A new service exclusively available on iDevices hopes to take on Craigslist by offering its customers a place to sell and buy items near them. Goshi, which is being perfected in Chicago before going national, recently arrived in the App Store.
Created by Jack Eisenberg, the Goshi app’s main goal is to offer customers a simple and carefree way to buy and sell products via the iPhone/iPod touch.
To sell an item, users simply take a photo of the item and then add a description for the would-be buyer.
Naturally, buyers can then view items near them using the free app.
Thereafter, interested buyers and sellers meet at designated “hubs” to complete the transaction.
Currently, you must be a Facebook member to use the service.
According to TechCrunch:
For now, Goshi, which was incubated in Excelerate Labs, is mobile focused and has no plans to create a web presence. The startup says that the convenience of being able to post an item for sale wherever you are make the service distinct from Craigslist. And another differentiator, says Goshi, is the safety of completing transactions in public places or “hubs” and the buyer protection of seeing the item in person before you have to pay money for it.
Goshi looks promising, assuming it can find success nationwide. Right now, however, it is only a service to be enjoyed by a few.
The free Goshi app is available in the App Store.