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Mon Apr 15 2013 14:49:22

Does EveryDayYardSale Have Selling Legs?

By: Julia Wilkinson

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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!




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by: walrus2646 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Apr 15 21:46:15 2013

Wellllll.......  it is a start - I'll watch - major difugalty so far is that it seems to take pages waaaaaay to long to load .

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Mon Apr 15 22:21:54 2013

I am for to be hoping and happy success good luck to the site owners wishing.

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This user has validated their user name. by: elpereles

Mon Apr 15 22:24:55 2013

Let wait sometime to see how it works and who is behind it.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Tue Apr 16 07:21:44 2013

The site has a private domain, which, while common, means there is no way to know who owns this site. I could not find any contact information published anywhere on the site either.

I make it a practice not to give a site MY information if they won't publish theirs.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Apr 16 08:47:42 2013

Ina says "I make it a practice not to give a site MY information if they won't publish theirs."

You need a big LIKE button for that statement Ina.   :)

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This user has validated their user name. by: elpereles

Tue Apr 16 08:50:07 2013

Thanks Ina.

So good luck to anyone who try it. I will not give my info to phantoms.  

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Tue Apr 16 09:53:52 2013

Yes, what would dating have to do with a yard sale? I've never seen guys or gals being sold at yard sales for dating purposes. And to have appeal as a place to find rentals or community things they would need to be a bit more specific to an area.

I didn’t bother going to the site but if their English is like you are writing, it reminds me of the foreign folks that decide to have a store on ecrater, don’t look at the rules, don’t understand the English language well enough to write coherent sentences, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I admire anyone who knows more than their own language but to try to run a business in a language that isn’t your own, takes a great deal more knowledge or at least knowledge of who to ask to write your listings titles and descriptions and terms of service. That way you don’t see topic threads “why I suspended”?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Tue Apr 16 13:08:20 2013

Julia picked up on some interesting vibes, I'm curious what other signs people look for when checking out a site. (And what signs are shoppers looking for when buying from your site!)

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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Tue Apr 16 15:17:36 2013

the smiley face balloons sent me running.........

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by: rebecca7 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Apr 16 15:18:37 2013

I'd like to find a SAFE, HONEST selling site that specializes in selling entire collections or estates all at once.

It would need to attract enough interest from dealers that ordinary people could be sure of truly competitive (not rigged) bidding, so they could get a fair price.

If the site could provide simple tutorials and a cheap appraisal service that gives users a good, overall, rough ballpark estimate of a minimum price for the lot (to start bidding) that would be extremely helpful also. (Based on photos, inventories, etc.)  If bulk packing and shipping advice and/or services were provided, that would be great too.

I'm thinking of all the surviving partners and children of heavy-duty collectors or pack rats, who inherit a house filled with an overwhelming mountain of STUFF they don't want or understand. (Actually, I'm thinking of my poor husband!)  

If these survivors don't have the time or knowledge to sell the collection or estate piecemeal, but still really NEED to recover a fair payment for it all, it would be great if a specialty auction site existed to help them sell it all at once, as easily as possible.

The site could be called, ''Packrats Unite!'' or “TakeItAllPlease!”

A site like this would also be VERY helpful for online sellers who decide to stop selling because they‘ve retired, developed serious health problems, or “just can’t take it anymore.”   Many would appreciate being able to sell their remaining merchandise all at once, for a quick clean break at a fair price.  This would free them of a huge burden and let them get on with their lives.

It could also be a great resource for resellers who are still active and want an efficient way to purchase large lots of interesting merchandise all at once at modest cost.

I've seen a few collections and estates offered on eBay, but when I followed them, they didn’t sell well.  They were buried by thousands of individual items and not presented well.

Local auctioneers and estate liquidators exist, but from what I've heard, the net income families receive through those selling routes can be dreadfully low and unfair.

Do any RELIABLE and FAIR online services like this already exist?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Tue Apr 16 21:15:10 2013

Any auction site, ecommerce site, or multi-vendor venue that wants the world to take it seriously should NEVER use the ''Comic Sans'' or ''Brush Stroke'' fonts!

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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww

Wed Apr 17 11:27:32 2013

LOL re fonts, Annie! ;) Yes, I found this site odd..but especially that they had tv ads. I didn't run across the fact they had a private domain until halfway into writing the piece. Ah well...one can still dream about the perfect yard sale site. ;)

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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww

Wed Apr 17 11:30:15 2013

Re: Dating at yard sales...are people picking up other people at yard sales? LOL. Well, I have said they can be like the perfect cocktail party...you go in, u see if there's anything you like, you make chitchat as much or as little as you want, spend what you want, and leave whenever you feel like it. ;)

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Wed Apr 17 12:35:03 2013

--- ''are people picking up other people at yard sales?''

This type of thing is definitely out-of-place and it suggests to me that the site owners are not focused on the primary purpose of the site... or that they're throwing everything in because they're self-consciously aware of what the site lacks.

A visually ''busy'' site is not the same thing as a site that's busy with visitors and transactions.

It lacks the most basic level of sophistication in both appearance and function. --- It doesn't have to be a high-tech site, but it needs to be pleasant, fast-loading, and intuitive to navigate and use.

Frankly, the whole thing reminds me of early websites (circa 1995)... a time when almost every ''webmaster'' felt compelled to include multiple embedded windows and frames, as many primary colors as possible, many different fonts, and as many animated gifs as possible. (Not because they served any useful function... but simply because they could, and because it was new.)

Even with the best financial backing, graphic designers and programmers, this is a tough market enter. --- This site looks like it's someone's hobby site (with modified PD software).

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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Thu Apr 18 11:24:36 2013

I like yard sales, I buy tools, cameras, stereo equip, music gear , records........however if I see balloons and fisher-price primary colors, I pass by without stopping.



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