ByPicker: A New Social Network for Pickers and Collectors of Antiques and Collectables

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A new social network service is now available that could replace the old website-combing approach of buying and selling collectibles and antiques. Pete Wingard, founder of, says he thinks of byPicker “as a sort of social networking bazaar, with sellers touting unique goods and buyers snapping up finds.” He went on to explain that a “picker” is someone who “picks” through tons of stuff looking for items of value to sell to buyers or collectors.

So what makes worth trying? According to Wingard, it is based on the familiar concept of sending out a message in 140 characters. While it works fine on any desktop, it really shines with a smart phone, says Wingard. A picker snaps a photo of a great find, then taps out the 140-character description to go along with it. Interested buyers immediately receive the alert on their phones, which they can immediately and directly respond to. And a conversation has begun, with information and even pictures being sent back and forth between the buyer and the seller via their smart phones. Once the buyer and seller start communicating, is no longer necessary and any transactions made are independent of the site.

What gives byPicker its ability to find the right buyer is the keyword. When a collector subscribes to the byPicker service, this person chooses keywords that indicate what their interests are. If any words in a posted pick match a collector’s keywords, the collector automatically receives an alert. In addition to selecting keywords, collectors can also follow specific pickers they like, receiving all their picks, or even ignore pickers they don’t like.

“Buyers using byPicker no longer have to scour and read countless pages of unrelated stuff,” says Wingard. “They can get ‘filtered’ alerts of exactly what they are interested in.” The buyer can then quickly act on the alert or discard it.

The website had a soft launch two weeks ago and is already creating positive buzz. To get started using byPicker, go to the website and sign up. There is no fee for using this service.


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