Selling on Gumtree
Looking to sell your couch, find a new home for your boat or pass on that pre-loved barbeque? Check out our tips and guidelines for successful selling on Gumtree.
Gumtree seller's guide
- Do your research: Dedicate time to researching what’s out there and the average price of similar items to make sure you’re setting a fair price.
- Be descriptive: Describe the product you’re selling, including its features, a brief history and reasons for selling the item. The more information you provide, the more likely you are to make a sale at the price you’re looking for. Remember, you can be as creative as you like!
- Upload high quality photographs: Use high quality photographs to make sure your listing stands out. You can also pay to upgrade your ad to ensure more people see it
- Manage your listing: Ensure you keep on top of messages from potential buyers. Communicate quickly and directly through My Messages and download the Gumtree app on your phone so you can manage your ad on the go.
- Always meet face-to-face: We are a community site, so we always encourage members to buy and sell locally and to meet in-person. For personal ease and safety, arrange to meet in a busy public place and take a friend or family member with you.
- Use common sense: If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is!
Advertising a pet on Gumtree
If you are advertising your pet on Gumtree, here are some tips and guidelines:
- Advertise through friends, neighbours, and local veterinarians and contact your local RSPCA for advice first; then try Gumtree. Your chances of finding a good home are increased when you check references with someone you know.
- Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure he or she will be properly cared for. Screen potential homes and buyers/adopters very carefully.
- Don’t be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals known as “bunchers” routinely answer “free-to-good-home” ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actual fact, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through “free-to-good-home” ads. These people are professionals who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets. Individuals may also try to breed from undesexed ‘free to good home’ animals or they may be animal hoarders.
- Always be mindful of your own safety when you go to interview potential adopters/buyers or if you allow a prospective adopter/buyer to enter your home. Always have a friend or family member with you.
- Carefully consider all the elements of the new home: Will the person be able to meet all of your pet’s needs and give them a good quality of life? Will your pet get along with small children? Will your pet be treated as a pet and loved as part of the family? How will your pet be housed? Will they be able to meet all of your pet’s physical, social and behavioural needs? Does the family have a veterinary reference and a veterinary clinic they go to? Don’t be shy about asking questions. Your pet’s life and happiness depend on it. You want to ensure your pet will be treated as part of the family.
- Ask for a valid form of photo identification including a street address (preferably a driver’s license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet.
- Have your pet desexed (neutered or spayed) before he or she goes to the new home. This will make the animal more adoptable and help stop irresponsible breeding.
- If your pet is chronically ill or has behavioural problems, it may be difficult to find him a suitable home. A new owner may not be willing or able to deal with these issues, and it may also be difficult for the pet to adjust to a new home. The decision to humanely euthanize such a pet should not be made without thoughtful input from a veterinarian, a behaviourist, and the family, based on ensuring the welfare of the animal at all times.
Finding a quality home for your pet can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Remember: Your local animal shelter has qualified staff trained to screen and counsel adopters. Relinquishing your pet to your local shelter may be the best option for you and your pet.