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10 reasons why you need to visit Gumtree

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When I was approached by Gumtree to do this post, the first thing that came to my mind is how do I describe a website with so much content? I’ve visited Gumtree on many occasions looking for items I couldn’t afford to buy brand new and I even advertised items that I wanted to sell.

Gumtree is one of South Africa’s leading websites which allows you to buy and sell items online. 

Gumtree

Did you know…?

  • Gumtree is a well-established international brand and forms part of the eBay classifieds group. Although they ads are completely local, they are backed by their international expertise and support.
  • Gumtree is by far South Africa’s favourite classified site – it’s the 6th largest site in South Africa and reaches 18% of the population every single month (Alexa, Sept 2013).
  • Over 600 000 live ads and 30 000 new ads are posted on Gumtree every single day.

The big question on everyone’s mind is: How do I stay safe on Gumtree?

Is it safe to buy something from someone I don’t know personally?

We all need to be cautious when we dealing with people over the internet, not everyone is who they say they are. Whether its Facebook or Gumtree, we still need to be careful.

My tips for being safe on the Internet:

  1. Always visit the company’s website or social media accounts.
  2. If you purchasing from an individual, google their name. Check their social media accounts. 
  3. Call them to find out more before you purchase.
  4. If they persistent on you purchasing and expect full payment before delivery, double-check with a family member or friend before paying.
  5. Check for reviews and previously purchased buyers.

Gumtree works with local and international law enforcement agencies to help keep the site free from scams and other illegal activities. They committed to keeping Gumtree a safe place, and will always assist in a criminal investigation. Click here to gain more info on how you can stay safe on Gumtree.

After researching and playing around on their website, I’ve decided to summarise my reasons for visiting. As a mom with a growing family, I cannot afford to buy everything brand new. Gumtree is the perfect place for me to buy things for my home, myself and my child.

10 reasons why you need to visit Gumtree.co.za:

1. Easy to navigate

I love that it is so easy to use. It’s simple to post a free ad within 5 minutes.

2. Online Shopping.

Gumtree has a variety of categories to suit everyone’s needs. You can find anything on the website and I mean ANYTHING… like this collectible figure of a really hot guy. 😉

thor

Who doesn’t love shopping online… 😉

If you looking for:

Women’s Clothing, click here.

Anything Home & Garden, click here.

Camping gear for December. click here.

Tickets for sale, click here.

There’s new and secondhand products available.

gumtree south africa

3. Services

The website is not only filled with products, it also has services offered by various different companies including Party venues and DJ/Entertainment.

Gumtree has over 30 categories under Jobs to help you find that perfect job you’ve been looking for.

4. Personalized selling

Gumtree is like a “yard sale” online for secondhand products. You talk directly to your niche.

5. Mobile friendly

You can download the official free app via:

Blackberry: http://bit.ly/UOwe2h
Android: http://bit.ly/1AEmAAC
iOS: http://bit.ly/1lwOqu8

6. Charity

Help DJ Fresh renovate and refurbish Little Pina Pina Educare Centre. It’s so exciting to see a website like Gumtree involved in helping make a difference in South Africa. Companies like this who try their best to utilize their service in whichever way they can to give back to the community deserve a round of applause. You can donate to charities on Gumtree or get involved in initiatives linked to the website like the one I mentioned above.

DJ Fresh

7. Mom has options

I love that I can buy from strollers to cots on the website. I get options and I can see what suits my budget. With the option of adding lots of pictures, it gives the buyer an opportunity to ‘view’ your catalogue. You can even customize your search.

8. Promote

You can promote your ad to get a quicker response.

Gumtree adverts

9. Negotiate

Gumtree gives you an option to negotiate with the buyer for a better price.

10. Post more than one ad.

The big bonus for me is you not limited to one advert.

Like the sound of this? Visit the website, you might find something you were searching for or put it on Gumtree! 😉

Gumtree South Africa

 

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35 Comments

  1. Tricia The Good Mama

    October 27, 2014 at 20:59

    I have never heard of gumtree before, but now I am going to check it out. Thanks for the post and the information!

  2. Yashmitha Padayachee

    October 27, 2014 at 21:42

    Praven (Mr Padayachee) 😛 love love loves Gumtree. He visits it almost every night. Its like his wind down thing. He looks for everything from baby furniture, to speakers and amps and car parts or tyres. He always googles places if addresses are given to just make sure he isnt being lured to some dodgy area, he calls sellers and checks (because apparently you can ) how long a person has been an active gumtree-er.

    • Shan

      Shan

      October 29, 2014 at 10:17

      Hehe thats great to hear! Make sure he enters their current competitions on the facebook page.

  3. Theresa (Capri + 3)

    October 27, 2014 at 23:07

    I had never heard of Gumtree. Thanks for the information. I like your internet safety tips.

    • Shan

      Shan

      October 29, 2014 at 10:18

      Thank you, its like Ebay :).

  4. Kristen Kelly

    October 28, 2014 at 16:09

    I have never heard of Gumtree before! Thanks for the post and helpful information! I will have to check them out.

  5. saritlotem

    October 28, 2014 at 18:26

    Never heard about gumtree before. Jumping over to check them out. Thanks.

  6. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    November 5, 2014 at 15:50

    I have never heard of gumtree before, but I will definitely check it out.

  7. Courtney

    November 5, 2014 at 16:10

    I had never heard of Gumtree! Learn something new everyday 😉 thanks for sharing

  8. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita

    November 5, 2014 at 16:14

    Gumtree sounds like a great site for anyone living in South Africa. I live in the states, so I can’t take advantage of the awesomeness. =(

  9. Sophie O'Reilly

    November 5, 2014 at 18:09

    I love Gumtree, it has everything!

  10. Liz Mays

    November 5, 2014 at 19:21

    I hadn’t heard of this before. Since it’s part of EBay family, that does give a sense of comfort about it.

  11. Jacqueline

    November 5, 2014 at 21:13

    Interesting! This is like the South African eBay. Love that 🙂 I wish I could buy on there!

  12. Kungphoo

    November 5, 2014 at 21:29

    I have not heard of this.. is it only for SA? since eBay is a part of it, i am assuming they are going after that market only with that site..

  13. Ann Bacciaglia

    November 5, 2014 at 21:38

    I have not heard of Gumtree before. I will have to do a little research.

  14. Lady Lilith

    November 6, 2014 at 00:15

    This sounds like a really useful site. I do not think it is for me, but it sounds amazing.

  15. Nina Say (@NinaSay)

    November 6, 2014 at 01:12

    This sounds like a great service. I love that they are mobile friendly as well.

  16. rochkirstin

    November 6, 2014 at 03:13

    I’ve been posting ads on Gumtree Singapore for rental of rooms and also for buying and selling of technical gadgets. So far my experience has been great!

  17. Elizabeth O.

    November 6, 2014 at 03:55

    I didn’t know there was such. Looks promising. Thanks!

  18. Nancy (@spiffykerms)

    November 6, 2014 at 04:15

    Oooh another site for me to check out! Thanks for sharing – to be completely honest I’ve never heard of Gum Tree until you mentioned it 🙂

  19. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

    November 6, 2014 at 04:24

    This sounds pretty neat. I haven’t heard of that before.

  20. Kendall Rayburn

    November 6, 2014 at 05:03

    Gumtree’s new to me. I will try this.

  21. Andrea Callahan

    November 6, 2014 at 06:34

    Gumtree works really good. I’ve transacted once before.

  22. Aisha Kristine Chong

    November 6, 2014 at 13:51

    Right! You are totally right – who doesn’t love online shopping, right? I know I dooo! haha!

  23. Leon Bailey

    November 6, 2014 at 15:57

    The first time that I have heard of Gumtree. I will give it a look based on your recommendation. 🙂

  24. Rebecca Swenor

    November 6, 2014 at 19:36

    I have never heard of Gumtree. This is interesting and great information indeed. Everyone needs to be protected on the web. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Krystal

    November 6, 2014 at 21:02

    This sounds like a great marketplace. It’s too bad I live in North America. =/

    • Shan

      Shan

      November 6, 2014 at 21:58

      You got ebay right? 🙂 Same company 😛

  26. Rosey

    November 6, 2014 at 21:44

    This is my first time hearing about it. I love that it’s to navigate. I love the charity aspect.

  27. Taylor

    November 7, 2014 at 02:21

    I have never heard of this before! I love it- especially the charity part of it! I will have to check it out!

  28. Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell

    November 7, 2014 at 03:32

    Very interesting! This is the first tie i’ve heard of gumtree! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

  29. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

    November 7, 2014 at 04:46

    That sounds like a really cool site. Thanks for the tips to stay safe shopping online.

  30. Erica @ Healthy Family Matters

    November 7, 2014 at 05:47

    I’ve heard of Gumtree but didn’t know it was exclusive to South Africa. That Thor collectible is awesome.

  31. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons)

    November 7, 2014 at 06:37

    This is my first time hearing of Gumtree. I may have to check it out!

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