Russell Beattie writes:

Ive thought of CraigsList a bit, and why it works from a community aspect. And Ive thought about the market forces behind eBays essential monopoly on auctions here in the U.S.. But Ive never actually looked at the whole classifieds category – which is sort of defined in my mind like A place where I can list all sorts of stuff for sale or look to find a product and service directly from someone else, as physically close to me as possible so its not a pain. Yeah, its sort of a run-on loose definition, but that seems to be the general idea.

Again, newspapers have been doing this for a long time. Theres big Newspapers like the New York Times with their own classifieds, and networks of classifieds from conglomerates like Knight Ridder (though Im sure they all have local numbers to call as well). Theyre all slightly different – some do it all themselves, others license content from other national databases, etc. Because newspapers are naturally focused on a specific city or region, they seem to be the obvious place to put these sorts of ads as well. Which is why theres no classifieds to speak of really in USA Today.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.