Paperclip – The Place to Buy, Sell, Swap or Give Away Unwanted Items
I am of an age where I can vaguely remember the Multi-coloured Swap Shop. It was a concept ahead of its time. Swapping your unwanted items and exchanging them for something else.
Since then we’ve had Freecycle (giving unwanted items away for free) and Ebay (selling your unwanted items). Now we have Paperclip!
What is Paperclip?
Paperclip has the marketplace covered – literally. You can list your unwanted items and then choose to give them away for free (like Freecycle), sell them (like Ebay) OR swap them for something else (just like Swap Shop!) all in one place. Add to this that there are NO FEES, that’s right, no fees – not even when you are selling your items – what’s not to like?
Paperclip was founded by Rich and Alan who met at University. They were inspired by the story of Kyle MacDonald. Starting with just a paperclip, Kyle traded (swapped) his way right up to a house!
Paperclip is available as a free App both on the App Store and Google Play or you can use it online. You can sign up using an email and password or via Facebook. Add a username, your location and a photo and you are ready to start searching the marketplace.
Easy to Use
Posting an item for sale or trade is easy. Take a photo, name your item and it appears in the marketplace.
There is a handy search function which allows you to search for a specific item or you can filter the marketplace by category or distance.
The Paperclip marketplace presents the image of the items for sale within your chosen search or filter. By clicking on that image you can find out the location of the item and a description.
Making an Offer
You now have two choices – you can ‘Chat’ or ‘Make an Offer’.
Chat is ideal if you want more information about the item for sale and works in a similar way to sending a text message.
Clicking on the ‘Make an Offer’ button allows you to either:
♦Enter an amount you are willing to pay for the item
♦Add up to 3 items that you would like to ‘swap’ or trade for the item
Paperclip also brings with it a unique feature where you can create groups. For example, you could have a workplace group where you buy, sell, swap or give away your items just to people within your group who are from your workplace. You can even add a request for an item you are looking for.
Paperclip have even thought about keeping us organised with all our buying, selling and swapping. They have created a handy Trade Centre which holds all your offers, messages and notifications.
Clear your Clutter
If you are looking for an easy to use, fee free way of clearing your clutter and getting rid of your unwanted items, then Paperclip is ideal.
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