Kleinanzeigen on eBay: An easier eBay system?

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Somebody once mentioned this on another thread and I ignored it as I didn't know what they meant.

 

Has anybody used this service? If I understand it right it's more like the for sale notes in the supermarket? There's no fee and you just deal with the person one to one with cash? Is this right?

 

http://pages.ebay.de/kleinanzeigen/

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I have found a couple of items on it. I have also put in a couple of ads. The great thing is you can put up photos of what you are selling.

 

It looks like a good thing. Although I cannot imagine it being free forever.

 

Oh and I only discovered it through that thread.

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I used to use Quoka.de and found a few things. Then Quoka was bought by eBay Kleinanzeige. I think you can still type in quoka and it gets rerouted automatically.

 

So yes, have used it with success - great for second hand furniture.

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I used to buy things at www.kijiji.de . This website was good as i used to live in a very small town and in ebay many "for pickup only" articles never used to be available in my region. A few weeks back i noticed that the website has been bought by ebay. Type in the mentioned website and it gets rerouted to ebay Kleinanzeige automatically. I think ebay is doing today what coca-cola did many years ago, select a country and either buy or destroy all small competitors.

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I also used kurz&fündig which then merged into quoka. The add is free with the buyer paying a small amount to get the contact details. Lots of adds on this one. It doesn not (yet) link to ebay.

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I used to look for things on Zweite Hand online, which now reroutes to Quoka, which is, per above, now ebay, minus any kind of guarantees, not that the latter were especially reliable in the first place. Right, you're just dealing with people directly. Definitely don't pay cash until you pick up your item. I've been trying to find a cat, but the people keep giving them away before I can actually make it over to their places for our agreed-upon appointment. Oh, and they don't call to cancel. So make sure you call again before going out of your way to pick something up... It's very much "first-come, first-served."

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I placed an ad looking for a particular brand of crockery for a pal who had mentioned that he was looking for it.

 

Yesterday I got an email from somebody in Switzerland who had seen the ad and had quite a number of pieces.

 

It didn't take much time to set up, but the joy of it being successful is brill.

 

I love the internet!!!

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I like the fact that they warn potential sellers, "Emails auf Englisch stammen oft von Betrügern".

 

No wonder I never receive any responses to my emails.

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Excellent post, asd.

 

For those of you who don't speak German, the warning from them (kijiji Germany) is e-mails in English often come from scammers.

 

So don't bother with Kleinanzeigen on eBay.

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For those of you who don't speak German, the warning from them (kijiji Germany) is e-mails in English often come from scammers.

 

Perhaps it would be better to say e-mails in badly written English often come from scammers cos you can see the same thing on here...

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I thought it was for local items?

 

It is Germany wide. I have actually saved my page - looking for nothing in particular (blank) but about 20km from my area. I click onto it every so often and scroll down to the last item I had seen (a wee bit like "new posts" in TT)

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Yesterday, I got a really nice little cupboard that somebody was giving away for free.

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Perhaps it would be better to say e-mails in badly written English often come from scammers cos you can see the same thing on here...

 

Yeah, but we can tell the difference - many (if not most) Germans can't. Also: their warning, not mine.

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I posted ads on this site and soon after had telefonummermisbrauch issues... (phone calls at midnight and normal hours, from new number each time)

 

I never had such issue before I use kleinanzeigen. I have given phone number sometimes to facebook, I did not geto such problems.

 

Kleinanzeigen could be something like craigslist for Germany and we know that craigslist doesn't enjoy the greatest of reputations in terms of safety.

 

but for some reason some Germans actually like kleinanzeigen a lot, i started using it after they recommended it to me, cause its surely a good way to find cheap bicycle or fridge nearby you, but I would suggest, use it only as buyer (safer)

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Did you make it clear in your ad what tkmes of day you wanted people calling you? Sounds like you got hit by some drunk diallers ;)

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In my experience, whenever I have posted on Zweite Hand, kijiji, etc., I've always had assholes who call at all hours of the night, no matter what you specify about calling times, thinking they're going to beat other people to the punch. These people have no shame and even fewer brains - asking them if they're playing with a full deck doesn't faze them at all.

 

That's why I have a special phone number that's programmed to stay mute until 9 a.m., which I use whenever I have to use one of those services. If you don't have an extra phone number, you're best off specifying contact by e-mail only (again, use a throwaway mail account, or you'll soon attract spam up the wazoo).

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I have used ebay Kleinanzeigen for both buying and selling stuff and find it to be very convenient. I agree with El Jeffo - I never give my phone number and instead only accept contact via email. This works well for first contacts/queries, and then either we schedule a meeting via email or else I give my mobile number once I've established that the person is serious about wanting to view or buy the item in question.

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What is very useful is if your town has a website with a "Marktplatz". My wife and I are heavy Kleinanzeigen users, both buying and selling, and we have used Quoka and Ebay-Kleinanzeigen in the past, but we find the Bremen.de Marktplatz is about the best. Not only do you know the stuff is local, but you tend to avoid the worst of the freaks too.

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