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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:21 am 
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Right come on now, crowdsourcing, mobile phone apps, 21st century social media. ..

There must be someone out there with the nouse to get a cheaper/more effective auction/sale site off the ground for cycling specific kit than eBay?

10% fees and nearly 4% on everything paypal including postage!

Robbery, by the daylight hours that is.

I'd be happy to help out with any strategy planning for a Kickstarter
project. There's money (and better service) in niche you know. ...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:43 am 
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Totally agree, but aren't that is what forum sales are for.
i've just sold a lot of stuff on ebay, some went way too cheap, PP fees etc are not helping either.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:50 am 
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Unfortunately there are not enough users of forums to be competitive with eBay.

What's needed is a flawless mobile app that's easily distributable and has effective feedback and repping components built in. Obviously a better/cheaper payment system than the Devils own paypal is required, but that's not rocket science with the plethora of micro payment services out there.

It would need to be a from scratch application. I work in a marketing/advertising agency. To get something like this launched would be a reasonably cheap affair as word of mouth among a relatively small community would be rapid and very effective.

I think 5% fees and a free to sellers payment system would be infinitely more attractive than what we have now.

The development of an app like this (I've worked on half a dozen) would be in the region of 75-100k


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:01 pm 
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I've always thought that the serious competition to corporate hegemonies like eBay would come from niche start ups. One niche won't hurt them. But 500 multi genre niche apps would. The e commerce world is fragmenting into more and more specific and specialist providers. That's plain to see.

I dont see any reason why we couldn't, given the high calibre of mobile app designers in the UK, lead that charge for a cycling specific digital sales arena.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:22 pm 
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http://www.sellmybikestuff.com/site/


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:24 pm 
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I'm talking about something much more sophisticated and app store/android market compatible, with a credible and cheaper payment option than paypal.

Thanks for the PMs. I'll be in touch shortly.


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