Like a cooler version of Gumtree, free classifieds app Shpock has quickly risen to popularity, partly because they've been advertising like mad on TV and partly because it's totally free. But is it worth your time?
What is Shpock?
Shpock, short for "shop in your pocket," is a free classifieds app that lets you buy and sell stuff with the people who live near you. Described as "the boot sale app," you just take a photo of what you want to sell, give it a title and description, and decide how much you want for it. It's a really easy way to have a clearout, or pick up some gems that other people no longer need.
What can you buy on Shpock?
A quick look at our local Shpock listings reveals clothes (both new and second hand); jewellery, shoes and accessories; workout equipment; furniture; electronics (mostly second-hand smartphones and TVs) and even pets. This is pretty typical, but listings include just about anything you might find at a car boot sale or at the bottom of your wardrobe.
Why use Shpock instead of eBay or Gumtree?
Some of the benefits of Shpock include:
It's free to both buy and sell, and to download the app
The app is based around images, so it feels more like shopping at a real car boot sale than looking at item titles on eBay or Gumtree
Sales are usually made in person, so you can get cash and get rid of the item quickly (but be safe, obviously) - plus you don't have to give a cut of your earnings to eBay or Paypal
Shpock uses identity verification (including email, Facebook and SMS) to try to ensure users are who they say they are (though still keep your wits about you, nothing is foolproof)
You can search for the item you're looking for or just browse to see what's in walking distance
You can browse nearby listings on the Shpock website from your computer, or try the mobile app:Download Shpock free for Android (phones and tablets)