The only pure internet play we saw at the 2010 Builders’ Show was BidForMaterials.com. One of their programmers was on sight and he took us through the process of listing supplies as well as how contractors bid on materials on their website.
Once you sign up you have access to a database of subcontractors who are seeking suppliers and can bid on your materials or contact you directly and privately.
Even though the convention center wi-fi was spotty the application ran smoothly on their PC laptop and we created a business profile then started searching for leads. You can geo-target searches and there are also email alerts that you can setup.
If this site gains enough traction it could be a real player in the market. No one wants to take a loss on materials and we are all looking for a bargain which is the space that BidForMaterails.com is trying to fulfill.
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Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.