Students either sell their used books to scrap collectors or approach booksellers to sell their used books or other study materials. But booksellers barely pay them the actual worth and sell them to others at much higher prices. Like they generally buy these items (especially used books) at 25 to 40 percent of their actual price and sell them at 55 to 65 percent. So there is a discretionary need of these middlemen, but because there is no way out, this discretionary need has become an obligatory one. Tossing this middleman from the transaction would be a win-win situation for both parties.
Clankart is India’s first inter community marketplace dedicated to Students. It is a free platform where students can buy, sell study materials like used books, notes, drafters, lab coats and much more from and to their Senior, Junior grads respectively ‘Inside their College’ bypassing middleman’s commission.
“Being an engineer, I know that lots of stuff we use in our course are needed only for one or two semesters. Like students require books, drafter, chart holder and geometry tool kit only for one semester, and after that, they are of no use to them. But the same are needed by their junior grads,” said Nitesh Garg, Founder of Clankart.
With the help of Clankart, students need not rush to booksellers for buying or selling used books, rather they can get their study materials from their senior students within their college or city.
On Clankart, students can post an ad to sell their study materials inside their college and city as well. And the interested buyer (student) will contact the seller (again a student) to buy that item. The ‘chat feature’ allows the students to interact with each other directly via chat rather than talking to them.
Students can easily earn some extra cash by simply selling the items that are no longer in use for them.
Recently, Clankart introduced a new feature ‘Clankart Teleport’ that offers a secure and trusted buying and selling experience to its clans. Well, with this all new Teleport feature, students can sell their used books throughout the country with full confidence that they will get the payment after the buyer receives the books. Likewise, students can also buy used books from any seller throughout the country.
“Our idea is to empower every student in the college to independently connect with buyers and sellers online and that too inside their college premises and thus trying to make their life simple. In other words, our idea is to make a student’s college as their marketplace,” the founder added.