WineCommune.com - About Us
     WineCommune is its own dot-com marketplace where special wines that attract a cult-like following can be found via the world connection, when the shelves at your best known liquor store have not seen them for months. The far reach of the Internet gives sellers access to the largest possible audience, and buyers access to the wine they might not otherwise find locally or for the right price.
     Wine lovers have long been using the Internet to share tasting notes, learn about new and different wines, and trade amongst themselves. As participants in the wine community, the creators of WineCommune.com witnessed the popularity of selling wine through public auctions and new on-line auction houses and realized that the true power of the Internet was underutilized. Thus, WineCommune has evolved organically, like a true community does, where the momentum of the technical industry has spawned a means of connecting an international wine forum. Established in 1999, WineCommune is now the number one wine marketplace on the Web.

How it works:


Sellers from across the world can post their wines in any number of categories for auctions lasting from one to 21 days. Buyers then log onto WineCommune at their leisure, review the available wine lots, then bid on those that interest them. The far reach of the Internet unites wine lovers from different continents giving sellers access to the largest possible audience, and buyers access to the wine they might not otherwise find locally or for the right price. Says CNN Correspondent, Rusty Dornin in the May 19th article titled, Small vineyards attract a cult following with pricey vintages, "If nearly nobody else has it, then someone will pay a lot of money for it, which is why Internet wine auction sites like . . . Winecommune.com are full of speculative sellers. "

WineCommune is its own dot-com marketplace where special wines that attract a cult-like following can be found via the world connection, when the shelves at your best known liquor store have not seen them for months. Jim Laube, Senior Editor at Wine Spectator, says, "It's a classic case of supply and demand, where you have a very finite supply, you have people willing to pay for the wines. [Some of] these wines are very small productions, very small lots of land and usually all Napa Valley Cabernets."

Competitive Advantage


The auction house is one of the oldest and most traditional methods for conducting sales of precious goods. However, participating in a live auction is both cumbersome and costly. Some of the newer on-line wine auction sites and standard auction houses use the Internet to implement an old style auction charging 25% commissions (12.5% each to the buyer and seller). And since some auctions are not open to all buyers, the price of entry often outweighs the value of participation. Now, the power of the Internet eliminates this obstacle by bringing the auction house to the comfort of your own office or living room. WineCommune does that, plus goes one step further by lowering the barriers to entry that often deters the otherwise participant---the commission. Click here to review the full fee schedule. Registration to browse and collect information is at no cost to the bidder or seller.

Some public auctions, while efficient, ignore wine entirely, providing no category or system of organization with which to find the wine. WineCommune offers an easy to use table index where friendly icons help you quickly scan the items you are looking for. Our powerful sorting feature enables a fast means of pulling up the information you want in the order youíd like to view it. Our search-by category feature lets you narrow down the color, variety and region you would like without having to weed through a broader selection. And if you donít find what youíre looking for, chances are, our Advanced Search tool will give you a more narrow means of finding the right bottle.

In the past, auction houses offered a clientele and credibility to justify their costs. Now, however, the number of people using the Internet and the use of feedback ratings to weed out unscrupulous sellers makes their services outmoded and overpriced. On WineCommune our user ratings count more than the sale of the wine. Because you want to know that the vendor you are dealing with not only provides quality wine, but quality service. And if they donít, the feedback from the buyer helps protect other users from poor service. Likewise, those vendors who provide exceptional service are rewarded by the community with a highly visible rating.

How much does it cost to use WineCommune?


WineCommune does not charge you any fees or commissions to use our service to buy wine and only a small listing fee and 3% commission applies to sell. Click here to review the full fee schedule. Traditional auction houses cost up to a 25% commission on the 'hammer' price for each lot. Even so-called Internet auction houses still charge full fees despite how easily the efficiencies of the Internet can cut costs for everybody. And your confidence is with us. WineCommune makes no money off of your registration, nor do we pass your email on to advertisers for promotion or spam marketing.

On WineCommune, low fees means better returns for sellers and lower prices for buyers. This is the true power of the Internet. We increase the number of buyers and sellers, thus creating more inventory and more transactions. The competition this creates is beneficial to all involved. Itís good for you, the buyer, because with all that inventory, the chances are higher that you will find the wine youíre looking for. Itís good for you, the seller, because chances are, with all those buyers, you are more likely to get the price you want for your wine.

Why are we here?


Wine lovers have long been using the Internet to share tasting notes, learn about new and different wines, and trade amongst themselves. As participants in the wine community, the creators of WineCommune.com witnessed the popularity of selling wine through public auctions and new on-line auction houses and realized that the true power of the Internet was underutilized. Thus, WineCommune has evolved organically, like a true community does, where the momentum of the technical industry has spawned a means of connecting an international wine forum.

At WineCommune, we continue to exist because we are proof that this remarkable technology continues to bring the wine loving community together, while saving people the large commissions charged by traditional auction houses.

We want to hear from you!


If you have feedback you believe would enhance the power of this service, we want to know about it. If you have questions, would like to provide your comments on the site, suggestions for how we could improve it, or things you like best about WineCommune, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for your Membership
We welcome you to WineCommune and hope that you like your community experience here, above all, while enjoying the freedom of buying and selling.

 

 

 

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