Onlinecarbooty.com is the UK’s Virtual Car Boot Sale which is now in its 3rd year running. My name is Mark, I wish to write this article from a personal perspective so that the drive and passion behind this website can be understood. After toying with the idea of an Online Car Boot Sale and delaying implementation for 5 years, I finally decided to push forward and begin development after the sudden loss of my father. Losing him threw me in to a financial and physical depression. Always wanting to make my dad proud, now was the time to create something unique and exciting to focus on.
‘Online Car Booty’ is a weekly run virtual car boot sale which starts every Sunday at 3pm. Nothing like this has ever been attempted. The site features aisles of on-screen paste tables upon which sellers can showcase their goods. This creates a real-time treasure hunt for bargain hunters across the UK.
The site was created in 2013 by myself, but was completely in its infancy due to the lack of modern technical skills. More recently I passed the programming over to a professional, yet I still have significant input where possible. I have 20 years experience in regularly visiting actual car boot sales with my dad so I know first hand what car booters expect from a site like this.
Winners of a Scoot Business Award for 2014, Online Car Booty now boasts over 100,000 members and 24,000+ Facebook followers. The site is constantly being updated with new features to capture the enjoyment and reality of its physical counterpart.
Working on an average of 16 hours per day, I handle most of the customer support, social media, advertising and the aforementioned technical development where I can. I also have a team of agents and volunteers helping with the running and maintenance of the site.
The time has now arrived where we need to push forward and make ‘Online Car Booty’ a household name across the United Kingdom. Regardless of achieving so much, I strive to make it even bigger and better for both Buyers and Sellers.
Sellers pay a very small stall fee to keep the site in context of a real car boot sale. It also helps fund development and avoids those annoying ads from being plastered across the site. We offer free stalls for charity sellers and once big enough, we aim to run the site free for everyone.
Online Car Booty is also available as an Android App and Mobile Site. Downloads, website hits and sales are all on the up. I feel a sense of achievement with how successful the site is becoming and I know my dad will be looking down on me with praise. With so many avenues we can go down with a unique site like this, The future is looking very exciting. I hope that you the reader, and members of the UK can continue your kind support as we move the Online Car Booty forward into a new era.
Contact: Mark Davies