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UT student-created website encourages safe online commerce

classiphixcom_orderStudents wanting to buy or sell used textbooks or find a new roommate have a website designed just for them by a University of Toledo graduate. Go to Classiphix.com.

The website for UT students to post ads to sell or find used items was founded in 2009 as MyCollegeStuff.net when then-student Dane Theisen thought he and his peers needed something better than craigslist.org to buy, sell and trade items.

“Students were putting a lot of time and effort into making flyers to post on bulletin boards around campus,” he said. “I thought there had to be a better way to do it.”

The site was designed to help create a safer and more secure environment for UT students to buy and trade online. MyCollegeStuff.net this year was rebranded as Classiphix.com.

“We received an investment, so I used a majority of that money for rebranding,” Theisen said. “I wanted to make it much more professional.”

Rebranding included a new name, a new website design, and a new mascot: a small orange and white fox with a graduation cap called Classifox.

The site, which requires a college “.edu” email address to register, has a designated meeting spot in Rocket Hall for safety purposes. Posts are not restricted to buying and selling.

“One of our biggest sections is the community section of the site,” Theisen said. “Students can post events or find things that are happening on campus.”

Also new this year is a discount card students can use at businesses and restaurants around Toledo, mainly in the UT area.