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Thursday, 22 November 2007 03:21

NSW Government Promotes WhoCanDo.com.au Biggest Online Auction for Services iPod Competition

After only three months since launch, WhoCanDo.com.au is already an Australian success story. The NSW Government is now promoting WhoCanDo, Australia's Marketplace for Trades & Services, in the Australian Technology Showcase because of its innovative technologies. Industry guru, Len Rust, calls WhoCanDo an 'Aussie worth watching'.

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Usability is as important to us as cutting-edge technology,” says founder Robert Finkeldey. “WhoCanDo was built from scratch to avoid making any compromises on user experience and to enable the integration of new ideas, concepts and technologies to continuously enhance the benefits for our members. And we will continue to extend our innovation network and hire people with great ideas. For example, if you are an experienced php programmer and think you can contribute to one of the most exciting systems in Australia, then please give me a ring.”

No surprise that WhoCanDo.com.au is already hosting the biggest ever online reverse auction for services in Australia: $150,000 for adding a second storey to a residential building. To set this auction into perspective, eBay Australia launched in 1999 and the most expensive product sold to date was a Holden Monaro for $187,600 (according to eBay’s fact sheet). “One of the reasons is that with services auctions the size doesn’t matter as much because in contrast to product auctions, you typically do not send money in faith before you receive anything.” says Finkeldey.

$150,000 is just the tip of the iceberg – there have been several large auctions on WhoCanDo: a re-roofing job for $12,000, a kitchen upgrade for $8,000, and so forth. This gives an idea of the market potential of WhoCanDo. Finkeldey says, “we wouldn’t be surprised to see auctions in excess of a million dollars in the near future with more and more users discovering WhoCanDo. However, jobs do not have to be big to leverage the advantages of the system – jobs to date range from $50 (such as cleaning services) to $150,000.”

WhoCanDo Rewards - Win an iPod Nano and more...

WhoCanDo.com.au is currently running a competition – a competition which rewards achievement and not chance: the member with the highest number of referrals before midnight 30 November 2007 will receive an iPod Nano 8GB 3rd Generation. Registration and membership are free of charge.

Every member will receive a $5 credit for every referred member placing an auction which can be used for WhoCanDo Premium Services such as SMS notifications. 

WhoCanDo’s auction service will continue to run free of charge until 31 December 2007.

Details of the competition can be found on the Announcements page on www.WhoCanDo.com.au.

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