Hate Selling On eBay & Craigslist? Try the Sold. App

Hate Selling On eBay & Craigslist? Try the Sold. App

Gregory Han
Apr 26, 2013

I don't know about you, but it's been a long while since I've sold anything on eBay or even Craigslist. The whole process is a bit of a drag, with too many hoops to jump through and dishonest types to steer clear of (specifically, all the no shows, haggling, and scams).  Sold. is an app developed by a team of MIT Media Lab graduates, a promising algorithm-based solution subtracting the hassles of selling items you no longer want or need.

The concept behind Sold. is simple from the user end: snap some photos of the item you want to sell using your smartphone, add a name and description, and the whiz-bang algorithm takes it from there, data-mining online for matching items and returning the best selling price for your to accept or reject. It's less of an auction experience and more of a "wait till the right buyer comes by" process, including fraud protection and no additional fees.

Better yet, Sold. mails out free shipping boxes (available in three different sizes) right to your doorstep to use for delivery to the matching/winning buyer, "pre-paid, pre-labeled, pre-insured, tracked, and filled with bubble wrap." They'll arrange for pickup right from your place and take it from there. Your owed payment is direct deposited into your bank, rounding out the digital concierge service from start to finish.

Sold. will deliver pre-paid and labeled shipping boxes right to your doorstep.

So there's a catch. One aspect different from other sales avenues is Sold. is specifically set up for the sales of highly desirable, brand items, rather than "anything goes" listings. Thus, they clearly list "used sneakers, generic purses, dead MacBook, old cellphone" as items likely to be rejected. What's considered acceptable and desirable? Think designer clothing, jewelry, fashionable accessories, practically new tech devices, and stylish home furnishings...basically all the stuff you overpurchased during your Fab and Gilt binge phase.

Sold. is available as free download for iOS.

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(Images: Gregory Han; Sold.)

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