Finally, a Mobile App That Lets You Sell Your Crap in Five Seconds
|Even if you stay in Cali, you might have to sell some things now that Prop 30 passed|
Whaddya know, there's an app for that.
Forget the scammers and rapists you will find on Craigslist, try this mobile app, Rumgr, which aims to compete with Craigslist by letting strangers rummage through each other's garages from the comfort of their own couch. Hmm. That still sounds creepy.
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Here's how it works: Snap a photo of your crap, price it, and watch it sell within five seconds. There's no need to write up a lengthy description or come up with a compelling headline to grab buyers' attention. All of this makes the app less cumbersome than Craigslist, says Ana Yoerg, spokeswoman for Rumgr.
You also won't find a "search feature," which means users will have to virtually rummage through their neighbors items to find what's what. "People want to go to the neighborhoods where they think the good stuff is," says Yoerg.
Craigslist is the big cheese in the "selling used items" world, but other companies have been springing up to compete with the online classified ads. Match.com and OkCupid, for instance, have given lonely singles another option to find love outside of Craigslist.
The app allows buyers and sellers to connect with each other via "private chat" as a way to keep personal information, such as your e-mail and phone numbers, out of the hands of weirdos. And like most other social media sites, buyers and sellers using this app can "follow" each other.
"It's serendipity," says Yoerg. "We live in a search-based society -- Google did this to us."
When all else fails, blame Google.