Apps Like Offerup: 2022 Guide to Develop Your Buy and Sell App | Eastern Peak

Buy and sell apps market overview

What is OfferUp?

OfferUp alternatives








Functionality of apps like OfferUp

  • Social media signup: using social media to sign up has already become a golden standard. Most of the digital online services offer this feature. Using their social media accounts to sign up also adds trustworthiness to users.
  • Home: this feature allows people to view the feed of popular items.
  • User Profile: both parties should be able to set up their profiles and provide a brief description about themselves and their products.
  • Categories: typically, apps like Offerup and Letgo will have them. For instance, a platform that sells apparel will feature categories like “women”, “men”, and “junior”.
  • Search: people should be able to use an advanced search option to look for preferred items.
  • Camera: a built-in camera will enable users to take pictures of items they want to sell and post them to their profiles.
  • Shopping cart: buyers should be able to add items to the cart and view them before concluding a purchase.
  • Messaging: message exchange or a voice chat between parties is one of the core features for this kind of app.
  • Payment system: a payment system for transferring money is a core feature for marketplace software.
  • Ratings and feedback: buying and selling things online requires a certain amount of trust. This feature helps parties prove their credibility.
  • Alerts: customizable notifications about new items, promotions, and discounts.
  • Item listings: users should be able to view information about a product, the seller and their ID as well as payment and shipping terms.
  • Recommendations: enabling customers to view product recommendations based on their previous purchases and searches.
  • Favorites: enabling users to add items to favorites so that they could purchase them later.
  • Customer support: users should be able to get support, if necessary.

Advanced features of buy and sell apps

  • Multi language support: this feature is essential if you aim to create a marketplace platform that operates internationally.
  • Delivery services: a lot of firms running online that buy and sell platforms offer delivery services for their clients. Surely, introducing this feature will require careful preparation and additional planning.
  • Fraud protection: even the best buy and sell apps are not entirely free of fraudsters and scammers. Introducing a fraud protection system could be a huge advantage.
  • Price comparisons: allowing people to compare prices for similar products from different sellers could also be one of the advanced features that you could introduce.
  • Inventory management: helping sellers manage and make an inventory of their items would be a plus.
  • Virtual try ons: consider enhancing your solution with AR technology so that the buyers could visualize how the clothes or shoes would fit them.

A guide to create a marketplace app like OfferUp

Step 1: Research

Step 2: Choose revenue generation tactics

  • Transaction fees: charging a small chunk of money from each buyer-seller transaction.
  • In-app advertising: you can make money from showing ads on your platform, just ensure that your platform is not over-saturated with them.
  • Delivery fees: charging money for the delivery of goods purchased through your platform.
  • Featured listings: charging money for moving a particular position to the top of the list.

Step 3: Finalize the initial feature set

Step 4: Decide on a tech stack

Step 5: Build an attractive UI and UX

Step 6: Integrate a payment system

Step 7: Think of viable marketing strategies

Step 8: Consider fraud prevention measures

Final thoughts




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Eastern Peak is a custom software development company which possesses deep expertise in working with startups and building intuitive mobile apps from ground up.

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