Tribune Interactive and Classified, a division of Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB), today announced the expansion of its LA-based Recycler.com to provide free classified listings to 12 additional cities. Tribune debuted the service in Dallas, Houston, Seattle, St. Louis, Indianapolis and New Orleans last week. The company will roll out Recycler.com to New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Orlando, Fla., Hartford, Conn. and Allentown, Pa. throughout the month of May.
“Recycler.com makes online shopping convenient and fun,” said Julianna Cole, Tribune Interactive & Classified vice president/merchandise and classified technology. “It provides consumers easy access to items for sale, trade or free — all direct from one community member to another.”
Along with general merchandise listings, the site includes job, home and automotive listings, community retail services and announcements.
“The expansion of Recycler.com is a great complement to the classified listings offered by Tribune’s newspaper websites and our other classified products such as Cars.com, CareerBuilder.com and Apartments.com,” said Tim Landon, Tribune Interactive & Classified president. “It reflects our commitment to bringing new, valuable products to consumers and providing an online marketplace to the communities we serve.”
Recycler.com differs from other free classified websites because of an online comparison feature that allows users to preview select listings from other sites — such as local newspaper listings, or listings from other online classified websites. The comparison tool enables sellers to review comparable products and ensure the item is priced competitively; and allows buyers to identify the best deals. The site’s optional “Browse and Buy” e-commerce tool simplifies transactions and enables the sale and purchase to take place completely online–no checks, no money orders and no mailing hassles.
Sellers benefit from several listing packages, including:
- Free listing – a 50-character headline, 2,000-character description, one main photo and one additional photo that runs for 14 days — all free of charge!
- Enhanced listing – a 50-character headline, 2,000-character description, one main photo and five additional photos, bold headline and priority positioning that runs for 21 days — for as low as $6.95.
- eCommerce “Browse and Buy” listing – a 50-character headline, 2,000-character description, one main photo and five additional photos that runs for 21 days and offers the ability to buy and sell online. The price of this listing is based on the asking price of item for sale. For example, an item with an asking price of $100-$399.99 will have a listing fee of $10.00.
The expanded Recycler.com is hosted by CityXpress Corp. and runs on eMarketplaceExpress, the company’s classified marketplace platform.