So a new site called The Dark Mart came to my attention. Announced as a site for horror and sci-fi fans to buy and sell memorabilia without the sometimes outrageous fees of eBay. I caught up the Steven and Robert, the creators of the site to find out more about this really cool marketplace.
JM: Thank you for taking the time for this interview, Steven and Robert. So you guys are putting together a service called Dark Mart. Tell me a bit about it.
R&S: First off, thank you very much for interviewing us. We really appreciate you taking the time to do this. The Dark Mart is a niche market for buying and selling Horror and Sci-Fi items. It was our answer to a problem that we faced when trying to sell our own personal items. We had a lot of issues with the fees and customer service of eBay. So we set out to change that and make the selling experience fun again.
JM: Very cool. So how is Dark Mart different?
R&S: The main issues that we with ebay was the huge fees, which were taking a huge chunk out of sale, making it feel like we lost out on every deal that we made. So to change, that we dont charge any listing fees or commission fees on the final sale. We only charge a small “membership fee” which is currently $35 for 2 years. Most people end up paying eBay more than that one 1 or 2 items that they sell. We also implemented a way to “offer” a different price to the seller. So if you don’t like the asking price, you can offer something different.
JM: That’s pretty impressive! So how does the site work? Is it bidding based like eBay?
R&S: No, there is no bidding on the item. We wanted to make it very simple. So the only options are to straight out purchase the item or offer a different price.
JM: Make sense. So how far along is the site? Is it already up or will it be launching soon?
R&S: Yes, the website is already up and running. We are currently working on spreading the word. One way that we are trying to attract people is by running a huge giveaway. We have about $10,000 worth of prizes that we are giving away to 30 winners.
JM: Incredible! What types of prizes are being offered?
R&S: We have drones, RC cars, model kits, air brush set, and even a fidget spinner. Best of all, its completely free to enter.
JM: Very cool. So what is your end goal for Dark Mart once it gets up to speed? Any ideas for additions or anything like that?
R&S: The end goal is to make The Dark Mart the #1 marketplace for all horror & sci-fi items. We want to use this as a platform to bring the horror and sci-fi community together. One addition that we are working up to, is to create the largest horror & sci-fi convention. However, before we can do that, we must first build a big following.
JM: Very ambitious! Well, this sounds like a very cool project and I really hope it goes well for you. Before I let you guys go, is there anything else you would like to tell the readers?
R&S: Johnny, thank you very much for interviewing us.This was a lot of fun and hope that we can work together again some time soon. One thing that I want to stress is that The Dark Mart is not just another ecommerce store. It is a place that puts the customers first. It is our way of giving back to the community that we love and work with every single day. So head on over to The Dark Mart, join our giveaway, and start selling!
JM: It definitely sounds amazing! Thank you again for taking the time for the interview!
You can check out this awesome new site at thedarkmart.com!
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