Web Sites Offer Goods and Services
BY PAMELA MCLAREN
From Dateline (August 19, 2004)
Cal State Fullerton is more than a marketplace
of ideas – now there are goods and services too.
There are two new ways to purchase items online.
For campus members seeking or offering recommendations on services,
or trying to sell or purchase items such as a used desk lamp or
a second-hand book, there’s CSUF Marketplace – located
For departments and indi-viduals who wish to purchase
a piece of surplus state property, there’s Physical Plant’s
new surplus sales site at http://pp.fullerton.edu
– where items are auctioned on eBay.
CSUF Marketplace came to fruition through the efforts
of Rahul Bhaskar, associate professor of information systems and
decision sciences, based on a proposal by Barry Pasternack, chair
and professor of information systems and decision sciences. The
coding and design came from three graduate students under Bhaskar’s
direction: Hao Lu, Sarpay Oner and Scott Graves.
“This has been a goal for our department –
a way to display the work of our students,” notes Bhaskar.
“It’s just like the classified section in the local
newspaper, only free. And it’s to a select audience –
only people on campus.”
The process, says Bhaskar, is simple: first-time
users – either buyers or sellers – register to use the
site; then they can enter the site and search for an item, read
recommendations on services, or post something for sale. Items are
usually posted for up to 14 days, but if the seller wishes, merchandise
can remain on the Web site for up to two months, he adds. People
interested in purchasing something can e-mail the seller and the
transaction occurs between the two individuals.
“This is truly a service to the campus community,”
says Bhaskar. “It’s a way for faculty, staff, students
and alumni to reach like-minded individuals – to share knowledge
in the types and quality of services available in the local area
or to sell or purchase an item.”
The university’s Assets Management Office has
sold surplus state property for years – usually through annual
bid-sales, but that meant storing items in the corporate yard, notes
Terry Jarmon, manager of asset management.
“In addition to creating a need for lots of
storage space and extra work hours to cover the annual sale, some
items were damaged, thereby reducing their value,” Jarmon
says. “EBay sales occur on an ongoing basis and interested
individuals can shop from their desktop computer, rather than trekking
out to the corporate yard. We also reach a much broader audience
– people from across the country can purchase items via eBay.”
Department officials who spot something on the Web
site that can be used on campus, may simply contact the Assets Management
Office. Individuals seeking items for personal use, can take part
in the eBay auction process. Information regarding how to get on
and make the purchases can be found on the Web site.
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