How to Begin

To start the ad posting process, simply click the “Post an ad” link in the top right corner of any page.

Select Category

When selecting a category, you want to match it as close to your ad as possible. For example, if I was to sell a bicycle I would select the “Items for Sale” category and then the “Bicycles” subcategory.

Select Location

If you post your ad in a particular city, the ad will be visible to everyone browsing the city level, state level, and country level. However, if you do not specify a city and state, the ad will only be visible to people browsing on the country level. We ask that you do not post the same ad in more than one city or category. With the way our search works, if you post your ad in a particular city our system will automatically display the ad in search results for nearby cities as well. This way your ad gets better visibility without you having to re-post it.

Ad Title and Asking Price

Your ad title should be descriptive but not too long and you should be clear in what you are advertising. If you were selling a car for example, you should consider including the year, make and model in the title of the ad.  Example:  “2006 Toyota Avalon for sale” vs “car for sale”

The asking price is completely up to the seller/advertiser. If you are unsure what price to list you can include terms like “obo” (or best offer) or “firm” to let people know where you stand on the price.

Description

In the description field you should include specific details about what you are advertising. The more information you provide the more likely someone will respond to your ad.

The fields for your personal information will be shown on the ad, except for your email address. You can choose to keep your phone number private as well by clicking the “Keep phone private” check box. You are not required to fill out all of the fields, only the email address fields because that is what is used to create your account.

Expiration Date

The default expiration date is six months from the date the ad is posted. You can change the date at any time by using our easy editing process. Remember to remove your ad once the item has sold or is no longer available.

Security Code

To verify that you are a real person and not a robot, we require  you to enter a simple 5 digit security code. The code will be accepted with upper or lower case letters, as long as the letters are correct.

Images

If you are selling an item we recommend that you post photos of the item if possible. Each ad can have up to 5 photos. To upload a photo simply click the “Choose File” button. Select the image file from your computer that you would like to upload and click “Open”. You can rotate, delete, or move the order of the photos before posting the ad.

Finish

When you have finished filling out your ad and you are ready to publish it simply click the “Post this ad” link at the bottom of the page.

How to begin

To make any changes to your ads or account, you must be logged in. You can log in by clicking the “Log In” link at the top right hand corner of the page. You will need to enter your email address and your password. If you do not remember your password, you can click the “Don’t know password” link to have a copy of it sent to your email.

“Your Stuff”

Once you are logged in you should be on the “Your Stuff” page. On this page you can view any messages that you have received, all the ads that you have posted, and your personal information. 

Now, to edit your ad click the “Edit” button to the right of the ad. Similar to the ad posting process, the editing page will allow you to change anything on your ad including the category, location, ad description and your contact information. When you are done making changes to your ad, click the “Finished” button at the bottom of the page.

Finish

Congratulations! You have successfully edited your ad. If you need to make any further changes to your account simply go back to the “Your account” page by clicking the link at the top of the page. You can post another free ad by clicking the “Post an ad” link or you can browse our listings by clicking the in the top left corner. 

How to begin

To make any changes to your ads or account, you must be logged in. You can log in by clicking the “Log In” link at the top right hand corner of the page. You will need to enter your email address and your password. If you do not remember your password, you can click the “Don’t know password” link to have a copy of it sent to your email.

“Your Stuff”

Once you are logged in you should be on the “Your Stuff” page. On this page you can view any messages that you have received, all the ads that you have posted, and your personal information. Three days before your ad is set to expire a “Renew” button will appear next to the ad. Simply click the button to renew your ad. Our system will also send you an email with an option to renew your ad before your ad expires.

Renew anytime

You can also renew your ad at any time by simply updating the expiration date. Click the “Edit” button to the right of your ad on the “Your Stuff” page. This will take you to our easy editing page where you can extend the expiration date. Once the ad has been updated, it will go through a manual review process and then be published back to the top of our listings.

Finish

We hope this tutorial was helpful and you were able to successfully renew your ad. If you experience any problems or have any questions feel free to send us Feedback on our “Contact us” page.

How to begin

To make any changes to your ads or account, you must be logged in. You can log in by clicking the “Log In” link at the top right hand corner of the page. You will need to enter your email address and your password. If you do not remember your password, you can click the “Don’t know password” link to have a copy of it sent to your email.

“Your Stuff”

Once you are logged in you should be on the “Your Stuff” page. On this page you can view any messages that you have received, all the ads that you have posted, and your personal information. 

Now, to delete your ad click the “Delete” button to the right of the ad. A pop up message will appear asking if you are sure you want to delete the ad. Please be aware that once you delete an ad the action cannot be undone. If you are ready to delete your ad click “Ok”.

Finish

Congratulations! You have successfully deleted your ad. If you need to make any further changes to your account simply go back to the “Your Stuff” page by clicking the link at the top of the page. You can post another free ad by clicking the “Post an ad” link or you can browse our listings by clicking the in the top left corner. 

How to begin

 To make any changes to your ads or account, you must be logged in. You can log in by clicking the “Log In” link at the top right hand corner of the page. You will need to enter your email address and your password. If you do not remember your password, you can click the “Don’t know password” link to have a copy of it sent to your email.

 “Your Stuff”

 You are now logged in to your account and should be on the “Your Stuff” page. On this page you can view any messages that you have received, all the ads that you have posted, and your personal information. 

 Now, to upload photos to your ad click the “Edit” button to the right of the ad. Similar to the ad posting process, the editing page will allow you to change anything on your ad including the category, location, ad description and your contact information.

 Images field

 The Images field is where you will manage the photos for your ad. Click the “Choose File” button to browse your computer for photos to upload. You can upload up to 5 images per ad.  If your images are very large, they may take extra time to upload, especially if your internet connection is a bit slow. If you experience problems uploading your photos, you can try making your images smaller by either using a graphical image manipulation program on your computer, or you can try adjusting the settings on your camera so that pictures are saved at a more reasonable size.

If you would like to change the order the photos are shown, click the green arrows. If you need to rotate an image click the blue arrows. And if you need to remove a photo click the red X.

When you are done uploading your photos and making changes to your ad, click the “Post this ad” button.

 Finish

 Congratulations! You have successfully uploaded photos to your ad. If you need to make any further changes to your account simply go back to the “Your Stuff” page by clicking the link at the top of the page. You can post another free ad by clicking the “Post an ad” link or you can browse our listings by clicking the in the top left corner. 

During the ad posting process, you have the option to choose the expiration date for your ad. The default setting is 6 months. Available expiration deadlines are 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months. If you would like to change the expiration date of your ad simply log in to your account and go to the Your Stuff page. From there, select which ad you want to change and click "Edit". Scroll down to the "Expire on" field where you can change the expiration date for your ad. When you are done making changes to your ad, click the "Finished" button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.

At this time, we do not offer a service that allows users to place ads over the telephone. But, posting an ad on TripKen Ads is easy! Simply click the "Post an Ad" link at the top of any page. This will guide you through our simple posting process. Or click here to post an ad now. 

TripKen Ads is used throughout the United States, as well as a few other countries. If you post your ad in a particular city, the ad will be visible to everyone browsing the city level, the state level and the country level. However, if you do not specify a city and state, the ad will only be visible to people browsing on the country level. Your ads will get more visibility if you specify your city and state during the ad posting process. 

There is no limit to the number of new and unique ads you can post. However, per our policy we ask that you please do not post the same ad more than once in 48 hours and do not post the same ad in more than one city or category. Duplicate ads may be removed without warning. With the way our search works, if you post your ad in a particular city our system will automatically display the ad in search results for nearby cities as well. This way your ad gets better visibility without you having to re-post it. 

Yes, you can post a link in your ad. If you enter a web address starting with http it will become a click-able link in your ad. Avoid putting a comma or other punctuation at the end, as it may be considered part of the address. 

Yes. TripKen ads is 100% free. You can post ads, browse ads, and respond to ads all for free. There are no fees or commissions. You are welcome to post an ad for free at any time. Click here to post an ad now.

Yes. You need an account to post ads. 

Logged in to your account

After you post an ad you should be logged in to your account. You can locate the ad by going to the “Your Stuff” page and clicking the ad title. This will take you directly to your ad. You can also locate your ad by clicking the “View & Share” link included in the confirmation email we send you after the ad has been posted.

Logged out of your account

If you are logged out of your account you can locate your ad by setting your location to the same location as your ad and going to the category the ad was posted in. For example, if I posted an ad for a bicycle in Stamford, CT, I would set my location as Stamford, CT and go to the “Bicycles” category under Items for Sale. If your ad was posted recently it should be on the first page of that category. You can also locate your ad by searching for the ad ID number using our search bar. 

Manual review

Please be aware that most ads go through a manual review process before being published to our listings. This may cause a short delay before you are able to search for your ad. All ads are processed within 24 hours, and you can always find your ad by searching for the ad ID number or by clicking on the link on the “Your Stuff” page when logged into your account.

 Finish

We hope this tutorial was helpful and you were able to successfully locate your ad. If you experience any problems or have any questions feel free to send us Feedback on our “Contact us” page.

If you have not received your confirmation email yet, we recommend checking your junk/spam mail folder. If you do not receive the email or have deleted it, we recommend that you go to our Lost Password page and enter your email address. Once you have created a password for your account, you can log in any time to post, edit or delete your ads.

If your images are very large, they may take extra time to upload, especially if your internet connection is a bit slower than others. We recommend that you try making your images smaller by using photo editing software on your computer. You can also try adjusting the settings on your camera so that pictures are saved at a more reasonable size, like 1024x768. 

To publish an ad that is showing as "unpublished", simply log in to your account and go to the Your Stuff page. From there, click the "publish" button under your ad. (It may take up to 24 hours for your ad to appear in search results.) 

Respond to an ad

When you find an ad that you are interested in and would like to contact the seller, simply fill out the “Respond to this ad” section and click “Send Message”. This will send a message directly to the seller’s email. You can also contact the seller via telephone if a phone number was provided.

 Reply to a buyer

If an interested party responds to your ad, you will receive the message in your email account. You can then reply directly to the person who sent you the inquiry. You will also receive a copy of the message on the “Your Stuff” page of your account under the “Your Messages” section.  To reply to the message from here you will need an email program such as Microsoft Outlook installed and configured on your computer.  

 Finish

We hope this tutorial was helpful and you were able to either respond to an ad or reply to a buyer. If you experience any problems or have any questions feel free to send us Feedback on our “Contact us” page.

Respond to an ad

When you find an ad that you are interested in and would like to contact the seller, simply fill out the “Respond to this ad” section and click “Send Message”. This will send a message directly to the seller’s email. You can also contact the seller via telephone if a phone number was provided.

 Reply to a buyer

If an interested party responds to your ad, you will receive the message in your email account. You can then reply directly to the person who sent you the inquiry. You will also receive a copy of the message on the “Your Stuff” page of your account under the “Your Messages” section.  To reply to the message from here you will need an email program such as Microsoft Outlook installed and configured on your computer.  

 Finish

We hope this tutorial was helpful and you were able to either respond to an ad or reply to a buyer. If you experience any problems or have any questions feel free to send us Feedback on our “Contact us” page.

Unfortunately, we have no way of identifying the people who have looked at your ad. However, if someone responds to your ad, our system will send the message to your email address. Additionally, people may decide to call you on the telephone, if you included your number in your ad. 

If you have not received any replies to your ad it does not mean you did something wrong. It is not unusual for it to take some time before someone responds to your ad. We do recommend checking your junk/spam mail folder to make sure messages are not being sent there. 

Once you post your first free ad an account will be created for you. You do not need an account to browse or respond to ads. 

To log in to your account go to our Log In page and enter your email address and the password you created. If you do not remember your password or you have not yet created a password for your account, click the Don't know password? link to have an email sent to you with either a copy of your password or instructions on how to create one.

To verify your email address, you must be logged in to your account. Go to the Your Stuff page and click "Send verification email now". This will send you the verification email. In that email, follow the web address that we provided. You may be required to create a password.

How to begin

To make any changes to your ads or account, you must be logged in. You can log in by clicking the “Log In” link at the top right hand corner of the page. You will need to enter your email address and your password. If you do not remember your password, you can click the “Don’t know password” link to have a copy of it sent to your email.

“Your Stuff”

You are now logged in to your account and should be on the “Your Stuff” page. On this page you can view any messages that you have received, all the ads that you have posted, and your personal information. 

To change your email address, click the orange “Edit settings” button towards the bottom of the page. Next, delete your current email address and enter in the new email address you would like to use for your account. When you are finished, click the orange “Save changes” button.

Finish

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the email address for your account. If you need to make any further changes to your account simply go back to the “Your Stuff” page by clicking the link at the top of the page. 

To log in using Facebook, simply go to our Log in page and click the blue “Log in with Facebook” button. You will be required to enter your Facebook log in credentials. If you do not already have an account with us, this will create a new account for you. If you have an existing account that uses the same email address as your Facebook log in, you will be signed into that account. If you have an existing account that was created using a different email address than the one used to log in to Facebook, a separate account will be created in our system.

We encourage our users to only deal with people that are local and that you can meet in person. Never wire funds and never give out personal information (i.e. social security number, bank account number). For more tips please see our Scams & Fraud page. 

Here are some tips to help you avoid scams and fraud on TripKen Ads and anywhere else on the Internet:

 

  • Only deal with people in your area.
    The best way to avoid scammers is to deal locally, with people you can meet in person. Scammers will often contact you from another country or somewhere far away, asking you to ship the item you're selling.
     
  • Don't wire funds (Western Union, Money Gram, etc.).
    If you're asked to wire funds, you're talking to a scammer.
     
  • Beware of fake cashier's checks and money orders.
    Scammers will often send you a fake cashier's check valued above your asking price. The scammer will then ask you to wire the over-payment back to them. Your bank may even cash this check, but when it's discovered that the check is fraudulent, you will be held responsible by your bank.
     
  • Beware of identity theft. Don't share your private info.
    Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Don't give out bank account numbers, passwords, mother's maiden name, date of birth, place of birth, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other personal information.
     
  • Use caution when accepting relay calls from the hearing and speech impared.
    Relay calls are a legitimate service for people with hearing and speech disabilities. However, scammers often use this service to contact you, pretending to be deaf. Remember to deal locally, with people you can meet in person.
     
  • Avoid shipping and escrow.
    Scammers commonly employ fake, online escrow services.
     
  • Avoid deals that are too good to be true.
    Scammers try often to post fake ads, selling items that are significantly underpriced. If you see any of these fake ads, please report them by clicking "Flag abuse or spam" in the ad.
     

Please understand that TripKen Ads is a freely available service to help buyers and sellers (and etc.) find one another. TripKen Ads is not involved in any transactions and can not police the actions of our many users.

 

To report a scam or an ad you feel may be fraudulent, click the “Flag this ad” link on the left side of the ad. This will send notification to our Support Staff to investigate the ad further. If you think you have been contacted by a scammer, you can send us a message through our Contact Us page. Please make sure to include details about the scammer such as email address, phone number, or ad ID number. 

Tripken Ads is not affiliated with ClassifiedAds.com, Craig's List, Ebay Classifieds or Kijiji. We do offer a similar free service where you can post ads, browse ads, and respond to ads all for free. 

We do not currently offer special placement for ads on our listings page or sponsored ads opportunities to our users at this time.

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