While I was working today I got to thinking about all the shit that I have and don't use and money being tight right now, I might as well eBay it off and put a few bucks in my pocket. Then I got to thinking about eBay's buttfucking in the form of seller's fees coming and going and that pissed me off so I figured I'd sell it on my blog, first come first serve.
Then I kept thinking in spite of the headache it was giving me and I thought Hey! why don't I open up a Patriot's Trading Post for everybody to sell, swap and barter their shit on? No fucking seller fees, no final sale price fees, no bidding, just an ad.
Okay, it's on. Come this weekend you're going to see Patriot's Trading Post up and running. It's not a get-rich scheme - all I want is a couple of bucks for compensation for my time for posting and removing the ad later. I have no expectations of getting rich off this - hell, if I can keep myself in Copenhagen and CharlieGodammit in food, I'll be happy.
Ads will run for a week or until you tell me the item has sold, you'll get 3 free pictures with that and a paragraph or two to describe your item and what you want for it - cash money, trade in kind, whatever. I'll post it with a "Contact Seller" link so your email won't get spammed. Once the ad is up, I'm out. I could give a fuck less what you sold it for or what you got out of it. Think of it as a classified ad for Patriots. A nation-wide classified ad.
The beauty of it is, it's not going to be just gun stuff, prepping supplies and survival gear. Patriot Trading Post doesn't describe the goods, it describes the patrons. If you've got a few rolls of pink yarn you want to sell, send in the ad. If you're a hobbyist (such as fly tying) and you want to get rid of some of your stock, mistakes or supplies, send in the ad. If your a radio enthusiast and you're wife is on your ass to clear out your back bedroom, send in the ad.
I post the ad, the interested party contacts you, the two of you haggle over a price or agree on a swap and shipping details and it's a done deal. Simple as that.
You'll be able to pay for your ad using Paypal. If you don't like Paypal that ain't no big deal either, just email me the ad, mail in two bucks (US, I ain't taking no Canadian) and when I get it, your ad goes up.
When the site goes up I'm going to post some of my stuff (no pink yarn, sorry) to kick it off and offer free ads for a week or so to see how it's going to roll. If it takes off, great. If it doesn't, no big deal, hopefully my shit will get sold and I'll eat the start-up costs - domain, PO Box for payments, shit like that. Minimal, you know?
It's going to take a while to tweak things around for categories and such but that's cool, I don't expect it to explode on me here. I've got time, you know?
I'm going to hit up Zoomie for header graphics for the site and a button so that bloggers that have the button on their blogs get free ads and of course the stores run by III Patriots (Sam, Bill and Zoomie) will get free space.
Oh yeah, a Mission Statement. I need one of those to sound official:
Patriot's Trading Post is to help you buy and sell shit and foster relationships between Patriots on a national level. Fuck Obama.
I'll post this everyday until I get 'er going, hopefully Saturday evening, maybe Sunday, yeah?