Via Grand Rapids Herald-Review
“A local Grand Rapids teen is taking over programming a local exchange and swap site. The online sales tool Grand Rapids Exchange and Swap (EAS) began locally under the direction of Douglas H. Allain, a former Grand Rapids native who saw the need for a local sales site similar to Craigslist. Craigslist was one of the first sites to bring free classified ads to the Internet – however small towns like Grand Rapids weren’t always included on the national site.
People like to sell items locally because it’s much simpler and cheaper than shipping costs and service fees associated with sites like eBay and PayPal. Ongoing advances in the progressive use of smart phones and the Internet to maintain social interaction as part of daily lives, in lieu of other advertising and communication formats, assisted GR-EAS in membership growth reaching more than 6,000 to date.”