NoteWagon is an online marketplace for notes. Users can bring their notes, outlines and revision material to NoteWagon and sell them to others for real money. The homepage feature recent activity, which lists new documents and how uploaded them. Many subjects are covered, from psychology to math and biology. The user signs in and selects the course they wish to add notes under. The user uploads the notes as a document. A preview is made available so potential buyers can see the overall quality of the notes through a small sample. When someone buys notes, the user receives tokens. Tokens can be purchased or earned by inviting others to NoteWagon. Tokens earned can be traded for a check or Paypal payment. The application makes suggestions for note pricing, however the user makes the final call when listing their notes for sale.
NoteWagon was founded by Jamie Wang, Saif Altimimi and Gabriel Chan in September of 2010. The application has received some attention from internet sources, and most comments have been favorable. Many point out that while NoteWagon shouldn’t be a student’s only source of learning outside of the classroom, it does offer an alternative that can work well as a supplemental resource. The application is cheaper than most educational services.
NoteWagon is unique in what it has to sell. The idea of an online marketplace has been done time and time again, but NoteWagon is one of the few places that lets users barter tokens for educational materials. The website is home to a wide range of higher education documents taken by real students from real universities. Users can browse for notes and preview with a sample before they buy. Students can also earn extra money to help the make ends meet while in school.
NoteWagon uses a fun, lighthearted design that caters to a younger age group. Playful elements are found throughout the site, starting with the cheerful panda on the homepage and the hand drawn logo. The design stays clutter-free, despite its friendly nature. This works well to give users a fun, upbeat environment to search for school notes in. Even though the atmosphere seems geared towards younger users, older adults can also learn the interface easily.
A new user can click the gold “Get Started!” button found along the right side of the homepage. The form on the next page asks for a username, email address, password, school name and Captcha code entry. An optional space is available if the user has a promo code. The user is advised that they must check their email inbox for a confirmation link. The link must be accessed within seven days.
NoteWagon does not charge a subscription fee to users. Anyone can join for nothing. Users can also list their school documents for free as well. Tokens must be used to purchase notes, however the user is not required to spend a specific amount to maintain account access. Tokens can also be earned by inviting others. Users who prefer to buy tokens can obtain 500 for $4.99, 1,000 for $9.99, 1,500 for $12.99 and 3,000 for $24.99. NoteWagon accepts credit cards and Paypal.
NoteWagon is a helpful resource for anyone who wants to buy or sell school notes. The application is easy to use, however the user will have to sign up to learn anything about how it works or the cost of tokens. NoteWagon can help users earn extra cash while they are in school. Some students may be turned off by the cost of some notes, especially if they have a friend who is willing to help them out for free.