RetroClasificados.com

by pitpan on 10-05-2012, 16:23
Topic: Websites
Tags: webshop, Retro
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Spanish MSX developer Eduardo Robsy Petrus has created a new website for trading retrocomputing hardware and software. It is just about classified ads for the retrocomputing niche, but with several features designed to overcome the current problems of other platforms:

  • It is absolutely free.
  • There is no need for registering - if you have an e-mail then you can publish classified ads
  • It is easy to use and fast
  • Ads can have up to four images and one video hosted on YouTube
  • It is retro-centered

The page is currently available in Spanish and limited to Spain, but if there is enough attention and interest, he will promptly prepare an international version. Currently there are more than 100 MSX-related classified ads waiting, including a nice selection of MSX computers and games. It was started by the end of march and it has served almost 40,000 pages so far!

Relevant link: Retroclasificados

Comments (11)

By pitpan

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11-05-2012, 10:18

Thank you for publishing this newspost, even if it is not purely MSX related! I hope that you like the idea and the website, even if it's only available in Spanish at the moment. Do you think that it could work on an international scale?

By vanfanel

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11-05-2012, 14:49

Far too expensive prices. Spanish sellers are basically scammers: they get most of their materiar from second-hand shops OR even electronics trash points and then go and sell it on internet.

By pitpan

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11-05-2012, 16:37

Spanish sellers are basically scammers!? Nice comment, but I'm afraid that I have to dissent. You can think that the prices high, but that does not make the advertiser an scammer. And you're making a lot of assumptions, aren't you?

By snout

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11-05-2012, 17:12

Besides, pitpan's question was not so much about the advertisers, but more about the platform itself. I personally think this platform might indeed work on an international scale.

By pitpan

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11-05-2012, 17:23

Going international means several modifications, just to mention a few:
- Switching to English language as "lingua franca" for international commerce
- Preparing the web to manage different currencies with on-the-fly price recalculation
- Countries/regions listings
- A "reputational" system to enhance security

As you can guess, this means a lot of work, so I'd like to know first if you think that it can be a useful platform.

@snout - thank you! Wink

By Jorito

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11-05-2012, 18:15

International sites are quite complex, especially when you deal with multiple languages and encodings, RTL and LTR text direction, timezones and currency converting. And it gets more complex when you want to deal with incoming and outgoing money (eg. paid subscriptions), especially if you want to properly support local payment methods in stead of relying on Paypal.

So keep the pilot Spanish only for now, and slowly expand in 1 or 2 core regions/markets if it works Smile

By pitpan

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11-05-2012, 19:52

You're totally right, Jorito: it's a real PITA! So, before taking further steps I wanted to know if you belive that the idea could have some potential.

By Manuel

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11-05-2012, 20:25

I'd definitely be interested.

By benedick

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12-05-2012, 14:42

Just for your information, this page can't be viewed from China mainland. It's blocked... what a pity, it looks interesting.

By pitpan

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12-05-2012, 19:54

I don't know why could anyone block such a website, but thank you for the information. Maybe it is related to the fact that I am using a shared server from GoDaddy and there are some other domains hosted there.

By benedick

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13-05-2012, 08:53

pitpan wrote:

I don't know why could anyone block such a website, but thank you for the information. Maybe it is related to the fact that I am using a shared server from GoDaddy and there are some other domains hosted there.

Yea, that's the most probable reason. Here the government filter is strong... there are a lot of inofensive pages unavailable probably because they are in blocked servers. Of course all the big ones like Youtube, Facebook, Twiter, blogs... blocked.