I fully understand your experience. I felt I had to try in order to make a fair accessment. I wasted my time at 9.95 for the Smart Pro package. This site also offers very few of the rudimentary features found on most free auction sites (you know, the basics you take for granted). Out of the 6 sites where we have listings, WP also has the least amount of traffic - way off the mark. I was really surprised. I can't understand why they charge for what they offer.
Good luck to all whatever format you choose,