I am an absolute whizz at finding freebies in gumtree! I think it’s only right that I share my tops tips and help all of you grab a bargain.
What is Gumtree?
If you have not visited it before Gumtree is a website where you can post adverts for free. In fact, it describes its self as the first site for free classifieds ads in the UK. Buy and sell items, cars, properties, and find or offer jobs in your area.
The website is basically an online version of the classified adverts that used to fill our newspapers.
Is it free to post items on Gumtree?
Yes, you can list items for sale for free, simply create an account. Click post an add and fill out the simple form. Fill in questions like advert title, category, location and description. Add some photos of the item. You can then choose to either be contacted by mobile phone or email. It’s as simple as that!
Why are there freebies in Gumtree?
There are many reasons why people list items for free on gumtree:
- People are moving house and they need items removed quickly. When you move sometimes you just want things gone, you are not interested in selling the item. It’s more beneficial to have someone come and collect quickly.
- You don’t have a van to move large items. If you don’t have a way of taking large items to charity, the next logical step is to offer the item for free to a good home. As long as you can collect the item it’s yours!
- You have too many of an item and you want to give some away for free. I have found adverts for beauty products that college student have made for their course as freebies on gumtree. It is a quick and easy way to get items into the hand of potential customers quickly!
How can I find freebies in Gumtree
The quickest way to find free items is to simply search FREE in the ‘I’m looking for box’. I would then recommend adding in your postcode. By adding your postcode you can change the search settings to make sure you are only bringing up items that are close to you.
After you have searched for Free you can filter down the location.
I would recommend using a variety of search terms:
Free to collect
Posting a wanted advert on Gumtree
The best thing about gumtree is that you can also post adverts for things you would want for free. For example, if you are after a free washing machine and there are not any advertised in your area, post an advert like this:
Make sure you use the stuff wanted category. Be sure to set the distance you will be prepared to travel to, and how quickly you could collect. And wait for the calls/emails to come in. You will be shocked at how quickly you can get things for free!
So there it is, how to get the best freebies on Gumtree. Make sure you check regularly as good items go very quickly. If you are desperate for an item I would be checking a couple of times a day. You could even set up an alert. Gumtree will then notify you when a new item matching your search is added to the site. You can do this in the ‘my alerts’ section of the site.
Please let us know in the comments section below and on Instagram all the fantastic freebies you have snagged on Gumtree. Not only are you recycling, but you are also saving your pennies!
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