We had the exclusive opportunity to look at AShopFor, a new service set to launch sometime this week which lets and empowers individuals to create their own shop and sell items from retails from the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
AShopFor’s concept follows closely to Zlio’s, which we wrote about back in April. Individuals go through a simple 3 step-process in creating, naming, and banding a shop, in addition to being asked to set an initial ‘goal’ amount for shoppers on their shop to see. Once the setup is done [see ours here], they are given a URL to share and keep all earnings made on items, indicated by a ‘contribution’ amount beside it. Additionally, they get to keep 20% of the earnings of any new members they refer without them losing out.
A few years ago, a service which lets users have their own shop within minutes would have been unheard of, and it’s amazing how far we’ve come since then. One market where I can see AShopFor take off is where sites, communities, and organizations on the Internet have to ask for donations: by having a simple shop on AShopFor, they can then ensure their donors get something in return in addition to the amount they contribute.
As with Zlio, AShopFor makes it incredibly easy for anyone to have a shop online, but offers lesser options and control over the kind of items sold and the layout out of the shop which has its good and bad sides. One thing I liked about the service is that it encourages users to shop in their own and friends’ shops, using it as a discount mechanism in ways.
Before the end of July, AShopFor is giving new registrations a $20 contribution toward their goals — so give it a try!