Two years ago, I went through a pain point suffered countless college students: I was moving off campus and had no clue how I was going to get everything I needed. Freshmen year, I lived on Newton. My sophomore year, it was Walsh. I had a lot of what I needed, but I was missing so many items that I would need by the time I moved in.
For example, I had absolutely no furniture. No couch, no dresser, nothing. The prospect of getting everything was proving to be quite daunting. I didn’t have a car, so driving to Ikea or Target to get stuff wasn’t an option because I couldn’t bring it all back. Additionally, I’ve been intermittently broke for the last four years, so having to drop a ton of money on new furniture that I’d be using for less than a year sounded especially unfavorable. The process was becoming unbelievably frustrating.
With this in mind, I turned to Facebook to see if I could find what I needed from my fellow students at a cheap price. As it turned out this process was equally as dreadful. Finding what I included combing through the ever-disorganized class of 2018 and 2019 pages. Additionally, finding stuff on Facebook marketplace was not an efficient process at all.
Me trying to get what I need:
I was eventually able to get everything I needed after an excruciating amount of effort. However, after going through all of the effort I couldn’t help but wonder why there wasn’t a better marketplace app available for college students? After all, an insane amount of stuff is donated each year. In 2017 alone, over 600 pieces of furniture, 700 small appliances, 170 microwaves, 750 lamps, and roughly 6000 “unique items were” donated. This is crazy. And the reason why these items aren’t bought and sold among students is because it is really difficult to find buyers and sellers.
This experience prompted me to start building UniMarkit, the simple, easy, and trustworthy solution to an age-old problem for college students: selling the stuff around their dorm room that they don’t need. On this platform, students can buy and sell between each other in an environment that is directly tailored to their needs and interests. Upon launch, the app will work in a relatively simple fashion. To join, students must register with a valid “.edu” email address. Once each user has signed up and validated their email addresses, they will be able to purchase, make offers, and list their own items for sale. Additionally, the application will allows students to communicate within secure channels to organize how they would like to exchange the item(s) sold.
Check our promo below:
We have been working hard on the UniMarkit app for over a year now and we hope to provide a platform for college students that alleviates all of their pain points associated with getting what they need on campus. In the feature we hope to add even more features that make the platform more robust such as the ability to make public requests for items you need and the ability to share your things with other students so you can get money for MA’s off of your unused stuff!
We are launching on May 1st, so keep on the lookout for the app to hit the App Store.
If any of you guys have any questions about the app or want to request new features, feel free to hit me up on Twitter!