We are looking for a full-fledged website that operates very much like eBay but we have our own twist to it which we will reveal only to the successful bidder.
For all intents and purposes of judging and estimating this project, the site will allow sellers to bid on certain auctions, and allow the buyers to post items. The site will allow full two way electronic communication between the seller and buyer to facilitate and enable a smooth transaction between the two parties. The buyer will be charged a service fee so this website must handle financial transactions, probably through a third party like PayPal but that is to be discussed.
The buyer may upload pictures and multimedia information about the item.
We need an user interface, like eBay, for both a seller and a buyer through one login. Sellers and buyers will have feedback and ratings from others.
In short, the functionality will be a cut, modify a bit, and paste of eBay and another website that already exists (without the extraneous bells and whistles of these advanced sites) so it will be quite easy to sketch out the functional requirements.
Right now, we have set an open budget to see what we get in terms of bids. Of course, we do have limits on our budget but we'd like to find the right people for the job first who can do this from start to finish without issues. The GUI of this site needs to be very intuitive and user-friendly so we'd like the teams who bid on this to have good in-house design capability as well.
We'd like someone to whom we can provide the raw functionality and they can take it to completion with our input and suggestions on the way.
We are open to technologies but top-notch look & feel and solid functionality are keys.
Obviously, there is much to be discussed about the site functionality than the paragraph above. We will work closely to make sure the functionality is sketched out before work starts.
We want a team that is responsive and agile to take this to completion.
Remember, we do need in-house design expertise to design a beautiful GUI that will be a pleasure for the user to use.