Wal-Mart Launches Craigslist Competitor

By Matt Van Hoven 

Lookout Craigslist, seriously.

Ok, we all love and hate Craigslist for a variety of reasons. But we use it, and tend to cherish it for its simplicity and free-from-corporate bullshittiness. That’s a good word.

The Wall Street Journal reports
that the megalith has created a competitor to our beloved free classifieds. Walmart dot com Classifieds is, admittedly, pretty sweet.

Check it out if you don’t believe me.

After some basic perusal for vintage motorcycles (I’m an early-seventies Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Norton, BSA, Triumph enthusiast) I came across two that were in better shape than anythinf I’ve recently found on Craigslist.

Hmm. Got me thinking. How could Walmart already have such awesome content? The answer: 30 million listings.

I’m not sure how they did it, but where Craigslist had to build content over time, Walmart did the smart thing and has posted content that was already online. ie If you click on item from the list (listing by image only a cool feature) it brings you to the general Walmart (Oodle driven) page. From there, you can click to the item’s actual site.

I ran across one that lead to an eBay listing and another to the New York bargain trader Web site. You can also choose favorites, and do other nifty things to help you keep track of that you’ve seen. It’s got eBayish features with Craisglist simplicity.

Not bad, eh? Yah, not bad.

Love it, hate it or otherwise, it’s worth a peek. In my…humble…opinion.

As for the image I chose, pay it no mind. Sure, they’re big and evil, but I really just enjoy the draring. Yeah, draring.