A while back I mentioned on Facebook that I’m part of an organization called OMJLIST. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a new company started up to provide people a way to utilize Social Selling. It’s like Craiglist on crack and cheaper than eBay, not to mention easier to use. (Can I say “crack” on a blog post without offending someone? Hope so.)
The guys over at OMJ have also managed full Facebook integration as well as Twitter and Google+ integration, so you can share your ad with your friends on Facebook or other social sites with one click. For example, since I live in Stanly County, if I put Stanly County in my ad description then my ad will automatically get posted to the OMJ Twitter and OMJ Stanly County Facebook groups. THEY DO THE PROMOTING FOR YOU! It’s an awesome feature!
All in all it’s a GREAT site and is easier to use than most any other site out there. I was going to say “than any other site out there of it’s kind” but there really are no other sites that I’ve seen like it.
Unlike the other sites out there, at least one of the admins (usually more) are online most all day every day to help users with questions, or to explain features of the site. You really can’t ask for a better way to sell your stuff. No fees to sell or buy, simple and basic rules, and anyone can join!
I got a call the other night from the CEO of OMJLIST with an idea he had that is too good NOT to share! So here’s how it works.
Anyone can signup and use OMJ for free, but they also have three other kinds of memberships. One is called VIP and is $12 per year. Another is for businesses and is $60 per year. Finally, there are also advertising spots open on the omjlist.com pages for $40 per month. The CEO, Bill Guyther, called me with the following offer that I love and I hope you will too.
What’s the Deal?
From now on… until (meaning forever as far as I know) you can sign up to any of the paid memberships and 50% of the gross cost (meaning half of your fee) will go directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This isn’t half of the net profit, or anything of the sort. A full HALF of your membership fee goes to charity!!!! I freakin LOVE this idea! I jumped up and down and couldn’t wait to write this blog post!
Letter from the CEO of OMJLIST
As the Founder of OMJ! One Man’s Junk LLC I want to say that I am excited to be a part of this movement with our partner, Tommy Jordan, to raise awareness and money for the MDA.
OMJ is built on a foundation of helping people and fully believes that karma does exist and I can’t think of a better way to continue to show that than with this announcement.
We hope you will join forces with us and help us make it a massive success. Together we can and together we will.
Happy Junkin’! ~ Bill Guyther
How the VIP Membership Works
Just like any other selling website out there, you always run the risk of not knowing who you’re doing business with. Are they who they say they are? Are they a real person or some kind of spam bot? eBay does a pretty good job of stopping these, but they’re expensive for sellers to use and hundreds of thousands of scammers get through anyway. Craigslist is simply too full of spammers for be to even try to use them anymore.
VIP on OMJLIST stands for “Verified Internet Profile” and costs twelve dollars a year. That is the ONLY fee you pay for ALL the features on OMJ, present and future. As part of this process, you are will be asked to provide publicly identifiable information. All the verified users go through a simple public records background check, performed by OMJ by an outside verification agency.
These users are screened individually to be sure there is some record that they ARE who they say they are, that they live WHERE they say they do, and that they do NOT have a criminal record at the time they signed up, and aren’t a registered sex offender. If any of this information is found, the user cannot become verified. In short, the process exists to make your experience safer within the OMJ community.
Do you have to get signed up as a VIP to use the site? Nope. And I won’t try to use my fame or influence to get you to do so. If you sign up, do so because you’re comfortable with it. Once you signup for the free account you can feel free to use the chat feature to communicate with any of the admins to get more information about the process. That’s why they’re there. All the admins are vetted thoroughly and are a very small, close-knit, group of people. They’re all working from their own offices, NOT FROM INDIA, and they are all a pleasure to deal with.
So, when you sign up for OMJLIST, just remember to use the words “From Tommy Jordan” in the required field that asks “How did you hear about OMJ?” and a full 50% of your membership fee will be donated to the MDA.
My thanks to Bill Guyther and the awesome team over at OMJ for coming up with this idea! I wish you many new members, and hope that MANY more kids get help this year because of your efforts!
Last December I uploaded a YouTube video that shows some of the advanced search capabilities of OMJLIST.COM. Since OMJ is designed to help you sell in your local area OR throughout the US, I thought I’d show you how to find Friends on the site, or locate items near you. I guess in hindsight I should have done more video walk-throughs because this is the only one I have at the moment. I’ll get around to making more soon! In the meantime, if you’d like to take a look at how it works, you can play the video below.
OMJ In the News
You can also see here where OMJLIST was featured by Fox News in Charlotte NC.
In the interest of Full Disclosure, it should be said that I DO own a very small percentage of this company. Since so many people out there are surely going to ask “Tommy, are you going to make money from this?” I thought I’d answer that clearly right here. Yes, eventually I would probably make some money from it; after the investors are paid off, the servers are paid for, the other costs are paid for,etc. I would likely see a profit from it sometime around 2015 or so. However, since I’m tired of the “hater” emails that are generated anytime I promote anything:
Dear Bill Guyther (and all the other admins),
I am formally renouncing my claim to ANY INCOME that would normally be derived from ANY SALE that results from this promotion. Since I know we have the capabilities to track users who signed up through this process, I want to clearly and concisely state that WHEN and IF I ever were to earn a commission from my participation in One Man’s Junk LLC, that ABSOLUTELY ZERO revenue should ever come my way for any sale that contains the words “From Tommy Jordan” in the “How did you hear about OMJLIST?” section of the sign-up process, to be effective from today March 14th, 2012 until at LEAST one year from this date. If I decide to continue this in perpetuity, I will adjust this blog post to reflect such on or before March 14th, 2013.
What you and the other admins are doing with the OMJ MDA promotion literally takes money OUT of your pockets, so what monies are left should be distributed to the other admins and owners, or however the Board of Directors sees fit. Again… no income from any signup utilizing this promotion should financially affect me in any way.
I KNOW someone’s still going to have something to say about it, but that’s as clear and concise as I can make it. It’s out there in public and if I ever changed it, surely you would all know and call me out on it. I’m not sure what else I can do to both endorse this HUGE sacrifice OMJLIST is offering to support charity and at the same time to assuage users who think I’m in it for the money.
Now.. Go Sell Some Junk!