10 reasons why you need to visit Gumtree

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. 


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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Who doesn’t love shopping online… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gumtree South Africa


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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up โ€“ MomSays.

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  1. 2014-10-27 / 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. 2014-10-27 / 21:42

    Praven (Mr Padayachee) ๐Ÿ˜› 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
      2014-10-29 / 10:17

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

  3. 2014-10-27 / 23:07

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

    • Shan
      2014-10-29 / 10:18

      Thank you, its like Ebay :).

  4. 2014-10-28 / 16:09

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

  5. 2014-10-28 / 18:26

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

  6. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    2014-11-05 / 15:50

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

  7. Courtney
    2014-11-05 / 16:10

    I had never heard of Gumtree! Learn something new everyday ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for sharing

  8. 2014-11-05 / 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. 2014-11-05 / 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.

  10. Jacqueline
    2014-11-05 / 21:13

    Interesting! This is like the South African eBay. Love that ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I could buy on there!

  11. 2014-11-05 / 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..

  12. 2014-11-05 / 21:38

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

  13. 2014-11-06 / 00:15

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

  14. 2014-11-06 / 01:12

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

  15. 2014-11-06 / 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!

  16. Elizabeth O.
    2014-11-06 / 03:55

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

  17. 2014-11-06 / 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Andrea Callahan
    2014-11-06 / 06:34

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

  19. 2014-11-06 / 13:51

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

  20. 2014-11-06 / 15:57

    The first time that I have heard of Gumtree. I will give it a look based on your recommendation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 2014-11-06 / 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.

  22. 2014-11-06 / 21:02

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

    • 2014-11-06 / 21:58

      You got ebay right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Same company ๐Ÿ˜›

  23. 2014-11-06 / 21:44

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

  24. 2014-11-07 / 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!

  25. 2014-11-07 / 03:32

    Very interesting! This is the first tie i’ve heard of gumtree! I’ll have to check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

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