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Norwich couple Matthew James and his fiancee Hannah Petch who have set up website Poundseller. Photo: Steve Adams

Golden Triangle couple set up online auction site

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
11.03 AM

A couple from the Golden Triangle area of Norwich are taking on the likes of eBay and running their own internet auction website.

Twenty-eight-year-old Matt James and his fiancée Hannah Petch, 29, came up with the idea for their website PoundSeller just under a year ago, and to date they have about 250 people registered on their site, including people as far afield as Asia and America.

The couple, who live in Onley Street, off Unthank Road, and both work for insurance brokers, said they were delighted with how their business venture was going.

Mr James said: “It is going really well. It is amazing how the web hits have come from all over the world.

“A lot of the people using the website are from Norfolk, London and Cambridge, but we have also had web hits from places like Thailand, India and America.

“It is quite exciting when you see people using your website from around the world.” He added: “It all started about nine or 10 months ago. We have sold things on eBay and other sites, and we were talking with friends and came up with the idea that it would be much easier if you could just pay a pound to put something online rather than have to pay commission later.”

He said they have designed the website – on which people can sell everything from books to clothes to electronics – to be as simple and easy to use as possible.

“The idea is that it will be £1 to put an item on the site now, and it will be £1 in 10 years’ time,” he said.

“We also want to give all UK registered charities free listings to help the charities.”

He said the site charges no commission, and that included in the £1 fee people can include up to five pictures of the item they are selling on their listing which can last up to 30 days.

Visit www.poundseller.co.uk

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