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In efforts to get this site rolling, I figured it would be better to have a raffle and essentially pay YOU, the site users, instead of a marketing company to help spread the word.

I am offering $100 CASH to site users and NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY to win. You will earn tickets (points) based on the activities listed below. A winner will be chosen at random from all the entrants for the prize.

Up for "grabs" is a $100 CASH!

In efforts to create awareness of our site and give an incentive to place items online for sale, trade or even buy, we have created an online raffle and will will be randomly selecting a winner after 1000 points (tickets) have been issued in the next 30 days (by August 15th).

No purchase is necessary! Earn tickets (points) for every:
Item listed for sale (5 points)
Each time an item is relisted (1 point)
Make an offer on an item (1 point)
Every item you buy using the "buy out" feature (2 points)
Inviting a friend to join our site (2 points)
When a friend joins - See "Invite a Friend" in the Members Area (5 points)

You can "Invite a friend" or check the current raffle status by going to the members area and clicking the link.

If you simply wish to purchase a ticket for the raffle you can do this as well. Tickets are $1 per entry and can be purchased through the site. Proceeds from actual raffle ticket sales will be donated to a local charity.

The raffle will end in 30 days (August 15th) IF I have at least 1000 tickets in the drawing. If I have at least 1500 tickets on August 15th, a random winner will be chosen for the prize.

Exciting news!

I know the start-up for this trading site has been slow. We have quite a few “members” and I have personally posted and sold many items through

I have recently added in a module where items can be placed online and a percentage of the sales will be director to local charities. This weekend I plan to add more items and give contributions to local organizations when they sell. This is a great way to buy/sell and also help the community.

I currently have only two organizations listed for the Macon County area, but would like to add more. When listing items for sale (make offers) you can select from the following charities to donate to:

R.E.A.C.H.. Franklin, NC.
Macon Early College, Franklin, NC.

If there are other organizations that you would like to donate to, please contact us at so we can get them added to our website.

I would also appreciate any suggestions you may have that would help make this online trading/buying/selling site more useful and enjoyable for everyone.

Thank you for joining!

During the past few weeks there has been a multitude of features added to the site and we need feedback from users.We have added a live bidding feature, ISO ads, reverse auctions and working on several other features.

We are also changing our name to name will be more effective in communicating our goal for safe, simple trading both locally and across the U.S.

What we need most of all is for people list items and post links on FaceBook.The nice thing about our site is that you can post a reserve price, a buy it now price and also take bids or offers.

If you know of any local thrift stores or organizations that would benefit from having their items online, please invite them to join our site.There is no charge and we can even to one-time auction events for fundraisers.

If you have any questions you suggestions, please drop us a line.

Sincerely, staff

We are a free site trying to combine site features from auctions, classified listings and swap meets. Items can be posted as a one-time sale or as a storefront with inventory. All payment and accounting features are integrated into our site. Users can post digital downloads, local items and items for shipping. Although some future listing features may have a minor fee associated with them, for the most part it will not cost you anyhting to post, list or buy on this site.

You may wish to list all of your items with a specific ending time and have a virtual garage sale or estate sale with pick-up the following day.

A offer (bid) is an actual offer. We are not running a "Proxy Bidding" service. When a customer states they willing pay, $35.00 for an item, the highest offer is then $35.00. This ensures a fair market value for both buyers and sellers alike.

With our anti-sniping feature when a bid is placed during the final few minutes of an auction, a few minutes are added to the end of the auction to allow for outbidding. This stops buyers from placing a last second bid without giving time to be outbid.

If you wish to have a fundraiser or large one-time sale and need signs or a banner to promote your event, we can help suply these items for you. It is also advisable to promote your event online or in the newspaper as well. We can set ALL of your posted items to end at a specific time allowing for auctions to end and items to be shipped or picked up.

We are open to suggestions and would appreciate your input on making this site more useful.

TheTradingPlace Team

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