Consumers love a great deal, and they are constantly looking for products that they can get at either a good discount or completely free. As a result, a number of websites have popped up that help people score great deals. It is important to remember, though, that not all of these websites are created equal. A few of the best are outlined here, including the advantages and disadvantages of using each.
Freegle has been around for about seven years and is not quite a popular as some of the other sites out there (although it still has about two million members). The site is easy to understand, and it is simple to figure out who has something to offer in your area.
What's good about this site? Freegle is an award-winning site, receiving accolades for the work it has done for the environment. In addition, Freegle notifies members via Twitter if there is something noteworthy posted on the site.
What's not so good about this site? In order to sign up, you either have to have a Facebook account, a Twitter account or an email account with either Google or Yahoo. In addition, there are a few groups where you have to get approval before you can begin hunting for deals.
Freecycle first popped up in the United States, and the site is very comprehensive. There are millions of people that use this website all across the world. When you log on, you can look through groups that are in your area, so that you can interact with local sellers. Members can either list an item that they are giving away or they can post an ad asking for a particular item.
What's good about this site? First, it's a non-profit, and their goal is to cut back on the amount of waste that is added to landfills each year. They do this by providing a forum for members to give away, rather than throw away, their unused items. in addition, because so many people use the site, there are a lot of items to be found across many different categories. You can search in groups local to you as well as in groups that are not, as long as you are willing to travel to get an item.
It does not cost any money to sign up for this site. You simply need an email and have to choose a password. Alternatively, you can use your Facebook account.
What's not so good about this site? For starters, many members don't put up pictures of the items they are giving away. That means you might go to pick something up, only to realize it isn't want you want or need. In addition, the site earns money through advertising, so you see them pop up as you browse around.
What's good about this site? The freebies in question come from companies and not other people. There are a wide variety of items offered up, and you can sign up to get the newsletter so you know what is offered and when it is offered. The site also gives you information on deals and discounts that you can score at certain stores. Finally, users rate the deals, which is helpful information.
What's not so good about this site? Some deals you can only get through Facebook.
Gumtree is a fairly popular site that operates a lot like eBay. Members put up items that are for sale, and they can also list items that they want to buy. In addition, it is not uncommon to see listings for jobs or pets.
What's good about this site? There are a wide variety of items that are posted on Gumtree. Are you looking for music lessons? Do you need a copy of an out-of-print book? Chances are that you can find what you need on Gumtree. In addition, there is no sign in required. Simply navigate over to the page, find something that you like, and then email the person that is selling it.
What's not so good about this site? You have to pick up the items yourself, which makes some people nervous. In addition, the site is filling with advertisements which are often hard to avoid.
What are your favourite money saving sites?
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