San Francisco, Calif. – (February 12, 2014) – Yerdle, the online store where you give and get things for free, today opens up across the country by providing low-cost, flat rate shipping for $2-4 nationwide. Yerdle also updates its iOS app to offer enhanced discovery browsing, a re-designed home screen, a new social “activity feed”, a simplified shopping cart to keep track of items you’re interested in, and new clean iOS 7 look and feel.
The first national sharing retailer for gently-used things, yerdle members give away items that they no longer need, and in turn, they earn credits to spend on things that they want. Yerdle uses an auction model and “Get It Now” feature, making it easy and fun to shop for anything imaginable, from kitchenware and electronics, to camping gear and clothing. With nationwide shipping, yerdle aims to make it as easy for to someone to get a free blender from yerdle and pay $4 shipping, as it is to buy a new one on Amazon.
“We want people to rethink the way they shop,” said Adam Werbach, co-founder of yerdle. “We’ve spent the last few months testing our credits and auction-style sharing system with members in San Francisco. Adding low-cost, simple nationwide shipping is the final step to making using yerdle easier than buying new.”
How yerdle works: Shopping is social, simple, fun – and free.
Yerdle is easy for users on both sides of equation – both Givers and Getters enjoy the system. Here’s how it works:
Open your app or email: Download the yerdle app on your iOS device or sign up for the daily email over the web, to see the new items available each day. Sign in through Facebook or GooglePlus and become part of the yerdle community.
Give to get: Everyone gets 250 credits to start bidding; get more credits for giving things away. Yerdle is a community experience powered by generosity.
Snap pics and upload: Start sharing by posting a photo and writing a short description. Uploading things to share takes just seconds.
Bid on the things you want: Items are posted on yerdle for 5-7 days and the highest bid wins (or can be won immediately through “Get It Now” for a set amount).
Ship to you via USPS: People who win an item can pay $2-4 for flat-rate shipping, or pick it up locally. If shipping the item, the giver gets a pre-paid shipping label from yerdle and ships the item off from their doorstep via USPS.
“Yerdle is creating inventory from closets and garages across the country,” said Adam Lowry, co-founder of Method Products and yerdle angel investor. “It’s taking collaborative consumption to the masses by helping people reevaluate their relationships with their things, enabling a liquidity previously unfathomable. People can easily let go of the things they don’t need, and receive something they do. That’s a whole new line of thinking that is going to reshape the way the retail industry works.”
Yerdle is the first national sharing retailer, where people give and get things for free. Accessible via a daily email product and an iOS app, yerdle makes it easy and fun to share things like kitchen tools, electronics, camping gear and kids clothes with people across the country. Yerdle helps people save money and save the planet by re-using what we already have. Founded by leaders in retail and collaborative consumption and backed by The Westly Group, Claremont Creek Ventures, Greenstart and Silicon Valley angel investors, yerdle’s mission is to eliminate 25 percent of new merchandise sales by making it easy for people to find what they need from others willing to give it away. For more information and to sign up for our daily email of new stuff on yerdle, please visit http://yerdle.com.