AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON location-based online marketplaces - This application from Zaarly, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...An online marketplace which associates a geographic location with each listing and and search radius with a prospective buyer or seller! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before 5/3/2011 that discusses:
- Online marketplaces which specify location of items and a radius of interest for buyer or seller
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - Geographic interest may be specificed by search radius and items for sale may be assigned to keyword categories
TITLE: Proximity-based online marketplace
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] An online marketplace where each listing is associated with a geographic target areas; potential buyers are shown example listings based on their location and target area of each listing.
- Publication Number: US 20120284143 A1
- Application Number: US 13/414,278
- Assignee: Zaarly, Inc.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 5/3/2011
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Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
An online system comprising:
A database storing
Example listings, and
A geographic target area associated with each of the example listings; and
A server configured to
Detect a location of a client device accessing the system over a network,
Identify a set of the example listings based on the detected location and the geographic target areas, and
Provide the identified set of example listings to the client device over the network.
In English this means:
A proximity-based online marketplace, comprising:
A database storing listings and a geographic target area associated with each listing; and
A server configured to:
Detect the location of a client device
Identify a set of listings based on the detected location and the geographic target area; and
Provide the listings to the client
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 5/3/2011
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming Assigning items to keyword categories, showing example listing and using demographic information about buyer to target items to potential buyers
"Network "architecture" for proximity-based online marketplace" from the Applicant
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