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E-commerce is good, but is Recommerce better?

E-commerce is good, but is Recommerce better?
August 27 2020

Over the last few years, the cost of smartphones has skyrocketed. It’s no longer uncommon to see phones priced at $1,000 or more, making buying a new handset quite the investment. Thanks to the ever-growing used smartphone market, though, it’s rather easy to take the sting out of increasingly higher prices.

Platforms that focus on refurbishing and reselling those electronics have seen skyrocketing growth as well. Searches for this type of ReCommerce platforms have doubled over the last 3 months. 

ReCommerce (also known as Reverse Commerce or Re-ecommerce or Reverse Marketplace) is a practice of purchasing and selling of old goods over an e-commerce platform set up just for this purpose.

Re-commerce companies actually buy the obsolete and undesired products, refurbish them, and reintroduce them in the market.

These companies have set standards for pricing and have designed software to determine product prices based on set metrics like age, wear and tear, and market demand.

As the world economy stutters, we’re starting to see a spike in interest in both selling and buying used electronics. A rising stock of this trend is Gazelle, which has seen significant growth over the last 6 months.


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ReCommerce Companies:

Back Market doesn’t refurbish devices in the house. Instead, it partners with certified sellers and lets them list their items on the site. The startup requires a 12-month warranty in order to reassure sellers and sell on the platform. There are now 1,000 certified sellers using Back Market to sell refurbished goods. Refurbishment used to be a fragmented industry and Back Market is aggregating offer and demand on a single online platform. It is currently live in the U.S., France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the U.K., and Austria.

ecoATM, LLC -- doing business as Gazelle -- is an eCommerce company founded in 2006 that helps people donate used electronic devices, such as cellular phones and mobile phones, smart tablets, and laptop computers. The company, in some instances, may offer money to consumers for used or broken smart devices.

Letgo is a company that provides a website and app that allows users to buy from, sell to, and chat with others locally. From its launch in 2015, the company charged for its services, earning no revenue, as part of its strategy to grow quickly. As of June 2018, the listing service remained free, but the app added a paid beta feature allowing users to place their sales items above organic search results.

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