If a few of the holiday gifts you received this year weren’t quite your cup of tea, why not sell them on a new site called Copious.com so you can buy what you really wanted. Like other online marketplaces, Copious lets you purchase and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories but with a social media twist. Since the website connects with Facebook (in fact, two FBers are on the board of advisors), buyers can “follow” sellers they like, discover new trends and see exactly who their items belonged to before. Think of it as eBay meets Pinterest.
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With its clean, uncluttered, and unpretentious aesthetic, you would never know about the high-powered group of people backing it (if they weren’t all listed on the website, that is). Its investor list reads like a who’s who of Silicon Valley with names like Foundation Capital, Embarcadero Ventures, The Blackberry Partners Fund, and Google Ventures. The involvement of these bold-face names must mean interest in and demand for collaborative consumption sites is growing—great news for anyone who hates the idea of simply throwing their stuff away when someone else could benefit.
Just use the simple, Google-esque, one-page photo upload and description form and you could have your item up and in front of eager buyers in minutes.
So why use Copious instead of eBay? “Copious is a social marketplace for buying from and selling to people, not strangers,” according to the San Francisco startup on its About page. Privacy issues aside, we like the fact that you can follow sellers with similar tastes to your own and also generate an audience of buyers the same way.
Listing your preloved items on Copious couldn’t be easier. Just use the simple, Google-esque, one-page photo upload and description form and you could have your item up and in front of eager buyers in minutes. In exchange for letting you sell your item, Copious takes a marketplace fee of 6 percent of the total price. So what are you waiting for? Start hawking your wares to similar-minded folk and use our invite link to get $10 in credit when you sign up!