Gumtree.com.au, known as Gumtree Australia, is an Australian online classified advertisement and community website. It is a website (and also an app) where people can buy and sell used and new items and services. Any person who has an old item that’s been gathering dust in the cupboard or garage, can list it on Gumtree, find buyers and close the deal. If they need services or second-hand items, Gumtree is a great place to look, with a wide range of items and services.
Classified ads can be free or paid for depending on the product category and the geographical market. There are also paid promotional options to increase ads’ visibility for faster sales.
The largest category of advertisements on Gumtree is goods for sale, which are subdivided into cars and vehicles, home and garden, real estate, and many other categories. Within these major categories there are subcategories. Cars and vehicles can be sold by dealers and individuals, can be new or used. Buyers can search by body type, by category, by popular makes, or by popular models.
Many service providers advertise jobs, cleaning, handymen, lawn mowing, carpentry accommodation, and many other categories. Basically, any service that is regularly needed can be found on Gumtree, from businesses and individuals.
Gumtree Australia has a huge social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, with 482,000 followers on Facebook. It uses social media to communicate news and information about the brand and to launch competitions and promotions.
How does one start buying and selling on Gumtree.com.au?
Before anyone can start buying and selling on Gumtree.com.au, they have to create an account on the website. This way they are able to send message to sellers and potential buyers through the website without calling them directly.
Gumtree offers an option to register and sign in using a person’s Facebook account or Google account. It’s easy to click on the corresponding button and follow the prompts on the screen. This does not give Gumtree access to their accounts though.
It is also easy to create an account on Gumtree without using Google or Facebook accounts. The user clicks on ‘Register now,’ enters the email address and name, and creates a password following the password guidelines. Then they click on “Register” and follow the prompts on the screen.
Who owns Gumtree and where are they based?
Gumtree was founded by Simon Crookall and Michael Pennington in 2000 as a London classified ads and community website. It became popular with many individual buyers and sellers and began to include businesses as well. By 2005, Gumtree was available in many cities in many other countries including France, Poland, Canada, Australia (Gumtree.com.au), New Zealand, Ireland, Hong Kong and South Africa.
In May 2005, Gumtree was bought by eBay’s classified group. eBay is an American multi-national corporation that facilitates business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer sales through its website. It was founded by Pierre Omidyar (an American computer scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist) in the Fall of 1995. It is now available in over 30 countries. eBay’s headquarters is in San Jose, California, USA.