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Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:13 pm

Craigslist, eBay, garage sales and The Flagship newspaper. What do these things have in common? All are available for Sailors to sell stuff you no longer want or need.

The Flagship newspaper gives Sailors and civilians news, events, reviews and features on Navy life in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but it also offers another benefit – free online and hardcopy classified advertisements for active or retired military and their dependants.

The Flagship newspaper is a free weekly publication with 40,000 newspapers distributed every Thursday to more than 600 locations. Those areas include, but are not limited to, Navy Exchanges, Navy Lodges, credit unions, welcome centers, clubs, tour and info centers, commissaries, dispensaries, clinics, recreation facilities, government buildings and barracks. So if you are looking for a way to spread the word on something you are selling The Flagship is definitely the way to go.

“It’s a great way to reach out to the military and civilian community,” said Brittany Williams, Military Newspapers of Virginia Sales Assistant. “It reaches not only active duty military and retired, but also civilian employees that could just be at a store and happen to pick up a Flagship newspaper. It is a great opportunity to place a free classified ad in the paper.”

The free service is only for people who are selling their own items and not for profiting.

“If they are deploying or PCSing (Permanent Change of Station) they can actually advertise their home for rent or sale,” said Williams. “Free ads are household items that you are selling, for example, a car or a pet you cannot take with you. A paid ad is a business opportunity, something you are getting money for, like child care or houses that are not your primary residence.”

Submitting an ad is a relatively simple process.

“It’s very easy to put your classified ad in The Flagship newspaper,” Williams explained. “There are a few ways you can do it. You can either fax the ad in, E-mail the ad in or you can go to and place it right online. The process takes about five minutes. It walks you right through the steps to place an ad.”

Also by submitting an ad it will be placed into an online classifieds section.

“We have an extensive searchable online classifieds system,” said Ryan Mulske, The Flagship’s online content manager. “The main page of the classifieds can be searched by category or a general search.”

It’s a way for Sailors to help Sailors and it’s safer than other sites that offer classified-like sales.

“This puts them in touch with the Sailors as a group,” said Mulske. “We are a trusted source within the community. Other sites are not monitored as well or fit the need of the military as we


And hey for the price, why not do both?

To submit an advertisement is simple. You can choose to either fill out a hardcopy form located in the Flagship Values section of newspaper or you can choose to fill out the form online at"> Just simply click on the “Place Classifieds” tab at the top of the page, then click on “Place A FREE Classified Ad.” These methods will allow you to connect with Sailors and civilians throughout the region as you try and sell your merchandise. Both online and hardcopy classified ads must not be more than 125 characters long (including spaces).

To E-mail your classified send it to to fax in your classifieds call 222-5333.

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