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08

May

Our commitment to our community

We understand that the most precious commodity that you have is your time. And for this, we promise to never interrupt your time spent on Tradepal with mindless ad targeting. We will also continue to preserve your privacy by not sharing your data.

This month marks the highest user engagement Tradepal has ever achieved as members have promoted contests, engaged Earth Day swaps and invited others to join them on the platform. I would like to thank every single member of our community for their continuous trust in our marketplace.

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We are currently working on an exciting new product line-up that will reduce the natural friction that marketplaces represent. Our engineering will continue to solely focus on enhancing your user experience on the Tradepal platform. Our goal is to make reuse convenient, seamlessly connecting you with a trading counterpart.

Trading items saves a significant amount of money. It also makes us, as a society, much more resilient and sustainable.

With best regards,

@karimguessous

P.S. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts and welcome your feedback. To contact us by email, contact@tradepal.com

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11

Apr

Spring Cleaning Tips for Procrastinators

Just in case you have been procrastinating on your spring cleaning, ButtonedUp has created a list to assist you and offers advice on hosting a virtual yard sale. While Tradepal provides a great service when de-cluttering, it is also useful when:

  • moving
  • selling art 
  • reducing your fashion collection
  • upgrading to the latest electronics
  • reducing your collection of videos
  • trading baby items, and much more

The best features include the ability to list a variety of items, share them with connections who, by the way, use their ‘real identities’, and this process requires only a minute from loading the image to completing the listing. Yes, only a minute!

As varied as the items offered by each user, are the variety of ways for users to transact. While the traditional buy and sell transaction is one option, users may also offer giveaways. For users seeking a trade, they may barter for items by selecting Make Offer to entertain a trade for items listed within their tradepal profile, or maybe a trade plus cash. It’s up to the two parties to decide and the transaction is done privately via their tradepal dashboards.

To read the list, visit ButtonedUp offers 10 easy spring-cleaning shortcuts

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01

Apr

Soul Kitchen: the Sharing Economy’s Restaurant Option

The JBJ Soul Kitchen redefines community by offering healthy restaurant fare and a unique way to pay it forward. In an effort to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, last October the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation launched its’ community kitchen concept. Focusing on volunteerism with a “pay-what-you-can” option, the unique non-profit community program offers a menu devoid of prices. 

The Red Bank, New Jersey restaurant is inspired by chefs and volunteers who prepare healthy three-course meals while helping out neighbors who are less fortunate. The stigma-free kitchen expands on the sharing economy by offering a dining experience where patrons don’t owe anything, but if they can contribute, the Soul Kitchen will accept cash donations or volunteering in exchange for a meal.

For as little as $10 per meal, the non-profit can cover the cost of a meal, while anything extra will help cover someone else’s meal. Volunteer options include cooking, cleaning, serving others, busing tables and even stocking shelves at the restaurant. Now in its fifth year as a non-profit, in addition to the community kitchen, the foundation partners with local charities and churches to provide support, job skills and housing for those in need.

Kitchen 2 from JBJ Soul Kitchen on Vimeo.

(Source: tradepal.com)

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07

Mar

Convergence of Art and Collaborative Consumption: Artist Brian Ermanski

Patronage has always been central to the art world. In the same way, the concept of artists trading their work for various core needs continues to be relevant today. It is safe to say that artists, as a group, epitomize collaborative consumption.

It is recorded that Andy Warhol provided the Chelsea Hotel with art in exchange for rent. And since Burning Man’s early beginnings in 1986, the annual week long event has fostered the creation of art, community and extreme self-reliance, while prohibiting the use of currency in favor of  barter. More recently, in 2005 graffiti artist David Choe traded murals commissioned for Facebook’s offices in Palo Alto in exchange for Facebook stock. Now standing to join the art elite, his stock is currently valued at $200 million.

These examples of collaborative consumption are nothing new to New York City artist, Brian Ermanski. As the focus of Paul Stone’s short film The Prince of Elizabeth Street, Ermanski reflects on his evolution as an artist. His art has allowed him to build his brand while holding up shop, painting on the corner of Prince and Elizabeth street. Following an assault by a bouncer in 2006, he was left with chronic pain and numbness for years. To support himself, Ermanski slowly sold off all his possessions outside his New York City building and kept only his paintings which he now sells for up to $10,000.

With a new perspective on life he continued his recovery and struggled to return to art. In late 2007, a friend offered him housing in exchange for paintings. This offer turned into two years of housing while additional offers rolled in, including exhibit spaces in exchange for art. He even scored an iPad by trading a painting a little over a year ago. My art is my currency,” says Ermanski. The same form of currency has made it possible for him to get access to a 2,000-square-foot loft in Tribeca to work on his canvases and store his art collection.

In December, 2011 after dreaming for six long years of the opportunity to showcase his artwork during Art Basel Miami, it became a reality. “Friend and fashion designer, Duncan Quinn, offered me space in his boutique and sponsorships to exhibit my art,” says Ermanski. He was in good company, located in The Moore Building and adjacent to Christian Dior’s first-ever pop-up shop in the heart of Miami’s design district. “A very high-profile place to show and that is where my journey has led me,” adds Ermanski. “Duncan even traded me a handmade suit I designed, for a painting he wanted made.”

Ermanski credits various people and opportunities with furthering his growth and survival as an artist. A proponent of incorporating barter and trade, Ermanski’s latest initiative is his profile on Tradepal. Having embraced collaborative consumption early on, Tradepal allows artists to host their collections online and enables them to seamlessly sell and trade within the platform. “With Tradepal, I have a virtual gallery where I am not only connected to all my collectors but also their friends which allows me to build my own distribution channel,” says Ermanski.

With art patrons spanning well beyond Nolita, his admirers remain on notice as part of his personal network while engaging new friends who have also discovered him and his art. The power of collaborative consumption symbolizes artists like Brian Ermanski who have sustained themselves by trading skills in exchange for life’s necessities. Through Tradepal, users create a free profile and become members of a trusted community reaching beyond their circle to discover, share, buy, sell and trade.

“It is powerful to know that each time I list new pieces, my network on Tradepal will automatically be notified,” says Ermanski.


Source Huffington Post

Brian Ermanski’s Profile on Tradepal

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01

Feb

Five Ways Smartphone Growth Will Fuel Collaborative Consumption

While smartphones increase our ability to influence people, places and things through peer-to-peer sharing and location-based services, these devices are also helping to fuel collaborative consumption in many ways:

  1. Immediacy: Smartphones facilitate instant communication when it comes down to peer-to-peer transactions
  2. Trust: Matching mobile phone numbers helps authenticate peers
  3. Payments: Mobile payments fuels the growth of peer-to-peer commerce
  4. Reputation: Smartphones increase the use of social networks which in turn increase the social clout of more peers
  5. Network effects: More people connected on mobile networks increases the adoption and the use of peer-to-peer services

In 2011 smartphone technology led the way toward fueling the growth of mCommerce as users opted for more advanced devices. According to the latest release from the  International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2015 more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs.

 

Car-sharing “Zipcar” Leveraging Mobile Internet

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(Source: tradepal.com)

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18

Jan

From the Materials Economy to the Sharing Economy

“We cannot run a linear system in a finite planet indefinitely!”, Annie Leonard bluntly states in The Story of Stuff. She even goes further by stating that recycling is not a permanent solution as it does not reduce the waste generated by the production cycle. The materials economy has impacted our wallets while our wasteful behaviors have devastated the environment. Her video compels viewers to evaluate their habits and to make a conscious shift in their consumption choices. 

Is our system in a crisis due to our old school throw-away mindset or are we transitioning into a new era of mindfulness where we make more conscious decisions as we evaluate their future impact?

Formerly reluctant consumers are now adopting the latest trend of selling seldom used items to offset the cost of being fashionable, pay bills or to giveaway rather than dump in landfills.The attributes we were raised on such as thrift, trust and goodwill are definitely making a comeback as the foundation of our communities. Consumers are increasingly adopting new services that allow peer-to-peer sharing, renting, and swapping. 

One intangible benefit from these peer-to-peer startups is they strengthen our communities while minimizing some of the negative impact on the environment. There is a lot of buzz happening around Collaborative Consumption, and 2012 seems to be the year where it might go mainstream, as evidenced by the NBC Nightly News segment ”In a down economy, sharing takes off”, as aired on Jan 15th, 2012. 

We consider “The Story of Stuff” video to be a founding block in the emergence of the Sharing Economy. It has been an inspiration in building our people-centric marketplace at Tradepal. 


(Source: storyofstuff.org)

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09

Jan

Trendsetting Women Leading Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces

When it comes to purchases, consumers vote with their pocketbooks. When it comes to “stuff”, a shift is underway as women are making wiser purchases while taking the lead in how to part with what they no longer need. But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill stuff as these savvy shoppers have their eye on items that will hold their value in the resale market. Following the emergence of the Mommy-blogger and Mom-preneur, the latest consumer trend is women whose purchases include a preplanned exit strategy — the future resale of the item. These shoppers will either utilize a peer-to-peer marketplace or do a swap, depending on the item.

A study conducted by Women at NBCU points out the growing trend of women who view themselves as more than just consumers, they consider themselves to be curators, collectors and even experts. Here are some key insights:

  • Two-thirds prefer to spend $100 to get a resale of $35 rather than $5o with no resale value
  • 76% are presently buying and selling via peer-to-peer marketplaces
  • 60% were interested in selling on their Facebook page 
  • 77% would write about a product in exchange for a discount

The study also stated that as many as 89% of those surveyed prefer to own and then resell items rather than to rent or lease. Additionally, almost a quarter of those surveyed believe that within the next 10 years, the majority of purchases will be peer-to-peer transactions. These curators know their way around the marketplace and also know quality items and powerful brand names are key in the resale marketplaces.

    

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27

Dec

7 Garage Sale Tips from Tradepal

When preparing for a garage sale, place the emphasis on streamlining and organizing the process. Here are 7 things to consider:

1. Sort items

  • Classic decluttering taking mainly into account the utility value
  • Organize the garage sale by category

2. Displaying Merchandise

  • Fun labeling of items
  • Give a small write-up on the history of the item

3. Determining the Price

  • Show both the Original Price and — the Asking Price
  • Mention if you would consider a trade or if the price is Negotiable

4. Advertising (the hard part is driving the traffic)

  • Keep it short - showing address and date for the grand event
  • Street signage, Community signage or local paper
  • Let your friends know - via phone/Facebook/Twitter/ other social networks

5. Time management before, during and after the sale

Simply put, it takes a lot of work whenever you get involved in a garage sale. You         need to separate each main task and allocate specific times in different days to             avoid getting frazzled.

6. What to do with items that didn’t sell?

  • Just do a giveaway or donate to a local charity
  • Keep them for the next garage sale

7.  Build your year-long Garage Sale on Tradepal

  • No need to spend the day selling or post signs - do it all online
  • List an item, add an image
  • Set a Price or mark as a Giveaway
  • Share with friends and friends of friends

tradepal: how it works from tradepal on Vimeo.

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23

Dec

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday and a Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday and a Happy New Year!

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22

Dec

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Gift in the Holiday Spirit

Did you miss National Regifting Day last week?

Ah, yes it really does exist… While regifting has been growing trend as many Americans felt their wallets tighten due to the slowing of the economy or job changes, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The pressure to finalize holiday purchases is growing and each day we read about the challenges that plague Americans such as a recent article that mentioned, “50% of Americans not able to shop for the holidays this year as they could not afford it…” This is a startling number given that the average U.S. household harbors over $7,000 in unused items. This excess could be sold, traded for other items or even better, given away.

Many of us will be receiving a few new gadgets this year, maybe an Apple iPod Touch or iPad, or Let’s Rock! Elmo for the kids. Whether you receive the latest Kindle Reader, a camcorder, flat screen television or surround sound system, there is the old model that is destined for the Island of Misfit Toys now that it has been upgraded.

Were you wondering what to do with this outdated item …. or maybe items?

Here’s an idea! Since most of us are connected to our friends and family on our social networks already…. How about creating a Tradepal online garage sale and list these items for sale, trade or as a giveaway?

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29

Nov

5 Simple Tips to Selling on Tradepal


Undust your cupboards: You have stuff around you worth gold!

1- Dare to list: It’s fast, easy and free!
Automated listing system: image suggestions. original price suggestion, enter item title, write (or copy paste) item description, set friendly price and… Shazam!

2- We’re among friends: Price Reasonably!
Offer a Friendly Price that’s attractive enough. Other users can vote on your pricing. Adjust pricing accordingly!

3- Promote and Share your item 
Share on facebook, twitter, Tradepal’s fanpage. It’s FREE!

4- Invite friends and followers
Share your garage sale with your friends via Facebook and Twitter. 

5- Communicate with buyers
Via internal Tradepal chat, comments, or email. 

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18

Nov

The Tradepal One-Click Policy

It is estimated that the current market for the exchange of secondary goods is $800B, this is an increase of $300B from 2009. To break it down further, each household has approximately $7,000 of unused items such as electronics and clothing among other items that are no longer of use but could be used by others.  

Tradepal is a people-centric marketplace for physical goods, a sort of eBay where people use real identities and can trade using either cash and/or barter for wanted items. 

What is the simple solution?

In a nutshell, at Tradepal we believe that in order to bridge the gap with technology, we need to make most of our functionalities/application by adopting a one-click policy: 

- one-click signup

- one-click listing and sharing

- one-click listing import

- one-click inviting friends to our platform 

- one-click befriending on Tradepal

- one- click chatting on Tradepal 

Reducing FRICTION via the “One-Click Policy” is the way to go for quick product adoption.

How do we bridge the gap? 

1- It’s Simple, we make sure that people use their Facebook credentials (Facebook Connect) to signup and use our site, rather than having to create a dedicated Tradepal username and password, and deal with confirmation emails back and forth. Who wants to remember another username and password?  

2- Listing an item on Tradepal takes less than 60 seconds! On eBay, it can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes - per item. Tradepal streamlines the process by allowing users to type the first few letters of the item, next suggestions pop up to click on, no need to fill in every single field of the listing. Now you can list and automatically share the item with friends on Facebook or Twitter in one-click. 

3- We are a social marketplace, so we encourage you to share listings with your friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter: whether it’s your item or someone else’s item, your garage sale or someone else’s. 

4- We allow users to import all their listings from eBay in one-click. 

Have an have an item in mind that you would like to list? Try us now

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