For years, Craigslist has been the premier website for scoring a free sofa or finding an available apartment (and sometimes white van scams). But there are plenty of other free services that do an equally fine job, oftentimes with a more attractive interface and fewer spam postings. They may not offer the sheer number of listings or familiarity of Craigslist, or even the ability to pay in Bitcoin, but they do provide a new audience and additional options not offered elsewhere.
Whether you’re merely looking for a used computer to buy or want to post your ad both online and in print, here are our top picks for the five best Craigslist alternatives for online classifieds.
Facebook Marketplace has been around for years, but the company relaunched the feature in late 2016. You’ll need to have a Facebook profile to get started, but it allows buyers and sellers to interact in the Marketplace via their Facebook profiles, adding a name (and often a face) to a listing, unlike the anonymous Craigslist format. Marketplace is also available via the Facebook app.
Simply set your filter options and search your local Marketplace up to 500 miles from your current location. It’s also become a popular place for advertising rentals, so stop by if you are looking for a new place to live.
OfferUp is relatively new and has a helpful app available for both Android and iPhone. One of our favorite features is the “Make Offer” option, which allows you to negotiate a lower price with a seller. If an item hasn’t sold in a few days, you might feel more comfortable asking someone to lower the price. OfferUp also allows users to rate one another using a basic five-star system, enabling individuals to buy and sell more confidently.
Locanto is basically Craigslist but with a far, far better interface. The search options will be very familiar to anyone who has used Craigslist, but they now feature beautiful menus, search bars, and buttons that make the whole experience far more enjoyable than Craigslist’s tiny text. Search by product, state, city, popular hashtag, and more — or set search alerts for what you really want to find. Likewise, the “Post Free Ad” option is easy and intelligent to use if you are willing to create an account or log in with your Google account. Like Craigslist, there are options to find everything from jobs and events to personals and houses.
If you’re primarily looking to buy and sell merchandise, then Mercari is a listing app that allows you to ditch all the unnecessary extras and focus on buying and selling. The design and features of the app (and the site) are excellent, and Mercari makes things easy with a quick shipping system that vastly expands the number of people you can reach. Yes, there is a 10% selling fee, and some other possible seller fees, but the extra functionality makes this worthwhile. On the buying side, it’s a great place to find cheap used tech, discounted clothes, and many other items.
Recycler allows people to create ads for their products and list them at a variety of prices. It’s active across the United States, and you can input the city or town of your choice and specify the distance you want to search. These kinds of setting options make Recycler quite easy to use. You can quickly move through a variety of clear categories and sub-categories to find what you want, set price ranges, or just search by major city if you prefer that. A number of businesses often advertise their used goods on the site as well.
For each ad, you can choose to either save or — with registered users — immediately contact the ad owner for more information. We also like that the website design allows you to move through ads so quickly when searching for the right product.
Additionally, Recycler pairs with a network of print publications dispersed throughout the country, allowing you to place the same ad online as in print circulation. This list of available publications is fairly limited, but ad exposure is still ad exposure.