Around a year ago I first got the chance to work with Paperclip.co telling you all about their University of Southampton exclusive online marketplace. 18 months after launching, they’ve asked to work with me again to update you on everything that’s happened in the SUSU marketplace since. I’m now halfway through my final year – *tries not to panic* – and am needing to budget even more than in previous years as I have no time for a part time job, so the marketplace could really help me earn some extra cash, while helping out fellow students!
To get you up to speed, the SUSU marketplace is an online marketplace, especially for university students, to buy and sell things to other students. Those old textbooks you have that currently serve as a door stop; you could sell them to students about to take those modules and recoup some of the small fortune you originally spent. If you’re graduating, unless these books hold fond memories, you’re more likely to want the cash, (and if you’re me, that will help fund your master’s degree as you’re not ready to be an adult quite yet!)
The SUSU marketplace has almost 4000 members, and right now there are around 500 items for sale, these include a laptop, vintage record player and even a camping set. If you’re looking for a house next year, you might also find the rooms to rent to be very helpful, or on the flipside, if you need someone to fill a room, why not put up an advert?
The SUSU marketplace is now working in tandem with the Solent University marketplace, and while usually this would be cause for intense rivalry, in this case it’s actually beneficial to both universities. This merger means that UoS and SU students have even more items to choose from, and a wider audience to sell too.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, then this might: membership of the SUSU marketplace is completely free, and when you join you get some great extras. We’re talking free Amazon Prime, 35% off Domino’s and a 3-month TasteCard membership, the marketplace even run competitions and giveaways throughout the year; and as any student will tell you, freebies are great – hence why the fresher’s fayre is always packed!
Next time you’re procrastinating on some work why not have a browse and see what you find?