T2T's is an online buying and selling marketplace whose purpose is to connect members (teachers, parents and others) so that they can make and save money through the exchange of educational products. T2T helps both sellers and buyers leverage the value of teacher-owned and gently-used classroom items, original classroom creations and much, much more.
It's absolutely astonishing how much of a teacher's annual income is spent purchasing classroom items. We know its astonishing because the most common response on our surveyquestion asking how much personal annual income is used to purchase classroom items is "$251-$500", while the second most frequent response is "$501-$1,000! This practice is relatively unique to the teaching profession and directly impacts overall household income for 3.3 million teachers nationwide. T2T is here to help teachers (and other members) help each other reduce or even eliminate this income drain by leveraging the power of cash value retained in these wonderful, gently-used classroom items.
What type of items can I list (to sell) or browse (to buy) using T2T's online store?
If you can buy it in a commercial teacher's store or if it's an original artistic creation or written publication that serves a legitimate educational purpose you can offer it for sale using T2T.
In addition to gently-used commercial products, we also encourage the sale of original authored children's books, original artwork and classroom decorations, classroom furniture and equipment, CD's, DVD's, toys, games, teacher created curriculum plans and ideas in PDF or other transferable electronic file, even art and music supplies and playground equipment and items. The list is nearly endless. We encourage variety, creativity and volume! The more products offered through T2T's online store, the better the shopping and selling experience for all members. To view our suggested item category list, click HERE.
What exactly is meant by "gently-used classroom essentials"?
It's our way of describing high-quality classroom items that in spite of classroom experience have nevertheless retained 100% of their educational use. These wonderful items offer great value to a new owner through years of additional classroom life!
The vast majority of items on T2T's online store shelves are gently-used educational products originally purchased new from commercial teacher stores like Lakeshore Learning. Our technical standard of "gently-used" is this; "the product must be free from defects, still have all of its parts and must operate and function as it did when purchased new."
Is T2T for teachers only or would membership benefit others as well?
While a majority of T2T members are teachers and school administrators, membership is nevertheless open to anyone who has a passion for the education of young children. We are proud to say that parents constitute our second greatest membership segment with homeschoolers and private pre-school's and daycare centers not far behind!
In addition to our teacher members, parents, school administrators, and private preschool and daycare owners are also counted among those that greatly benefit from the money making and cost saving benefits of a T2T membership. T2T membership offers great value, regardless of whether you are an educator or a parent.
What sets T2T apart from similar online shop and sell sites?
T2T is fueled by high sale activity. Sale activity is energized by variety. Variety results from high Seller participation. As the T2T concept was coming together we recognized how difficult it would be to compete with other teacher targeted sites and general online sales sites such as Ebay. The solution was in a key business principle we hold dear; we are here to help members make and save money. One element of honoring this principle was the implementation of our award incentive program for both Sellers and Buyers!
Frequently Asked Questions
You Can Help Develop T2T!
During our final development steps, the most important lesson we learned was to listen to our customers and those most likely to join into the membership role. We have kept the communications lines completely open as we continue to fine tune our software and online store by implementing the many suggestions and comments that we have received.
If you would like to help us improve the developing T2T online store we ask that you click the red "Survey" link below and participate in this 1-minute survey.
After viewing this website I can see that the store is not yet active and there's no way for me to sell or buy. What are you asking site visitors to do right now?
Great question! We're asking site visitors to participate in a brief 1-minute survey to help fine tune our internet store. We are also asking site visitors to consider joining the community by completing our Membership Application. These members will be the first to know when T2T goes live.
The T2T online store is well into development and the site is nearing completion. A great deal of money, time and effort has been expended in getting T2T to this near-ready state. We are now asking likely members to help define certain aspects of the store. Questions on our survey were designed for that purpose.