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Folk: An eBay Alternative Without The Fees, Frustration or Fuss

Matt Gardner
eBay, Fo.lk, Folk, Free, Marketplace

Folk: An eBay Alternative Without The Fees, Frustration or Fuss

What The Folk?

A nice and shiny offshoot of HotUKDeals’ For Sale/For Trade section where folk can deal with other folk, Folk is essentially a community-driven online marketplace, an eBay alternative if you will, with no hidden fees. If you’ve got something to sell, just stick up a post and enjoy 100% of the money, with no admin fees, no cream off the top and no nasty little small print to speak of.Folk: An eBay Alternative Without The Fees, Frustration or Fuss

How To Folk

If you’re already a HotUKDeals account holder, you can just sign in as per usual at the top. If not, signing up is an absolute doddle: just click ‘Join Now’, it’ll only take minute or two. You can get Folk'd here.

There are three main areas of interest on Folk:

  • For Sale: This is where you can get rid of the Commodore 64 or Neo Geo that’s been taking up box space in the attic and where you can pick up the second-hand Dreamcast that you’ve always been craving.
  • Wanted: This is the place to go to beg people for their unwanted original copies of Panzer Dragoon Saga.
  • Free: The home of freebie giveaways. Does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, but bear in mind that you might have to chip in a few pennies for delivery on most items.

For those of you, like our very own Mr. Lester who decided to buy an arcade machine case and pimp it out, looking for large pieces of equipment that ideally you’d like to pick up yourselves, you can search for items by location and save yourself some petrol.

Folk: An eBay Alternative Without The Fees, Frustration or FussPractising Safe Folking

As this is a community-led trading space, it’s important to be careful. Before you start flogging your old Game Boy games please check out the safe trading guidelines here, which’ll give you a few pointers about getting the most out of Folk.

To Folk Or Not To Folk

Folk has one very simple positive going for it: it’s totally free. I stopped selling bits and pieces on eBay and Amazon simply because that little percentage that they make seem so very innocuous adds up. Online marketplaces are also plagued by sneaky profiteers and touts: people who buy things cheaply to sell at extortionate prices. Folk severely frowns upon marketplace speculation, instead preferring consumer popularity over profiteering, and it’s all the better for it.Folk: An eBay Alternative Without The Fees, Frustration or Fuss

You never know, someone’s unwanted Christmas present might just turn out to be the game you’d never realised you wanted until now, and that SEGA Saturn you’ve been using as a doorstop might just make someone else’s day. It’s unlikely, the Saturn sucked, but there are a hell of a lot of people on there, and there’s absolutely nothing to lose.

Add a comment12 comments
sindy  Apr. 8, 2010 at 23:10

Where's the small print??...I got told off for selling my daughter's old clothes on HUKD a while ago from a mod because I had a shop on Ebay, Its not like I was trading with new goods, it was just my daughters old clothes!

kev  Apr. 9, 2010 at 00:24

folk is a poor imitation of HUKD's Fs/ft, looks like it's made by a 5 year old

kev  Apr. 9, 2010 at 00:25

and less of the Saturn bashing

josiek  Apr. 9, 2010 at 01:04

ebay, without any protection, and random bans and deletions by stupid mods

yes, what an alternative, see HUKD for the perfect example of where not to sell

James  Apr. 9, 2010 at 01:29

Fo.lk's layout is awful. Much prefer the FS/FT board on HUKD - at least it's possible to find what you want on there. Don't see the point of Fo.lk as it's no improvement over the less than perfect FS/FT board at all.

- Enhanced category system (if you're seriously wanting to rival eBay then you can't just lump everything in one category and give the user a massive list of items)
- Improved search function? I haven't tested it extensively but if it recycles HUKD's search function, then there's much to improve on there!

Sigh  Apr. 9, 2010 at 01:52

And how about growing up a bit and stopping with the folk 'jokes' because it sounds a little bit like fuck. It's embarrassing.

Phil McC  Apr. 9, 2010 at 02:11

As a console, the Saturn was freaking awesome and had loads of great games, fools

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 9, 2010 at 04:44

As a current Saturn user, I'd agree with you. As with all SEGA consoles, it provides a great selection of games for a discerning audience.

Having said that, I'll probably use Folk to sell on my my copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga... when I can bear to let it go.

Shane  Apr. 9, 2010 at 06:50

HUKD is way more frustrating than ebay for selling, never used to be until they started closing threads for stupid reason. Plus I seem to get more time wasters on HUKD than I do on ebay. I would rather stick with ebay and pay the fees!

ODB  Apr. 9, 2010 at 12:53

Folks a mess and they got loads of HUKD users to provide feedback on teting it to improve the site.....

Then they ignored them all and ran it anyway

its a mess!

ODB  Apr. 9, 2010 at 12:53

"TESTING" that should say...

snoozum  May. 4, 2011 at 21:41

I agree - had a right little hitler called “barky” lock my ad as he required there to be a photo with my username and the date on it to show it was in my possesion... fair enough but in his haste to cut and paste his much vaunted comment he’d overlooked the fact that I’d already included the required picture in the original listing. Incompetent buffoon.

So I sent him a PM telling him of his mistake and created another listing as I didn’t wanted my listing locked in the hours it might take him to realise his mistake (obviously the first few hours after listing an item are the most important sales-wise as they’re more visible to other users the newer they are). The same mod then deemed the new listing I’d been forced to create as a duplicate post (true


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