Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 27, 2012
With a focus on making selling as simple as snapping a picture, OfferUp (http://www.offerupnow.com) today announced a new mobile marketplace to safely buy and sell gently-used items. OfferUp combines the best elements of existing online marketplaces – buyers can get good deals from sellers looking to turn unused items into cash – with a new mobile approach focused on personal safety.
“As a new father of a 12 month-old baby girl, my wife and I soon discovered that many items had to come and go into our home or else we’d wind up on a TV episode of Hoarders,” said Nick Huzar, founder and CEO at OfferUp. “Like many growing families, we turned to Craigslist but found it very time consuming and there were times when I was a little fearful or guarded about closing a transaction in person – especially if my wife and child were with me or if my wife wanted to do it alone.”
According to a 2011 NPD Group research study, the average U.S. household has more than $7,000 worth of unused items, equating to nearly $800 billion in unused items in the U.S. OfferUp believes families want to turn these items into cash, but are often frustrated by the cumbersome, risky, and unfriendly mobile experience of current marketplaces. With its unique approach to personal safety, OfferUp will help families overcome the fears driven by studies such as The AIM Group’s which linked Craigslist to 330 crimes and 12 deaths in the U.S. between 2010 and 2011.
OfferUp: A Simple Mobile Marketplace with Unique Safety Features
Whether it’s to get rid of a stroller, toys, sporting equipment, or clothing, sellers can use OfferUp’s “Snap and Tap” iPhone mobile app to snap a picture and post a gently-used item for sale in under one minute. Without ever needing to connect to a PC, the item immediately posts to OfferUp’s mobile marketplace and website. Sellers also have the option to easily share the listing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or send an email to individuals or groups. Using images to help potential buyers easily navigate the marketplace on-the-go, OfferUp’s photo-based shopping interface makes it easy for potential buyers to discover nearby deals that are relevant to their interests and lifestyle. In addition, to help weed the serious buyers from window shoppers, OfferUp informs people of how quickly a person responds – anywhere from within an hour to more than 48 hours.
Only the OfferUp TruYou member program lets both buyers and sellers provide information that validates their identities. OfferUp’s buyers and sellers can earn their TruYou member status by providing additional information including a simple scan of their driver’s license, enabling each person’s identity to be cross referenced with public records. OfferUp also offers in-app private messaging to keep identities completely anonymous until buyers and sellers decide to share private information. This allows people to respond to each other without ever disclosing their email address which could easily be used to find someone’s identity via a Google or Facebook search.
Krista Wood, a working mother of two small children, says, “I’ve always had an interest in selling my gently- used baby and toddler items online, but the idea of having a stranger come to my home made me feel a bit uncomfortable.”
Wood continued, “Not only does OfferUp make buying and selling simple, but the OfferUp TruYou member program and other safety features make me feel more at ease in handling the buying and selling process without hesitation.”
For more information, watch the video to see how it works or iPhone users can download the app today in the iTunes store.
OfferUp City-Wide Flash Mob Garage Sale in Greater Seattle and Bellevue Areas
On July 21, 2012, OfferUp is organizing a citywide Flash Mob garage sale in the Greater Seattle and Bellevue areas. People can list an unlimited number of items on OfferUp for free and have people pick up their merchandise at the garage sale. For more information, please visit: http://www.offerupnow.com/gsale.
OfferUp is changing the way busy families buy and sell gently-used items with their safe and hassle-free mobile marketplace. iPhone users can download the app today in the iTunes store.
Consignment shops interested in listing their products can get more information at http://www.offerupnow.com/shops. You can also find OfferUp on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/offerupnow or on Twitter at @offerupnow.