There’s a new way for Seattleites to get rid of their old electronics.
San Francisco-based Gone is launching today in Seattle, bringing its on-demand selling app to the Emerald City.
Gone makes it easy to sell old laptops, phones, tablets, and other electronics. The Gone Concierge service lets people upload a photo of their product to its app or via texting, and once they agree on a price — Gone determines the optimal marketplace for selling your items based on price and demand — a Gone assistant will pick up the item and handle everything else.
The company already offers its Gone Lite service in Seattle, which only gives users package materials instead of having an assistant pick up the item directly. Gone CEO and founder Nicolas Bayerque told GeekWire that these customers are “all interested in Gone Concierge as well.”
“There is a large on-demand, convenience-driven crowd in Seattle, and this group is also early-adopters of technology and upgrade technology frequently, so this is a really interesting market for us,” he added.
There is certainly competition in the Seattle market for Gone, from sites like Craigslist to OfferUp, a Bellevue-based startup that hosts an online marketplace for buying and selling goods which recently raised $90 million.
Bayerque said that Gone operates “at the other end of the spectrum” from those platforms, with a service that “understands how the buying and selling pains go well beyond the digital experience.”
“We consider selling and buying secondhand goods online as not only a digital experience but as a logistically-intensive experience as well,” he said.
Gone said its users make an average of $250 on each transaction and noted that a large portion of customers have sold goods multiple times on the platform. The 3-year-old company expects to process $3 million worth of supply side gross merchandise volume in 2016, with users making an average of $250 on each transaction.
Gone originally launched in Austin and then to San Francisco — today, it is expanding to cover the entire Bay Area, in addition to Seattle. The company expects to arrive in ten additional cities this year, including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago.
Gone employs 20 people and has raised $2 million to date from MasterCard, Silicon Valley Bank, Techstars Ventures, and others.