Archive for April, 2007

Why listing on Craigslist AND eBay should be SUPER easy…

April 21, 2007

So back in January I launched my pet project WipBox. Built originally to bust out items I wanted to sell on eBay before moving back to the Bay Area more quickly, it saw amazing response. With over 3,000 people signing up in the first month, I decided in February to build it out and make it soup-to-nuts. This week the new version launched to it’s (now) 6,000 users.

The world of online auctions and classifieds is still an open unorganized mess. eBay and Craigslist have done an solid job in providing venues to sell and buy items, but the core of ACTUALLY selling is still far from a user-efficient experience. Hence, this is what I set out to solve in the new version of WipBox.

While posting is straightforward on both sites, when you’re all ready to put your listing out there, getting to the point where you can actually post remains a very circuitous route. Listings, no matter where you want to post them, should be straightforward. There are certain things that sellers (especially casual sellers) should have at their fingertips to get their stuff sold in double quick fashion. Items sell better when buyers have high-quality info and images for the item they’re considering. But, right now, sellers either have to signup for massive sites like Andale, Vendio, Zoovy or try to cobble together their own solution to post to eBay or Craigslist. WipBox has been built to address this.

I wanted something that I could use to post something in under 2 minutes. That’s what we’ve achieved in WipBox. While it’s still a BETA, it does exactly what it was designed to (thanks to ex-Yahoo-er jenni4). It tells you the best place on eBay AND/OR Craigslist the item is selling, makes a beautiful and (more importantly) very informative listing, and auto-posts it directly to eBay AND/OR Craigslist (I’ll be doing a follow-up post on playing nicely with target sites, as it’s mission critical in solving technology-related user-experience challenges while not killing the target domain). Take a look at WipBox. The feedback over the last 2 days has been AWESOME. But I’d love to hear more.

Great weekend to all!

J.

WipBox