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South Carolina graduate creates trading website for students

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Jackie Tobia is one of many college students to face Internet scams. Jackie Tobia is one of many college students to face Internet scams.
South Carolina student Vincent Felix uses Tradeversity when he sells his merchandise. South Carolina student Vincent Felix uses Tradeversity when he sells his merchandise.

By Reece Funderburk

A South Carolina graduate has created a popular new website to make selling and buying online safer for college students. The site is called Tradeversity.

Mike Meyers built Tradeversity as an online platform that allows college students to deal with each other in an accountable manner. You must have a ".edu email" to sign up, register and trade.

"If there's ever an issue it's very, very easy to not only figure out who exactly is this person and what's their information and trace back to the source," says Mike Meyers. "We've really worked to create the transparency needed for our market place to really grow."

Websites like Craigslist have risks that come when buying items from unknown users sometimes leading to Internet scams.

"We exchanged phone numbers and information and he seemed like a pretty trusting guy," says South Carolina student Jackie Tobia, who was scammed for $150 when she thought she was purchasing Kenny Chesney concert tickets from an unknown user on Craigslist. "Then immediately after I sent in the money and got the confirmation code he completely cut off contact with me."

"In my opinion Tradeversity is a lot safer," says entrepreneur and South Carolina student Vincent Felix. "When I'm selling to someone,they know who I am because of my profile and I know who they are because of their profile."

Tradeversity currently has expanded to three colleges and universities in the state, including Columbia College, Midlands Technical College and South Carolina. However, Meyers plans to expand his user base to every university in the country and internationally. 

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