I'm basically looking to start a person2person (p2p) trading site. I notice there are several b2b sites for buying/selling of business goods, but I want this on more of a personal level where users can post wishlists of things they would like to get and also post listings of things they want to trade on the trading post. I was inspired by the story of the guy who traded a paperclip to a house ([url removed, login to view]) and decided to make a site called TradeUp that would let people trade their unwanted items UP to better things.
Right now, this would be a local campus service at a particular university in the US (Duke) so we are calling the site Devils Trade Up. The website domain has not been purchased yet though. The idea of the local service is that people will stop by a local trading post booth on campus to perform trades, rather than hassling with shipping. The presence of a middleman ensures successful trades.
The site basically functions like eBay (only with trades; this is designed to be a moneyless business), with users able to register/login, message other users, and make offers on trades. They can then accept offers, reject them, and things like that. Updates on Trades (such as offers/rejections etc) should prompt email notification. We'd also like the site to be only for people with @[url removed, login to view] email addresses (so provide a sort of verification).
I am roughly able to provide a website layout (although if you can provide one that is customizable that's great) if the script is flexible enough to be put in an existing layout with PHP includes or a similar code.
Sites inspired by to my project (also competition):
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Please let me know if you are able to code something for us like this. We are broke college students trying to start a really cool business, so the cheaper the better (ideally within the $1-100 range, but be honest with your quotes). Also please include some examples of your previous work if possible.
Thanks so much for considering!