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Local start-up gives communities a safer alternative to anonymous classified listings

McKinney, Texas startup says no more to unsafe classified lists

MCKINNEY, Texas, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Founded out of The Collide Center, a start-up incubator based in McKinney, Texas, Curious Marketplaces makes it safe and secure to buy and sell new and used goods exclusively with the people in a community.

Originally started by providing exclusive online marketplaces for passion specific communities like barrel racing and chess, Curious Marketplaces is now bringing its solution to local communities to offer an easier and safer alternative to unsafe classified sites.

"It used to be that a simple free way to list things in your community out weighted the random scammers, spammers, and creepers that lurked on those sites. But now the threats are more real and more prevalent. So we sought to do something about it, because it is unacceptable for local residents to take such risks when simply wanting to find, buy and sell locally, " said Jason Adams, CEO of Curious Marketplaces.

As residents of McKinney, Texas, voted the #2 best place to live by Money magazine, the company thought it appropriate to launch the first Curious Community Marketplace here. McKinneyCurious.com is the safe and secure place for McKinney residents to buy and sell their stuff. McKinney residents can buy using a credit card or their secure PayPal account and pick up their items locally without the need to carry cash. Many transactions carry the PayPal buyer/seller protection.  Additionally, Curious Marketplaces takes steps to ensure the online community is gated so not just anyone can get in.

"The ability to safely and easily buy and sell your stuff with your community is long over due. That's why we partner with local newspapers, niche publications, national and local associations and organizations of all kinds so they can give their residents and members their very own community marketplace," says Mr. Adams.

Whether you're part of a community of people that play chess, mountain bike, barrel race or simply live in the same location, we want to help you create a safe marketplace for your community.

About CuriousMarketplaces.com
Curious Marketplaces is a network of exclusive community marketplaces dedicated to providing a safe place for a community to find, buy and sell exclusively to each other. Whether that is a community of people who barrel race, or love chess, or live in McKinney, TX, we make it possible to buy and sell with the people you trust. But, we're more than just marketplaces. We're a technology company passionate about entrepreneurship. That's why many of our marketplaces are started by individual entrepreneurs growing their passion.

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