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The Amazon integration automatically catalogs all purchases on the site, surfacing opportunities to sell things purchase months/years ago. Very smart -- you're starting to build a decentralized marketplace. The big challenge I see is that consumers won't necessarily receive value immediately after signing up if the primary mode of engagement is selling older stuff. Alternatively, consumers may visit ShelfFlip with the intent to sell a specific item but now days they're already accustomed to doing this on CraigsList, eBay, Gazelle, etc. How are you approaching this, @christiankletzl?
@rrhoover Thanks Ryan! Very good points. By analyzing your Amazon purchases back to 1995, we hope that the user can get immediate value by being able to sell stuff they bought > 1 year ago. Regarding Gazelle et al, it's definitely tough out there, but we hope that we can become the spot where people sell their stuff because we make it even easier to sell (we pick up your stuff - it can't get much easier :)) The vision definitely is to change selling into a frustration-free supported process. "You bought an iPhone 18 months ago, we recommend you sell it now for $X before prices drop because of a new release"
@christiankletzl the predictive/suggested prompts is a great idea, combined with a Shype-like shipping service, you could eliminate much of the hassle selling things you no longer need. The big question is how do you get people to (1) discover you and (2) give you information which may be a hurdle due to privacy concerns (e.g. I don't want this company to know I bought X last week).
@rrhoover 1) I was thinking of product hunt :) 2) i see privacy as a value exchange. if we are able to provide enough value to the user then they are willing to connect their account. (which I hope we are) The best argument for this is GMail. I KNOW they are scanning my emails to better target their advertising, but their email service is compelling enough to accept that.
Love their one-click experience to get quotes for items you've previously bought on Amazon but don't use anymore. In my case "Sell now and get up to $ 750 by 12am today!" :-)
Hey everyone, happy to answer any questions you have about ShelfFlip. We tried to make reselling online as easy as possible. We connect to your Amazon account to create a list of everything you bought online and quote you a fixed resale price for your books and electronics. If you want to sell, we come by, pick it up and pay you within 24 hours (pickup is SF only at the moment)
I love how hands-off the process is for the user after the initial integration. Are you guys working to move beyond Amazon, or is there no comparably interesting data to be used for the other marketplaces @rrhoover mentioned?
@gentlemanbasil Thanks Henri. eBay purchases are definitely interesting as well. We have a feature that checks your gmail inbox for purchases based on order confirmations from 15+ stores (amazon, ebay, walmart, etc) but have found that users prefer the amazon connection over the gmail connection. We currently offer that feature after you connected your amazon account (for the power users out there :))
@christiankletzl Awesome! Nice layering of features. Looking forward to signing up my gmail :D
I love this mostly because one of the biggest problems I see with the many consignment sites&apps is that the process of listing a product, pricing it and managing it is still too tedious. I think this product is definitely headed in the right direction by simplifying that process. However, while the pick-up of products is great for users, it becomes a challenge for high infrastructure costs and a business model concern when scaling. Excited to see this grow!
@tiffanydstone couldn't agree more with your problem description. this idea came out of the frustration of selling online. "what would make me sell my used stuff?" For the business model, we plan to go city-by-city (still tough!) but are also developing a model where we potentially connect people who have stuff to sell but don't want to (pretty much everyone) with people who want to sell but don't have stuff (eBay powersellers, etc)