Rugby, Warwickshire United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 26, 2006 -- New UK based web site [http://www.WhatWeUsedToWear.com] turns auction buying and selling on its head by offering online trading using points as an international currency to obtain and dispose of goods worldwide.
Initially focusing on wearable goods - clothes, hats, jewellery, footwear and the like users build up a bank of points by trading their goods with other members which they can then "spend" on other goods listed.
The idea of trading goods with a friend or relative has been around for years, the practice offers immense savings over buying new. Whilst some people find it distasteful to wear other peoples "cast offs" a good wash will in reality clear away any fears - and provides big savings into the bargain.
In many cases items on offer are unworn and still in original boxes or packing, the result of erratic or impulse buys or unwanted gifts. Many others worn once or little for special events, or a simple change of mind, or the need to always to be seen in "something new".
The site offers local trading for more popular "high street" goods as well as international dealing for more exclusive, expensive or hard to find goods, and aims to offer a truly "user friendly interface."
Maurice Clarke the UK entrepreneur who founded the site explains "Trading for points also reduces fraud, as tricksters do not benefit with points - auctioning fake designer or misrepresented goods for cash is a vast and growing problem and one of the largest cause for complaints with finance watchdog organisations across the globe.
"Membership of the site is free, as is listing of items on offer. Users can rack up more trading points by referring other members to the program and are kick started with free points on becoming a new member."
Whilst trading for points may not be everyone's ideal the site expects to attract a fair proportion of the hundreds of millions of regular auction buyers and sellers globally.