Side-Project: FreeGunSales

Once again, we wanted something to be available for free … so we built it and made it free.

Once upon a time only gun shops (registered dealers) could advertise guns for sale. Some gun sale sites were set up which charged money for you to advertise on them. These days, anyone can advertise guns as long as they meet the basic rules, but of course sites like gumtree and ebay don’t allow guns to be advertised, and everyone else want to put their hand in your wallet, if not today then tomorrow.

So the problems I’m trying to solve here include:

  1. I reckon you should be able to advertise your guns FOR FREE, just like selling a toaster. Not free-for-a-limited time, not free to post then you pay later, not cheap … FREE.
  2. I want to be able to upload high-resolution images, not the tiny pictures some sites restrict you to, and lots of them, not just a few.
  3. I want to be able to post your own ads. Then edit them yourself. Then take them down yourself. Not email people then wait for them to do it for you. 
  4. I don’t want to wait for ads to be approved by a human. I want them live when I post them.
  5. I want to be able to register an account and get posting, or buying in under 30 seconds with no excess personal information handed over, just the minimum.

So that’s what I’ve done.

  1. It’s free. It will always be free. It’s in the title. It’s in the URL.
  2. You can upload massive images, and a dozen of them. 
  3. You are in control. You post your own ads, you take them down. 
  4. All ads go live as soon as you submit them. They come down as soon as you delete them.
  5. You register, the “are you actually a person” email arrives almost instantly, you click it and you’re done. You start posting. That’s it. 

That’s the project. It’s done, it’s working, it has ads on it.

It’s free and it will stay free, just like Getlost Maps.