Online Classifieds for Contractors
Want to get rid of surplus materials? Advertise your services? Sell that bag of hammers or an excavator? Post photos of your projects? Most folks go to the internet. Online classifieds have been taking over for the traditional print version for some time now. Craigslist has been active since 1999, and really took off on the West Coast. Back East, the growth was a little slower, but seems to be coming into its own now. It’s a pretty good deal – free ads (except for certain employment or real estate ads in select cities), lots of categories, and a high level of community input that keeps the scammers and other lowlifes to a minimum.
The other day I received a press release about a new service that just launched called DiggersList that’s for those of us in the building business. It’s modeled on Craigslist, is free of charge (I suspect they make their money with ads), and locale-based, so you don’t have to drive too far to pick up your purchase. If nothing else, it’s a way for builders to have a local presence and build a sense of community. And get rid of the boxes of tile left over from that bath job two years ago.