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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Finally, a Mobile App That Lets You Sell Your Crap in Five Seconds

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Even if you stay in Cali, you might have to sell some things now that Prop 30 passed
  • Even if you stay in Cali, you might have to sell some things now that Prop 30 passed

So you are upset over the election results, and decided to pick up and move to Texas, where nobody would ever put a death penalty measure on the ballot. But first, you are going to have to sell all your shit -- and fast.

Whaddya know, there's an app for that.

Forget the scammers and rapists you will find on Craigslist, try this mobile app, Rumgr, which aims to compete with Craigslist by letting strangers rummage through each other's garages from the comfort of their own couch. Hmm. That still sounds creepy.

See also: Top 5 Reasons Californians Are Moving to Texas

Here's how it works: Snap a photo of your crap, price it, and watch it

sell within five seconds. There's no need to write up a lengthy

description or come up with a compelling headline to grab buyers'

attention. All of this makes the app less cumbersome than Craigslist,

says Ana Yoerg, spokeswoman for Rumgr.

You also won't find a

"search feature," which means users will have to virtually rummage

through their neighbors items to find what's what. "People want to go to the neighborhoods where they think the good stuff is," says Yoerg.

Craigslist is the

big cheese in the "selling used items" world, but other companies have

been springing up to compete with the online classified ads. Match.com

and OkCupid, for instance, have given lonely singles another option to

find love outside of Craigslist.

The app allows buyers and

sellers to connect with each other via "private chat" as a way to keep

personal information, such as your e-mail and phone numbers, out of the

hands of weirdos. And like most other social media sites, buyers and

sellers using this app can "follow" each other.

"It's serendipity,"

says Yoerg. "We live in a search-based society -- Google did this to

us."

When all else fails, blame Google.


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