Arkansans visiting, using online yard sales

    7:58 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On this cyber Monday, many Arkansans are turning to a new craze to save a buck and clear their homes of old collectibles: online garage sales.

    This is an alternative to cleaning out the closet and unloading it all in the front yard with little price stickers on the belongings for sale. This allows people to sell items from their home.

    Little Rock, MaumelleGreenbrier, and Heber Springs have already hopped on board with the trend. Conway online garage sales are the largest in the area with nearly 12,000 members.

    "Usually it's going to be individual items," said Conway Resident Katelin Whiddon.

    The wife and mother of two said she uses the Facebook-based page to shop and sell items.

    "This one here is a pair of boots. It tells you the size, what they are and what they're asking," said Whiddon as she scrolls the page.

    The site works similar to Ebay, though the point-of-sale is normally transacted through face-to-face encounters.
    The site is already up and going in Little Rock, Maumelle, Greenbrier, Heber Springs and the biggest in Conway with nearly 12,000 members.

    Whiddon said users can post individual items, and the first person to comment, as a rule, gets dibbs.

    But not everyone is quite on board with the high-tech way of trading goods.

    "It's just pure nostalgia sometimes," said Little Rock Traditional Yard Sale Shopper Grant Duensing, referring to traditional sales.

    Duensing said having limited time sometimes restricts him from frequenting traditional yard sales. The "new" forms have some similar traits of the old.

    "People tend to barter like they do at a regular yard sale," said Whiddon.

    She said the site saves time and gas money as she can shop from the comfort of her home.

    "See here's one, 'text or call' and they put their phone number out there," said Janet Robb with the Arkansas Better Business Bureau as she peruses the site.

    But safety and security is always most important. Robb said be careful of divulging personal information for all to see.

    She said sellers should be careful to set privacy setting on their Facebook page to restrict access back to their personal sites. Robb said users unknowingly give those with ill-intent access to personal information.

    "They probably are a good person, you just don't know that," said Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

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