OfferUp: iPhone App Written and Video Review
It seems like anybody and everybody wants to give us an app or utility to help us sell our stuff these days. Not least among these are giants like eBay and Craig’s List. However, we’d very much like to throw a new name into the hat, this time being OfferUp by developer iDeal Technologies. The app has a unique focus on quickly (more like instantly) allowing you to post new sale items, as well as a unique focus on a cool community—Seattle, WA. The app has a ton of promise, and if your curiosity has been piqued, you can catch our whole review below. Starting with:
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind OfferUp is blissfuly simple. How great would it be if there were an iPhone app that allowed you to instantly put up a new for-sale listing? No messy mucking about with forms, just snap a picture of the item, attach some basic pricing information, and then move on with life. With OfferUp, that dream is a reality. The app is incredibly simple to use. Boot it up, take a photo, and then fill-in the forms as you will. The app retains your geo-tagged location, and automatically adds the data that you include to the listing. It then gets thrown up onto the grand wall of all other listings on OfferUp, and the deal is done. Others will see what you have to offer, and if they like, they can either buy the item or send you a question about it. It’s a lot like Craig’s List in its local focus (The app only works in Seattle, WA) but it’s so much easier to use. In fact, we don’t really want to go back to using eBay and Craig’s List now that we’ve had OfferUp on our plate.
Design and Interface
In its last update, the app underwent a massive design overhaul, and we have to say, it looks gorgeous. The app is theoretically primed for a worldwide distribution, which would be phenomenal. In fact, that’s really our only complaint with the app. It’s extremely local, which is great in our eyes. But in terms of the rest of us who don’t live in Seattle, the app’s glorious interface and quick listing action are meaningless. This is really a tragedy, as everything about OfferUp screams quality, craftsmanship, and beautiful, beautiful selling.
Best of all, the app is completely free in the App Store. It’s hard to argue with a bargain like that, especially if you’re a resident of the aforementioned locality. It’s got a lot of promise, and though we may pine for an eventual USA-wide release, we have a feeling those who can make the most of the app truly will do just that. Our hats are off to you, lads. This is a gorgeous piece of iPhone art.
OfferUp requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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