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Those who know me know I cannot stand clutter. I’m always cleaning out, moving furniture around and changing my space because a lack of organization makes me CRAZY. Recently I had the opportunity to review a new app that makes it possible for you to sell old items! Close5 is a new app with a simple concept- it allows users to post items for sale. Users in the nearby vicinity can review, comment and make offers on each items.
I personally sell any items on Facebook swap boards so I was curious, would an app make it easier to sell items? What sorts of items were people looking to unload? Would there be any people in my area?
Downloading and Adding Items
Downloading the app is very easy, I just searched Close5 on iTunes and it was the first application to pop up. After downloading I allowed it to access my Facebook account and boom, my profile was created and I could add an item! There is a simple menu that pops that up that allows the use to easily access any part of the app they need to like selling and searching items.
I chose to put up one item to start off. It was an extra set of travel bags I had purchased a few years ago and never used.
First, I allowed the application to access my photos. The app guides you to resize your image to fit the uniform sizes of all items that you scroll through. It also allows you to add multiple pictures showing different angles of the item. This to me is a huge perk. For example if you sell something on eBay you have to pay for additional images but Close5 allows you to add them, all for free! Second, I added some descriptions of my item and a price. Pressing done will add the items for sale and then you wait until someone comments that they are interested. Here is the finished product!
Pros and Cons
After almost 4 days for sale my item hasn’t sold BUT I have played a bit with the application and here are my thoughts. The app doesn’t seem to be location stable. So, if I’m in San Francisco and choose to place an item, that item is listed as SF as my area. If I go home to San Jose and post another item that item pops up under San Jose and as far as I can tell there is no way to change the location. This creates problems of course, I should be able to list items in whatever area I choose, not just were the locator on my phone says.
These issues are minor however as I can see that this application has the potential to replace Craigslist. The user interface is so simple to use and gone are the days of endless back and forth emails requesting more pictures and details. Close5 gives you the means and audience to sell your items. I like that you can share your posts to Facebook and Twitter which means you don’t have to limit your potential buyers to just Close5 users. I think that’s a great touch. One other thing I noticed is there there is a private message system. So, if you are interested in a item it looks like you need to leave a comment or press the make an offer button. I suspect that might prompt a new private window but although I didn’t sell my items, it’s clear that there is a private way for items to get negotiated and exchanged.