today yesterday in public beta, Hipsell is a Canadian startup designed to connect buyers and sellers on a hyperlocal level. With Hipsell, you now have the ability to snap items on your phone and instantaneously have them up for sale on the web within 30 seconds, with an easy to use mobile application.
An obvious competitor to larger organisations such as eBay, Hipsell concentrates on being nimble, and bringing the information you need to achieve selling success live to your fingertips. You can use the app to easily and quickly handle offers, create a public FAQ, and message with buyers all in realtime, in one convenient place. Marketing of your gear is also taken care of with cross posting capabilities to already established marketplaces such as Craigslist or Canadian classified listing services Kijiji.
One of the main selling points, is its ability to pinpoint fresh listings, based on exactly where you are right now. Utilising the latest in mobile technologies, as a buyer on Hipsell, you’re able to quickly browse nearby items. When you see one you like they provide you with extra information about it, such as whether it’s still available, what the highest offer is, who the seller is, and so on. Buyers on Hipsell use the same real-time messaging system as sellers, which makes it a breeze to ask questions or find a place to make an exchange.
Although only currently available in Canada, with both Android and iPhone applications for mobile covered, and an obvious focus on a streamlined no frills, no hassles experience for users. You can see from the video above just how minimalist the experience is, far removed from some of the alternatives out there.
It will be interesting to see how they develop – particularly as mobile browsing continues its advance on the desktop market.