Looking to Sell or Buy? Check Out George’s List

Posted: July 24, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm

By Rashad Mulla

Need an incentive to clean out your garage or attic and make some money?  University Life and the Information Technology Unit (ITU) have teamed up to create an outlet for your unwanted items: George’s List, Mason’s very own version of the buzzing Internet marketplace Craigslist.

George’s List recently launched as part of the myMason portal and is accessible via the Services tab within the portal.

Unlike Craigslist, George’s List is available only to Mason faculty, staff and students. Buyers and sellers interact over e-mail and personally arrange shipping methods or item drop-offs.

The level of familiarity with fellow Mason community members is a big plus, says Amy Brener, ITU director of special VPIT/CIO projects and one of three staff members behind George’s List.  Nancy Murphy of University Life and Jane Daly of the ITU make up the rest of the steering committee.

“With George’s List, you know you’re dealing with someone who’s currently in the university,” says Brener. “It’s a good service for the university community.”

By accessing George’s List through the myMason portal, faculty, staff and students will automatically be logged in to the service and can begin posting and buying items. Faculty and staff can buy or sell from any of the four categories: Goods, Real Estate, Services and Transportation. Students can buy from all four categories and can sell from any category except Goods.

“Because Mason is a state institution, certain policies must be followed; therefore, postings will be vetted before they are approved for display on the site. We don’t have the staff to vet the all the different items that 30,000 students might post under Goods, so for now, at least, we’re limiting that access,” Brener explains.

Other members of the university community are helping to vet postings. Parking and Transportation will vet the transportation listings, according to transportation coordinator Bob Tennant.

Murphy is excited that George’s List is finally a reality.

“This has the potential of becoming a very useful resource,” she says. “This idea came about as a way to improve the quality of the work life here at Mason and reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of the university. This endeavor will only succeed if there is enough participation.”

Daly adds, “We’re hoping that there will be a lot of items advertised before the faculty and students return to campus in August.”

George’s List was originally designed by Mason graduate Harry Yuan more than a year ago.

Those with questions about the service are encouraged to e-mail georgeslist@gmu.edu.

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