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How to Choose the Right Motorcycle Gear for New Riders.

Choosing the right motorcycle gear is important here are a few good tips by Urban Rider, in Toronto Canada. (VISIT URBAN RIDERS STORE ON CITIFY HERE)

In every jurisdiction in Canada you will need at least an approved motorcycle helmet. The riding school will have other requirements. This will likely include a sturdy jacket, sturdy pants, boots and gloves before they will allow you on a motorcycle. The pants and jacket should be a denim material or leather and the boots will need to be leather covering your ankle. Gloves should cover the wrist and have leather palms. Those are the minimum requirements, but if you are serious about riding your own motorcycle you will want to invest in some better motorcycle gear.

 

Helmets

Regardless of your plans, you will need an approved motorcycle helmet in order to take the course. In Ontario, the approved safety standards include the Canadian Standards Association (CSA standard D230), the Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell), the British Standards Institute, the United States Department of Transport (DOT 218) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation No. 22 (ECE R22.05). In practice the only  standards you are likely to see in helmets are DOT, ECE and Snell. Each of these standards are acceptable for use in all Canadian provinces, however, most states require DOT approval so if you plan on travelling by motorcycle to the United States you should ensure that the helmet you buy is DOT approved. Outside the United States, the ECE standard is recognized by more countries and race organizations than any other standard. The Snell standard is frequently used by racing organizations. The Snell M2010 and M2015 are both currently available. the M2010 is nearly identical with the M2015 standards which are aimed to make testing more consistent but the actual standards are about the same so M2010 and M2015 are both equally good. M2005 and earlier aren't recommended due to the age of the helmets and because the earlier helmets were less effective at absorbing impacts.

Each of the three legal standards has somewhat similar testing procedures to pass. Both Snell and DOT require a helmet to survive an impact with a blunt object, a rounded curb and a pointed object for penetration testing. They will also have to survive a skidding abrasion test. In each case a dummy head is used inside the helmet and the force absorbed by the head must be below a set minimum standard which is considered survivable. The ECE standard differs primarily in the omission of the penetration test. Studies have shown that only 3 per cent of motorcycle accidents involve impact with pointed objects so this isn't a big concern. By omitting the penetration test, ECE helmets can often be lighter weight and have larger ventilation holes than helmet designed to the DOT or Snell standards. Most ECE helmets sold in Canada also have DOT approval and so will not be appreciably lighter than other helmets.

The biggest decision you will need to make are the style of helmet that you purchase. These include full face helmets, modular helmets, 3/4 or open face helmets and half helmets. As the name suggests, a full face helmet provides coverage of the full face and includes a chin guard. This style of helmet provides the highest degree of protection from injury in a crash and so is the best choice for most riders. In addition to crash protection, a full face helmet protects the rider from the wind, rain, bugs and stones which may be thrown up by passing vehicles.

An alternative to a full face helmet is a modular helmet. This type of helmet is like a full face helmet, but the chin guard and visor can be flipped up together to leave the face open. Riding with the chinguard up isn't recommended as it defeats the face protection but lifting the face can provide more visibility in parking and improve comfort for the rider while getting ready for the ride or stopping to speak to other riders or drivers. The chin guard is generally held in place by a locking mechanism. This can create a point of weakness which reduces the protection available in crashes. 

Open face or 3/4 helmets are a popular choice for their increased visibility and exposure to the open air. Most will provide crash protection for the head and sides of the face, but lack any protection against a frontal impact. In low speed riding in the city, the enhanced field of vision over a full faced  helmet can make this helmet a good choice for many and is especially popular with scooter riders.  Most, but not all these helmets come with flip down visors to give some protection against wind, bugs and stones.

A popular choice among riders of cruiser style motorcycles is the 1/2 helmet. While fashionable, these helmets provide the minimum protection required to meet the legal DOT or ECE standards. In an accident your chin and entire face is exposed and severe injuries can happen in even a minor accident.  There is generally no visor leaving your face fully exposed to wind, bugs and stones. As a result, supplemental eye protection like goggles are recommended with this kind of helmet. Bandanas and other face protection is commonly worn to protect against bug impacts and road dust.

Whatever style of helmet you buy, its important that it fits well. When trying on a helmet hold your head still and try moving the helmet with your hands. It shouldn't be able to slide on your head. Its also important that the helmet feel comfortable as well. Wear it in the store for a few minutes to ensure that it still feels good. You will be wearing the helmet for long periods on the road so its best to ensure it fits well while in the store. You may have to try a variety of styles and brands to find one that fits well. Different helmets are built for different head shapes and sizes. 

One other consideration is the colour of your helmet. Many helmets are available in a variety of colours which can suit your taste or match the colour of your motorcycle. The overwhelming choice of most riders is black, especially matte black, but a bright colour is usually the best choice for visibility especially at night. If you choose black, consider adding reflective decals to the back of the helmet. Some helmets are also available with built in LED lights for enhanced visibility at night.

Helmets can typically be used for five years after which the materials may break down from exposure to the environment. Replace a helmet at least every five years and in any event after it has received an impact in a crash. The lining and shell of a helmet will suffer damage in absorbing the impact of a crash which might not be visible, but will effect the ability of the helmet to protect you in a subsequent crash. Play it safe and replace the helmet.

 

Jackets

After a helmet, a motorcycle jacket is the second piece of motorcycle gear you will most likely buy. Jackets come in a variety of materials and styles, but can generally be divided into three categories, Leather, Textile and Mesh. Whatever the material, a good motorcycle jacket is designed to reduce road rash and often includes armor to reduce the impact with pavement. Many people choose to ride without a jacket in warm weather. This is a really bad idea. It doesn't matter how tough you are, your skin, flesh and even bone will be spread across the pavement and you can count on months of painful skin grafts if you crash without proper gear. There are riding jackets available which can keep you comfortable and safe in any weather. 

A motorcycle grade leather jacket offers the highest level of protection against road rash in an accident. These jackets are made out of a heavy grade leather, usually from 1.0-1.3 mm thick and are much heavier than fashion leather jackets. They may be made from cowhide and in some cases kangaroo hide. These jackets will hold up well and protect your skin while skidding along the roadway after a high speed crash. The drawback with leather is that it is the most expensive material and can be very warm to wear in hot weather although many jackets include zippered venting to help keep you cool when you're moving. Leather also offers limited water resistance and can become saturated and heavy during heavy rainstorms. A variation on the leather jacket is perforated leather which provides increased ventilation for cooling during hot weather.

Textile jackets are a lower cost and more versatile alternative to leather. They don't provide as much protection against road rash as a leather jacket, but they are made from materials that are designed to be highly abrasion resistant and in most cases will provide adequate protection. They come in a wide variety of colours and styles and are frequently water proof or at least water resistant. Most textile jackets provide zippered venting that can be opened in hot weather and closed when it is cold or wet. Another common feature is a removable thermal lining for cold weather use. Most also include armor for the elbows, shoulders and back. Look for CE approved armor. It is designed to reduce the impact of hitting the pavement and can reduce or eliminate injuries. Textile jackets are made from a variety of materials including waxed cotton, polyester and nylon. These may be described by various trade names like Cordura or Rock Flex. Most brand name motorcycle jackets will provide adequate protection in a crash while better quality jackets may be usable through several crashes. 

In extemely hot summer weather, you will likely find even a well ventilated leather or textile jacket too warm, especially in low speed riding in the city. A good alternative at this time is a mesh textile jacket. These jackets are made from an open mesh material which allows air to pass through for ventilation. Look for  solid textile or leather patches in high wear areas like the shoulders and elbows to provide better protection from road rash. Another common feature is a zip in waterproof liner that can be used in wet weather. As with other jackets you should look for CE approved armor. Mesh jackets are less sturdy than leather or textile but offer infinitely more protection than a T-shirt in hot weather.

You will likely wind up owning at least a few jackets to suit different riding and weather conditions. Whatever you buy, ensure that it fits well. The sleeves need to fit snugly to ensure that armor and any reinforced patches stay in the right place during a crash. The waist should also fit snug so that the jacket doesn't ride up on your back. Straps on the sleeves and waist are common to ensure snug fit.  Many jackets also have zippers or loops to attach to matching pants to help keep them in place during a crash.

 

Motorcycle Gloves

An important and often overlooked piece of safety gear is the motorcycle glove. Many gloves on the market today come with hard knuckle protection, which is great to have, but the palm is the most important area. In a crash people instinctively put their hands down to cushion the fall and a good pair of gloves can protect the hand and wrist from injury. Look for a sturdy double layer of leather in the palm. Sliders in the heel of the palm and thumb are a good feature that can help to reduce the impact on the hand and wrist reducing and preventing injury. The gloves should cover the wrist area and include a snug closure at the wrist to keep the gloves in place in a crash. As with jackets you may need a few pairs of gloves for different conditions. During riding, the hands are one of the most exposed parts of your body and can become cold quickly even in moderately cool weather. At other times during hot weather, you will want good ventilation. You will want to wear different gloves to stay comfortable in different weather conditions.

 

Motorcycle Boots

Any sturdy pair of leather boots will get you through the safety course, but for regular riding on the street you will  want to own at least one pair of purpose built motorcycle boots. These boots are ruggedly built to hold up to the weight of a motorcycle and rider and give you good traction on the road. Look for a sturdy sole that resists twisting and a sturdy ankle area. Low rise riding shoes are fashionable, but can't offer the same protection as a high boot that covers and protects the ankle and lower leg. A common feature is an extra leather patch on the toe for the gear shifter. Motorcycle boots are available in many styles from sporty to classic.


Motorcycle Pants

Like jackets, motorcycle pants are available in leather and textile. The textile pants are more versatile, can be comfortable in more weather conditions and are frequently waterproof. Another style of pant is the kevlar reinforced jean. While not as safe as textile or leather riding pants, they look great off the bike and are still a better choice than Levis.  One style I don't recommend is the leather riding chap. These were designed for horse riding and offer no protection in the seat which is an area that is most likely to be sliding along the pavement. Besides, they look ridiculous on almost anyone

Riding pants may come with or without armor. Those with armor will generally have protection in the knees and hips, two areas that take the most severe impacts in a crash. Leather pants and kevlar jeans often come without armor but still provide good resistance against road rash. Keep in mind that kevlar jeans only offer extra protection in the knees and sometimes the hip. For high speed riding or long trips it is best to wear real riding pants made of leather or textile.

 

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Survey: Retailers struggle to keep up with demand for hyperlocal delivery

Some people and investors often call us crazy for our vision of the future, in which local stores can deliver to their local consumers, and no, NOT ONLY FOOD, but everything. However, if one looks to the news concerning eCommerce developments, one quickly realizes it is the inevitable future of retail.  

AUTHOR

Dan O'Shea

PUBLISHED

June 26, 2017

Dive Brief:

  • Many retailers are intent on expanding shipping and delivery options to keep up with how Amazon has revolutionized fulfillment, but the shoppers they are looking to satisfy are expecting more — and sooner, according to the “State of Shipping in Commerce” survey from fulfillment software company Temando.

  • The study, which surveyed 270 small and medium and enterprise retailers and nearly 1,300 consumers about a range of shipping-related challenges they face, found that 41% of consumers want hyperlocal delivery and 38% would pay for it. However, only 24% of retailers offer it now, and 18% of retailers would like to offer it in the next 12 months. 

  • Almost 100% of shoppers also say they would like delivery date estimates, yet more than half of retailers currently don’t offer this feature, according to the survey.

Dive Insight:

It turns out consumers don't just want Amazon Prime from Amazon. The e-commerce giant's express shipping and membership program has changed fulfillment and logistics; forced retailers to view these aspects of the business as having competitive value; and challenged competitors to rethink delivery strategies.

But, the story of this survey from top to bottom is that as retailers look to enhance shipping programs and options, they're not moving fast enough for customer demand. One survey result speaks to that perhaps most directly: About 40% of consumers surveyed said they expect to access Amazon-prime style memberships in the next 1-3 years, but just 25% of retailers plan to introduce these services in the same period. We should not necessarily expect those percentages to be the same, but they seem far apart enough that it makes retailers seem out of touch with customer demand.

Other notable stats from this survey address some of the shipping-related reasons shoppers abandon online shopping carts: 54% of shoppers admitted to having abandoned shopping carts due to expensive shipping, while 39% abandoned their carts due to lack of a free shipping offer, and 26% abandoned their carts due to slow shipping. Also, 47% of shoppers will abandon their carts and buy from a competitor’s site when a premium delivery option is not available, the survey results showed.

While the disconnect between retailers and shoppers is clear, it's not so simple for retailers to snap their fingers and provide shipping offers and greater flexibility as long as carrier costs remain high. The trouble is that shoppers will continue to seek out other sellers if they don't get what they want. As another survey result put it, 59% of shoppers will opt to buy from a brick-and-mortar store if they perceive that the delivery fee for buying the same item online is too high.

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Citify's pitch deck for potential investors.

Citify is looking a few good investors. It is an ambitious project, and needs a lot of capital and committed people to reach to its full potential. However, if completed, it may very well be a way to help  retail survive the digital age and serve local consumers. Here is our pitch deck to explain our project. If interested to have more information or to give feed back please contact us at info@citify.ca 

It is important to note that our present site is NOT the MVP nor is it the end product, it is a test. 

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How to be successful on Citify

Here is a list of suggested ideas on how to make your Citify shop more successful. 

1. Great customer service. 

On Citify the merchants are responsible for everything, customer service, delivery, taxes, prices, etc.. so it is important to offer great customer service so as to make a great impression and to get repeat sales. 

2. Share your products on social media

Sharing on social media is a good way to get FREE advertising. On Citify sharing is simple, most of the popular social media buttons are available to you below so you and others can share your shop and products. 

3. Link Citify to your website.

If you do not have an eCommerce solution, but you have a website, why not use your Citify shop as your eCommerce site.  The advantages are that Citify is free, pay a very low commission on each sale, allows far more flexibility than other marketplaces. Suggestion: If you dont have yet a site, you can always use services such as WIX or SQUARESPACE as the main site and use Citify as your eCommerce.  

4.  Link Citify to directories

If you do not have an eCommerce site, you can use Citify as your main site to sell your products. Link it to sites like Yelp, Foresquare, Google Places, Yellow pages, and all other directories ( Here is a list of 50 Directories) where potential clients will find your shop's location online and in the same time shop online through your products directly online. 

5.  Ask for the Citify sticker. 

The Citify window sticker is available on demand, add it to your store front so your clients know you are on Citify. 

6. Ask people to be personal affiliates for your store. 

Citify has an affiliate program in which they can earn 3% commission on each sale they refer to the marketplace. It would be a good program to offer those clients or friends that are willing to promote your store online. 

7. Join the Citify IPTV service. 

IPTV is streaming internet TV. Citify initiated a IPTV station with Roku. This would be a great opportunity to take a short video about you, your store, products, and services and have it viewed on TV. 

8. Advertise the fact that you are on Citify on printed materials

Since Citify has its own easy to search directory, it is easy for your loyal consumers to find your online store and products on Citify.  

9. Tell people that you are on Citify

Tell your clients that your products are available on Citify.

10. Paid advertising. 

Link your Citify store to your paid advertising campaign on Facebook, Google adwords, etc. 

Although Citify does advertise the site and some of the products on the store through e-mail marketing, social media, social share, affiliates, and paid advertising, it will be the combined efforts of merchants and loyal clients that will make the marketplace and your store successful. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video Tutorials for Citify Marketplace

How to open a store on Citify

How to use the Marketplace search Chrome extension 

How to Use Citify Chrome extension 

How to shop for products on Citify 

How to add products (manually) on citify 

Introduction to Citify

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THE UBER-IZATION OF SHIPPING SMALLER STORES, LOCAL DROP-OFF POINTS AND SAME-DAY DELIVERY

Source: http://10ecommercetrends.com/

"While the “big box” model continues to lose ground, eCommerce, and especially online retail orders, continues to grow, bringing with it both challenges and opportunities related to logistics and delivery. In 2017, many consumers will receive their first same-day delivery, whether at home, at work, or at a drop-off point of their choosing.

Many stores will now operate out of smaller spaces, which will serve as showrooms, fitting rooms, or drop-off points. Customers will be able to order the product they want after having seen it and touched it.

Amazon offers free same-day delivery with any purchase over $35 to its “Prime” members in 27 cities across the United States. In Canada, same-day delivery is now available in Toronto and Vancouver.

In addition to working on same-day delivery agreements with Uber and Lyft, Walmart is even exploring the idea of having a customer who makes an in-store purchase drop off another customer’s order on his way home.

Walmart is also investing in smaller stores in order to expand its reach. It would make sense for these stores to become delivery points for online purchases where customers could also pick up everyday essentials like paper towels, dish soap, perishable foods, etc.

IKEA opened six drop-off points in Canada this year in order to serve new markets. Customers make their purchases online and then pick up their order at one of the drop-off points.

Czech online retailer Zoot delivers items purchased online to a physical location within a few hours. Consumers can try on clothes and keep only the pieces they like.

Macy’s, a leading omni-channel retailer, plans to give Amazon a run for its money. The “ship from store” option will transform any Macy’s store into an order processing center, giving them 775 locations to ship from, compared to Amazon’s 66."

At Citify Marketplace, we are also exploring a way to centralize city stores and find ways to deliver products on the same day. This can be done through third party delivery and the citify delivery app. In this way, not only  the few big box stores that will benefit from such a service, but all stores found within the city.  

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Product CSV bulk upload to Citify marketplace

Citify introduces an easy CSV product upload service to easily upload your products on Citify Marketplace. Here is a quick guide to bulk upload your products onto citify.  

After you have ensured that your CSV is ready, do the following

1. Open your account click on this link https://marketplace.citify.ca/tools/productupload 

2. Correct errors if any

3. Go to your account and confirm each product, so they can be published onto citify. 

If you need any further assistance, please contact us.

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Venom Motorsports has joined Citify

Venom Motorsports a motorcycle, ATV, and pocket cycle supplier located in Ottawa Canada, has joined Citify Marketplace. Venom promises 24/7 high customer services, free shipping on most products and an unbeatable product selection. 

Here is there profile description

"Venom Motorsports is a Canadian based company in the heart of the Nation in Ottawa! We have been in business for over 10 years now and continue to grow.
Venom Motorsports products are all designed in Canada
Venom Motorsports is a large importer working directly with our manufactures to ensure a premium product and lasting quality.
Venom Motorsports have many bikes in stock: Ebikes, Pocket Bikes, Dirt Bikes and ATV’s in many colours and styles to choose from.
The manufacturers we deal with work very hard to bring us the newest, most innovative products.
Venom Motorsports strives to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction with every sale.
Venom Motorsports has a very strong web presence with excellent reviews from our many satisfied customers.
We care about our customers and wont be satisfied until you are. We have a full tech support team
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Here are a few of their products offered on our marketplace. 

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Urban Rider has joined Citify Marketplace

Urban Rider, a motorcycle supply shop located in Toronto has joined Citify Marketplace.  

Urban Rider promises to mach any price in Canada and offers free shipping. Awesome!

Here is there description 

"Urban Rider started in the Beach neighborhood of Toronto in 2015. We aim to combine cool products with great service and a friendly atmosphere where our customers can come to talk about motorcycles or watch motorcycle videos on our big screen.

We offer free Canada, U.S. and Global shipping for our products. The low Canadian dollar provides a great opportunity to buy from us at great prices.

Urban Rider supports motorcycle safety training by offering a 10% discount on gear purchases to students enrolled in a certified safety course. We work closely with Learning Curves which offers motorcycle training courses with classroom sessions at Urban Rider.

PRICE GUARANTEE: If you find a lower price on a product anywhere in Canada we will match or beat it. "

Here are only a few of the items they have on Citify

 

We wish Urban rider much success on citify.  

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Original Blues has Joined Citify Marketplace

Original Blue, a shop that specializes in denim and knitwear located in Thatcham, United Kingdom, has joined Citify Marketplace.  

"Original Blues Knitwear was the first to recognize the qualities and potential of using an indigo dyed yarn, 'Denim' to produce knitwear back for men and women in 1985. Original Blues has been getting stronger and stronger since then, providing an online collection of both basic and fashion lines for every season.

Only the highest quality yarns and materials are used to make our knitwear, paying particular attention to detail whilst constantly introducing and refreshing our knitwear collection with styling and colours. That is why we are known as “The Indigo Knitwear Company”.

 

Here are some of the great products available on Original Blues shop on Citify
 

We wish Original Blues much success on Citify Marketplace.  

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Allurez Fine Jewelry Joins Citify

Allurez Fine Jewelry, based in New York City, has joined Citify Marketplace. Allurez offers fine jewlery with the most exquisite precious stones and metals for every and any occasion. All products are shipped for free. Here are some of the products available on Citify with more to come in the near future. 

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Luxe Jewels joins Citify Marketplace

Luxe Jewels, a jewelry supplier located in Toronto, Canada has joined Citify Marketplace. They promise to supply exquisite pieces of Jewelry at a far lower price.   Here are some of the products available on citify

We wish Luxe Jewels much sucess on our platform. 

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Lazy Acres MT in Montana joins Citify Marketplace

 

Lazy Acres MT, a shop based in Montana U.S.A has joined CItify Marketplace. The merchant offers many unique hand crafted products. Lazy Acres describes itself as follows.  

"I have been selling online since 1999 starting out selling genuine gemstone and sterling silver jewelry. These last few years I have expanded to sell fashion jewelry, western jewelry, flip flops, handbags, scarves, hitched horsehair items, horse tack, pet collars, leashes, bling caps, key chains, kids backpacks, jewelry & watches, wedding veils, gloves, handbags and shrugs. I sell at fairs , bazaars and flea markets around Montana. I ship 6 days a week except when I am away at a fair or on vacation. Thank you for visiting my store and know I appreciate your business! Happy Shopping!"

Here a few of the products that will find in the their online shop with Citify

We strongly recommend that you take a look at their products, they all seem to be of high quality. We wish Lazy Acres much sucess on Citify.  

 

 

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Citify Shopping Channel

 

Citify started a shopping channel on a stream T.V, on ROKU ( IPTV ).  The idea is to allow small businesses who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate on the medium of television, to advertise their products and services. 

This service in combination with the Ctify app will allow shoppers to see the products, merchants, advertisement and order it via their smartphones. That is to say if the merchant added products onto the marketplace. Other streaming IPTV TV devices will be considered to be added to the service. This strategy will allow products and shopkeepers to reach 29 million potential clients  and to make their pitch as to why why shoppers should consider buying their product. 

It is also good to note that when a merchant adds a product to Citify, they can also add their video with the product online. This will allow the consumer to either see the product in action or for the merchant to make their sales pitch. The shopping channel allows a way to amplify that pitch to an even greater amount of potential clients. The shopping channel is $9.99USD a month to add the video. Merchants are welcome to add as many video that they wish.  It is always FREE to open a shop and sell products on Citify, only a 5% commision after a sale. 

 

 

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The pros and cons for sellers on 9 online marketplaces

The Marketplaces

 

Not all online marketplace are created the same, and they are not all designed for the same audience and purposes. Here is a short glimpse of each marketplace and their pros and cons. 

Let us start with the household names Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy.  

1. Amazon

The behemoth, mega, marketplace with an estimated 244 million active members that sells both big brands and products by individual sellers.

Pros: Massive online traffic, multiple product options which allows you to sell anything.  Affiliate marketing, fulfillment by Amazon, 

Cons: The customer is Amazon's, and not the sellers. Amazon competes with sellers and takes very high commissions from merchants upwards to 25% commission depending on product.

2. eBay

Another mega marketplace with 85 million unique visitors a month. The marketplace allows you to place products either for auction or a "buy it now" price.

Pros: Massive online traffic, wide variety of products, easy to establish seller account wide variety of products, branding opportunity for sellers.

Cons: Fees structures are complex and can and expensive, slow transactions in auction format. 

3. Etsy

Etsy is a popular marketplace for handmade crafts and handcraft supplies. 17 unique visitors a month. 

Pros: User friendly, It's easy to set up, lots of traffic, part of a community 

Cons: fees add up, listing fees, credit card fees, saturated markets, limited customization, no shop customization

Other big marketplaces (lesser known)

 

4. Rakuten

Rakuten is an online marketplace similar to Amazon with 39 million unique visitors a month, the majority from Japan. 

Pros: No customer overlap since most customers may not be using other marketplace. A good place to find loyal customers outside of the United States. Rakuten does not compete with the merchants and encourages merchants to compete among themselves. 

Cons:  High shipping costs to Japanese customers, strong competitors, high costs to join at 33$ a month plus commissions as high as 15% for some categories. 

5. Newegg

Newegg is a marketplace that specializes in electronics with 6.1 million unique visitors a month.

Pros: sophisticated shoppers who are looking for particular products, low commission rates, some of the lowest in the industry.  

Cons: Sellers must pass a screening test, shoppers will only purchase products that they have most likely heard of before. 

6. ioffer

On the ioffer marketplace, shoppers offer a price to the sellers. Instead of bidding against other buyers for an item, potential buyers can make you an offer that you can accept or deny.

Pros: Less expensive fees to sell. They have a final value sale depending the price of the item. 

Con: Difficult to navigate, lacks customer service, no branding opportunity, 

7. Bonanza

Bonanza is an C2C online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can sell their products. It has 2.1 million unique visitors a month.

Pro: simple navigation, upbeat community, easy product upload, viable alternative to eBay and Amazon. 

Cons: Less sales potential than on other marketplaces, can't sale identical items, 

Local marketplaces

 

8. Citify

A new online/app marketplace that invites stores, wholesalers, individuals to sell items locally and globally. Shoppers can find items sold in their city or in any other city available on the marketplace. The marketplace also offers a job market for their local merchants to find workers. 

Pros: Easy navigation, locate products by location, easy to open a store, low flat fees 5% for all items, no listing fee, Easy contact between seller and buyer.

Cons: low traffic, no CSV upload, currently not a lot of items available,  

9. Scott's marketplace

Scott's marketplace has the same idea as Citify. A marketplace that seeks to help small businesses get online and show their wares.

Pros: Easy to navigate, nice site, easy to open a store, upbeat community, low 4.99% fee, no listing fees. 

Cons: low traffic, no product share buttons, small presence on the net, USA only sellers. 

 

 

 

Citify.ca is also Citifymarketplace.com

When Citify was first designed, we thought of the Canadian marketplace as the point of focus. However, with time and seeing that many merchants and store owners from around the world have expressed interest we have opened the marketplace to the world. So Citify.ca has is also known as citifymarketplace.com. We presently have merchants from all over the world intrested in delivering their products to their local and global consumers. 

Why Citify ?

Why should there be a marketplace for local city goods and services? why should there be another online marketplace? Why Citify.ca? 

The Big City

The city is a confusing, immense, noisy, bustling, infrastructure with millions of people and hundreds of thousands of stores and shopping malls at every corner of every street screaming for attention.  How can we make sense of it all ? How can we find things ? How much time is spent looking, searching, comparing,  and store hopping to find a certain product. All those hours browsing, searching, driving down to malls, parking the car, pushing through crowds, and the various other adventures and troubles that shopping in brick and mortar stores may cause. Shopping is a huge everyday logistical problem for every shopper everyday.

The vast Internet   

Shoppers are a clever bunch, they will go to the internet to look for items that they are interested in, they do their research, compare, select a store, and then plot out their travels to. It is a matter of survival, time management, and a very smart shopping strategy that has become increasingly the trend. However, there is an issue to this strategy. How will shoppers find the items they are looking for on the internet? How will they know which store to go to ? How will they know what is in their city? Is there a way to have the product delivered?  Many will simply say that they will Google the item and keep their fingers crossed. The truth is Google will not show shoppers all the stores available in their city, it will not show all websites of every store that have the desired item, shoppers will not be able to truly compare and make a complete research of the best prices in the city. Shopping for local goods and services on google can be very frustrating if not at times impossible. Google search results will most likely show BIG box stores with huge advertising budgets. So the shopping results on Google is in the favor of those shops that have the means to advertise online. The internet is simply too big to find local stores that offer the item shoppers are looking for. 

The Small Merchant

The small merchant looks at the internet as an abstract foreign entity, separate from their brick and mortar shop. They will sporadically attempt to place some content online, in a Facebook page, a little tweet, an Instagram, a website, very few have an eCommerce solution to drive online sales. Many small merchants are uneasy and uncertain in the way to participate in the internet shopping trend. More then 80% of small merchants avoid the internet all together and either see it as an added hassle, frustration, and an investment with uncertain results.  

The BIG price tag of eCommerce platforms

The small merchants and anyone who would like to have an eCommerce platform often balk at the price tag of having an eCommerce platform. Everything from custom eCommerce design to SAAS solutions like Shopify, Megento, Woocomerce, Pastashop, etc etc can be quite expensive, confusing, complicated, and intimidating. The development of an eCommerce platform can cost thousands of dollars, but there is also the costs of marketing the platform, hiring skilled designers, SEO gurus, graphic designers, etc etc. Furthermore, the investment does not guarantee any ROI (return on investment) as their expensive stand alone site stands in a digital ocean of the internet, showing up very little times on Google, possibly ranking on the 100th search page, possibly attracting very little attention and very few shoppers. 

The BIG online marketplaces

Amazon and eBay are popular household names. They are behemoths of the online marketplace model. They are great for global, international, sales, but they evidently are not serving the regional city population and its many unique shops, artisans, merchants of every-stripe. They do not serve the shopper who is looking for products in their city. The fun thing about citify.ca is that it can also be used to shop in other cities for products, so in a way it is also global as the aforementioned sites, but with a very unique perspective on local shops and shoppers that BIG behemoth online marketplaces do not. 

So, why Citify.ca? 

Citify.ca makes sense out of the city. It saves time, money, and sanity. Citify is the shoppers friend, a handy shopping tool, as they search for items in their city, compare prices, and either visit the store with the desired item or purchase it directly online, and have it shipped to their door. It is simple, the shopper pops out their cell phone, tablet, and starts browsing for local goods and services and purchasing it online, time saved, energy saved, sanity saved. Citify.ca is the small merchants easy way into the net, they open a store (1 min) create profile (2 min) add products (2 min each) post it, and it's online and ready to sell. No programming, no headaches, and best of all its FREE.  Merchants extend their reach across the city, the country even the world. Citify.ca allows merchants and shoppers to connect, it allows them to ask questions, negotiate, review, and share. Citify serves a need that is relevant as more and more people use the internet as a tool to find local products and services. At the time of writing, Citify.ca is a small, young, online marketplace, but with time we hope the marketplace will become an indispensable shopping tool.