Goodbye Garage Sale: Metrobids Online Auction Site Reinvents Garage Sale

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Metrobids, a free online auction site, is reinventing the classic garage sale just in time for summer.

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I saw Metrobids in the newspaper and put some things up for sale right away. Legacy online auctions are dated—from the dot com days. Metrobids is about the present and the future—it harnesses the power of social networking to help local people in their daily lives.

Metrobids, a free local auction site, is reinventing the classic garage sale. “This summer,” says Dwight Beadle, co-founder of Metrobids, “don’t sweat selling your stuff on the front lawn. Finish the Spring cleaning, get the pile together, and instead of spending Saturday afternoon begging for bucks from the neighbors, put your auction online free with Metrobids. You don’t have to settle for inviting your subdivision. You can invite the whole city.”

Urging local citizens to sell to the same audience from the air conditioned comfort of their home computers, Metrobids is a local online auction site with huge ambitions. Unlike more traditional online auctions, which charge a percentage of the sale price, Metrobids takes no money when buyers and sellers hook up at the 24/7 online auction at http://www.metrobids.com.

“You don’t need traditional auction sites anymore,” says Emily Voshell, who recently won a new Ford Mustang on Metrobids. “I saw Metrobids in the newspaper and put some things up for sale right away. Legacy online auctions are dated—from the dot com days. Metrobids is about the present and the future—it harnesses the power of social networking to help local people in their daily lives.”

Unlike other sites that charge to sell, Metrobids online auction allows free registration, free sales, and free ecommerce. “Our business model makes money through advertising on the site,” says Dwight. “We don’t need to take a cut of each transaction like some legacy auction sites do. Our mission is to be the best, safest local online auction site.”

Using Metrobids, buyers have the option of seeing an item before they choose to pay. “This makes it much safer for the buyer,” says Dwight. “You hear stories about how some online auction buyers spend good money and get taken by the fine print. Not on Metrobids—you know who you’re dealing with, and can actually arrange to meet and exchange instead of relying on purely online transactions.”

Metrobids also offers other advantages legacy auctions sites do not. Buyers and sellers can:

  • Avoid shipping costs by meeting locally to conduct exchanges
  • Reduce fraud by more personal, verifiable transactions
  • Drive profitable business relationships between buyers and sellers

Metrobids has over 2,000 active users and over 4,000 items in Atlanta alone. “We provide more options—our guests can still ship items, but they can also touch and feel. The site allows you to do ecommerce but you can also agree to meet your seller,” relates Dwight. “In other words, it’s safe.”

Metrobids is also free—unlike online auction sites like eBay or Amazon, you don’t need a credit card to register to use the site. Metrobids does not take a piece of the transaction cost and assesses no fees.”

“Our goal is to get people to use the site and provide a safe, secure, local service,” recaps Dwight.

To take advantage of the new model in safe, secure online auctions, go to http://www.metrobids.com and complete a new user registration. You will be able to post your items for sale in minutes and start to take advantage of the power of a true local auction, conducted online.

Press release by Write2Market

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