This app used to be pretty useful. It would have a ton of different items from different sellers (random items, like a garage sale), and it would be fun to just scroll through and see what I could find. I've even bought and sold quite a few items. It was fun!
Now, over the past couple months, especially when searching in the Chicago suburbs, the listings are over 99% cars (and annoyingly, car parts). What's worse, its not even just people selling their cars (which would be fine and useful), but its dealers posting EVERY car in their inventory. And, they post a used car for $1000 (sounds good, right?), but when you click on the ad, its "$1000 down payment will get you this $17,000 car for low monthly payments! No credit and bad credit OK! Se habla espanol!"
Don't believe me? Just set your location to "Schaumburg, IL" (a sizeable Chicago suburb) and see what comes up. All cars. And when searching I can't even use "-cars" (to search for "everything except cars"), it doesn't help. This will make me go back to using that "other" app for used items. Please fix this! (or charge the dealers for posting their inventory. Money!!)
Hi @Tpss, thank you for posting and for being honest. Small businesses, dealers, and second-hand stores are allowed to set up profiles. When browsing, we try and limit their posts to the ‘Search Everything’ feed but you may sometime see posts in other categories. Also, your feed will be personalized based on the items you look for.
However, if you think a user is not following our guidelines, please report them so our teams can look into their posting behavior and can investigate further and take the appropriate action. Thank you again for your honest feedback! We work really hard to make this site best for everyone.
@Matty_B.....OfferUp has not made 1 cent of profit. In fact, at the current rate it will take probably 10 years to turn a profit (real profit...not renvenue, not gross sales,etc). They have taken in over $220 million from investors, with single digit revenue in the millions/month, and bleeding cash. The current valuation does not stand well with most financiers. In fact, both Sequoia Capital and SoftBank passed on the last round (just ask Morgan Stanley).
Having a business category without "real time" oversight is useless. Just have a look on CL. Businesses will do whatever it takes to market themselves. The employees will make additional accounts and post on the private/owner section and get rather creative. It is an arms race for small businesses, to stay one step ahead in order to bypass all/any posting rules on these free selling platforms.
This is a topic that has come up a lot and I know offer up is currently implementing changes to help address some of these issues. I know very recently they were working on implementing a section for car dealers versus private party sellers. Although the idea of a business section sounds great on paper unless there's a team of people in real-time monitoring businesses will just create additional accounts and bypass the business section historically this is what has happened with Craigslist and other online selling sites. In a previous forum discussion I threw out the idea of linking accounts to phone numbers for a minimum of 6 months at a time thus preventing people from getting new burner email addresses to open new accounts. I also threw out the idea of a maximum number of postings that can be put up per day something like 20 per user. In my area we have a local tire shop that is notorious for spamming offer up on average they create about 4 to 5 accounts a day and post approximately two to three hundred postings / account although offer up does react rather quickly when they're reported normally within 24 hours the shop just creates additional accounts using burner emails. Which is why I proposed linking accounts to phone numbers and limiting the number of postings
We definitely hear you on this feedback, @Matty_B! We're constantly brainstorming and implementing new ideas and features, and currently attempting to tackle some of the suggestions you just offered us. Stay tuned for the future.