RealPeopleRealStuff.com: Craigslist Meets YouTube

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What do you get when you cross online classified ads with web-based video? Realpeoplerealstuff.com is equal parts Craigslist and YouTube—a whole new way for customers to reach out to one another to sell their used appliances, automobiles, collectibles, concert tickets and countless other goods and services. “Realpeoplerealstuff.com combines the hottest internet trends in one, easy-to-use site: e-commerce, snarky writing, funny videos, everyone’s desire to be a star and video sharing.”

realpeoplerealstuff Video Classifieds

With a few clicks of a mouse, customers can upload their own video commercials, recorded on their camcorders, webcams, digital cameras or cameraphones. Ads are organized by category and location, and users can enter text descriptions, prices, thumbnail photos and tags along with their video clips. For best results, users are encouraged to engage their personality, creativity and sense of humour when filming their commercials. And who knows? One may well turn out to be the next average Joe or Jane launched into internet stardom. The service is entirely free—for now at least, though there may come a day when, like Craigslist, modest charges apply to select portions.

What it means: I really like the concept as I’m very visual. But I wonder about the quantity of energy needed to produce a video vs. taking a simple picture, even if there are many video-capture devices out there. I remember when I started selling stuff on eBay in 2002. There used to be some barrier to entry if you wanted to post a product picture. Then, eBay introduced one of their coolest seller function: the UPC code product finder. When listing a product in some categories (like videogames), you just need to enter the product’s UPC code to instantly get the default image attached to the product, usually a cover shot. By removing friction, eBay got me to post more stuff for sale. I think Realpeoplerealstuff.com will have to think about how they can remove some of that friction.

I also think that classified advertising is all about local. Right now, local seems to be a second thought to the whole site. They need to embrace local much more to eventually be successful. There’s also a chicken & egg problem with local content. You need local content to make your site relevant to local users. I think Realpeoplerealstuff.com should be looking at doing backfill content deals (maybe with Oodle.com) to improve their local content breadth and depth.

8 thoughts on “RealPeopleRealStuff.com: Craigslist Meets YouTube

  1. If you’re looking for a video classifieds site with real local content, check out iMoondo.com. To get the ball rolling we filmed hundreds of videos ourselves of genuine local people, places and things.

  2. If you’re looking for a video classifieds site with real local content, check out iMoondo.com. To get the ball rolling we filmed hundreds of videos ourselves of genuine local people, places and things.

  3. Check out http://www.3Cdepot.com Far beyond Craigslist Meets You Tube the service also incorporates the best of Ebay and Google. You can post both video and pictures / graphics and all for FREE. The 3Cdepot is positioned first as a local marketplace that affords you the option to sell (or buy) nationally. Best of all it offers eCommerce functionality and the option to feature any of your postings by converting them into either cost-per-click or cost-per-thousand view advertisements. And, there’s FREE library of Flash animations and stills for you to build your own ad on the fly. You even get a free store to post as many things as you deisre so your video ad can be timeless in its message.

  4. Check out http://www.3Cdepot.com Far beyond Craigslist Meets You Tube the service also incorporates the best of Ebay and Google. You can post both video and pictures / graphics and all for FREE. The 3Cdepot is positioned first as a local marketplace that affords you the option to sell (or buy) nationally. Best of all it offers eCommerce functionality and the option to feature any of your postings by converting them into either cost-per-click or cost-per-thousand view advertisements. And, there’s FREE library of Flash animations and stills for you to build your own ad on the fly. You even get a free store to post as many things as you deisre so your video ad can be timeless in its message.

  5. You guys should also check out Listasaurus.com…they just launched video classifieds and they even PAY you to list the ads (better than free in my book)! Also it’s nice because you have the choice to include video or not. It’s a fun site to boot.

    Will be interesting to see how the video ads trend progresses!

  6. You guys should also check out Listasaurus.com…they just launched video classifieds and they even PAY you to list the ads (better than free in my book)! Also it’s nice because you have the choice to include video or not. It’s a fun site to boot.

    Will be interesting to see how the video ads trend progresses!

  7. As everyone knows by now, video is very exciting. I think in the next few years people will discover that video is appropriate for certain areas of the consumer market, right now it seems like everyone wants to use video for everything. I think the small business arena will benefit the most from video which is pretty much the thesis behind http://www.Jippidy.com

  8. As everyone knows by now, video is very exciting. I think in the next few years people will discover that video is appropriate for certain areas of the consumer market, right now it seems like everyone wants to use video for everything. I think the small business arena will benefit the most from video which is pretty much the thesis behind http://www.Jippidy.com

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