Mine.com is calling itself the world’s first social network for collectors of anything and officially launched this week. More than a social networking or selling platform, Mine.com is an interactive environment offering a wide range of tools that recreate the excitement of a collectibles convention or the intimacy of a Saturday afternoon at the neighborhood comic book store.
As long as it isn’t a garage sale full of junk, the site might prove worthwhile to authentic collectors.
Mine.co offers a fully integrated suite of tools and products designed to empower both novice and expert collectors. Users can showcase collections and collectibles using Digital Bookshelves, an interactive way to view, display and share them.
Besides serving as a personal museum, the social shopping site allows members to catalog their collections. They can even meet and network with other collectors. The idea is to buy, sell, trade and even brag a little or offer advice though personal blogs.
While the initial launch is focusing on the 94 million collectors of comic books, action figures, trading cards, coins, stamps, and sports collectibles, the trading site is open to collectors of anything from the benign to the bizarre.
The final production version of the site includes basic functionality to manage and share collectibles with plans to keep adding new enhancements and category specific features once the user community has hit key milestones.
The one drawback is that you have to register before you can see if you want to be a member or not. While I checking out the site, I kept thinking of a friend, who might be interested in this site, because he collects and sells antique clocks.