If you’ve ever sold valuable used goods online, then you know the drill: If you’re selling locally, prepare to deal with Craigslist, bartering with strangers, arranging for a pickup or dropoff, yadda-yadda-yadda. But really, who has time for that?
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Thankfully, somebody else out there noticed how annoying it is to sell used goods on the Internet, and they did something about it. Those somebodies are the creators of the Austin-based startup Gone!, an app maker and second-hand goods retailer that puts the power of consignment selling right in their users’ pockets.
“We entered Austin Techstars with a different solution to the used marketplace experience,” Nicolas Bayerque, Gone! CEO, explained to Austin.com. “We detected that the biggest opportunity existed in the roughly $3,000 worth of unused stuff most people have that’s not available through the used marketplaces. The reason why is that most people buy through apps that have gotten incredibly optimized over the years, but the selling experience hasn’t evolved that much.”
For buyers, using the Gone! app is like having thrift store access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But for sellers, the experience is especially streamlined: Just upload details and images of your item through the app and Gone! will make you an offer. If you accept, your stuff will disappear either that very day or the next — if you’re lucky enough to live in Austin or San Francisco. Once the item is purchased, you get a check in the mail. And if nobody bites, Gone! recycles or donates your stuff and arranges a tax writeoff. It’s that simple.
“[Gone!] is a very simple app that allows you to get the best price possible on used goods,” Bayerque said. “It’s sort of a consignment shop for everything.”
The feisty Austin startup has already attracted a lot of attention and investment capital, thanks in part to its connection to Austin Techstars and its warm reception by the press. So far, Gone! has gotten plugs in CNN, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, The Austin American Statesman and The San Francisco Chronicle, to name just a few of the outlets that have covered Gone!.
Right now, Gone! is only available to iOS users, but Bayerque assured us that Android is very important to the company. “The full functionality of our app on Android is a top priority to us, but we want to make sure that we have the right user experience,” he said.
As for why Gone! launched in Austin and later expanded to San Francisco — instead of the other way around — Bayerque explained it is because of the technology culture that’s developed within the city.
“We feel it is very important to us, both with Austin Techstars and because the Austin community has been extremely receptive of our idea,” he added. “The tech community here is just awesome and so helpful, also. And because our product is such a good fit here, it just seemed really natural to launch in Austin.”
Watch the Gone! app’s official video below:
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