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Jun. 4, 2014 12:44 pm

CollectedIt!, a marketplace for collectibles, wants to take on eBay

Mobile app founders hope lower transaction fees plus social networking features can make CollectedIt! stand out.

Atari video games are one of the collectibles users can sell or buy on CollectedIt!

(Photo by Flickr user @mrbill, used under a Creative Commons license)

CollectedIt! wants to be the mobile marketplace for collectors.

Why choose it over eBay? It’s both a social network for collectors — a place for them to keep track of their inventory and show it off — and a marketplace that boasts lower transaction fees than eBay, say its founders, James Bright and Christian Heinzmann. They hope that will make the app stand out.

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CollectedIt! began as a web-based marketplace for collectors but the founders changed their focus to mobile because they thought it would increase sales, following the lead of mobile marketplaces like Poshmark, Threadflip and Twice. The company’s plan is to build an audience through the app’s free social network, whose users will then use it to buy and sell items like vintage video games and antiques.

The app has seen more than 700 downloads, Bright said.

CollectedIt! charges a 10 percent transaction fee while the typical eBay fee (plus PayPal fees) is, at minimum, more than 13 percent.

The app uses an escrow-based system for transactions, where the buyer’s money is put into an account and the seller is alerted of the order. The seller only gets the money once the buyer receives and confirms that the item is what they ordered.

CollectedIt! has roots in QuarterArcade, a classic video game marketplace that Bright, 42, of Phoenixville, Pa., launched with Anthony Pietrak in 2000.

Bright and Heinzmann, 34, of Collegeville, Pa., recently finished the Philly Startup Leaders Accelerator, which paired startups with more established entrepreneurs in the tech scene. Bright, who’s worked at dotcom Philly tech businesses like VerticalNet and Reality Online, said the accelerator and his mentor, Ted Mann of mobile couponing app SnipSnap, was invaluable. They also count Rick Genzer, former PeopleLinx COO and a member of Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners tech advisory committee, as an advisor.

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  • Sean Dawes

    Outside of the lower fees, what other play do they have against ebay? Curious if this will be more curated than ebay as I know I have often times found there to be a lot of fluff listed on ebay in terms of quality of products you need to sort through. However on the other side, if there is a larger demographic from a seller on ebay, I would not mind paying the difference in premium to get the exposure as small supply with increase demand leads to higher sales prices.

    • James Bright

      We’re focusing much more on the social community side of collecting. Not all of the features are ready just yet, but the idea is a niche social network of collectors + ecommerce capabilities. In some ways this is similar to what Raverly did for knitters–bringing together like minded people.

      • Sean Dawes

        Interesting. Basically similar to storenvy but curated to collectables. Best of luck with it. You guys should get retargeting running especially with the spike in traffic from any new press you may be getting. Best of luck with the site 🙂

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