This article is from the Advertising on Usenet FAQ, by Joel K. Furr firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many newsgroups directly involved in selling. You can generally
spot them by the word "forsale" or "marketplace" in their names.
For example, rec.games.board.marketplace is a newsgroup where people post
for-sale and want-to-buy notices about board games they want to buy or
Similarly, the misc.forsale.* hierarchy is full of newsgroups for buying
and selling various computers, monitors, printers, devices, and so forth,
as well as misc.forsale.non-computer.*, for selling stuff that's not
computer-related. However, the misc.forsale.* policy is rather resistant
to *commercial* ads -- the hierarchy is intended as a place to post
Many parts of the Net have local hierarchies as well where you can post
for-sale and want-to-buy ads.
For example, in central North Carolina, the triangle.* hierarchy has
triangle.forsale and triangle.wanted, where classified-style
advertisements are the rule of the day.
It's generally considered rude, though, to crosspost a notice about your
product to every forsale newsgroup, even ones on the opposite side of the
country or world. Post your notice only to your *local* forsale
newsgroup, if one exists.