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Why Cornwall and not the UK?
Cornwall is a vibrant county in SW England. The South Coast is also known as the Cornish Riviera with its charming villages whilst the North Coast is very famous for its surfing spots. The main industries active in the county are tourism and agriculture, however, there is more to Cornwall than that. There are quaint traditional restaurants, local artists and local tradespeople providing much needed services in Cornwall.
We created an online platform where local businesses, hotels, holiday parks, individual sellers and mobile businesses can advertise and sell their services. A one stop shop is the idea behind it. We believe in promoting the local culture and traditions, the local economy and businesses. Currently having an online presence is a must. We understand that as a start up business or a sole trader an investment of a couple of hundreds of pounds for a website is a bit too much. In addition to building a website you must invest in advertising and that does not come cheap either. Creating a name for yourself is more than word of mouth in a county visited by tens of thousands of people every year. The local community may be aware of their services however if they do not have a physical location, they are missing out on a large customer base.
Why Bargains-Finder when you have E-bay, Amazon, Gumtree and others?
That is a very good question! Yes, E-bay and Amazon are the popular choice however they are not local. You may find yourself buying items shipped from abroad and wait some 30 days to receive these. The main purpose for our platform is to promote the local skills and local businesses. On our platform you can buy or sell goods, let your holiday property or even let the bike in the shed you never use. There are two features which set us apart. First the opportunity of selling downloadable products. For a photographer or a writer, it means that they can sell their work product online and their customers can download it immediately. And second the appointable products.
Mobile businesses are flourishing in the area mainly due to the lack of infrastructure and bus routes between points of interest. Living in Cornwall you may find that a 15 minutes’ drive may take 2 hours and an array of buses. Having your own transport is a must if you are living or visiting the area. E-bay and Amazon are strictly limited to buying and selling. We want to bring together the local sellers and the local tradespeople. On Bargains-Finder a skilled individual (i.e. a mechanics, electricians, nail artists, makeup artists, hairdressers and more) can create what we would call an appointable product. This gives them the option of having and online calendar for customers to book their services on the spot. It is fully customizable to fit their needs. They can create appointments which last from 10 minutes to a full day. They can add a padding time between bookings to allow them to prepare or arrive at their next appointment. In addition to that they can create extra services to be added to the appointment. For example, if you are a mobile hairdresser you can create a standard appointment/ consultation of 30 minutes and have add-ons charged at an extra cost. This type of service is what makes us stand out from the major players. We care for the little businesses. We know that people have ideas and want to start a business but do not have the capital for the website and get put off from starting in the first place. When you come up with a good idea you just want to get started not investing a lot of money and risk not being successful.
How do you make money?
We work on a commission base structure. There are no upfront charges and we only make money when products or services sell. Creating an account is free of charge. We do not charge membership fees or set up fees. This is all because as we mentioned above, we want to allow start-ups a best possible way of getting online.
When are you launching Bargains-Finder?
The launch date is set for 15th April 2019. We are still fine tuning some of the features however we are accepting registrations. Currently the website is live, and you can browse it, nevertheless it is still under construction.
Where can people signup to your platform?
Our website is https://bargains-finder.com/
The registration process is very easy and it automatically goes into the setup widget which is a support tool for vendors. They can set up their own terms and conditions, their postage and packing fees and also their payout methods.