I just went to place another ad on Yahoo classifieds and within the last week they no longer offer free ads!I'm not sure if this is good or bad. Good as a source for revenue, but there will be much less selection and fewer people will go to the site to find things to buy.I would think a very basic ad for a limited time for free would be good with lots of extras available for a fee...like pictures, links, more text space for description, etc.tjt
i just placed four free ads on yahoo classifieds. you probably misunderstood what they are offering. basically, you can still post free ads but they give you an option of a premium ad where your posting will get more visibility. that's all.
I posted a new classified yesterday & it was "free". I was offered a choice of premium ad at a nominal charge or the free 21 day ad.
I tried to place another ad yesterday and it was free for the basic ad. However, there are some categories that used to be free that no longer are. I tried to place another ad for a kayak for sale and only got the basic 9.95 ad or premium 19.95 ad. This used to free and included pictures and web links. Car ads are also no longer free even for a basic.When browsing through these categories, there are far fewer selections which indicates not as many people are using the service for a fee. This also means fewer buyers of these items will be visiting the site to look because of the limited selection and the pay ads will not be as attractive since the potential buyer audience is reduced. Kind of a lose situation for everyone
yea I noticed that some areas have only paid ads. How did you come to the conclusion that there are far fewer categories than before?i went to the site and could not notice difference till i went to post. The charges are also very high (10$ or 15$ per ad) as opposed auctions which are few cents per listing
Not fewer categories, but fewer ads in the pay categories. Not that i would expect otherwise. Still not quite sure if the good this does for revenue will outweigh the lower listings and eyeballs.
ACtually, I disagree. I looked at car classifieds, in which there is no free option. Now i go to the site and search for ads, I find a lot of cars in san francisco bayarea. may be some areas i don't find any.. but i can find a cars in LA area too I don't see the listings going down. For example, it shows that there are 30,000+ cars in san francisco bayarea, which at the rate $15/ad/month would mean a lot of revenue. Now It could be that the dealers who post here get a bulk rate. But even if they had only 100,000 cars nationwide at 10$/ad/month ($120/year) that is $12M/yearnot bad.. anyone know anything about used car market size etc?
The dealers were paying for car ads previously. How many private listings did you see? For all of florida I found very few. I used to use the advertised prices for cars as a sounding board on how to price a car I had for sale...now I find almost all dealers..not very reasonable for comparison.tt
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