Ecommerce has become increasing important to our everyday lives and the global economy. By allowing for items to transfer between people all the around the world, ecommerce has allowed for people to receive many types of goods from the other side of the globe, even those that would have been considered rare luxuries just years ago.
Even so, there continues to be an inbalance in the distribution of items. Goods in foreign countries are still sometimes much cheaper or more expensive than they are over here. With this project, we hope to encourage to gain experience as a internet seller.
The search tool we created highlights how different prices of goods can be between China and the United States. In addition, we have shown the major costs you would face as a small-time seller on marketplaces like Amazon and Ebay.
Through programs like Amazon Fulfillment, selling on ecommerce marketplaces has become as easy as simply discovering good items to sell. We hope this project spurs you to consider ecommerce as a source for passive income or as a means to help the lives of others.
What it does
We are looking to offer users competitive prices for certain goods by finding alternatives in markets across the world. By buying and selling alternative goods in international and domestic markets, users can seek to earn alternative profit.
How we built it
We used Meteor to quickly build a prototype of the web app. React was used for the front end.
Challenges we ran into
- HTML scraping on websites, especially ones that prevented bots
- Implementing designer concepts in the UI
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Making the web app functional
- Using Google Translate API
- Learning the necessary web technologies in a short amount of time
What we learned
- How to use basic web technologies such as Meteor and React to make a functioning web app
- Designing UI
What's next for Scope
- Implementing more retails (more countries, more varied retails per country, etc.)