May I introduce you to my new friend, Ubokia? She (er, or he…I didn’t check under the hood before I started writing this) is a blog marketplace. Basically it’s a place where you can go to connect with people who have similar interests, but with the goal of buying and selling goods in mind. It sounded interesting to me, so I jumped at the chance to give it a try on my own blog.
Here are some of the features I found particularly awesome:
- The “want” section. There’s an entirely searchable section of the marketplace for people just to post items they’re looking for. It’s awesome for buyers who can’t find what they want right away, because they can just post their want and wait for a seller to contact them. And sellers aren’t limited to posting an item for sale and waiting for a buyer to show up. They can actively seek out potential buyers by searching the want section. It is kinda cool.
- The advanced search. Ubokia is a nation-wide marketplace, so you’ll find people buying and selling from all over the country. Depending on what you’re looking for, you might want to narrow or widen your search. The advanced search allows you do this incredibly easily. You can search by category, location and specify how broadly you’d like Ubokia to search for you.
- uGroups. You can setup public or private groups to buy or sell in. These are great if you want to form a group of local buyers and sellers where everyone can trust each other. And even though the Ubokia search is pretty awesome, being in a uGroup cuts down on the amount you have to search out local items for sale.
Ubokia is pretty new right now, and I found the selection of items being sold to be somewhat limited. But that’s okay, they just need more people to give it a chance and help it grow. I’ll have a Ubokia marketplace setup here for at least the next few months, so feel free to check it out and maybe post some wants of your own.
Although I was compensated for writing this post, all opinions are my own. I can’t guarantee they aren’t fueled by pregnancy hormones and cake, however.