As consumers, we really want that middle road that falls between the beautiful products found in Etsy and a Goliath site like Amazon. My friend Dominic Stann is hoping that Retail Pond fits this retail niche with the Beta launch of his new site. While Retail Pond becomes more populated with items, the cool factor and draw is when a experience or comments prove to initiate a sale, a percentage of the price will come back to your wallet. The site operates with members and curators providing feedback and ratings from personal experience and quality control since they have expertise in retail.
It’s an intriguing system and I’ll tell you why I’ve been interested in what Dom’s working on for the past year. I don’t buy anything without asking questions and opinions before I actually commit to making that purchase. When you pull back and try to shop for local, eco-friendly, and items with a story – you have to initiative conversations. So I bug my friends on Facebook, social media, phone calls, etc. until I get feedback before making a purchase. This is exactly what Retail Pond is doing by asking curators with expertise in fashion, green-living (I’m a curator with this focus), handmade, etc., to help select vendors for the site, ensuring a level of quality control. When I meet an incredible green business owner that doesn’t have the social media outreach or website – I love connecting them since otherwise they might not be seen.
Retail Pond is in Beta but really wanting to educate on the site’s mission and stories behind their beautiful products and they are hosting a contest with only 1 more day to enter to win one of the 13 locally made prizes worth a total of $2,000. Sign up to explore Retail Pond’s beta site, and create a quick, simple profile which only takes a minute. There’s no commitment to buy anything, and your email won’t be shared with other parties.
Ready to participate in growing your local economy? Create an account and watch this video to understand Retail Pond’s Beta launch.