Written on: 09/11/2011 by timj_uk (3 reviews written)
I've used Gumtree in the past and have made a few sales purchases through them but these days it is not worth the agro. I am a keen Nikon photographer and used Gumtree to buy and sell kit. Last week I spent the week looking for certain items and checked to see how many fake adds were added each day (difficult to verify genuine adds but with patience and by e-mailing each vendor I checked who was real and who was 'somewhere else and needed bank transfers to odd accounts'). So how did they stack up?
Well, of 214 ads placed over the week, 98 were false / fraudulent ads!! Nearly 50%!!!!! This is just insane, I hope Gumtree do something about this but with their 'open' policy and limited policing powers I don't see how they can. Buyer beware.. I'm off to a new site, not worth the agro.