Expanding on the Ebay & Craiglist Model: OLX Offers Buying, Selling, Even Job-Hunting for Free!
Something I just came across on the web — courtesy of some friends who turned me onto this site– and while there are similar sites and precursors to this site, OLX.com is very different from its competitors!!
What is OLX.com? It’s a unique classified ads/posting site that has any category of products, services, jobs, and meet-ups of Craigslist.org with some of the graphical interface that Ebay.com has and yet has managed to create an entirely unique presentation. Recently launching in the US is a new spin on this sort of business model that goes a bit farther and provides a more user-friendly approach as well as social-media enabled.
What OLX.com offers
100% free (forever) even in jobs and real estate
Ability to include videos and pictures in listings
A city, neighborhood and zip code database so the entire country is covered and not just pre-selected cities
Ajax “WYSIWYG” rich-text editor for richer listings
Ability to comment on listings to create a stronger community
Advanced search functions with sliders allowing searches at variable regional settings
A distance field allowing you to see postings near your zip code wherever possible
Ability to post listings in any language in any country
Ability to view the site in any country in any language
Global reach-view OLX in your local language
Mobile version — with reasonable access.
Easily design rich colorful listings with pictures and videos
Control your selling, buying, and community activity in My OLX
Display your listings on your social networking profile (Facebook, Myspace, …)
Ebay seems to have taken a major turn for the worse because it’s no longer the user-friendly place for people to sell off items fast. The new “rules & regs” along with much higher fees have driven out the indy consumer who just wishes to clear out excess stuff (a good and “green” idea) and turned it into a serious business model that puts the seller at the mercy of the buyer with limits on feedback. Think laissez-faire only with the buyer in control and often ripping off sellers.
Craigslist came along and seemed to offer some opportunities to out-manuveur Ebay by dealing both in national and local communities for buying/selling goods, finding jobs, services, even friends & partners on the site. The biggest issue probably for those who are serious about business is that posting employment opportunities is fee-driven much like newspaper ads or agencies. With the economic pinch, employers are turning to linkedin.com, facebook and even twitter.com as sources and still not find the person they need.
Video interview about OLX.com
Looking for the next generation of Ebay meets Craigslist meets classified ads? Check out OLX.com