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Whatever happened to allclassifieds?
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | Xiaolin Chen
Since 2001, allclassifieds has been Canberra’s favourite classifieds websites, offering a simple platform for locals to buy and sell just about anything. Last year we reported that allclassifieds had been acquired by local online auction powerhouse allbids.
So where are they now?
Well, if you’ve been to allclassifieds lately, you would have seen that the site is alive and well – albeit sporting a very different look and feel to coincide with the allbids sales platform.
The most notable changes include:
- The change in branding
- A buyer’s search now produces results from both allclassifieds and allbids listings
- Sellers are now selling to buyers from both databases
- Sellers must verify their identity before creating a listing
Rob Evans, CEO of allbids, explains how it all works.
“It’s been a journey but allclassifieds has now been fully integrated into allbids, and the two sites really complement each other.
“Allclassifieds is still the place to go to find a bargain or sell items you no longer want or need. But now everything is streamlined, so when you search for a product you get instant access to every allclassifieds listing plus every allbids listing (which includes a huge array of Government/AFP and business surplus stock available via online auction). For buyers it means more choice. For sellers it means reaching the traditional allclassifieds market, and our 150,000 registered allbids users.
“With the amount of traffic between the two sites now amalgamated, it’s exciting times. The product range is massive – new and second-hand art, jewellery, electronics, manchester, wine, clothing, toys, sports memorabilia and more. There’s also a huge range of second-hand cars from private sellers, as well as for online auction on behalf of car dealers in Canberra.”
In terms of functionality, Rob says that the extra verification process that sellers need to undergo was essential to maintain the high standards of security allbids requires.
“We were aware of the many spam issues plaguing online marketplaces – both from a buying and selling perspective. So we had a security expert advise us on the best way to move forward, which resulted in the new seller verification process requiring you to enter your driver’s license number before you can list an item. It takes two seconds, but it’s an essential step to protect all of our users.”
Rob has big plans for the site and says the allbids team are focussed on continual improvement in terms of functionality and aesthetics.
“We are now Canberra’s biggest database of buyers/bargains/sellers and fundraising, and we take that very seriously.
“The allbids database grows steadily every year, but with the addition of the classifieds section and amalgamating the allclassifieds database, it’s growing rapidly.
“We’re always seeking ways to make things bigger and better for our buyers and sellers, and to make it easy for people to find a bargain or make money from selling their goods.”
To check out the new-look allclassifieds website, head to Allbids.
This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/whatever-happened-to-allclassifieds/206179