Has a website like this been done before?

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A freelance type of website but for physical products instead of jobs. I love how freelancers can search for people who need jobs done on sites like Upwork but can this be done for products also?

I wanted to make a website where buyers can post what they're looking for (ex: I'm looking for an Iphone, my budget is this and that) and sellers who have said product can search for these people and make a proposal to them (ex: I have an Iphone, I'll sell it to you for this and that)

Kinda like Upwork where people who need jobs done post on there and people who can do the job search them up and make proposals to them.

Has a website like this been done before?

Thank you in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    Sounds kind of like Craigslist and EBay. Or one of those garage sale local community pages on Facebook. Without something absolutely unique you might be better off with a different idea to work on.
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    • Originally Posted by Michael Shook View Post

      Sounds kind of like Craigslist and EBay. Or one of those garage sale local community pages on Facebook. Without something absolutely unique you might be better off with a different idea to work on.
      Thank you for the advice, sir
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  • Profile picture of the author nwik
    Try using forums. There are forum which offers free posting of buy and sell items.

    Just make sure that the forum you're going to register has a lot of users so that it can guarantee you that it would reach your target customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Everblue
    Hello StraightEdgeAngel777,

    Your idea could work from my perspective.

    While services like Craigslist and eBay do actually offer something similar, I believe that a website focused on this type of service and refined enough with excellent usability, navigation, newbie friendly and eventually satisfied users, can in due time become an authority website with will provide a nice income to the mastermind behind this.

    If you have inspiration and you are able to find out how to make this possible,
    go ahead and do it! Send be a link to visit if it's done.

    Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author jipolis7
    The concept is somehow unique but similar as there are many sites that sell products or allow you to place bids. Did you do a bit of market research? Do you know people that would be interested in such a site?
    It's always best to ask first...
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I am not sure anyone, seller or buyer, would want to use a site like this. You have ebay and Amazon both with great search engines. If I have something to sell I would use one of those sites and have the buyers come to me.

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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    I don't know why anyone would use a site like that instead of ebay unless the fee's were much cheaper. But even then, it would need some major traffic to offer anywhere near the range of choice that people have on ebay.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Sounds also like Gumtree.
    Definitely not a new concept so I wouldn't recommend it because you would have HUGE competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author FrozenEyes
    Actually there is a website exactly like that but mixed with other stuffs like jobs/services because you can pose anything you want like old stuffs 2nd hand or B-New as well (you can even post your wife if you want-just kidding but yes you can).
    We have OLX formerly sulit and there are other sites that I know but have specifics like selling gadgets only (phones,computers).
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  • Ahh so there are websites like this; I need to find them and start listing my stuff if they'll let me search for someone who wants to buy what I'm selling. Thanks for the advice.
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