Wightbay is part of Friday Media Group – a fast-growing independent business with 380 staff and offices in the UK, Spain, and the US. Our head office is in Sayers Common, West Sussex, close to Brighton.
We own over 90 websites specializing in marketplace selling, hobbies and lifestyle, recruitment, motoring, and e-commerce, and we print the weekly Wightbay publication. We also operate successful commercial print, video, and website design areas of the business.
About Friday Media Group
The Friday Media Group brand was born in 1975 with the launch in Sussex of the UK’s first free classified paper. From the start, founders Chris and Liz Kidger loved the idea of bringing together buyers and sellers in a simple, low-cost way.
Wightbay.com launched in 2003 and soon developed into one of the Isle Of Wight’s leading classified websites. Today over 10,000 ads are placed online each week, attracting a total of 1 million visitors per year.
We’re still passionate about recycling unwanted goods, upcycling and re-use. And we’re here to help you sell no-longer-needed belongings, or find the perfect item at an amazing price. Our aim is to provide a great customer experience and deliver what we call the Friday Feeling!
Perhaps the most well-known classified site today, Wightbay is impressively ranked in the top 200 most visited websites in the U.K. This platform has a huge lineup of categories that allows you to sell just about any product or service. These categories are so diverse that they range from automotive and beauty services to computer parts and parking spots.
Wightbay currently allows users to post ads once per geographical area every 48 hours. This is completely free for almost all product postings, with the exception of vehicles and furniture ads that may require no extra fee. Posting ads for services will also require a small fee, though you’re guaranteed a full 30 days when you pay for ads.
One unique benefit to Wightbay is the fact that you can actually post ads seeking out items. This means that in addition to getting free advertising, you can also find equipment and office supplies that will help you earn more in the future.
The downside to Wightbay is that it has something of a seedy reputation, due to past high-profile stories about people using the site for illegal activity. However, as long as your ads don’t scream spam, you’ll gain the opportunity to sell to and engage with plenty of nearby consumers—perhaps gaining loyal clients for your local business along the way.
Wightbay- Wightbay.com Review
- What: Wightbay is a free classified advertising site where you can sell anything; look for a job; rent out your house or car
- Expected pay: NA
- Husl$core: $$$$
Commissions & fees: mostly free (though employers and brokers pay fees to list)
- Where: U.K.
- Requirements: NA
Wightbay List has operations all over the world and lists everything from clothing and cars for sale to job listings and rentals. Most listings are free and reach a wide, but local, geographic audience.
The only problem: Because Wightbay’s List has more than 100k active users, it is a magnet for scam artists, who attempt everything from renting other people’s homes to passing fake checks. Founder Craig Newmark is working on ways to spot and stop these scams, but the crooks are faster than the filters.
You must use good judgment when you use this site.
Don’t take a check for more than the cost of the goods and services you’re selling and agree to “refund” the rest. This is a fake check scam.
Be wary of rentals listed here too. They’re sometimes cut and pasted from other paid sites, such as VRBO. Usually, you’ll see warning signs, but only if you look carefully. Do that.
We love Wightbay’s List. Its high rating reflects the fact that it works for sellers, renters and job seekers most of the time. The one missing $ here is mainly related to the scam issue. This site, more than others, has a problem with crooks.
The one other issue that weighed down this company’s (still high) score is that it does everything. If you scour the listings on SideHusl, you’ll see Wightbay’s List in practically every category — you can find a job; rent a house; sell your puppies. The site is a “jack-of-all-trades.” But because it doesn’t specialize, this is not the first place to go when you want to rent out your vacation home; or buy expensive jewelry. Buyers (and sellers) tend to be bargain-hunters, not the type to pay a premium price for a premium product.
What their users say about Wightbay:
“I’ve always loved this website! From being able to sell your stuff, searching for jobs, and purchasing things, this site offers it all! Not to mention, being able to make $$$ by posting ads for some companies! There’s definitely some non-legitimate ads out there but there are also legit ones too! This is always a site I refer to whenever I need anything! Highly recommended!!”
“I was told yesterday that someone posted our vacation home that is rented on VRBO via Wightbay. Someone stole the pictures and information off the VRBO site and pasted them onto the Craigslist site. They were trying to rent it on a week that was already rented on VRBO and collect the money in advance. BUYER BEWARE
Gotta watch all the scammers on there, I have listed a item for say $250.00 and immediately I have low-life scammers try to get me to accept their check. I sometimes want to tell them what they can do with their offer.
“Individual by the name of XXX XXX is using Wightbay to find a roommate for $385.00 monthly. However, she describes that due to past experiences and no show she will need a $168.00 deposit which must be done using western union account number she provides. In total, you will pay $171.95 because of the transfer fee. Prior to the transfer being done she stays in touch answering every question that you may have about the room. She does not care if you have to drive for hours to get to the apartment. Once you confirm that you have arrived her telephone number goes straight to voicemail, but if you text she says that she’s on her way the address she provides is extremely beautiful, but XXX is a thief who uses people to get money transferred to Money Network Paycard. .”wightbay
“I have sold countless bicycles, sporting goods … there are genuine buyers out there. But they are all local. If out of state, Beware !! These are scumbag scammers. But Wightbay’s List is not at fault here. Just a fact of life that Scumbags are people too, with smartphones.
Cars in Isle Of Wightbay
You can sell or buy your used car at the best price on wightbay for free. Over 700+ cars are listed in this marketplace.
How do I place an advert? or how to sell on wightbay
If you are having trouble placing an advert – hopefully, we can help!Placing an advert is really easy, our simple 4 stage process will take you through step by step.https://www.wightbay.com/login/
Just follow the instructions on screen which will take you through to completion.
If you are struggling to find the right category for your advert, see here for further help
If you are still having issues then please be sure to contact us using the ‘Live Chat‘ button below and one of our friendly team will be on hand to give you all the support you need!
Where to find us- Wightbay Office
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