Small Business Friendly Ecommerce Social Network GoSkoop – Easy Way to Find, Track and Share Deals

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Q: What do you get when you cross a social network with an ecommerce site?

A: Goskoop: a custom cyber deals site with a personal online ecommerce concierge that continually searches the Web for whatever you ask it to find – products, services, books, music movies, vehicles, real estate – even a job.

Instead of you searching for what you need – what you need finds you! Enter a search once and Goskoop will keep seeking deals until you click ‘turn off’.

As Goskoop CEO Darshan Gadkari explains:

“Goskoop constantly searches for buyers rather than have the seller wait to have someone find them. It facilitates an active search for consumers seeking unique deals rather than have them revisiting their search.”

Over 1000 beta testers have used Goskoop to date and there are already over ten million products listed on the site with more being added every day. 70% of inventory is national.

Early listings are strongest in these METROS: Dallas, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Nashville and Washington D.C.

The best coverage of products so far is in electronics, movies, health and beauty, watches and jewelry, toys, baby products, and supplements.

Goskoop is small business friendly!

They encourage you to add your products and links
and promote yourself on their site.

Realtors: add rental and sales listings and create a local network.

Authors: promote your books.

The Goskoop site is simple to use:

  1. Select what you need (books, ebooks, business/service, job, music, movie, product, real estate, vehicle.
  2. Choose between buy or sell / own.
  3. Type what you want in the search box.
  4. Click Skoop it.
Goskoop Add to Vault

This screen capture shows a pending search ready to click "skoop it".

After you click Skoop it, the GoSkoop site will add your search to your vault, return existing results, and notify you whenever a new listing that matches your search is added:

Goscoop Search Result

This screen capture shows my search added to my vault. The numbers indicate how many sellers/deals are available and how many 'Others Buying Same'

When you’ve found your deal and don’t need the search any more simply delete the search. Or if you are busy and want to save it until later, you can easily turn off matches with a click of a button in your vault.

If there are other Goskoop users interested in buying the same product, you can click on View Scoop on the Others Buying Same popup and add them as connections:

Goskoop real time matches

When others are searching for the same thing as you are you can see them in Others Buying Same - and add them as connections to exchange resources or ask questions.

Goskoop is just out of beta and additional features are scheduled to go live October 1st including the ability to sort results by price, date and relevance.

Businesses and individuals are invited to list their products and
services
and for now that is completely free of any cost to them.

You can also list and find jobs and real estate.

Goskoop has just released a Goskoop Android Mobile App and has a Goskoop iPhone app in development to make it fast and easy to manage your deals from your smart phone.  You can even take photos while out shopping to remind you what you are interested in that will be included in your vault result.

My readers know how much I emphasize the need for independent alternatives to multi-national corporations. Big brands are controlled by the same big money as the major media and they use it to promote companies they control like Google, Facebook, Twitter, eBay.

If you hear about a brand in the media or they are featured in movies, television shows or at sporting events they have the support of the major media. The challenge for small, independent solutions is they will never have that backing – all they has is US to create a grass roots movement to support them.

This is a MAJOR uphill battle and Goskoop and other startups and businesses need us to consistently spread the word and use their sites. Goskoop could grow into an alternative to Google, Facebook, and all the others IF we are willing to use them and be patient as they roll out new features. I’m game – are you?

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