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Real Cities Network to Use BuyerWeb RFP App

KnightRidder.com signed a deal to integrate BuyerWeb's patent-pending private-label "request-for-proposal" technology into its RealCities network of regional hubs.

BuyerWeb said its application is designed to help alleviate the frustration many consumers encounter when looking for harder-to-find goods and services.

A potential buyer simply specifies the item or service he or she wants by filling out an online request form. Within 48 hours the person receives offers with information and pricing from qualified sellers. Qualified sellers then pay a small fee to reply to the buyer with information and offers.

KnightRidder.com will begin implementing the free service for its Real Cities visitors in March. Financial arrangements between the companies were not disclosed.

"We view BuyerWeb as a perfect way to provide a useful and time-saving service to our consumers while helping our local advertisers garner more business online," said Dan Finnigan, president of KnightRidder.com.

BuyerWeb product and service include auto parts and accessories, wines, cigars, antiques and collectibles and sports memorabilia, among others, as well as category forms for personal and professional services, such as nursing care and architects.

The BuyerWeb Network connects all of its partner sites, enabling buyers from one partner to get quotes from businesses associated with others. Other partners include Prodigy Internet, Edmunds.com, carclub.com and boxLot.com.