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DiggersList.com: CraigsList-For-Home-Improvement-On-Steroids

By October 4, 2010

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Browse through DiggersList.com and no doubt you'll find something you absolutely want.  How about 1.5 gallons of pink paint for $45?  Sold!  Pre-finished hardwood for $2.50 per square foot.  You betcha.

The fun of DiggersList.com is browsing, not actively searching for something you need.  DiggersList.com is more about:  "Hey, a ceiling fan for $5.  I think my basement could use one."

Since it's limited to home building and remodeling materials, the wheat and chaff are pre-separated for you.  No wallowing in Craigslist's multitude of items just to find a cheap paint sprayer.

A few retailers do appear to take advantage of DiggersList.com.  One listing that tells us, "Call us for free samples mailed to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" somehow just doesn't have an air of legitimacy.  But 98% of the listings do appear to be "real" people seeking to off-load their items.

Also, DiggersList.com's connection to Habitat Humanity Re-Stores is really nothing more than a messaging service that sends a brief note from you to your local Re-Store.  You can do the same thing directly through Re-Store's own site.  It's a smart marketing angle on DiggersList's part, and it works.

Update - October 9, 2010

Matt Knox, CEO for DiggersList.com, gives us some additional information about the messaging system for Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores.  It's in the comment section of this post but I wanted elevate to the post itself:

...[W}e actually have a function on our site called the "Good Samaritan" option. Basically, when you go to post something, you can set a reminder to email you in a given amount of time. If it has not sold, with a couple of clicks, you can convert that posting into a donation offer to one of our ReStore partners. We have found it a great tool to help stimulate donations for them.


Comments

October 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm
(1) Abbi Whitaker says:

i love the idea of this site — it’s all about being green and saving money — plus there’s some really cool stuff on there. I wish they were in Reno!

October 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(2) Ace says:

What a great site! Just found some pavers for my backyard.

October 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm
(3) Matt Knox says:

Hi Lee,

I wanted to say “thank you” for the write up, I think the title of your story is probably my favorite!

I wanted to give you one little piece I though you might…well..”Dig”. Regarding Habitat for Humanity ReStores, we actually have a function on our site called the “Good Samaritan” option. Basically, when you go to post something, you can set a reminder to email you in a given amount of time. If it has not sold, with a couple of clicks, you can covert that posting into a donation offer to one of our ReStore partners. We have found it a great tool to help stimulate donations for them.

I just wanted to let you know and though you would find it interesting. Thank you again for writing about us!

Matt Knox
CEO
DiggersList

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