Unsurprisingly to me, Wheedle have finally pulled the plug.
A sad day, but they were never a competitor to Trademe. I have sold over the years hundreds of items on trademe but wheedle despite putting my same listings there only sold 4 items in several months.
I gave Wheedle my best shot but unfortunately they didnt: Due to sickness the owner Neil Graham could not keep an eye on his managers of wheedle, which IMHO was the main downfall. I wrote to them months ago expressing concern about their marketing approach and their reply was non-sensical. Chris Keal had a similar experience and says:
I asked Wheedle's managing director and day-to-day boss for a photo of him and his team in the office a couple of times, which I thought would humanise things, and give people something to identify with rather than knock. But nothing emerged
More here: http://www.nbr.co.nz/opinion/nbr-rich-lister-neil-graham-takes-10-million-bath-wheedle-closes
I believe the incompetent managers helped ruin what could have been a great competitor to Trademe. Also, the startup name Wheedle does not really give any idea of what the site was meant to be doing.
Trademe is doing damned well out of me last month I had to pay them commission of over $100 and this is quite normal for my trading. Add to that promotion fees and virtually no markup on freight. I'd welcome a competitor that provided the same market exposure.
Im just wonderning if anyone has had any experience with listing on ListSellTrade.co.nz ???
Be interested to know your experiences if any on this startup, which seems to be full of real estate and cars and a hodge-podge of components and few other listings.
Some folks reckon that NZ has only room for one trademe type outlet, but while trademe charge like a wounded bull, there is always room for competition IMHO as long as its done in an innovative way; Wheedle got it part right, and hats off to Neil Graham for giving it his personal best shot.