

That's not the only reason branching out from Craigslist is a good idea. Maybe you're hosting a garage sale and are just looking for additional ways to get the word out. Whatever your reason, these three sites are worth considering.

1. Oodle

This site is similar to Craigslist, but comes with a few extra perks. Oodle has also been reported as the "fastest expanding classifieds website."

Oodle works a lot like Craigslist, but on steroids. It comes with the same ease of use, but connects classified listings with several other sources. Major newspapers, AOL Classifieds, MySpace and even Facebook Marketplace, can all share the same listing.

Because Oodle taps into multiple sources that means you'll find a larger inventory. It also means that when you sell your items, it will reach more potential buyers.

Listing an item on Oodle is free, but paid options and ads also contribute to Oodle's revenue.

Even though Oodle's network gives you access to more local buyers, when compared to Craigslist side-by-side, it appears not many people know about this secret. Oodle's 15 million monthly users are nowhere near Craigslist's 60 million.

Click here to post your first listing on Oodle.

2. Sell.com

For anyone who uses Craigslist for e-commerce, this next site is for you. Although it's possible to sell your products on Craigslist, it may not be worth it due to all the risks of fraud.

Sell.com is geared toward businesses and consumers. It's free to sign up for a standard membership, and buyers aren't charged for the service.

Sellers, on the other hand, can create ads for their products. Posting the ads is simple, and they'll run for a total of 30 days. What makes Sell.com different is that buyers and sellers can connect and negotiate the terms of the deal one-on-one.

There are three different ways to cut a deal on Sell.com. The first is to place an ad with a negotiable offer. The second is to post an ad where the price is fixed, and the third option is to place an ad where no price is listed. This comes in handy if you're not positive about how much the item is worth.

When you choose to accept a buyer's offer, the sale is then complete. So, as a seller, you have a lot of control over how much you'll make on the transaction.

Sell.com is similar to eBay, except the transaction is not an auction. This means there aren't any last-minute buyers who can come in and complicate the deal you've already negotiated, and you don't have to go with the highest bidder. You can choose the buyer you'd like to do business with.

Another thing that sets Sell.com apart from eBay is the fact that you don't have to pay a transaction fee once the sale is complete. Essentially, you pay for the ad. The cost of the ad varies based on the category, but averages between $1 to $6.

Your ad will run for 30 days, and you can stop and start the ad whenever you'd like. This gives you the extra benefit of being able to make more sales off of a single ad, unlike auction sites.

Click here to sign up and start selling your products.

3. Pawngo

If you don't want to part ways with your item yet, pawning it might be the way to go. When you pawn something, you're essentially taking out a collateral loan. This means you'll get cash now and your item will be returned to you once you've paid the loan back.

In large metro areas, there's a pawn shop on practically every corner. But some regions may not have one, or you might rather skip the hassle of taking your item in. That's what makes Pawngo so convenient. Think of it as a virtual pawn shop that makes pawning your valuables easy.

Here's how it works: Before you can pawn an item, you'll need to apply. The site asks for your name, email address, phone number, ZIP code and the amount of money you're hoping to borrow.

Next, you'll be asked to enter the details of your item. Pawngo has built-in categories of Jewelry, Luxury Watches, Precious Metals, DSLR Cameras, as well as an Other section. Fill in the details of your item, along with a brief description and a few images.

Once you've submitted your item, you'll receive an estimate of the item's value. But, before you receive the official offer, an appraiser will need to examine your item more carefully.

This part of the process is also simple. You can print out a prepaid FedEx shipping label, or request a Pawngo Pack to ship your item. Either way, Pawngo covers the shipping costs and insures your item 10 percent while it's being transported.

You'll receive an official offer via phone, and then the money will be deposited into your bank account.

Click here for more details on how Pawngo works.

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