I did a moving sale two months ago, putting up all the stuff on Ganji.com, one of the leading classifieds sites in China. A handful of calls came in immediately after those entries was created and everything was sold out in one day. Later I kept receiving calls from users of 58.com, Ganji’s direct competitor which one I also planned to use when I didn’t know stuff can be sold out so swiftly. It’s hard to imagine the two sites scraping each other’s content given the fierce competition between the two. It just reminded me of the Craigslist-Padmapper lawsuit that happened in the past July– Craigslist sued the apartment-hunting app for using its listings.

Well, that’s not a big deal, as those Chinese Craigslist clones have much else to worry about. In fact, the moving sale went more smoothly than I expected for I heard those sites were kind of in trouble.

Ganji and 58 are of the very few that stood out of thousands of Craigslist clones in China. But this year seems not a good year for both of them. It was found that the traffic on both was declining. Reports show that the two sites are not capable figuring out fake listings and prevent frauds from happening. Though lawyers don’t think they are responsible for those issues, but users would take it as a concern. What’s more pressing to the two sites must be profits.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com