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.
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.
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.
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.