They say one person’s trash is another one’s treasure, but when it comes to bargain hunting on the Côte d’Azur, where can you go to find the best bits? From castoff furnishings and kitchen accessories to designer apparel and fancy cars, we take a look at the top three online destinations to head for when you are looking for that elusive deal.
Antibes Buy It, Sell It, Rent It
Everyone’s favourite bargain hunting Facebook page Antibes Buy It, Sell It, Rent It has well over 4,000 members and the number is growing by the day. The group is run by Iven and Dawn Liebenthal and has established itself as THE go-to place for everything from rentals and property sales to accessories and equipment for the home, pets, vehicles, clothing, children’s products, and even acts as the occasional agony aunt.
The page is a virtual car boot for a vast range of items and some things are given away as freebies (keep an eye out for people moving house/out of the country) while other users use Antibes Buy It, Sell It, Rent It as a forum for generating a bit of cash and selling on their items.
What’s it good for? The group’s competitive edge lies in its ability to promote, as I said before, everything. Its sense of community is also unbeaten by any other group like it and one of the growing trends you’ll see is how the group now acts as a place for people to share and gather knowledge. Just a few weeks ago, there was a post regarding the energy consumption of various different fuels for a standard family of four. Informative and educational, the post really engaged with readers and the community spirit, and while the page might not necessarily be designed for posts like this one, it showed how important Antibes Buy It, Sell It, Rent It has become as point of reference for expats.
What’s it bad for? If you’re a regular user of the page, you might remember ‘Bucket Gate’ – that fateful day when someone put a bucket up for sale for a price around 3€. Cue the page being swamped by posts of nominal objects up for sale. I even saw a sole satsuma on there. The range in demographics of the users is a pretty large spectrum so for some people, asking for 5€ for a piece of furniture might look silly (“Give it away,” they argue), but I am inclined to think that 5€ is still an extra 5€ in your pocket so why not!
AngloINFO French Riviera
Part of the global AngloINFO network that currently operates 89 independent regional websites and 42 national ones (as well as having an estimated 3.5 million users worldwide), the Riviera’s AngloINFO is a force to be reckoned with. That said, the website used to be the to-go place for real estate and sales, but its popularity seems to have dipped recently in the face of competition from Facebook generated pages.
Its classified section is the heart of activity for AngloINFO’s bargain hunters and lists things such as items for sale, giveaways, requests (from people looking for something specific), jobs, vehicles, pets and animals, holiday properties, short and long term rentals, and real estate for sale. It has also long been a favourite with small companies looking for something ‘cheap’ online to advertise.
What’s it good for? Much like our previous page, AngloINFO is a place to sell everything and anything. With a wider geographical reach and slightly different audience to Antibes Buy It, Sell It, Rent It, there is a different range of products and items here, with much of it geared towards family life. It is regularly updated by users and is well managed by the AngloINFO team, as well as being policed for fraudulent and spam posts. It is also the most successful and varied job posting destination – check it out if you are in the market!
What’s it bad for? Its featured (paid for) classifieds clog up the pages. While researching, I had to scroll past 40 paid for ads before I reached the normal section! Also, it doesn’t have the same quick and easy method of posting that other online markets have. I spent 20 minutes uploading a simple post, only for it to be taken down by the back-of-house team for not being suitable (I’m still not sure what was wrong with it though…).
I have tried to be unbiased in this post, but I’ll just get it out of the way… I love LeBonCoin.fr. It’s France’s answer to Gumtree or Craig’s List (concepts that just never really caught on here) and currently has over 25 million active ads nationwide. It takes its name from the French idiom ‘la bonne affaire est au coin de la rue’ – the best business opportunities are on the doorstep/corner – and is a French-language only website with a mix of commercial and private posts.
The main barrier here is the French, but if you’re patient enough to scroll through with a dictionary by your side, you’ll be sure to find an excellent bargain that no one else in the English speaking community has seen.
What’s it good for? Like with our other bargain hunting destinations, LeBonCoin.fr has pretty much everything too, but I particularly like it for its realistically-priced real estate and vehicle sections, although it does have a booming furniture and electronic section too.
What’s it bad for? Fraud, spam and broken stuff. If it sounds too good to be true, just stay away. Also, if you’re looking at the rental section, be wary of estate agents pretending to market properties privately – they suck you in to the perfect property then fill you in on their painfully high agency fees – ouch!
Check in to Real Riviera next Wednesday for more ideas on the best places in the Riviera to head to for bargains galore.