Knox man brings new buy and sell concept to the world wide web

Knoxville man brings new buy and sell concept to the world wide web

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"I hope it gets big enough that it requires me to make this my full time job," Cole Harris explained. "I hope it gets big enough that it requires me to make this my full time job," Cole Harris explained.
There are similarities to eBay and Craigslist, but Harris says uploading items is quicker on his site. There are similarities to eBay and Craigslist, but Harris says uploading items is quicker on his site.

By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man's website brainchild may eventually be added to the list of household name sites like eBay and Craigslist.

Cole Harris, 28, created sellbuytheroom.com. He's a full time insurance salesman with two kids, but right now he's spending 25-30 hours a week working on his website.

Harris stopped by the 6 News studio to explain how the site works and how it's different than many other established sites.

The concept for sellbuytheroom.com came after Harris says he realized there's no good "estate or yard sale type" option on the Internet.

The new site makes browsing countless items possible just by looking at one picture, "You have the ability to sell all of them, one of them, or just a few within a picture." Harris said.

"You can do auction style, fixed price style and soon we'll be adding an 'or best offer' option," he explained.

When you click on a picture, "hot spots" appear over items that are for sale. The site is also set up to appeal to small business owners who make handcrafted items, but don't have the money or time to market them outside a certain region.

"For those who are using this for a local boutique, this gives them the platform to have their items available on a worldwide basis," Harris said.

There are similarities to eBay and Craigslist, but Harris says uploading items is quicker on his site.

They plan to add email blasts to fit a registered user's profile, alerting for new items. Plus, there will be a browse feature to make finding things easier.

The site already has inventory, after just four weeks in operation. At last check, there were more than 500 active listings and 50 regular users.

All the action on the site is the result of social media and word of mouth. Harris' grand launch is scheduled for March 1.

So far, Harris has invested thousands of dollars, has two business partners and has worked for nearly seven months to make this all happen.

He'll make money off advertising banners on the site, along with fees.

When asked if this will eventually become his full time job, Harris said, "I hope it gets big enough that it requires me to make this my full time job."

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