Would you be interested in a mefi garage sale? August 29, 2002 8:41 AM   Subscribe

Clav has an interesting idea. Would you be interested in a mefi garage sale?
posted by frykitty to MetaFilter-Related at 8:41 AM (12 comments total)

Some questions to answer:

1. How would we do it? eBay?
2. What would we sell?
3. Who would benefit?

My initial thought was choosing one special item to sell, and having the proceeds go to the scholarship fund.

posted by frykitty at 8:42 AM on August 29, 2002

i'd sport money for a mefi-member-mystery-box.

i send you a fiver, or maybe even two, and you ship me a box of surprise goodies that represent your interests, or your town, or maybe your favorite potato fetish.

posted by fishfucker at 11:04 AM on August 29, 2002

fishfucker: I'd be in for that. Sounds fun.
posted by interrobang at 11:33 AM on August 29, 2002

Until you get part of my grisly altar of squirrel bones.
posted by Kafkaesque at 12:02 PM on August 29, 2002

(in garage)
"hoffas golf clubs....dead sea scrolls....no....Nix film....assorted small arms....no....5th grade photo of Matt...uhmmm."

i mentioned this idear once before, i believe someone had raised it ...over a year ago.
the name could be anything but yard sale works for explanation purposes.
this all depends on matt. The idea is to have a new page and members can post stuff for sale/ trade...Mp3, cherry pie rescipes.
need: pay system
site or new page for items
a shipping plan

the idea would that members can post things for sale, how intricate the site is again up to matt as admins duties would surely increase. MeFi members pay a yearly/monthly/one time fee, which form of system should be determined by the people who know the biz (I'm no tech guy) the fee could be nominal. also matt would get his cut. like southsbys. I think the admin could be done with matts guidance and his desighn, then, by other trusted mefis. its a business. and a fair business will succeed. why i think it is good.

the talent already is here for desighn and planning of the system. hence less venture capital.

I think it could have class and attract other members whom may become members just to post stuff for sale. hence, more clients.
it would have to be ground up kinda...thing once it went online.

say 98 mefis have goods, verifiable, totalling 10,000$ thats the fee plus a commish to matt (say 10%) say the fee is 10$ bi-yearly....

verification system- the toughest. again rely on mefis and thier talent to help make a system. maybe X mefi member has credentials in antiques or a member may be a e-bay wheeler-dealer and offer advice. The sites complexity is again a tech issue...pictures of the items, etc. a message board or e mail system sounds like work to me.

mefi should have revenue. and it could reverse matts firmness on no pop-ups. well a good, class pop up never hurt...if it's good...even text-ads on the new page could open a floodgate or trickle. the idea, in my eyes is to have matt benefit, the buyer and seller happy but to not create long term work for matt.

posted by clavdivs at 12:05 PM on August 29, 2002

dong resin bids 10$ and his traci lord betas for sqiurrel alter.
posted by clavdivs at 12:06 PM on August 29, 2002

how about matthowi-eBay? He gets 12% of all transactions.
posted by djacobs at 12:13 PM on August 29, 2002

That sounds like a lot of work for Matt, and very complicated.

I was thinking more along the lines of one-shot website that anyone could put up. List one item, with pic, per participating user. Folks can purchase through Paypal, proceeds going to mefi.
posted by frykitty at 1:18 PM on August 29, 2002

"I was thinking more along the lines of one-shot website that anyone could put up. List one item, with pic, per participating user. Folks can purchase through Paypal, proceeds going to mefi."

bingo. the easiest but still would take work. It could take many shapes. a mefi charity auction as an option. the prob is lawyers, etc., that business end. the beauty is in the members, the talent exists and could be utilized with considerably less expense. Even an off site, little model-T to start. the question is about mefis logo and all that.

posted by clavdivs at 1:39 PM on August 29, 2002

Sure, many people here could do it, but I don't know if a whole bunch of commercial stuff would sit well with Matt (not that I know him at all, maybe he would). Not that I don't think the idea of a whole little auction site would be cool, I do.

Maybe a couple of such auctions on Ebay first, with the money besides postage (if necessary) going to mathowie? A while back, a couple of friends of mine at giantheads (warning, Flash) did these kooky ebay auctions, like "We'll walk a mile in your shoes! L@@K!" or "We will come up with an appropriate nickname for you. W@W!!!" Satire of ebay and receivables in the same posting. Doesn't have to cost a lot for the auctioneer, and people could try it out first to see if there's interest.

Just a thought.
posted by lackutrol at 8:22 PM on August 29, 2002

If it's a conventional alter made of squirrels, then okay.
If'n I'm supposed to worship squirrels with it, then I think I'll hold on to my Traci tapes.

Squirrels are feckless and can't smite anything larger than an acorn. If I'm going to pray, I want results.
posted by dong_resin at 9:32 PM on August 29, 2002

there you are...and wheres my bike.
posted by clavdivs at 8:31 AM on August 30, 2002

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