Post # 1
I’m considering building a website that would be an online marketplace for my university. Basically like craigslist, but specifically for my university. It would focus primarily on textbooks so that students could sell them for more than the bookstores buy them for and buy them for less than the bookstores charge.
If your school had something like this would you use it? What features would you like to see? What categories other than textbooks should be included?
Post # 3
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 # 4
@tksjewelry: Tell me about it. The book I paid $135 for and used one time was being bought back for $6.50. I know that this class is only being offered every other fall, but come on man…
Post # 5
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
We have something like this but I rarely use it.
Post # 7
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
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
@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
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 # 11
@galloway111: I know about the different textbook resources and I think that one of the reasons that students don’t use them is they think it’s a hassle. Some of our professors actually “unofficially” endorse some of these places, but students still don’t use them. My thinking is that if it is a locally based operation then it would be seen as less of a hassle. I also attend a university that is located in a small college town (where the population of town doubles when school is in session). It’s also my hometown, so I know the population. My previous university was in a larger city, so I’m not sure how it would be embrassed there.
I think that I would definitely require a university e-mail address similar to the way Facebook used to be in order to create an account. I think that it builds community and makes students feel more secure about conducting the transaction.
Post # 12
@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
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
Cool idea!!! how is it different than this website? http://edubookswap.com/ just that its specific for your university?
Post # 15
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
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.