ZTail is an interactive pricing guide. When you list things on eBay, you can easily check more than eBay to get an estimated listing price. ZTail will show you Craigslist, Shopping.com, and other related sites as well as let the community at large serve as amateur appraisers of the item. TechCrunch really hit the nail on the head when they described Ztail as a “mixture of Antiques Roadshow, The Price is Right, and eBay.” I especially see The Price is Right comparison.
ZTail lets you play appraiser. People list objects they’re thinking about selling. Other people assign a worth to that object. You can create a ZTail widget to put on your web site, allowing people outside of ZTail to assign a worth to the object.
As a user, you acquire a score, based on your accuracy as compared to the average price. You can grow your score by linking to other locations where a similar object has sold, which validates the price you chose.
ZTail also makes it simple, once you’ve set a price, to list your object on eBay with easy-to-use templates.
Right now, ZTail is a great idea but lacks, well, something. I suspect that something is people. ZTail depends on user-generated content – worth estimations, reviews, and products – to survive. It’s new, so it doesn’t have much of that yet. With a strong user base, this site could become a hit, and a lot of fun. Who doesn’t like the The Price is Right?
Here’s a great video from DemoGirl that shows all of the ZTail features: