(Closed) Mind doing a little market research for me?

posted 6 years ago in College
  • poll: Would you use a website like this
    Yes : (51 votes)
    81 %
    No : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Maybe : (8 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    14498 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    That would have been awesome for college, what a great idea!  Way better then selling them back to the book store for pennies on the dollar just for them to sell them at almost “new” prices.

    Roommate share would be a good one for the list too.

    Post # 5
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My school had something like this and I loved it. We actually had two different sites, one was strictly for textbooks and the other was more like craigslist in that you could sell/buy pretty much whatever someone was willing to buy/sell. It was really popular.

    Post # 6
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We have something like this but I rarely use it. 

    Post # 7
    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think its a fabulous idea…especially if its well advertised so kids know they can go there for more tailored items than perhaps good ol craiglist or ebay etc etc.

    Post # 8
    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would have used that in college. You could add roommate matching for off campus housing, ride sharing for holidays and such, and tutor/ study group finding.

    Post # 9
    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Sugaree: I think this would be a good idea if you can make it work. In all honesty, I don’t buy anything not school related because I’m poor, lol. So the only other category I can think of might be tickets for sports/shows?

    I think it’s sad that people don’t realize how many textbook resources are already out there though… if you buy at the low times and sell at peak times you will literally make a profit off textbooks. I made $100, yes that’s $100 profit on a chemistry textbook. Bought for $40, sold for $140. If everyone used amazon.com and half.com the textbook industry would be really different but for some reason people don’t.

    Post # 10
    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    At my school people just sent emails to the listserv (there were only about 1200 students) when they had things to sell, but I think this is a great idea.  You should include categories for furniture and kitchen implements for sure, as seniors who are leaving usually have lots to sell.

    Post # 12
    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Sugaree: Well, maybe people would see it that way, but when you buy online you click “put in cart”, type your info in, and wait for it to arrive- done in 5 minutes or less. With a craigslist-type site, you have to find time to go meet the person to make the transaction, so in my busy schedule that would be way more of a hassle. Hey, even taking the time to walk into the bookstore and wait in line is too much of a hassle for me! But if that’s what people think, they probably don’t understand how it works, lol. But in my opinion, whatever undermines the big store textbook sales is good with me, if people are more open to a site like this, then good for them. Sounds mean but reallly, I’m sick of everyone trying to make an easy dollar off of poor college students- some of us are working our butts off just to eat every day.

    Post # 13
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    my school did have a website like that (a few actually) and we used them a lot. check out the daily volt! the biggest use was to find apartments for rent as they are usually at a premium at my alma mater.

    Post # 14
    5985 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Cool idea!!! how is it different than this website? http://edubookswap.com/ just that its specific for your university? 

    Post # 15
    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I went to Michigan Tech and they had that built right into their student website. Here is a screenshot:

    It was pretty successful, but I think part of that is a) it was a tech university b) it was secured by your student login and on the mtu current student site so there weren’t any wackos on it to worry about. If you have any more questions about specifics PM me 🙂

    Post # 16
    2825 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    That’s a great idea, I totally would have used it… I always got in trouble because I never got my books before the class started, I always waited to see if we actually needed the book or not… but then I had spent the book money my dad gave me… oops. Money Mouth

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