Bulletin Board (BBS) is a one to many communication medium where buyer or seller 'posts' a message for visitors of the Board. Like notice boards in physical world, BBS is a source for latest information.
BBS is an extremely powerful tool to reach a seamless world not bound by countries, regions or even languages. Trade BBS (i.e. Bulletin Board dealing in International trade) seems to be the ideal tool for any foreign trade professional. Whether you are buying, selling or offering some service - trade BBS can get you instant result almost at zero cost.
Evolution of BBS
During the heyday of dotcoms, thousands of Trade BBS sprang up from all parts of the world. Simple technology and ease of use were the main drivers for such huge popularity. However, so many bulletin boards with so little to distinguish one from other, made life difficult for international traders.
Following the burst of dotcom bubble - many of these trade bulletin boards have closed down. While, sadly, some good BBS have closed down, the good news is that surviving ones have become much more powerful.
Is the Information Genuine ?
I have heard this concern many times over. Indeed, all messages posted at BBS may not be from genuine parties. Like advertisements in Newspaper or any other media - BBS is a source of information. How best to use this information is limited only by the skill and ability of the user. One will have to separate wheat from chaff ! Besides, whether the source of information is BBS or not - every prudent businessman exercises necessary precautions while evaluating a trade offer. From that angle, it is difficult to understand the reason for such concern.
List of Trade BBS
Following is list of few Trade BBS where you can find buyers. This is only a random list - please see 'Sources of Information' below for comprehensive listing.
Source of Information
Listed below are two excellent source of information on high quality trade BBS around the world.
- Newsletter on Business Opportunties from India and Abroad
Vol: 2, Issue 36
February 14' 2002