Case Study: Walamu
I was browsing through the Mind Petals network today and I found out about a brilliant new idea dreamt up by Rohail Rizvi. As a student he used to find that he was constantly stressing over buying text books for his classes. I’m sure many of you have the same difficulties – even if you’re buying off eBay, there’s the worry of sending payment, leaving feedback and making sure that your item actually arrives!
As a result, Rohail is in the process of building Walamu: A site where all the students from the same university can advertise and sell on their text books to other students. According to Rohail’s Pre Launch Blog at www.walamu.com:
“Students will spend an average of $898 per year on textbooks. This represents almost 20 percent of the average tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year colleges nationwide. In contrast, a 1997 UC survey found that students spent an average of $642 on textbooks in 1996-97.”
Entrepreneur Rizvi plans to have a simple interface, clean from the hustle and bustle you will find on Amazon, so that students can contact each other and find what they need quickly and efficiently. I’m sure that many will benefit out of this great service. I know that when I go to university I’ll be struggling to find and pay for all my text books. I hope they are all electronic by then!
To be notified immediately when Walamu is launched, just signup for updates on the site homepage. I would really like to see this site contest with the big dogs out there, so good luck Rohail!