Zaarly Android App, Buy and Sell Anything
The Zaarly Android App helps you buy and sell anything with people nearby.
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 7.03MB (apps2SD enabled)
- Category: Lifestyle
- Price: Free
Zaarly is kind of like Craigslist in reverse. Rather than posting items or services you’d like to sell, you post the ones you need. It works like this: create a post for something that you want, when you want it, and how much you are willing to pay for it (e.g. Nexus One, patio furniture, or concert tickets). Then, other users browsing your post can click the “I’ve Got That” button to tell you they’re interested in selling you that item.
What I found most interesting and unique about this app is the large number of service requests for things like a ride to the airport, help moving a heavy piece of furniture, or even trapping the pesky raccoon that is living under a lady’s house (real post, offering a $100 payment). Many of these service requests are an easy way to make some extra money because they only require that you dedicate a couple hours of your time. As you browse through the list, you’ll realize that you can provide a lot of the items or services that others are asking for.
In terms of the app’s functionality, you can browse posts by your location, the time they were published, or the amount the person is willing to pay. There is also a built-in Maps feature that displays Zaarly posts in relation to your current location.
To use the Zaarly Android app, you’ll have to create an account (requires name, email, phone, and password). While I’m not a fan of apps that require you to register before even using the service, account creation is quick and enables all of the app’s features straight-away.
- Buyer-centric app, where you post about the items or services you need
- Contact info is hidden from other users under an anonymous number
- Clean, minimalistic interface simplifies posting, browsing, and interacting
- Organize posts by location, time, price, or view on a map
Areas for improvement:
- Separating physical items from services might improve overall usability
- Notifications when someone posts that they want an item a seller has
Conclusion: A unique idea driven by a streamlined Android app, with the goal of getting (or providing) items or services you need now.
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