Posts Tagged TenderMe – will it work?

I’d love to know who is giving Ben Dunne advice on his web business strategy. It’s not to think that it’s nothing more than a young guy just out of college or else someone taking Ben for a ride. As we all know Ben is the master of taking a small idea and making big business from it.

If we were to use the “mock up” of his new website currently available at as a guide, it appears that this site will be another of what can only be described as a classified ads website.

The difference with this is that Ben Dunne is going to charge €3 per listing. The problem with that is that there are already much more popular websites providing the exact same service for free. Take your pick from or even – both allow you to publish your items for free, plus they already both have a massive user base.

There’s no doubt that people will use this site – it’s already being advertised on local radio and it the site has yet to be launched. But for how long and will it be long enough for Ben to make money from it. I’ve discussed the issues with in another article and the general consensus from the comments in response to that article were that it was lacking transparency – hopefully Ben will have addressed this issue with

If I was him, I’d reduce the listing fee – €3 is a little bit too steep in my opinion for people to make the move to this new site. If I was looking to sell something online, I’d be happy to pay him €1 to list the item and still list it on But €3 is a little steep and something I’d only do as a last resort.

Anyway – I wish Ben Dunne great success with his new website, I hope when the site goes live it is not as bad as I expect it to be.

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Ben Dunne’s – is it worthwhile?

If you had listened to NewsTalk 106 at all over the past couple of months, you will remember being bombarded by adverts for Ben Dunne‘s latest and greatest project –

TenderMe is a system that allows anyone to go online, enter information on work you need done, whether it be office equipment or computer repairs and receive quotes to your email from a number of different suppliers who want your work.

Within days of the first advert being aired on the radio, people were buzzing about – nearly every person I met asked me about it or recommended that I try it.

Because of the exposure the site was getting I felt that I would be mad not to know about this site and how it functions. I didn’t believe the type of clientele my company works with would look or use this site, but I’m always open to being proven wrong! So off I went and signed up for an account to receive alerts on the types of job requests that I was interested in.

Within minutes of signing up – I was getting emails notifications (and quite regularly) of people looking for eCommerce websites, Content Managed Websites and even basic brochure type websites. I have to say, some of them (from their headline tag) looked like they could be nice projects for a company like ours. That was of course until you went to the website to read more detail. Only then would you realise, that there really was no description of these jobs at all. Well if you call “A company website selling products” a description of what is required, fair enough… but for the type of business we do, that’s just not enough to give anyone an accurate quote.

As it was only €3 to respond to a tender, I thought I’d do a few tests to see what kind of response I could get. My idea was to quote from two different types of suppliers – one a professional web design company and a few from a cheap and nasty type web design company. After spending €18 and quoting prices lower than any other possibly could, I didn’t once receive a response. I honestly didn’t expect a response to an average quote from a professional web design company at professional rates, but I did expect a response to the cheaper quotes. If people were looking for a good deal, they couldn’t have got any better as far as I was concerned.

It left me wondering whether these job postings were really legit or was it just Ben (or his staff) making up jobs tenders in order to fill the site with content or worse still… to line his pockets?

I do believe could be a useful service if there was a bit more transparency. Take for example – they don’t let you make private offers, you must do everything in the open where everyone can see. This approach makes it very clear to everyone who is participating where they stand and whether or not they are getting a good deal. This approach would definitely reduce the money going into’s bank account initially – but the more people can trust the service, the more they will use it. This is something that Ben and his team have clearly missed.

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