Looking to Place a Free Classified Ad? Try This List.

Our Free Classified Ads list offers details on five popular online classified ad marketplaces. All are free to place a general buy, sell or trade classified ad in common categories.

When it comes to online selling using free classified ad listing sites, the bigger and more well-known classified sites, like Craigslist and Kijiji, are top-notch. Still, online sellers do look elsewhere -- especially individual and part-time sellers who may have the odd item or two that is not suited to listing on eBay and eBay alternative sites (if you are looking for auction-based sites, see this eBay Alternatives list).

Free local classified ads are an excellent option for online sellers who have larger items that are difficult to ship. They're also good for selling low-profit items where eBay and PayPal fees really cut into your overall sales profit.

This Free Classified Ads list covers five different sites where you can list your items for sale online.

Backpage

Backpage is a free classified ad site that currently offers more than 400 cities and regions from the United States, Canada and Mexico. As with most local classified sites, you post online ads in the region that is closest to you.  Backpage is free to use to post most buy, sell and trade ads; the exceptions include adult entertainment and personals.

Premium ad placement is also available on Backpage. Called "Sponsor Ads," these ads will get a visible placement at the top or right-hand side of every page in a particular category.  Sponsor Ads also let you post ads in more than 100 cities with a single posting form.

Craigslist

Craigslist is also a free classified ads site. Users simply choose a location site; you can choose cities located in the United States, Canada, Asia, the Americas and Europe and then you post your ad on the Craigslist site nearest your location. 

On Craigslist, most classified ads are free to place. Specific sections for some cities do carry a fee, however. For example, you must pay a fee if you want to list ads in job postings, brokered apartment rentals and adult service categories.

EBay Classifieds (Kijiji)

EBay Classifieds launched originally in the U.S. as Kijiji.com in June 2007, however the U.S-based free classified ads site has recently been renamed to eBay Classifieds. Some international sites, such as South Africa, Australia and Canada will still run under the Kijiji brand name.

This classifieds network has individual Web sites for specific countries including the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Germany, India and others. Once you choose a country, you then select the city or region closest to your own location for posting an ad.

Posting and replying to ads on the site is completely free. You can post up to 25 unique ads each day, with each ad staying online for 60 days. Some individual country sites offer fee-based Premium Placement Ads, or you can pay a fee to bump your ad back to the top position in a category listing.

Hoobly

Hoobly is another fun, free classifieds site that integrates a local classifieds market into a national marketplace, using its custom "Ad Filter" technology. This lets consumers look for general ads and then be more specific about location.  

Ads placed on Hoobly are free, however you may opt to place a Premium Ad which is posted to a paid area and is basically a “category targeted” message that runs at the top of Hoobly pages. Premium Ads are bid-for-placement, pay per click (PPC) ads.

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Oodle

Oodle is a well-known free classifieds service that pulls millions of listings from all over the Web. Oodle offers options for consumers to buy and sell through online classifieds; it allows advertisers to promote their local listings, and it also works as a partner for publishers to power their own classifieds.

Currently, Oodle is available throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and India, plus it operates the popular Facebook Marketplace. Consumers can place an Oodle ad for free, by creating an online account. When you post to Oodle, your classified ad may also be posted to hundreds of other sites.

Oodle ads are live for 30-days with unlimited text and up to nine pictures.  More frequent and professional sellers who would like to post more than one ad per category can use Oodle Pro, a comprehensive package for advertising your listings on the Oodle Network. Oodle Pro plans start at $25 per month.

Vangie Beal is a veteran online seller and frequent contributor to ECommerce-Guide.com. She is also managing editor of Webopedia.com. You can tweet with her online @AuroraGG.

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