Australians are paying too much for their advertising.
Too bloody right. That's a quote from Find It's blog. Find It are a new classifieds site with what seems to be a social/moral conscience. From their About page:
Find It is a new online classifieds website set to launch commercially in Australia early in 2007. The site is currently in pre-beta with all facilities available free of charge. Once we launch commercially, around two thirds of all categories will continue to be free. We believe in a fair go for advertisers.
I really hope these guys succeed, and don't sell out in the process. :)
SEEK, RealEstate.com.au, Domain all have far too much hold on the classifieds market, and they suck ass. I started looking at real estate online last year and noted the lack of features such as browsing by map and sales data. The maps thing improved on both RE and Domain just recently, both using Google Maps mashups -- but why the hell did it take so long? Both sites had been around for years, and so has the mapping technology.
I have something of a personal beef with the way the real estate industry works and so it also bugs me that RealEstate.com.au only accepts listings from agents. Could this be for any reason other than to ensure both groups stitch up the real estate market in order to maximise fees?