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#154165 20-Oct-2014 09:22
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Got this press release over the weekend:


Kiwi Tech Startup Launches Social Media Shopping Platform

A new Kiwi startup is utilising Facebook integrated technology to help drive a new smartphone shopping concept, which is already experiencing significant interest internationally in countries as diverse as Italy and Mongolia.

SellShed.co.nz is a free mobile ecommerce platform which matches buyers and sellers in their local communities.

Marketing Director of SellShed Peter Howell says there is a global trend towards social trading and mobile ecommerce but other platforms have failed because they require users to be tech savvy or make it difficult to upload new products on smartphones.

The app has proved popular with already more than 4,000 international downloads in just its first week.

“By using the familiar format of an existing social media platform, new users are intuitively able to understand how to use the technology,” he says.

“We set out to create a platform for consumers to trade in a way that is natural to them. The app is designed to help people engage with others in their community ­the way we used to,” he says.

Howell is quick to point out one of most significant advantages of SellShed over other trading platforms is that it encourages users to trade directly with each other rather than restricting them to only transact through the app.

Howell says sellers can quickly create new item or service posts with just their mobile phones.

Once a seller lists an item on SellShed it is placed on the browse stream which is searchable in a Facebook style framework. The post can easily be added to the seller’s own Facebook page as well.

Howell says the company has lodged patents to protect unique functionality of the app internationally.

“We have also added in unique tools which are not available on other popular trading sites including the ability to easily list ‘items wanted’ and be matched with a potential supplier. This is one of the features we have patent protected,” he says.

Howell says that by removing any listing fee or commission structure, it’s economically possible to add in a range of other features allowing users the flexibility to make swaps, or part sale and part offer transactions.

Howell says the site is completely free for people to buy and sell products with the company’s revenue derived from advertising and possibly premium services in the future.

“People can trade new and second­hand goods and look for specific items they want to purchase. Browsers can list items quickly and receive notifications of new items they are looking for within their area, they can use SellShed to trade safely, quickly, locally free of charge,” he says.

Howell says SellShed currently employs 7 local staff and has plans to increase this number to 20+ as uptake of the app expands internationally. They are also seeking investment to help fund global expansion.

The web version is available at www.SellShed.co.nz and the free app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store.


Note when they say "Facebook technology" it's actually about the user experience, which is familiar to most consumers these days. some screenshots:






This seems to be a new approach - one I think is better than the Wheedle one which was just a copycat.

What do you folks think?




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  #1158237 20-Oct-2014 09:34
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Meh, I dislike that they force you to login using your facebook login(? admittedly I didn't look too hard, but this appeared to be the only option)  At least give a choice of openID providers... or better yet the option for registering directly with their site if I choose to.   I guess maybe they're planning to increase the "facebook integration"? - which currently sounds like it's just posting to your facebook page?  Isn't that relatively easy just by sharing a URL anyway?

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  #1158252 20-Oct-2014 10:00
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I dont have a Facebook account, or use any Apple devices, so in my view the developers have got their head up their arse.

 
 
 
 


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  #1158254 20-Oct-2014 10:08
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forced sign in == me closes page.

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  #1158255 20-Oct-2014 10:08
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sidefx: or better yet the option for registering directly with their site if I choose to.


I don't really agree with that. Certainly more login providers would be nice, but the less sites maintaining their own authentication the better. It's fairly well documented at this point that it is very easy to get wrong.

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  #1158256 20-Oct-2014 10:10
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CapBBeard:
sidefx: or better yet the option for registering directly with their site if I choose to.


I don't really agree with that. Certainly more login providers would be nice, but the less sites maintaining their own authentication the better. It's fairly well documented at this point that it is very easy to get wrong.


give the following options (its not hard)
- facebook
- google
- twitter
- microsoft/live/whatever they decide to call it now
- traditional website login

but no forced log in to view things

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  #1158264 20-Oct-2014 10:36
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Good idea in principle, but another case of constrained thinking - pushing out an app for one environment only.

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  #1158287 20-Oct-2014 10:58
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Not much to see yet. The web page only has a picture of an apple monitor showing the site working, but it doesnt and I cant find the app on itunes.

 
 
 
 


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  #1158296 20-Oct-2014 11:12
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Hi guys,

Thanks a lot for all of your feedback.

We launched our iPhone app around 6 weeks ago and our android app is in development. We expect to launch the Android Version in 4 to 6 weeks.

The second phase was to launch our website which was launched less than 2 weeks ago with a Facebook Login. We are adding more login options in the coming weeks.

Great to see you guys are interested in our NZ grown app :)

We welcome any feedback from this forum.

Thanks again

Peter Howell

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  #1158309 20-Oct-2014 11:32
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Hi Sidefx.

Thanks for your feedback.

We are adding more login options in the coming weeks.

Thanks

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  #1158310 20-Oct-2014 11:33
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Hi reven,

Thanks for your feedback.

We are adding more login options in the coming weeks.

Thanks

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  #1158312 20-Oct-2014 11:34
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dukester: Not much to see yet. The web page only has a picture of an apple monitor showing the site working, but it doesnt and I cant find the app on itunes.


Could be a restriction on my work computer. Just tried with my ipad and I get the facebook logon and download app buttons show up.

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  #1158313 20-Oct-2014 11:35
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Hi Dukster,

Thanks for your feedback.

You can login on the landing page with your Facebook account.

You will be able to find the app on iTunes, just search SellShed.

Thanks

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  #1158314 20-Oct-2014 11:37
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Hi kiwitrc,

We are creating alternative logins in the coming weeks. 
Our website is responsive so it can be used on mobile devices.
Our android version is currently being built.

Peter

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  #1158317 20-Oct-2014 11:38
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Hi Dratsab,

Thanks for the feedback.

Our website is responsive and our android version will be out in 4-6 weeks.

Cheers

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  #1158320 20-Oct-2014 11:40
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Thanks for the feedback, we will look into that :)

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