Campus Shift Saves Students Cash
Graduating from Ohio University back in 2010 with a degree in Sports Management, Sebo realized very quickly after graduating that he wanted to do something different with his life. He partnered up with Maxx Blank and started the company Kegfly, a company that gave students discounts at popular restaurants and stores around campus. Although Kegfly worked out well for a while, Sebo was not able to get Student Senate to endorse it and the company soon ended.
Three months after being denied an endorsement from Student Senate for Kegfly, Sebo returns with a new program and a new twist. With over 2,000 users around the country at a few hundred different universities, Campus Shift seems to be starting off well as they launch their company on Monday.
The main selling point for Campus Shift is that it offers a fair market price for both buyers and sellers. “Book exchange companies such as Four Year leaves it up to the student to ask for their own prices for the books they are selling,” said Sebo. “This doesn’t really give a fair market value to either the buyer or the seller.”
Campus Shift works by giving students an average price based on the prices that over seventy different book companies value the same book as being worth, instead of allowing students to name their own price. “It’s the best way to make sure that the buyer and seller are getting an even end of the deal,” continued Sebo.
This news came as a delight to Student Senate President Kyle Triplett. “I loved the product that Zach presented to us and was excited to see that he was trying to make life a lot easier for students,” said Triplett. “I was also very pleased to see that he did his homework with comparing Campus Shift to other companies that have a similar business model.”
Sebo also proposed to Student Senate that his company could potentially allow students to never pay for a textbook again. With the unique option of swapping, Campus Shift gives students the opportunity to buy and sell books in exchange for points. One point equals one dollar and if students have remaining points at the end of the school year, Campus Life will allow them to exchange these points for cash or prizes such as an iPad.
Although Sebo’s seemed to have a great presentation, some Student Senate members were still a little cautious to support him.
“Their seemed to be a lot of questions that Zach was not able to answer during the presentation,” said Student Senate member Ed Gaither. “I like Zach and I like what he is trying to do but, why should we endorse this program when, only a couple months ago, he was asking us to endorse Kegfly, which was a company that ended up failing.”
With some Student Senate members in doubt about Sebo’s new company, some had to keep reminding themselves that they had already endorsed a similar company only a couple months ago.
“The fact of the matter is that we have already endorsed the Four Year book exchange program,” said Triplett. “We would like to give these guys a chance before we look into Campus Shift.”
At the moment, things don’t look so well for an endorsement from Student Senate. However, if Sebo can prove that his company will work and does save students a lot of money, he might not have to rely on getting an endorsement from Student Senate.
“Give us a shot,” Sebo continued. “You will be surprised at how much money we can save you.”
For more information about Campus Shift, visit their web site at www.campusshift.com.