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International, and still local

Submitted by Alistair Martin on 11th April 2013

We've been asked many times "are you available...." here, there and everywhere? The answer is a big YES!! - RipeNear.Me is a global service. That said, there are some important things you should know while we're in beta:

Being an Australian based company we have launched in English, using dollars as currency, and with produce names used locally here. We understand that it might be confusing for you if you live elsewhere. For example, our friends in the USA might find it difficult to find cantaloupes because we call them rockmelons. And we understand that if you live in France you want a website in French - and with euros.

Fear not! - As soon as we can we'll be developing localized features so that your language, currency and terminology (for produce) will display based on where you live. It's all part of our effort to make RipeNear.Me as local as you and your food. Because it's a big task it might take us a little while to complete - even though its high on our list of priorities.

So how does this affect you right now?

For those of you with a different currency (euros, pounds, pesos, rupees, etc) you can simply ignore the dollar symbol. When we transition to your local currency the numerical figure your enter for your produce will remain the same. For example, if you live in the UK and list your apples for $3/kg, they will become £3/kg when currency improvements are rolled out. And of course you can change your selling price at any time. The same applies when filtering search results - ignore the dollar symbol (imagine it is your local currency). 1 = 1 in your currency.
Names for produce and foods
You may encounter strange names for some foods - "You say tomato, I say tomato" and so on. Well, you get the idea. We hope that you find this only mildly irritating, and please bear in mind that it's temporary. If you have trouble seeing the food you want to find/post in the list it could mean that it's either called something else in Australia, or we've missed it while making our list. Either way we'd like to hear about it.
Well, if you don't speak English you're probably not reading this anyway. But if you have friends who'd like to get involved Google has a great translation tool that may be helpful while we work on multilingual support.
Have we missed anything? If there's something that you feel we've missed that would help make RipeNear.Me as local as you please drop us a line.

About RipeNear.Me

RipeNear.Me is a small startup with an ambitious goal.

Driven by a desire to make a positive change, we aim to make it easy to find, share, swap, buy and sell local and homegrown foods.

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