Why I Created SnapPost

Why I Created SnapPost

Why I created SnapPost? Because I hate the posting process on eBay! I’ve been an “urban picker” my whole life. I always had an uncanny knack for finding treasures among mountains of trash… By the age of fifteen, I was not only enabling my clients to profit from items they had viewed as worthless, I was also making more money than most teenagers dream of. I developed my talent over the years by studying everything I could get my hands on about the value of used commodities. Then I discovered a little website called AuctionWeb—which enabled me to buy second hand items at thrift stores and garage sales and sell them on the internet. Later, AuctionWeb changed its name to eBay! But the one thing that I always hated about selling on eBay was the posting process. I love buying, and I love researching (learning that old hole-ridden sneakers can sell for thousands) but I dislike filling out the eBay form. Don’t really know why… I think it is kind of like doing your taxes; you can do them, but who wants too? Being the eBay expert in my circle of family and friends, I am always bombarded with texts from people, accompanied by a picture of something, asking me what is it worth? The next question was usually: “can you post it for me?” Half the times I did. That’s when I had my ah-ha moment: “what if posting on eBay was as simple as snapping a picture?” That is how SnapPost was born! I wanted to create an app, that all a seller needed to do was...
The 30th Anniversary of First Mac

The 30th Anniversary of First Mac

Early Finds of an eBay treasure hunter- This year we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first Mac. Wow, 30 years! What this means to me, is a reminder of one of my first early sweet discoveries of hidden treasure. Vintage computers used to be abundantly found in thrift stores, yard sales and auctions. Living in Silicon Valley, home of Apple Computer paid off for my early eBay business, big time. As an eBay seller, in the 90’s it was easy to find discarded relics of the early years of the home computer revolution. The first Macintosh computer, of 1984 looked a lot like the other vintage Macs that followed, such as the very popular “Mac Plus”. As an eBay treasure hunter and seller I looked for the subtle differences between the early macs that were out there in thrift stores and hunted for the famed model M0001, that was simply known at the Macintosh or first Mac or the 128K. The first rev had no marking of 128K or 512K. It came in an awesome box with cool graphics and a cool little white plastic molded box that contained the literature and software. Later the macs were also offered with a padded special beige carrying case with a luggage tag that said Apple. Collectors look for these goodies on eBay every day. The computer itself came with software a mac OS and a manual that could run only on the original 128K version of this Mac. There were also upgraded M0001 computers on the market that had the larger disc drive size to run faster software revs....
What is SnapPost?

What is SnapPost?

SnapPost is a mobile application that will eliminate the posting headache on eBay. It will enable eBay sellers to simply snap a few pictures of any item for sale, and— within a short period of time—  receive a professionally completed eBay form ready to be uploaded. It is like having an eBay virtual assistant! Check out our video at:...
“Thrift Hunters” – New Reality Show on Spike

“Thrift Hunters” – New Reality Show on Spike

Move over Antiques Roadshow, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and  American Pickers, the new reality show Thrift Hunters is joining the fray to provide a glimpse into the life of a pair of zany guys who travel the US in search of bargains to resell on eBay. Thrift Hunters uses music and editing to enhance the thrill of treasure hunting! If you can relate to the bumper sticker, “Caution This Vehicle Stops at Garage Sales” you will enjoy this show. The series features Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman, affectionately known as “The Boys” from their website and facebook group, “Thrifting with the Boys”  AKA “the Thrift Hunters” seem to possess some unique skills in finding undervalued crazy items at thrift stores, flea markets, antique malls, yard sales and the like. Jason and Bryan became so successful in identifying treasures and reselling them on eBay, that they were able to quit their day jobs and become full time professional treasure hunters and eBay sellers. The series, Thrift Hunters premieres on the Spike channel on January 18th 2014 and it promises to be full of surprises. I had a chance to watch the teaser videos for the series and thoroughly enjoyed the pacing and the personalities. Jason, the guy with the striking beard, says, “The more weird, the more money”. When visiting an antique store on the outskirts of Las Vegas, the pair looks skeptically around them, doubting that they’ll find anything. The video goes into a fast forward speed up technique with music and viewers watch the guys in their quest for hidden treasures. They playfully compete with each other,...