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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does it work?
    Many construction companies accumulate building materials surplus as a result of daily operations. It cost to throw away and it cost even more money to keep . We provide an on-line market for such products. Building materials may be mis-measurements, salvage, overstock; it may be old equipment, tools or anything else construction. People whom are interested in reusable goods may find such items on our site. Thousands of people visit our site keeping thousands of perfectly good building materials from being wasted every day. Our site gives people a chance to find what they want and save money.
    We employ standard construction divisions codes to index all listings making it easier for professionals to find what they are looking for.
    Listings run for a set number of days and than may be restarted.

    This is it in a nutshell, see more detailed explanations on how to
    sell below.

  2. How do I sell?
    Click on
    Post Building Materials for Sale link on the top of the screen, or Create New Listing link. Enter the information about your building product, the contact information, where the building materials are located, attach images. That is it.

    The post will be activated within a few minutes after you click "Post Listing" button. Your post will be running until you delete it unless you uncheck "auto-restart" option. In the latter case, the listing will run for 10 days.

  3. What does it cost to put item for sale? What are the fees?

    Nothing. It is free to advertise reusable building materials on our site.

  4. How do I make my posting more attractive to potential buyers?
    • Create detailed title and description for your item. Things that are obvious to you may not be so clear for others. The more information you provide, the better chance you have to sell it.
    • Establish clear selling lot size. Potential buyers may be turned away by the large quantity and price as well as low price and insufficient amounts. For example if you have five hundered items and you do not mind selling in lots of one hundred, set the price based on lots of one hundred.
    • Set reasonable prices. There are many ways to buy. As a seller think about what would you do as a buyer. Make people an offer they can't refuse! Remember how much money you might spend keeping this product and how long you can store it before it falls apart. Be reasonable.
    • Upload pictures for your product. "A picture is worth a thousand words."

  5. What are divisions and subdivision on the Advanced Search screen?
    In the construction industry, materials are normally classified into divisions and subdivisions. For example, Division 04 - Masonry can be further subdivided into 04720 - Cast stone. Consumers can search for items by name. You don't have to know the industry codes to search for and bid on items at

  6. How do I log-in?
    Enter the email you registered with us into "Email" box. Enter your password into "Password" box. If you check "Remember me on this computer" box, we will store your log-in information for two months (after two months we will ask you to log-in again). Press "Submit" button.

    If you do not remember your password, click "Forgot Password" button. You will be prompted with the screen where you can enter the email you registered on The password will be emailed to you.

  7. Can I contact the seller to ask a question?
    Seller contact information is displayed on the screen.

  8. Is everything sold on the site new?
    No. You can find both unused and salvaged items for sale at

  9. What time zone are the times listed in?
    All listing times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).