Published: Mon Aug 08 2005

MCALLEN, T.X. (July 7, 2005): Rio Grande Valley's newest Web site,, will bring affordable online local classified listings to Texas this month. The Website is designed to help consumers in the local community buy, sell, promote, and communicate through user-generated content.

Filling a need for affordable and comprehensive local online classifieds, McAllen resident Malcom Chakery in partnership with Vega Interactive, LLC, a Rhode Island-based company, introduces a new online classifieds site that incorporates enhanced technology to make the site pages load faster and enable more search and management options for users.

"A few months ago I discovered—Vega Interactive’s premier classifieds site— online. I knew right away that I wanted to launch a similar site in the Valley," says Mr. Chakery, owner of Chakery Design, a comprehensive Web Site design company. "A week after contacting them, we were on our way to creating"

Vega Interactive founders, Tom Viall and Linda Woods, channeled their combined experience working on the Internet to create a site that offers an enhanced and more useful online classifieds tool. "The technology behind the site is completely dynamic and flexible," explains Mr. Viall. "Working closely on classified tools for several years enabled us to monitor the effectiveness of various features and catalogue user feedback. The database tool we created for is literally the product of years of market research and usability testing. We've incorporated features into the site we know are important to people posting listings and people browsing those items, namely interactivity, speed and ease of use."

Currently, there are no plans in place to sell any pop-up/under ads on Instead, the site will feature a "membership model" for generating revenue. Users in the Rio Grande Valley can post a free listing for up to 90 days on in the following areas: General Merchandise, Automotive, Real Estate, Services, Restaurants and Events. Each of the areas has various sub-categories within, and a search engine will enable users to search for apartment listings, for example, by geographic area.

After the free listing time period expires, there is a nominal membership fee to continue posting listings. People can choose from a 30-day membership for the price of just $14.95 or an annual membership for the price of just $149.95. Both plans allow for unlimited listings in multiple categories during the duration of the membership. There is also a "manage my listings" area where members can view every listing they have on the site with options for editing and deleting.

"There is a great need in this area for a site like," comments
Mr. Chakery, who will act as’s local marketing and business development director. "With many people out of work or just watching their budgets, it seems like everyone could use a good deal. helps people connect quickly and easily to find bargains and save money."

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Established in January 2003, Vega Interactive, LLC is a Rhode Island-based company owned and managed by Linda Woods and Thomas Viall. The mission of the company is to design and manage online tools to help consumers in a local community buy, sell, promote, and communicate through user-generated, Web-based content. The company produces a series of location-specific Web sites designed to let member’s list goods and services via online classified-style interface. Vega Interactive Web sites and launched in the first quarter of 2003 in RI and CT, launched in the second quarter of 2003 in New Orleans, and launched in the fourth quarter of 2004, with similarly branded sites to follow. For more information, contact: Vega Interactive, LLC, PO Box 40656, Providence, RI 02940-0656; phone: (401) 345-8709;
Contact Name: Malcom Chakery
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Contact Phone: 956-627-0748

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