LoQUo, One of Spain’s Leading Classifieds Site to Shut Down

After 14 years in action, LoQUo, one of Spain’s leading classifieds ads websites is shutting down. The popular classifieds portal founded by Ubaldo Huerta in 2002 and later acquired by eBay in May 2005, has recently announced plans to shut down the service entirely. LoQUo was founded in Barcelona, a city where its popularity was huge, with both locals and expats using the classifieds website to find jobs and housing, in particular. “I saw a need for a community resource like the San Francisco based Craig’s list, here in Barcelona” Ubaldo Huerta, programmer and founder of LoQUo, says. The classifieds section grew to other cities throughout Spain, including Madrid and Valencia with later years seeing an expansion throughout the nation. Originally the website also featured a busy community forum that was shut down after eBay acquired the site. Listing an advert was free and the portal had the option of using the site in English, Spanish as well as Catalan. In 2010, eBay blocked access to the site for users from the United States, amidst sex trafficking allegations. A recent email from LoQUo, informed all users that now new ads would be published after June 30th 2016 and that all classifieds active on the site would be deleted July 31st 2016, after which the site would be taken down.

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