If you are experiencing the "cell phone number verification" issue, the GV option is a FREE potential solution, which has worked for other users in the past.
A forum is just a space to share info and ideas, which is why I replied within this chain. Others have indicated that VOIP numbers do not work, so I just suggested GV as a possible solution, hence I used the "for your information" acronym. I apologize if I have offended you in any way, as it was not my intent.
In regards to your questions..."NO"...is the answer to both questions. I believe this "cell phone number verification" security inquiry is only sent to only specific users.
Why cant OU just be the iriginal Offer Up? eBay failed the same way. Craigslist is still gasping for air on it's way to the bottom.
I don't know where you are getting your facts, but Craigslist is (by far) #1 in regards to net profit (by the aggregated info dispersed by majority of the digital marketplace consulting groups/firms). eBay is in a FAR 2nd place (when estimating net profit). All the other apps, including OfferUp will not make a profit for many years (if ever). Just the monthly burn rate for these selling apps are in the double digit millions.
The irony is that Craigslist's revenue has increased (over $1 billion in 2018) while the number of active users has decreased.
i never use my phone service. onto 4th request to meet with someone and says i cant continue until attach a qualified mobile ph. whats goin on here? why now and not 2 years ago?
You will probably not get a real answer, but the algorithm flags some "types" of behaviors and hand-outs some mandates, whether it be just to attach a phone number to the account or an invitation to join Truyou in order to continue using the app. Basically, it is an indirect tactic to increase the level of user accountabilty.
It's not unusual for any type of e-commerce app that involves the exchange of $$$ to ask further verification processes. If it was up to OU, the app would be more secure if every user was Truyou verified, at which point it would be a direct competitor to eBay.
The thought process is that if everyone knows your true identity, you are less likely to scam/steal/etc. This is the purpose of the verification processes.
I have no trouble with visiting Compton, Watts, and Inglewood without being armed, as there is a lot of cheap Creole (but good) food in/around Slauson and Western. Although one of fav's is Harold & Belle's on Jefferson.
I have been buying stuff in South Central even before the existence of Google and have never been robbed. Remember, the weekly paper edition of "The Recycler"? If not, it was basically Craigslist on print before CL even existed. Back then...people called each other on landline phones, wrote down the address (using pen/pencil on real paper), etc.