If you’re a regular eBay shopper, you know all about its online auction system, and the thrill of winning a great deal on a coveted item. For a wine enthusiast, eBay often has a wide array of racks, glasses, charms, and other such accessories. The one thing eBay doesn’t seem to have, though, is wine.
Fortunately, there’s The Cellar Exchange, an online auction house exclusively for wine buyers and sellers. Developed by Chicagoan Michael Weiner—a well-traveled wine enthusiast in his own right—The Cellar Exchange states as its mission a desire to focus on its visitors, and to give them the power of commerce that other sites often maintain for themselves. There is no membership fee to join The Cellar Exchange, no fee to list wines for sale, and no buyer’s fees. Wine trade is direct between seller and buyer, rather than requiring the wine to go to Cellar Exchange itself. Site users are encouraged to interact with one another, and are able to assign each other open ratings and feedback, so that all members can see who has a good reputation as either buyer or seller. You can learn more about how the site operates by checking out its FAQ.
As with any auction, timing is key! You never know when a bottle you’ve been searching for might appear online at auction, so it’s always a good idea to check back often. If you’ve used Cellar Exchange before, or you decide to use it for the first time based on this post, let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear about any exciting finds or deals you managed to win at auction…and if you need a place to store that find, you know how to reach us.
Correction: Michael Weiner is the developer and owner of the Cellar Exchange. The site was originally conceived and founded by Doug Parsons. Thanks for the catch, readers!