|Mon Apr 15 2013 14:49:22|
Does EveryDayYardSale Have Selling Legs?
By: Julia Wilkinson
I've been hearing tv ads for a site called EveryDayYardSale.com, and those of you who know me, know my ears prick up at the words "yard sale." I decided to check out this new upstart and see how viable it is, or at least what its potential is, so you don't have to.
The good: It's free. It's easy to list here. And they've made their category structure quite simple, if a bit odd (Yard Sale, Automotive, Buy/Sell/Trade, Community, Dating (huh?), Discussion forums, Housing, Jobs, Local Places, Musician, Pets and Services).
With the site's title, it seems they'd stick to selling things en masse, or individual low-priced yard-sale-y items, and not even dip their toe in the dating waters, which Match.com, Craigslist, and other sites have a pretty good hold on.
The bad: Or, I should say, the weird. There's something odd about EveryDayYardSale.com, like it was created by someone for whom English is not a native language. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but...it's odd that they say "How it Works?" on their top banner, and not, "How Does It Work?"
It also has some of the funkiest music in the background of their "How It Works?" video I've ever heard in an "about" trailer.
OK, so I went ahead and listed an item; a cool old antique crate filled with random toys. (Hey, it's a yard sale!). I kept the price a low $15 -- I think I paid $20 for the antique wooden crate alone, and hey, there's at least one plastic dinosaur in there.
But I'm not sure what this site has over a Craigslist, or even a Facebook local selling group. Right now one of its main problems is it needs critical mass.
It seems there's an opportunity for some developer or entrpreneur out there to create a site or app that lets someone list a whole mess of stuff at once, quickly...like having a yard sale without doing all the work. Maybe it would have photo recognition intelligence so it could look at one photo of a big pile of stuff and generate a bunch of keywords. Maybe it would enable global selling in a way that's never been done before.
I keep thinking of the strange time when my one of my elderly mom's part-time home health care givers picked up a bag of old white children's socks I had by the door to throw away. She said they needed such things in Africa, where she was from. And when I asked her would it not cost more to send them than they cost themselves, she said she knew people who could get them to her country cheaply.
Well, as EveryDayYardSale.com says, somewhat awkwardly, "Your junk is someone else's Pleasure!"
What do you think would be the perfect yard sale site? Is it just yet to be invented? Post a comment here!