Student creates alternative for sellers/buyers
By Patrick CooleyPosted Sep 12, 2012
When Bryan Robbins wanted to sell a ticket to an Ohio State football game last year he went through a traditional avenue for college students: Facebook.
Unfortunately, the process took days, he said. With so many people buying and selling their tickets online, it was hard to cut through all the clutter.
But this season, the second-year welding engineering major found another way: MarketOSU, a website started by an Ohio State student.
"I put the ticket up on Saturday or Sunday morning, and it sold in like 10 minutes," he said.
What made MarketOSU different was that it was only available to Ohio State students. Users must have a valid Ohio State e-mail address to sign up for an account. Currently, the site allows students to buy and sell football tickets and textbooks, but founder Jay Clouse said he's working on sections that allow students to buy and sell other commodities, such as furniture, appliances and concert tickets.
"This is our beta version," Clouse said. "We're working on further functionality."
Students can put tickets and textbooks up for sale on the site, but they can also create a 'watchlist' for items they want.
If you're looking for a ticket to the Michigan game on MarketOSU, you put it on your watchlist, and the site alerts you as soon as a ticket becomes available.
He came up with the idea for the site, he said, while trying to buy and sell things on Facebook and Craigslit.
"When I sold my TV on Craigslist, I didn't trust nine of the 10 responses (to my Craigslist ad)," he said.
Most of the replies came from people who seemed like scammers, Clouse said. And many of the responses that did seem legitimate were from people who lived too far away.
Why not, he thought, create a site only for OSU students? And thus, MarketOSU (which stands for 'Market Only Students Use') was born.
Clouse said that he manages and promotes the site, and has a team of three developers do the technical work.