Collecting is an inherently social activity. DASH provides a variety of features to enhance the positive interaction between collectors. At the same time, DASH safeguards users' privacy and security in the community.
A common theme for collecting communities is the need to preserve and share information about their hobby. The largest repositories of information about many collectibles are today's ecommerce sites. Unfortunately, this information is disorganized and disappears in weeks or months. For many collectibles, books and magazines have tremendous amounts of information, but as the publications go out of print and lost, so too is the valuable information. Finally, clubs and technically-inclined enthusiasts often try to provide online repositories, too often these sources are poorly designed and end up out-of-date because they are not structured to enable the ongoing input from the rest of the community. The DASH Catalog is designed to enable generations of collectors to access and contribute, creating a "living resource" for the hobby. As natural enthusiasts for the hobby, collectors are motivated to contribute, making DASH get better every day. Being able to share the knowledge about the hobby is essentially sharing the common passion with the community.
DASH not only provides a great Catalog for the hobby, it also includes a built-in mechanism for the personal sharing about the hobby. Each user automatically gets their own mini-website, representing their collection and orientation as a collector. Tell your story. Share pictures and videos about your passion for collecting. Enable (or not) others to view your collection, wanted list, items for sale or items for trade. Never before has it been this easy to discover other collectors with similar interests and connect with them in a secure environment.
Finally, DASH's mobile apps enable collectors to utilize the vast community resources of DASH anytime and anywhere to connect with other collectors. Literally, a collector now has their full collection in their pocket, available anytime.
The meteoric rise in popularity and use of social networks underscores the innate human need to connect to their fellow humans. Today's popular social networks are integrated throughout DASH. Collector's can share their collections, Catalog items and items for sale with a single click.
Buying, Selling and Trading
Collectors are all consumers. To "collect," collectors buy or trade to acquire. They often acquire their items from other collectors who are therefore sellers. A form of sharing, the user experience of buying, selling and trading on DASH is intentionally an innovative, social interaction. When a collector lists an item for sale, those users that want it can be notified. As with any exchange of items in the virtual world, trust between users is paramount. DASH provides a feedback system enabling both partners to rate the other's trustworthiness. DASH enables a smart pairing of trading partners by providing intelligent visibility of users' willingness to trade an item they have with other users' list of wanted items. By enabling the viewing of others' wanted/willing to trade lists, DASH makes the process of negotiating trades a much more streamlined, social experience.