Online classifieds service Craigslist.org has seen visitor numbers surge by 80 per cent in the past year, according to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Another 25m Americans or 17 per cent of the people polled said that they have sold goods online.
Roughly 22 per cent of online adults use online classified services. Craigslist.org, which is partly owned by Ebay, is the largest player in this space with a market share of 34.6 per cent. The network of Trader Publishing ranked second with 31 per cent, followed by Cars.com (14 per cent) and Apartments.com (eight per cent).
Auction websites including Ebay attracted slightly more visitors – a total of 24 per cent of the online population.
Online sellers are overwhelmingly early adopters and heavy internet users. The group is mostly made up of people in the 29 to 40 age range, and male users slightly outweighed female users.
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