As Ebay and Etsy seem to get bigger and bigger, a few smaller and lesser known web addresses are making their way into the spotlight. With creative ideas on the world of online marketing, these interesting sites bring new techniques to the table. Whether you’re a small-time seller or a big-time business, all of these sites can enlighten you to an entirely new way of setting up a shop online.
Storenvy: Storenvy is the newest version of Etsy, except the shops don’t only sell handcrafted and vintage items, they sell absolutely anything indie and inspiring. This lovely little website is filled with stores varying all artistic forms. From handcrafted items to ‘kawaii’ collections to indie fashion- Storenvy covers it all. There are no purchase fees and no costs what-so-ever to sell on the site. It’s an “open to everyone” approach, that allows people to show off their business creativity amongst a community of fellow artsy sellers.
Kungphoo: Unlike any other advertising sites on the web, this site is a combination of Facebook fan pages, craigslist, and advertising forums. You can sell, buy, and advertise anything- completely for free. You create ‘circles’ that people can join to talk about your products, shop, band, website, ect. And there are practically no rules. Self promotion is not only allowed — it’s encouraged! Kungphoo is a great new way to get word out there about your business. And it’s catching on fast.
Addoway: Addoway is similar to the now ‘shut down’ Yardsellr. Yardsellr was a social marketing sales site. It basically allowed people to combine Facebook and selling. But now that it’s sold out to another company, Addoway is stepping in, in its place. They offer up a fun array, similar to eBay, but with the connections to major social marketing sites — like Facebook and Twitter.
Listia: Listia is an entirely new twist on Ebay. Basically it’s an auction site, except nothing is truly for sale. It’s all free — yes free. No cost to list items. No cost to buy items. No costs what so ever. All you do is list an item to ‘give away for free’. People bid with credits. Once the auction is over, you mail out your item and receive credits that you can then use to purchase anything else that is up for auction on the site. Everything from baby items to clothing to video games is available. It’s like a major trading site, and the currency is virtual coins (called credits), and who doesn’t love free stuff?