In the recent months there was an influx of swapping platform focusing on different vertical / geographical markets. The reason for this increase in the swapping web sites is simple. For a lot of items in the consumer to consumer market place happen way below its intrinsic value.
For example if you try to sell a used text book you paid $100 to your college store, you would be lucky if you get back $20-$30. Try to buy the same book very next day from the same store; it would cost you upwards of $75.00. Why does it happen? It’s not because your college store is greedy. Well, that’s part of the reason.. also all the cost associated with the middleman. Same is the case when you sell your used car to the dealership. If you try to buy the same car from the same dealership, you will be surprised to find out the difference between the buying price and selling price is way off.
When a consumer sell something to a business, normally the transaction happen below it’s intrinsic value.
When a consumer buys a used item from a business it happens above the intrinsic value. Always there is a winner and loser. Unfortunately we have been doing business this way for very long time. Since we invented currency.. Before it we had the barter system. In the barter system, the trades are more equitable.
Recently Newyork times wrote about the new crop of swap websites in this articleYou can spend months of development and a lot of money to create a swapping website. Or you can use the software from Armia Systems, Inc. The swapmeet software is called iScripts eSwap. It is a complete swapping platform to get you to start a swap website within few hours.
iScripts eSwap allows you to set up a swap website with an escrow service. The administrator of the site can specify if the escrow is provided or not. Admin can also specify different categories, commission for listing items for swap. You can have any number of categories and products. It has built in support for paypal and credit card merchant account. The affiliate program allows you to market your swapping site through of referrals.
As always iScripts engineers are available to provide any customization and to install the software for you. You can purchase the barter software through iScripts.com