Krrb provides users with a way to reach out to their community through buying, selling and trading. The user can offer items for sale, trade or free. They can also search for items the buy. While this is done on the internet many times in a day, Krrb focuses on transactions in local communities. The user can see what is available based on their location. Popular cities are listed, including Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Toronto, San Francisco, Savannah, Zurich, Kansas City, Key West, Wintersville, San Mateo, Munich, Newark, Manchester, and Mexico City. The user selects a community and can search for available items or post theirs for sale, trade or simply available. Krrb hopes to encourage people to get back to the community by interacting with neighbors through commerce. Users can also purchase with confidence knowing they are buying from a smaller group of local sellers rather than a whole world coming from everywhere.
Krrb was created in 2010 by an interactive agency called Area 17. Area 17 was based in New York City and Paris, France and consists of a group of self proclaimed geeks that hope to use the internet to nurture togetherness within local communities. It is a noble cause and Krrb helps by providing an accessible way to reach out to neighbors.
There are more online marketplaces than can be counted. This concept is far from new, but Krrb puts a local twist on it that is refreshing. Users can shop exclusively with local sellers or offer up a trade. Items can also be offloaded by listing them as available for free, trade or at a price to the user’s local community.
The Krrb website provides users with an elegant style that draws newcomers in. A primarily blue and white color scheme includes large search fields outlined in dark blue. The contrast is very eye-catching and gives Krrb a unique appeal. Unfortunately the search function appears to be broken or disabled at this time because all searches (even using the popular cities listed directly on the homepage) return a broken link page. Users can click on the popular cities, which can be found directly below the search bar. The item lists are easy to browse and include full color thumbnail images.
Krrb offers users completely free access. Users can search for items in popular cities without paying any fees for doing so. This is a big plus to encourage more users to visit the site and possibly make a purchase in their community. The only cost associated with Krrb is the amount spent on items bought from other users on the site. The amount a user spends is entirely up to their purchasing habits.
Bargain shoppers and anyone who prefers to buy locally can really appreciate Krrb. The sit is easy to use and includes full color images of items so the user can see what they are buying. Although the broken search function makes it difficult for people outside of the popular cities, the site still has potential.