The Experiment: Ebay Vs Craigslist Vs Sites Like Craigslist

Okay, so you landed here looking for sites like Craigslist. I scoured the net for nearly every possible Craigslist alternative, which you can find by heading to the navigation bar on the right. These alternative classifieds appear to be pulling in decent amounts of traffic with their respectable Alexa traffic rankings, however, I decided to go a step further and actually experiment with all the sites like Craigslist.

The “Sites Like Craigslist” Experiment:

Test Subjects: Craigslist | RANKED List of Sites Like Craigslist | Ebay

Objective: To determine the effectiveness of Craigslist alternatives, and how much traffic they can bring to my 1999 Acura Integra GS-R for sale.

Hypothesis: The Ranked List of Sites Like Craigslist will generate more hits than Craigslist, followed by Ebay, and then Craigslist.

The Test:

I placed an ad for my 1999 Acura Integra GS-R on Craigslist, the ranked list of alternatives, and Ebay (I reserved the right to end my Ebay auction early). In every ad, I included a link to separate “hit pages” that contained further images and details of the car for sale. The links were not active, in order to view the “hit pages” they had to be copied and pasted in the address bar in the web browsers. I did this because not every site allowed actual hyperlinks, and I wanted to isolate as many variables as possible. I tracked the results through AWStats, a Cpanel statistics app provided by my web host. This tracked the amount of unique visitors that went to these pages.

The Results:

After 3 Days, AWStats reported these results:

Craigslist: 24 Hits (3 E-Mail inquiries)

Ranked List of Sites Like Craigslist: 9 Hits (3 E-Mail inquiries)

Ebay: 78 Hits (16 EBay questions)

Conclusion:

EBay is the most effective method for selling automobiles, if you are willing to pay $40 for a listing. Craigslist is still the #1 free classified, and is more effective than all the other sites like Craigslist COMBINED.

Since elementary school, I’ve been taught to repeat my test. I intend on performing more experiments in the future when I come across something I need to sell. The results are a bit disappointing, but I still believe that it’s worth posting your classifieds on the sites like Craigslist that I’ve pointed out on my website. Extra exposure cannot hurt, especially if you are selling an unpopular item.

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