Islebuy, which launched online back in February 2015, is bringing the world of digital ads back to print with their new 24-page magazine. It follows on from the success of the website over the past 18 months. The aim of the magazine is to offer an outlet for Islanders to list their unwanted items for free and to support local businesses by offering an affordable solution to reach new customers.
Some 5,000 copies of the first issue of the bi-weekly magazine have been distributed to stores across the Island, featuring individual classified ads and dedicated sections such as motors, property and marine. In addition, discounts of up to 20% are being offered for local services and products on the unique coupons page.
John Williams, Director of Islebuy says:
“The initial idea for the magazine came from the lack of free and effective methods locally to sell unwanted items, as well as a distinct lack of affordable marketing options for local businesses.
“As a recent start-up, we understand that getting the word out about your business can be difficult, especially with some outlets charging over the odds due to lack of competition on the Island. Our aim is to put a stop to this by offering Islanders this completely free opportunity to sell whatever they like! Whether it be a car, a property or even if you have a job to list – there is no cost.
“With the support of the local community we have grown rapidly over the past 18 months to over 24,000 registered users”.
The magazine is stocked in over 20 different local outlets including all Spar stores, Hovertravel, Lidl, Tesco and many others.
Sam Hollis from one of the Island’s largest used car dealerships, Island Car Centre, has said:
“Being the Island’s only classified ads source to offer motoring ads at no cost is a huge benefit to local businesses and the public alike.
“With Islebuy being an Island-based business and their website so simple to use, we were quickly able to transfer all of our vehicles to the site with ease – with the added bonus of some unique functionality.
“We pride ourselves on supporting the Island and maintaining the community feel and this new magazine emphasizes just that”.