“ Free advertising paper with eleven regional editions, previously called Diamond FreeADS. „
Environmentally sound, Freeads does much the same as freecycle (the webbased site that allows people to recycle) but rather than giving and collecting things for free, you can sell or buy objects that have more value. The web based version of Freeads makes everything instant, but there is a definite old-style joy in wading through a traditional paper - particularly one such as Freeads where you can find anything from a secondhand sofa for £20 to a 5 bedroom house for £400,000. Slightly less bargainous on the housing pages, perhaps?! The paper also features jobs, particularly of the casual variety as well as pets and collectibles. The car section often features far more adverts (including those from local and national dealers) than you will find in the local paper and most at competitive prices (with seperate sections for 'cars under £50' for the finanically challenged as well as prestige motors) If you have small children then a browse (particularly at this time of year) shouldn't be missed - bags of childrens clothes can be picked up for less than £5 and it costs nothing to have a clear out of your own and offer your items for sale. Perfect reading for those who love to bag a bargain!
My daughter is 9 and seriously thinks that money grows on trees. She is not a spoilt child, but just has no concept what so ever of how much things cost. I suppose its my fault for always giving in to her requests for things. But she is such a good girl and always so polite and thoughtful I find it hard to refuse her anything.
A few months ago she came downstairs and told me and he dad that she would like her bedroom done out for Christmas. I was quite surprised by this as it has only been two years since we last decorated her room but on the other hand I could see the logic, as her room was decorated in bratz, which was no longer cool at all!!!
She also requested a loft bed, which is a high rise bed which leaves the floor space underneath free. This again I thought was an excellent idea as we live in a new build house and the rooms sizes are not exactly massive.
When she went out of the room my hubby had a mini rant, about how it was going too expensive. But I had already thought of a way that we could save money. I told him that there was no way that i was prepared to fork out £300+ for a loft bed and that I would find a second hand one for a fraction of the price.
First thing I did was go out and buy the local freeads. It is a weekly publication and is known affectionatley in our house as the yellow paper because it is bright yellow in colour. The paper displays in sections things that people are hoping to sell. There are a vast variety of items being advertised from cars to horses. clothes to antiques. wedding dresses to baby walkers anything that you are looking to buy, can nine times out of ten be found within the pages of this paper.
Each advertisement gives a brief description of what is for sale. the condition of the item and the cost. then underneath the advertisement is the contact number. The only drawback is there are no pictures of the items so you cant see what you are buying until you go and view it. However freeads now has its own website. where people who wish to sell, can post their advertisement with a picture. I find that this method suits me better. As you can have a good browse of what's on offer.
I found a loft bed on the free ads website and not only was the seller living just 20 min's away. The picture of the bed was proof that it was in excellent condition. My husband and I went that day and viewed the bed we were so pleased with the condition and appearance of the bed. It was just what we were looking for. The seller told us that she bought the bed two years ago for over £300. There wasn't a scratch on the bed frame un yet she was selling it for the fantastically low price of £50 what a bargain!!!! we were thrilled. After buying a brand new mattress for another £40 we had a complete loft bed for under a hundred pounds.
Funnily enough the bed is being erected in my daughters bedroom today. she has had a wooden floor put down and so the room is now ready to have the bed in. My daughter is beside herself with excitement, she thinks it is really 'class'. So in the end all of us are happy.
I would recommend the free ads. Both the paper and the website. It is a great way to save a heck of a lot of money. I believe that the free ads is published specifically for different regions. As it would be a bit pointless to observe an advert in Cornwall if you live in Wales. As the cost of travelling to pick it up would be more expensive than a brand new item.
The free ads costs about £1.70 but for that you really do get a publication that is jammed packed with ads. However if you want to advertise in the freeads then it is free. (hence the name). I was really pleased with our free ads experience. It was easy, effective and we ended up with an item that was high quality and less than a third of the local retail price. I will certainly be using the free ads again in future for both buying and selling and there will be bratz bedroom accessories advert going in my local free ads soon!!!!
the diamond freeads .... now known as the ad trader.
available in paperform or on the internet.
Just a page or a click away fom a bargain.
Reaonably priced too and available all over.
The yellow colour is reckonisable on the local newsagent shelf, so you would never miss a bargain.
items of various types from small to large , even house exchanges and even ind yourself a new partner or job., or to place an ad they are virtually as it said free to place.
so never miss out pick it up on a wednesday
Diamond free Ads, formed in June 1993, is now known as the Ad Trader and is a weekly 'yellow' paper currently costing £1.30 and available from your newsagent on a wednesday. The Ad Trader is published in eleven regions. Living in Norfolk, I receive the East Anglian edition which contains over 22,000 advertisements and covers Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Anglia Ad Trader currently sells over 43,000 copies of this paper each week. Ad Trader provides 'offered' and 'wanted' sections covering the following: 1) Household ~ Antiques; bathroom, bedroom and kitchen furniture and equipment; garden furniture and equipment 2) Family ~ Clothing; prams; toys; wedding services etc.; horses, dogs, cats and other pets 3) Sports and pastimes ~ Boating, golf, camping and other sports and pastimes; crafts and hobbies; musical instruments; television and video equipment; What's On; holidays and travel 4) Transport ~ Cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, bicycles, caravans etc. 5) Property ~ Houses and flats for sale and to rent; council house exchange; overseas property 6) Office and business ~ Shops for sale and to rent; office and shop equipment, printing services etc. 7) Employment ~ Various occupations including hairdressing, secretarial, accounting, engineering and many more 8) Services ~ Many services including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, taxi services, insurance and interior design etc. 9) Health and beauty ~ Including acupuncture, osteopathy, dentistry etc. 10) Personal ~ Featuring teledating services Private advertisers can advertise their unwanted goods for free although there is a charge in certain sections. If, for instance, you are a cat or dog breeder advertising pedigree animals for sale, there is a charge. There is also a charge for horses that are under 3 years of age.
Motor vehicles can be advertised for one week without charge after which there is a charge of £5 per insertion. All trade advertisements must be paid for. Each household is allowed a maximum of ten free advertisements each week with a maximum of 50 words per advert. It is possible to place your advertisements by post, phone, fax, e-mail or by visiting their website. Ad Trader can be contacted seven days a week, but if you are telephoning out of hours, you will get through to their automated telephone service (I hate these, don't you?). Ad Trader does not accept advertisements for firearms, shotguns, antique guns, CB radios and consumable products. Ad Trader does emphasize that you should take reasonable precautions when arranging for buyers to visit your home which includes having someone in the house with you, not leaving children or the elderly on their own with a buyer, not giving unnecessary information over the phone, taking the buyer's telephone number and not leaving callers alone in your home. All pretty straightforward and common sense I would think. I have adverised several items for sale in the past. A couple of years ago I advertised a car - a Honda Accord giving full details including price etc. I received over 20 telephone calls from interested parties. In fact, I was still getting calls from would-be purchasers long after I had sold the vehicle. So, if the Asian gent from Luton is reading this I would like to say sorry, but I really couldn't let her go for use as a taxi, when I had lovingly looked after and cherished her for the last ten years..... At one time, I did get a little more than I had bargained for - found a fella - of no, no not in the teledating pages towards the end of the paper. At the time I was single (between husbands so to speak) and had advertised a wardrobe for sale. And HE phoned for details and collected the wardrobe. I hasten to add this relationship d
idn't last very long, but it was fun whilst it did. So, if you are looking to buy or sell goods, I would recommend you take a look at Ad Trader even though you may not find the man or woman of your dreams......... Factfile for Anglia Ad Trader ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Address: St. John's House, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PD Phone: Norwich 01603 666200 Cambridge 01223 300444 Ipswich 01473 222300 Peterborough 01733 555200 Colchester 01206 544400 Chelmsford 01245 494999 Fax: 01603 610950 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.angliaadtrader.co.uk Janna 23rd October 2001
Diamond Freeads is a weekly newspaper that allows you to sell virtually anything free of charge. This is published all over England in regional editions. The majority of adverts in our Thames Valley edition are within a 30 mile radius, when you find what you're after it should be reasonably local. For buyers the paper is very well laid out, making it easy to find the item. There are a series of main categories such as transport,household, family,services etc. Within each of the main headings a subsection allows for quick reference. The adverts in each are set out alphabetically. There's also a complete listing of headings on the back page. Beside the advert's phone number they also publish the town name, very usefull as a town phone code could also cover many districts. You can also place a free wanted advert under the relevant section, placed in the same way as sellers ads. For sellers it is so easy to place that advert, either email, phone or fax it over. Private sellers pay no fee, unless it's pets which are charged at £10 a week. Simply quote the section, whether offered or wanted, the text, phone number and town name. Repeat adverts are also free. As a safeguard cars for sale must be accompanied by a BT / cable phone number rather than mobile number only. They also restrict the number of car adverts per person per year to stop those traders who pose as private vendors. We've bought and sold many items with the Freeads over the years with no problems at all. Priced at £1.10, stocked at most newsagents this really is worth a read.
Diamond Freeads. A regional yellow newspaper full of private advertisements. Costing £1.10, this paper is released on Wednesdays. I have been a fan of the Freeads for many years. Whether just browsing, or actively seeking a specific item, there are advertisements for anything that it was ever possible to buy or sell. Organised in an orderly manner, the sections are easy to find with the aid of the listing guide, and each section is split into for sale and wanted categories. Although the paper costs £1.10 for the reader, it is free to advertise your unwanted items. There are charges for trade adverts and puppies (If I remember correctly). It is easy to place an advert by telephone, post or email, all available 24 hours a day. However, you may be transferred to an answering machine on which you must speak clearly to place your ad. Personally, I get a buzz out of tracking down a wanted item and going to buy it. A word of warning though, it is far more sensible for safety’s sake to take someone else with you, especially for expensive items. If you are selling, there are guidelines which should be followed, and as is described in the Freeads. It is important again to have someone else in the house while the transaction is taking place. Arrange the viewing at a suitable time for you. Have all relevant documents and paperwork to hand. Ignore derogatory comments about your goods (Ploy to drop the price) If you intend to sell for offers, do not take the first, make a note of the highest, but do not necessarily expect to get that price, the buyer may deduct the travelling costs. Do not take a cheque unless the goods will not be taken until the cheque has cleared. If you take a deposit, state clearly how long you are going to wait for the buyer to return, before the good are offered for resale. Keep it friendly. The only real disadvantages are th
at the paper isn’t stapled together,(I know seems petty, but the paper is read by a large volume of people in my house, resulting in pages missing)and that the goods offered can be scattered all over the Devon and Cornwall countryside.