Gumtree is the network of community and online classifieds sites. According to the area and product the classified ads are either free or paid. Most sellers use home page of the site to promote their products using specified area for different products. The coverage of Gumtree is very high compared to other competitors. It covers around 60 cities in 6 countries. Ireland, UK, Australia, Poland, South Africa and New Zealand are the 6 countries where gumtree is famous.It was one of the top 20 sites in UK and also the biggest website for classified sites.
In march 2000 gumtree started as local classified and community site to interact with the people who want to shift from one place to other and for those who are need of new accommodation for their family. Also this site helped a lot of people to get jobs as per the qualification and interest. Simon Crookall and Michael Pennington are the two persons started the site Gumtree.
After 5 years, in the year 2005 this site was acquired by Kijiji which is a classified group of famous online marketing portal Ebay. Even at the time of acquisition the site gumtree was available in many countries such as UK, France, New Zealand, Dubai, Hong Kong and many more.
Gumtree Started – march 2000
Gumtree acquired by Ebay group Kijiji – May 2005
Gumtree made a relaunch with more features – May 2010
Gumtree started television advertising campaign – August 2010
Scams and Fraud activities using Gumtree
Many news papers such as Guardian reported that there are many scams going on using gumtree. Some agents and flat owners are cheating many needy people who are in need of accommodation by charging more deposit and other charges.
Also in April 2008 other report came regarding the cheating of international students using gumtree by promising abroad studies and charging high fees and processing charges without any reason. Also the universities and colleges mentioned in the site by fraudsters are not existing too.
BBC News investigation reported that there are few frauds charging more deposit from tenants by publishing false information in the gumtree site. This information came out in the year 2008.
Other scam report published in the year 2008 is the money transfer scam using gumtree. When BBC Watchdog approached to gumtree to know more about the issue the response was it is not a problem related to gumtree but it is the problem facing by almost all classified sites.
Other issue related to gumtree.com is landlord scam which is reported in the year 2009 November 9th by BBC News.
For avoiding such fraud issues National Fraud Authority UK warned Gumtree on July 30th 2010 and to protect the tenants who lost their money.
Development of Gumtree
In countries other than UK gumtree developed very fast by providing many latest options to the users. Below are few of the developments in some countries;
Launching of site in Warsaw, Poland – 2004 September
Site launched in Berlin, Germany – 2005 May
Expansion of site to Italy across 31 cities – 2005 June
Site expanded in major cities of United States such as New York, Chicago and Boston – 2007 August
Gumtree is available in major languages such as English and Polish. Other than this they are providing service in many other languages of their international partner sites.
So this is nice place for all freelancers to sell product or promote service using ads at Gumtree.