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Topic # 242373 24-Oct-2018 22:33
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Hi there,

 

I’m one of the founders of AllGoods (allgoods.co.nz) :) We provide a platform for everyday Kiwis to sell secondhand items for free. On top of this, we provide a place for New Zealand businesses selling brand-new products to host their online store while also providing them access to a New Zealand marketplace.

 

We soft-launched our website earlier this year and now host hundreds of Kiwi businesses which now equates to over 100,000 listings.

 

We are currently beta testing our app and were wondering if we could get some feedback from the Geekzone community? We are mainly testing our Android version but we have an IOS version for testing also. If you are keen to have a look at the app, email us at support@allgoods.co.nz and we can share the apk with you along with the relevant information.

 

If there’s anything annoying, or that you think should be added, feel free to email us or post here as we’ll be watching this thread for suggestions. We’re geeks too, so can make changes based on your ideas.

 

Our experience so far has taught us that people are often skeptical of Kiwi online marketplaces, and that's fair enough! So I thought I’d just jump the gun and offer a few points as to how we are different from Trade Me in case people started asking questions about our business in general  :)

 

  • We offer users a free platform to buy and sell secondhand items. Everyday users don’t pay any listing or success fees.
  • We have better systems to prevent some of Trade Me’s issues around duplicate listings, variation listings, outdated feedback systems, slow listing process etc
  • We don’t allow overseas sellers/dropshippers so you know you’ll be getting fast shipping and Kiwi service.
  • Our platform is designed for the modern consumer who wants things fast. We currently do allow auctions but we will be phasing them out in favour of buy-nows, so we do not consider ourselves to be an “auction site” -  we encourage fast communication through instant chat and fast transactions.
  • We provide a better platform for businesses with no listing limit, a customisable storefront, and full inventory and order management systems.

How do we make money? We do charge stores (“In Trade” accounts) a $4/month fee and a 2% success fee.

 

Of course, we also welcome feedback on the platform as a whole and our website, and like I said, if there’s anything annoying, or you think should be added we’ll be watching this thread for suggestions!

 

 

 

Cheers guys.


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  Reply # 2113548 24-Oct-2018 23:21
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Love how fast the web site is. Might look at making the product images bigger for bigger screen sizes. Just adds more air at the moment from 1200 and 1700px.

 

 





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  Reply # 2113615 25-Oct-2018 09:31
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I'm part of the skeptic brigade.. 

 

Why would I choose to buy from your site rather than AliExpress/Amazon?

 

If I really wanted to buy local, why would I buy from you rather than using pricespy/priceme to find the cheapest store and buy directly?

 

Just don't really see the benefit to the consumer.





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  Reply # 2113648 25-Oct-2018 10:22
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Blocked here at work.

 

Reason: Weapons.

 

 

 

AliExpress, trademe, ebay, amazon all fine...


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  Reply # 2113658 25-Oct-2018 10:34
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I'm not enjoying the page layout. Big column on the left side, with images/listings narrow on the right. Sorry, I just don't really see the point of this site. What problem are you trying to solve? What's your value proposition?


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  Reply # 2113709 25-Oct-2018 11:11
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Looks a bit like an aliexpress clone

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2113737 25-Oct-2018 11:50
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Cynics always look for reasons not to like something new. I don't know if this is a goer or not but I have often wished in the past that Trade Me (which I now almost never visit) had a wanted section. Neighbourly, which has become an advertising outlet,doesn't do much for me either. Maybe Facebook groups fill this gap. I don't know since I'm not on Facebook.

 

 





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  Reply # 2113742 25-Oct-2018 11:56
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Rikkitic:

 

Cynics always look for reasons not to like something new. I don't know if this is a goer or not but I have often wished in the past that Trade Me (which I now almost never visit) had a wanted section. Neighbourly, which has become an advertising outlet,doesn't do much for me either. Maybe Facebook groups fill this gap. I don't know since I'm not on Facebook.

 

 

I'd be happy to support a selling site with a decent search engine. 





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Reply # 2114124 25-Oct-2018 22:27
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Lias:

 

I'm part of the skeptic brigade.. 

 

Why would I choose to buy from your site rather than AliExpress/Amazon?

 

If I really wanted to buy local, why would I buy from you rather than using pricespy/priceme to find the cheapest store and buy directly?

 

Just don't really see the benefit to the consumer.

 

 

 

 

A few reasons. AliExpress and Amazon are only good for some categories of items - usually small easy to ship items. You wouldn’t buy a couch or anything bulky on AliExpress. On top of this you will have to wait a long time for shipping - I’ve previously waited more than 2 months for a purchase from AliExpress and I know this is not that unusual. On top of this, the government has confirmed that the “Amazon tax” will be taking effect in October 2019.

 

 

 

Additionally, neither of these sites are an option if you want a secondhand item. As well as providing a platform for New Zealand businesses to sell their brand-new items, we also provide a free platform for everyday Kiwis to buy and sell their secondhand stuff.

 

 

 

Because our fees for businesses are cheaper than many other sites (i.e Trade Me), many of our sellers offer cheaper prices on AllGoods and pass on their savings to the consumer. Pricespy/priceme can be great, but there are a lot of benefits when shopping on a marketplace - one account, consistent user experience etc. Pricespy/priceme are once again only good for certain categories of items and generally used when looking for the cheapest retailer for a particular branded item. 




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Reply # 2114125 25-Oct-2018 22:29
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MileHighKiwi:

 

I'm not enjoying the page layout. Big column on the left side, with images/listings narrow on the right. Sorry, I just don't really see the point of this site. What problem are you trying to solve? What's your value proposition?

 

 

 

 

We can look into improving the page layout. Were you referring to the browse page? Also, what’s your screen size?

 

 

 

Re: the problems we are trying to solve. Essentially New Zealand is behind when it comes to e-commerce. It’s expensive to sell online, there is no NZ marketplace designed for new goods and there is no free and easy app. The rest of the world has moved on from old clunky “Auction sites”. Singapore now has Carousell and Shopee (as well as Lazada among others), China has 闲鱼 and 淘宝, and the US has largely moved on from ebay/craigslist to more modern platforms such as Amazon and Letgo (plus many other similar apps like OfferUp, 5Miles, VarageSale etc).

 

We are bringing New Zealand up to speed with the rest of the world in providing a free and modern platform.




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Reply # 2114126 25-Oct-2018 22:30
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blackjack17:

 

Looks a bit like an aliexpress clone

 

 

 

 

Haha, that particular page does look similar, but I can assure you there is much more to the site than that one page ;-)




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Reply # 2114127 25-Oct-2018 22:31
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Rikkitic:

 

Cynics always look for reasons not to like something new. I don't know if this is a goer or not but I have often wished in the past that Trade Me (which I now almost never visit) had a wanted section. Neighbourly, which has become an advertising outlet,doesn't do much for me either. Maybe Facebook groups fill this gap. I don't know since I'm not on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A wanted section is a good idea and something we are exploring. Facebook is okay for some things but it’s not a very good search/browse experience, it’s rampant with scammers, it’s very closely linked with your personal life and it’s not really an option for any serious seller with an inventory to manage.




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Reply # 2114128 25-Oct-2018 22:32
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MikeAqua:

 

I'd be happy to support a selling site with a decent search engine. 

 

 

 

 

We agree that a decent search engine is absolutely key. Ours still has a ways to go, but it is constantly being improved. Let us know if you find unexpected results/behaviour.


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  Reply # 2114129 25-Oct-2018 22:36
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I would genuinely like it to see it work. It's only a matter of time before something does. I'd recommend digging up the discussions of previous competitors here on geekzone.

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  Reply # 2114132 25-Oct-2018 22:52
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Looks great .. any chance of adding in an option to "make an offer" like Gumtree or ebay have. This way you could get offers privatly (unlike trademe comments) and pick the best or keep it running at the "buy now"




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Reply # 2114136 25-Oct-2018 23:02
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gzt: I would genuinely like it to see it work. It's only a matter of time before something does. I'd recommend digging up the discussions of previous competitors here on geekzone.

 

That's a great idea! I'll have a dig for them.


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