By Holly Reisem Hanna
I’ve been a reseller for a LONG time. Even when I was little, I would clean out my toy box to see what toys I could sell at our neighborhood garage sale. This tradition stayed with me throughout my college years and well into my adult life. I’ve sold used clothes, books, shoes, baby gear, CDs, toys, and jewelry through consignment shops and pawn shops, through online classified sites, and via social media sites like Facebook. And while I’ve had success with these options, there were three things that always bothered me:
- You don’t earn much at pawn shops, consignment shops, and garage sales.
- Online classified ads can be scary, because you don’t know who you’re selling to.
- Social media selling groups can be filled with drama and off topic conversations.
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who has these sorts of complaints. Tami Zuckerman was disappointed with the text-heavy classified sites and the limitations of the social media sites for selling, so she asked her programmer husband to build a better platform. To get a better idea of the current challenges faced by administrators of seller communities, Tami conferred with a leader of a local seller group. From there they were able to create a streamlined platform for both sellers and admins. Today VarageSale has over a million members across the US and Canada. (more…)
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