Could eCharta become a viable eBay or Amazon alternative?
Various online auction platforms are appearing from time to time trying to imitate other larger and established ones. The thing is that it is impossible to imitate eBay for example. How could you? How could you show up and have millions of products visited by millions of users? How is it possible to employ thousands of workers and be known in all countries of the world? Simply, it isn’t possible!
Therefore the approach should be different. You don’t need to compete with established auction platforms saying and proclaiming that you’re better because you have zero fees! Do you offer ALL their traffic AND their services for FREE? Of course not. And if you do how long can you afford it?
Recently I discovered a new auction platform, which it is really the same … but different. You can sell things that are only made of paper! The point is that this site does not advertise “free this” or “free that”! Of course it is much cheaper than the competition, but it doesn’t focus there. This site looks that was built from the ground up by professional programmers and designers. It has a very easy process to sell an item. It looks secure with high security standards. It offers different style of auctions such as BuyOut or Bid auction. eCharta has what you need.
You can create your own free Shop with your own custom categories and color it as you like. It has many Help pages but also its customer support it’s really fast and responsive. They are small
and flexible. They hear what you have to say. And above all they have a “mission statement” above and beyond “we’re cheaper than others.” That’s what I like about these guys!
I believe that eCharta honestly could become a viable eBay, Amazon or Etsy alternative! Well yes! Just for paper items. It has only been up and running as a Beta since mid-September. It officially started on 24th of March. There are already close to 17,000 items listed for sale in its 18 categories. Quite impressive, huh?
Many people claim they wish there were “real alternatives” to huge auction platforms like eBay; more “human” more family business. But they don’t have to expect “other people” to make the changes happen. Who is this “other people”? It’s US! WE have to participate. That’s how changes happen. Change happens because people get involved in making change happen.
I do participate. I put some items out for sale that you can see them on my Shop. Some of them have already sold. That was really great and a big surprise on new sites like this.
Recycle your paper items!
An idea beyond sell and buy
The “only paper” idea sounds really smart to me.
Even if most of the items listed on eCharta right now are paper collectibles such as stamps, comics, old prints and postcards, you can list any paper that you can think of: paper crafts, office supplies, tickets of a football game, cardboard to pack your stuff for moving, paper furniture etc.
Everyone knows that recycling paper conserves natural resources, saves a lot of energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. On eCharta you can “recycle” your paper. You can buy a paperback, read it and sell it back on eCharta! You can buy another one and do the same cycle once again. Don’t just through away a paper item. You sell it to someone that he could use it.
I like eCharta and the people who started it. I like their concept and I think eCharta is potentially very promising if not a revolutionary auction online platform. I like the way they’ve implemented it. It’s simple and great.
Another eCharta member said: “Be PART of a movement to create a genuine eBay alternative!”
I totally agree and I believe it deserves a try.
You can visit my eCharta Shop: Primarolia Collectibles
PS: This is a post I first published on Squidoo. They UN-published it without a reason. I thank them very much because that was the initiative for this blog.