Why haven't "buying clubs" become more common with internet?
For example, 100 cat owners could join together, approach different cat food providers and bargain a discount through joint-purchasing.
My guess is that the venture capital model makes us only think in terms of what works as a capitalist firm.
Ventures like buying clubs make more sense as #coops or mutuals. The largest hardware store chain (Ace Hardware) and carpet flooring firm (CCA Global) in the US are both purchasing coops.
@LeoSammallahti I'd actually guess that it's more inertia than anything else. Starting up something like that is hard. You need to organize it, set up infrastructure, set up security etc.
Informal ones are probably more common among people who know each other in person.
@LeoSammallahti one reason is that Consumers Byline poisened the well in the 90s.
(pyramid scheme presented much as what you propose, by the same guy who later branded sex slaves)
@LeoSammallahti there was a site called MassDrop that did group buys on all kinds of electronics, etc
I remembered quite a few online buying clubs in Germany around 2002-2005. Some electronics, some clothing labels, some early china gadgets. They had problems finding matches between products and buyers in the long term. Most customers wanted quicker delivery and the small bargain could not compensate. Your cat food example would work better, because of the steady supply demand. Some of the clubs I mentioned ended up in crowdfunding platforms.
@LeoSammallahti I'm part of a coop that jointly buys vegetables from local organic farms. I think there's just a lot of logistics and work involved in getting organized that holds people back.
It's especially the case with vegetables where you have food regulations you have to adhere to, and you want people to pick up the food the same day etc.
@LeoSammallahti Pinduoduo is extremely popular in China. It’s not coop/mutual at all, but it points to an interest real people have.
A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.