You might have heard of planned obsolescence, and the fascination most businesses have in understanding our relationships with the products we buy; namely, that they are of a disposable nature. There are, however, ways to leave this mindset behind; repair, recycle, and of course, resell.
The second-hand market offers us a win-win scenario. The seller, looking to free themselves of unwanted clutter, gets the cash; the buyer gets what they were looking for, at a steal. Everyone's happy.
Up until now, getting in contact with a buyer or seller could be tricky. Web platforms did an okay job of bringing both parties closer together. But mobile apps have really released the full potential of the second-hand market by offering us filters, real-time chat, and geo-location.
Here we’re checking out five apps that'll have you rushing to the second-hand market, before you even give buying new a second thought.
Wallapop is a fairly new app. Born in 2013 with a mobile-first philosophy, it soon became one of the most well-known and frequently used apps in the classified ads market.
There are three main causes for its success. Firstly, Wallapop lets you filter classified ads by proximity (using your mobile’s GPS), price, category, keyword, or publication date. Secondly, getting in contact with the seller is really easy; you can barter with a counter offer, show you’re interested with a tap on the “I want it!” button, or start a private chat. Plus, if you’re looking to post an advert, Wallapop lets you do it straight from the app in less than a minute.
LetGo is pretty similar to Wallapop, but not as well-known is some countries. This app also uses your mobile’s GPS to display products that are in your area; a distance which you can choose yourself. You’re also able to filter your searches by category (electronics, fashion and accessories, etc.), distance, and price range.
LetGo is a really minimalist app when it comes to its design and practicality, and that’s what makes it so easy to post your own offers, find products, and get in touch with the seller (by opening a private chat or making a counter offer).
Unlike other apps, HappySale cares more about sellers, providing them with options like a "create" your own market and seller profile. As a buyer, you can search by specific keyword or explore through collections. You can also filter your searches by distance to your current location, category and price. In addition, the info in each article is well-distributed, the alerts are really helpful, and the social features (comments, likes and shares) add value to the app.
Obsso - Free Stuff Market is a classified ads platform for individuals who want to sell or buy second-hand products or services and offer/get something in return. The idea was that "the something" wasn't money but other goods, but most people still stick to offering cash.
The classic, second-hand buying and selling platform couldn’t go amiss in this list. eBay has been on the web for years now, with it’s auctioning system, which separates it somewhat from the other apps listed.
The official eBay app gives us access to all the usual homepage options; you can search, browse categories, view product and seller information, bid, post ads, and leave reviews. It’s also got some aspects designed especially for the mobile version. You can set up customizable alerts and push notifications, so that you find out when your auctions are just about to end.