Could Lysted Be the Next on the It List?

by Victoria Revay | Startups

Have you heard of  Me neither, until now. The Toronto start up's initial site is (short for free bargain bin) and it launched last year.  The free online classifieds sounds a lot like Craiglist or Kijiji, however the founders say they have a twist.  In an article that appeared in today's Globe and Mail, Dov Markowich– a former IT consultant and one of the brains behind Lysted says the company will offer a "powerful Facebook app and content on mobile devices" to be different.  Markovich says he got the idea for the company after trying to sell a Nintendo game on Facebook–to no avail!  He thought it'd be great to build something that would help others get exposure about the products they were trying to sell, but market it through the power of Facebook.

So how would it work? Well, I guess you could post an ad on Lysted, which would also post an ad on Facebook and send an immediate update to your mobile about the exact same post all at the same time (not sure).  Or at least users could have that option? I guess if you're desperately in the market for something and have an alert system set up this functionality would be appealing.  To date, the site has about 5,000 users (mostly in the Toronto area) and Lysted hopes that will double soon, so their revenue generation model will take off.  What is that model? Charging corporate users to post ads and market to their desired audience.  The company plans to do viral marketing through Facebook, bloggers and Twitter.

Would you change your current classifieds posting and searching behaviour to Lysted?  For me, I'd like to reduce the reliance of everything on Facebook.  I'm not hating on Facebook, I'm just saying...It'd be interesting to see a company do something original without Facebook being involved.  Any expert thoughts on Lysted, their strategy and revenue generation model?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

It’s the ultimate and easiest way to sell your item online completely for free. You can also find out about upcoming events, connect and meet new people from all over the world. is the FIRST classified site in the world to introduce an easy to use mobile application for both the Blackbbery and Apple iPhone. The mobile applications will allow you to post an ad (with or without a... more

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Victoria Revay

Victoria Revay

Like many, freelance journalist, Victoria Revay is ambitious and adventurous by nature.  Since leaving television news, Victoria has worked for, she has been published in Western Living Magazine, Blackbook Magazine’s Jet Set Travel Guide, Western Living Condo and, and she’s hosted an online entertainment show. She recently returned from her travels, blogging across... more

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