A guide to using Wigan Buy and SellIntroduction
The idea of wiganbuyandsell.com came from a group of Wiganers that use Facebook buy and sell groups. The idea came because on these Facebook buy and sell groups you could make a post and then within minutes the post will be pushed down and down and then difficult to find it again to bump it back up! Sure the Facebook groups are a great idea but there are limitations in the way things can be organised, managed, maintained and grouped.
With wiganbuyandsell.com all the flaws that the groups are missing can be solved using a website and so wiganbuyandsell.com was born. It is a family friendly site that is made specifically for the Wigan area including all towns within the Wigan district. It is free to join and free to use. We will never ask for any bank details, credit card details or anything else related to fees. If you ever recieve a message that asks for any money details please send a message to an administrator on the site. In the next section we explain how to join the site.How to join
You don't even have to join! If you do not wish to join but still want to post this can easily be done by clicking here
Joining wiganbuyandsell.com is alot easier than you might think! You can either log in with your Facebook by clicking the Facebook button (you must already be signed into your Facebook for this to work). Or you can register by entering the following details:Username
- Here you can use your real name, a nickname or any name. You can for example call yourself Superman!Email address
- Here you simply type in your email address. This is used incase you forget your log in details so a reminder can be sent to your email address should you forget or lose your login details.Password
- Here you simply type a password that you can remember so that only you know and only you can log onto the site with your username.How the site works
Wiganbuyandsell.com works by members posting things throughout the site, this can be a wide number of things from items for sale to personal services offered. Then other members can reply to posts that they are interested in or want. There is a messaging system in place on the site that is used for exchanging details to follow up on a post. For example a member might have a fishtank for sale and then someone joins and replies to the post saying they would like to buy it. The person selling the fishtank can then send a message to this person with further details such as there address to collect it from or a telephone number to discuss arrangements. The messaging system we use is 100% private and even we can not see other members messages. They are strictly between the 2 members that have messaged each other.
To send a message to a member you will see an image at the bottom of there post that looks exactly like this:
You simply click this button to be able to send them a message. You can check your messages at any time by clicking the messages button located at the top near the site logo that looks exactly like this:
If you receive a new message the button will change to the one below and you will also recieve a pop up message to let you know you have received a new message:
We advise against posting your telephone, mobile number or address on the website and use only the messaging system to do this.How to make a post
First you need to decide which section your post will come under. Keeping with the fishtank example earlier then you would click on the link to the Pets and Pet Goods category. Once in there you would click the for sale link and once in there you will need to click the 'start new ad' button which looks exactly like this:
Now you will be faced with a message editor where you can type in all your fishtank details, price, location and anything else that you think should be mentioned about it. Once happy with your post there are 2 buttons under the message typing area. They are PREVIEW and SEND. The preview button will show you what your post will actually look like and the send button will send your post instantly. There are many options available in the message editor though it would take a very long time to explain each one but most are obvious and you can always play around with the different functions and use the PREVIEW button before sending your post to get familiar with them.
Now that you have learned how to create a post, replying to another members post is pretty much the same thing! There are 2 ways to do this the quick way or the normal way. The normal way is by after clicking on the members post you will see the button that looks exactly like this:
You simply click this button and the same message editor will appear for you to make your reply post. The quick way is to use the mini scaled down version of the message editor that appears directly under the last reply to the members post. You will only see this if you are a member of wiganbuyandsell.com. This is a quicker way to reply but the message editor is limited compared to pressing the actual reply button as shown above.
If the item or items have been sold you will see the button below in which case you then can't reply since it has already been sold: