DoesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem to make sense does it? I mean, the whole point of a car boot sale is that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re selling stuff from the boot of a car isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it? OK you might have stuff on a table behind the car being replenished from the boot as items are sold but the thing is, the car is there, the stuff is there and you are there for people to haggle with. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what provides the fun element, that interaction between buyer and seller. That and getting your fingers and toes frozen on an English summerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s day!
On the internet thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no car, so no boot unless you happen to be selling footwear, no chilly seller and potential buyers canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t handle the goods, so how can it be a car boot sale then? Well of course, truth be told, it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really but it is an extension of the car boot sale principle. You have stuff you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want anymore that hopefully someone else will want at the right price, just like a car boot sale only itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s online.
With so many of the car boot sale fun factors missing, will the online version ever catch on do you think? Actually itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too late to ask that now, it already has! eBay is the obvious example that springs to mind and what a success story that has been. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the one everyone thinks of first and it has become a standing joke that whenever someone is presented with some significant award some wag will comment that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be on eBay tomorrow!
In fact when, just now, I inadvertently typed the name as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ebay,Ã¢â‚¬Â spellchecker immediately picked it up as an error. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how well its name has become established as part of the language! But it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop at eBay. Try googling and by the way spellchecker doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even recognise that as a word yet, with or without a capital G, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Buy and sell online sitesÃ¢â‚¬Â, and you get pages of them.
Flippa .com, balooga, ioffer and baycrazy, are just a few that come up and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve all been advised by the TV ads to Ã¢â‚¬Å“stick it on Gumtree havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t we? YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll even get one site that offers to tell you what the top ten buy and sell sites are in The Philippines! Now thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all great stuff but what has it to do with car boot sales? Only that, as previously mentioned, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s another opportunity to get rid of stuff you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want in exchange for money or maybe for stuff you do want. The other side of that of course is that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s another source of potential bargains if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re buying.
What is most interesting is the fact that despite all this being available from your armchair, the popularity of real live car boot sales continues to grow. It seems thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no substitute for the good old outdoor in all weathers genuine car boot sale! Certainly thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the case in Britain but then we are British. We actually love getting wet and cold and having a good old moan about the weather, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s part of our psyche!
This article was supplied by freelance copywriter, Pete Hopper at Write 4 You.