Sales on the app so far have been a total smorgasbord – hand creams, Malaysian food, trainers, candles, campervan rental, Avon products, handyman services… those are just the ones I can remember, but you catch my drift. Neighbours selling all kinds of things to other neighbours. All great stuff and long may it continue, except for the one guy who was trying to buy weed – we have updated our terms and conditions, but it goes without saying that YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO BUY OR SELL ANYTHING ILLEGAL ON THE NEIGHBORLY APP. We didn’t make that rule, but we’d probably get in a ton of trouble if you used our app to break it.
Although I guess it’s legal in some of the US and stoners would love to be able to order their marijuana in the same way they order their pizza. I bet you there’s already an app for that actually.
Anyway, we hope people carry on giving and getting, buying and selling their stuff to others in their neighbourhood, but for most of it you don’t need to become a registered seller, you can just post a status about it and chat with people directly, or do it on another specialist platform like eBay, Gumtree, craiglist… there are loads of those kinds of apps out there, so it doesn’t make much sense for us to focus on it. Although people are still very welcome to register as sellers of physical goods and trade them on the marketplace if they want to, we’ll still think they’re marvellous and help them to hustle and bustle wherever we can.
Going forward though, we’re mainly going to focus on developing the marketplace side of the platform to better suit the good folks out there providing on-demand services like handywork, dog walking, gardening, cleaning and that kind of thing.
The main reason for this is that a lot of people are using the app for this already – i.e. posting statuses either asking for recommendations or offering their services, and we can actually add value here by offering a mechanism for bookings, payments and reviews directly through the app, as well as a degree of protection for both hirers and helpers.
So let us know if you’d like to be one of our early helpers and develop the platform with us – firstname.lastname@example.org. And as ever, anyone is welcome to get in touch with any thoughts / feedback / advice as well.