how would you do a swap & shop site?

From: Rod-Lists 
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The shop would be standard commerce packages with your cut factored in.
But I'm stuck on how to implement a trading system for inkind items.

Of this would on a lamp system.

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ You mean like Craigslist but where people have to pay to list? Would be a hard road since Craigslist is popular and free.

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ All the various reasons not to do it, why do it, etc... aside. I would start thinking along the lines of how McKay's already does this in the physical world for a starting point. Likely a credit system could would well. X buys something from Y and Y receives 10 credit. Y uses credit to "buy" something else. Economics has learned that a common interchange is very useful.

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Just send all decrepit hardware to me, and save the special ones for Ed.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ The idea of a swap website has been brought up on this list many times - if it ever has been done, (which I can't remember it actually being done) it didn't last. My suggestion, don't bother. Why reinvent the wheel? For stuff swapped amongst ourselves, we have the list. For other stuff there is Craigslist, ebay, Amazon, McKay, Yard Sales, Goodwill, etc.. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ We are making alot of assumptions for the purpose of the site. I am sure th= is is a technology related question. -AW f it ever has been done, (which I can't remember it actually being done) it d= idn't last. will, etc.. ote: te: n the physical world for a starting point. Likely a credit system could woul= d well. X buys something from Y and Y receives 10 credit. Y uses credit to "= buy" something else. Economics has learned that a common interchange is very= useful. a hard road since Craigslist is popular and free. .

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I put up a cheezball sale/trade site back in May 2011... its been online ever since but rarely used, heck I don't even remember my own password ;-) I used: http://osclass.org/

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ Thanx Will. Not bad way to do it and the points module could do that. As to Chad points out, I'm well aware Ebay and Amazon are the 800 pound gorillas. But it occurs to me that a specialized site dealing with merchandise from a specific field and an area for experts in that field to swap info might do well. focus would be the key. Also a hyper local swap & shop site might pick folk who might be not comfortable with the national sites. Still a longshot might be worth pursuing. ----- William Wade wrote:

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ I want eBay in reverse. I want to post a price and have people sell me their stuff. -AW

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ half.com (after it was acquired by ebay) let you do this for stuff (or at least used to). Of course it is a bit more limited in product type. ... Yup they still have it. It is called "match my price"

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ It is all about the marketing. People are used to bidding up, but businesses are used to bidding down. Kinda how Supply Hog works right? -AW

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ In an early iteration it did. Today we are more along the lines of "standard" ecommerce. (Although nothing is standard in construction supplies.)