CollegeCrap seeks to revolutionize student marketplace
By: Kaitlyn Russell
Online marketplaces have become a staple for college students, offering a convenient virtual venue to search for a deal or try to make some extra cash.
Yet, not all online marketplaces are created equally.
Fed up for paying high prices for textbooks and rarely receiving money back for them, four St. Louis students — Alyssa Rispoli, Julian Barnes, Gilad Brunfman, and Nishan Shrestha — established CollegeCrap, an online peer-to-peer marketplace for college students.
Free of charge, any student with an .edu email address can register to buy, sell, trade and connect with his or her peers.
“Students can find anything from textbooks, class notes, electronics, furniture, football tickets, lost and found, housing, events, car-pooling, professor ratings and so much more. Every college need in one spot,” says co-founder Alyssa Rispoli.
Sites — such as Craigslist — provide comparable online arenas, however CollegeCrap restricts members solely to students by verifying users through their university email address.
Since its official launch in September, CollegeCrap has had thousands of visitors on the site and continues to see growth. With more than 14,000 followers on Twitter and 11,000 fans on Facebook, CollegeCrap is reaching out to students all over the world.
“[CollegeCrap] is very new, so with time we believe every college student will be on the site,” Rispoli says. “We also have an app in development for students coming in December.”
That app will provide students nationwide with the ability to connect with peers at their fingertips. Founders believe the site is safer for students, ensuring that registered users are only meeting fellow students, and having users create online profiles.
CollegeCrap intends to establish a sense of community on college campuses globally. Their motto: “The safest and simplest way for students to save while they earn.”
“We hope to help students save money and make money while they are in school. We all know it is hard being a broke college student, so we hope our site will help make the college experience easier,” Rispoli says.
SOURCE: USA Today