You might say Anthony Sullivan is a bit of an online shopping expert. He has long looked for steals and deals via the web, but over the years he has discovered some deterrents in the online marketplace. Instead of complaining, however, Anthony decided to do something about it. "I thought it was a really good idea. I didn't know why someone hasn't thought of it yet?"
Anthony started his own method for buying and selling called, "free auction" or frauc. He says Frauc.com allows you to search for items of interest to you within a 100 mile radius. It is one-stop shopping with everything you need to try to buy and sell on one manageable page within the site. Unlike eBay, it is free and unlike Craigslist, you can rate and provide feedback about the folks with whom you've done business. "Really borrowing features from both of them is what made this site what it is." With most shopping sites, items are shipped to you with little accountability, says Anthony. For that reason, he says he has eliminated online payment and shipping from frauc.com.
Instead, users meet up after a deal is reached, so that the buyer can check out the item before handing over cash. "Meet up in person. No shipping. No fees. The person gets to actually hold it in their hands before they pay for it, so there are no surprises." That is something that attracted Trisha Zinda to the site. In fact, she says she only uses frauc.com now to sell a variety of things. Some are more unique than others. "I have a really cool headboard on there right now that can be transformed into something different." On the other end, the website has helped mothers, like Laura Jordan, buy practical - yet affordable - items for her family. "I needed some new appliances and the stores are so expensive. Why not buy it used if you can?"
Frauc.com started as merely a hobby for Anthony; he's invested hours of free time coding and building the website. However, he says looking out for this community makes it all worth it. "It's fun for me. It's a challenge for me. It's helping people out."
Anthony has also launched a sister site, www.FraucCityWide.com. There you can learn more about upcoming community yard sales, where hosts receive more foot traffic, and shoppers have more stopping points. It is all promoted online. To register your yard sale, all you need to do is sign up for an account. Donations (optional) to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada can be made once you are registered and inside the site. Everyone who donates will receive free yard sale signs to post up in your area. The events are happening all over northern Nevada through July and August.
Anthony will be our Money Watch Q&A guest on Channel 2 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16th.