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Online classified websites in India – Quikr vs OLX

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I have been thinking of upgrading my phone to iPhone 5S and decided to sell my 2 years old iPhone 4. Taking a cue from the TV ads of OLX and Quikr, I decided to test both these websites to sell my phone. I clicked few photos of the phone and accessories and posted the ad on both OLX and Quikr.

Within hours of posting the ad on Quikr, I received few responses on email and phone. Looking at the encouraging response, I took the Quikr upsell and converted my ad to “Premium Ad”. Quikr promises 10 times increase in the number of responses. The number of responses did increase a little but were no where close to the 10 times figure. Also majority of the email responses that I received on Quikr were scam. Someone located outside India wanting to buy my phone urgently using Paypal and ready to pay shipping cost as well…. sounds too good to be true!

In the meanwhile, received zero responses from OLX.

In terms of visibility, traffic and number of responses, Quikr performed way better than OLX. But most of the responses on Quikr ad were spam/scam.

I guess the old saying still holds true, you get what you pay for. If you need quality responses/buyers for your items, it makes sense to pay a little more and list your items on eBay rather than waste time and money dealing with these online classified websites.

Update (16th March 2014) : I relisted my ad ‘iPhone 4 for sale’ on Quikr today at a reduced price (10% less than the previous listing) and received 5 offers within 1 hour of posting the ad. The phone was sold by afternoon.