July 26, 2011
A new location-based marketplace for mobile devices is launching today. Chicago-based Grabio is entering a very crowded arena, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. We just covered Goshi and showcased them at Tech Cocktail Chicago last week, and I wrote about Taap.it a couple of weeks ago.
So what’s the difference between these services?
Grabio will focus on proximity, with the goal to connect buyers and sellers within a pre-defined radius. From launching the app to posting a listing takes less than 30 seconds; same applies for contacting a seller. The founders see it as a useful tool for those constantly looking for event tickets or rentals. Here’s are 3 screenshots to give you an idea of what to expect:
Goshi and Grabio look almost exactly alike. On Goshi, you post items you want to sell by taking a picture with your phone, tagging it with a location, and sharing it with the world. Buyers can see the exact locations of items for sale around them.
Taap.it is more community-oriented, but it has the same features as the other two. Sellers can snap a picture with their iPhone and share it with nearby buyers and on Facebook and Twitter; the buyers only have to launch the app to see what’s available nearby. They also have a Wanted section and a Community & Opinion section.
So now we have covered 3 location-based marketplaces in less than one month. Are you using Goshi or Taap.it yet, or maybe a different service? What features do you appreciate in a mobile marketplace, or wish you could see in one? Leave a comment below!
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