As a tech guy, I tend to collect way too much “stuff,” whether it be the latest iPhone case, or some other random tech gadget that I impulsively bought on Kickstarter. My wife is making me get rid of some of the things that I hardly use, and so I started my quest to find a good way to make some cash selling it. I could go the eBay route, but that takes too much time and it is such a hassle for smaller things. I could also use Craigslist, but you just never know what kind of people you will find on there.
Then the other day I got an invite to try out Tangibles, which I forgot I had signed up for a while back. They just launched and I decided to give it a spin to see if it would be worth my time. We did a review of Yard Sale, which is somewhat similar, but I didn’t get many hits there, so I decided to give this one a try to see if I could have more luck getting rid of my stuff.
Selling Your Stuff
Tangibles makes it really easy for you to start selling things, which is ideal being that you are using your iPhone to do this. All you have to do is take a picture of what you want to sell, then indicate what you are posting, a short description and for how much. You then have the option to post it to Craigslist in your area as well. Once this is done you can now post it and it will be live for others to buy. You also have the option to share it to Facebook, Twitter, email or text it to someone else. Right now you can only sell things for under $100, and they are doing this because they want to gain some traction first before they decide to let people buy and sell more expensive items.
Buying Other People’s Stuff
There are a variety of ways to search and find things that you want to purchase through Tangibles. If you know what you want, you can type it into the search bar and then let the app find it for you. You can also filter your results based off of price, location, newest or items that are free.
When you find an item that you are looking to purchase, you can go into the post and see pictures of it, price and the description. Some people leave their phone number or email address to get a hold of them, or you can use the contact button that is provided and then the Mail app gets launched with an email that you can send the person about the item. Similar to Craigslist, the email is a generic one so that you don’t know the actual address of the person you are contacting.
Possibly Connected to Craigslist
I was trying to find out if this app is in any way connected to Craigslist and I couldn’t find any information if they were or not. I bring this up for a couple of reasons. I noticed when I was browsing through the app that there are a lot of different items that are being sold in my area. Now I know it has only been out about a week and even though there were beta testers, I find it highly suspect that all the posts on Tangibles are from actual users of the app. They have literally thousands of things for sale in my area — which don’t get me wrong, could be the case — but I just find that hard to believe. Secondly, I notice that some posts have more than one picture, and for the life of me, I could not figure out how to get my post to have more than one pic, which also leads me to believe they are pulling in posts from Craigslist somehow.
I bring all of this up because in my opinion, if Tangibles is using Craigslist in some way or another to increase the amount of items on their app, they should at least mention that in the description and not make it seem like they are creating their own mobile marketplace. After reading through their website and iTunes description, I can’t find anything about whether they are connected to Craigslist or not. I don’t know why this bothers me, but it just seems like they are hiding something by not being totally upfront whether they are truly posting ads from Craigslist. Also, if this is the case, do people on Craigslist know that their posts are on Tangibles as well?
I found the app itself very easy to use and found that my iPhone was perfect for this. It was really easy to get a post up and share it with others; they really take the hassle out of doing this. I would love to see an option for you to sell an item right from Tangibles itself, instead of taking the “Craigslist” method, where you have to message the person and then possibly meet them to buy or sell something. It would be nice if I could use a payment system and pay for the item in the app and then a message gets sent to the seller and they ship it to me and get the money.
All that to say, I was fairly impressed with the ease of use and the selection of items to choose from. It will be interesting to see if apps like this start to take off being that the iPhone is a great way to easily sell stuff online. Tangibles is free to get from the App Store and if you are a Craigslist user, then this is a good one to go and get.