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Video Review: Oodle.com – get your classifieds on!
Earlier this week I received a note from the Oodle team that their Canadian classifieds search engine went live. Today Mashable posted several Craigslist alternatives and I thought it might be a good time to take a video look at Oodle.
Oodle is a classifieds search engine which means they take listings from classifieds sites and merge them together to allow you to search all of them at once. On the USA version, they have 20 million listings from 75,000 sites and the Canadian version has somewhat fewer listings. Oodle has also released a facebook app recently and they raised $11 million in March.
I enjoyed using Oodle in my testing and found it to be more comprehensive than just searching on eBay. I like that when you click the link to the item you go directly to the source site. If you have used Oodle or will use it in the future, please report back on how it worked for you.
My concern with using Oodle is similar to my concern with using a search engine for Jobs such as SimplyHired or Indeed. What happens if they miss that one listing that I am looking for? What happens if they aren't indexing the one site that might have the action figure my son is looking for?
Another note about book searches… it seems like many of the book searches take you to Overstock via an affiliate link. Not sure how I feel about this since Overstock is not a classifieds site. Perhaps those listings should be noted appropriately as merchant links?
Here is my video review: