May 25, 2022 - 1 comment.

Listings never leave?

We're coming to you today with some exciting news...

Our development team have been working tirelessly over the last few months to bring you the biggest update of the year: a fundamental change to the buying/selling experience.

If you've read our recent blogs on fast-fashion faux pas and the perils of overconsumption, you'll know that we're waging a war on waste. Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for you to find a new home for the stuff you no longer need, and to save preloved goods from landfill.

Your social inventory

At Paperclip, we see the future of item ownership as temporary - you merely hold onto an item while you're using it - and then you flip it on for sale to someone else.

Also, we realise that one of the biggest hurdles to selling your things online is the listing process itself. Because of this, Paperclip allows you to relist items you've previously bought in just three taps, without having to take the time to add a photo, description, price and everything else.

How does it work?

Once an item is bought on Paperclip, the item appears in your profile. From there, you can choose to hide that item, or relist it with ease when you're done using it.

When you go through the listing process, you'll be asked to confirm that the following details remain the same;

Photos: if the condition or look of the item has materially changed, please add new photos.

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Price: if the item has risen or fallen in value, you can easily amend the price of the item.

Location: the item location may differ from your location now, if the location has changed, you can quickly update it.

Privacy

Photos: We recognise that not all of our members would like to have their photos re-used for relisting. During the add item process, you're able to unselect the checkbox that states 'I am comfortable having the photos of my item reused by the buyer'

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Items: It's recommended that you keep your purchased items public, so that other members can make an offer on that item - you never know when you might receive a higher offer to sell something on! However, you are able to hide items on your public profile at any time.

These changes are being rolled out this week. They're ready to go on web, but if you want to start building your new social inventory, just update your app for free to get the full Paperclip experience.

How are we doing?

What do you think about our new update? Whether you love it or loathe it, we want to hear from you! Be sure to leave a comment below...

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Published by: Laurence in Uncategorized

April 22, 2022 - No Comments!

A look ahead on the sharing economy

It has been just over 15 years since Airbnb changed the way we think about where we stay. They democratised property rental and rewarded a whole generation of property owners and travellers alike. Since then, we've seen many other sectors transformed by the sharing economy. From food delivery (Deliveroo, Uber Eats) to transport (BlaBlaCar, Uber, Lime) to self-storage (Stashbee, StoreMate), we are witnessing a fundamental change to the way people are accessing goods and services.

But what about the humble marketplace? Commerce is a story as old as time, from the bazaars and souks to eBay and Gumtree. Not much has been done with this traditional model of buying and selling, except perhaps the 'mobile revolution', where marketplaces simply got a facelift for smartphone access.

Our vision for the future of marketplaces

If you think about it, it never really makes sense to buy something and hold onto it while you're not using it. We live in a world of overconsumption, facilitated by the traditional ecommerce models and incumbent buy/sell marketplaces.

Why not rethink the model, and instill a cultural shift towards temporary ownership? Imagine a world where everything you owned was online for people to buy, borrow or rent off you. Your car, your bikes, clothes, books, powertools - even the food in your cupboards -  listed on an online profile. You could browse the profiles of other people around you, moving items (and ownership) from profile to profile, seamlessly.

  • Need a powerdrill for 30 minutes? Bob round the corner will rent you his.
  • Looking for a new book to read? Sarah nextdoor has all of her books listed on her Paperclip profile.
  • Run out of cinnamon and need a dash for that apple pie? That house across the street has some, even though you've never met them before.

This would get you what you want, when you want it, and for far cheaper, faster and more sustainable than buying new.  That's the future that Paperclip is working towards.

Over the course of this year, we'll be taking the necessary steps to transform the culture of consumption and provide a marketplace that truly serves the people. Stay posted!

If you wish to keep up to date with the latest news from Paperclip HQ, simply follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Laurence in News, Perspective

April 13, 2022 - 1 comment.

The true cost of overconsumption

What motivates the team at Paperclip HQ to keep going?

In short, we're on a mission to challenge the way people think about the things they own and we believe that our trading community can make a difference. We understand the size of this challenge, but we also understand that we are a critical moment in terms of securing our future on this planet. There's never been a more urgent time for us rethink our shopping habits and reconsider how we buy, sell and swap.

Shocking Sustainability Statistics

Sibilance aside, we’re living in an era of mass overconsumption. We're already seeing the effects in our environment and these statistics really do paint a bleak picture of our collective consumption habits...

Fashion faux-pas

If you checked out our piece about fast fashion last year, you'll know that the fashion industry now manufacturing four times more items than it was back in 2001! Most of these new items are cheap, disposable items of clothing. These often end up in landfill, where it can take over two hundred years for them to decompose.

  • Over two tonnes of clothing bought each minute in UK
  • Amazingly, the average garment is worn just ten times before it's thrown out
  • Less than 10% of all the clothes we throw out gets successful recycled
  • Globally, the equivalent to a rubbish truck full of clothes ends up on landfill sites every second
Kitchen Nightmares

It's not just clothes that end up in landfill. Despite a sustained push to increase the rates of food recycling in the UK recent years, our environment is still struggling to digest our leftovers...

  • Right now, the UK wastes around 9.5 million tonnes of food every single year
  • Despite this, 7 million people in the country are struggling to afford to eat
  • Globally, a whopping 33% of all the food we produce is thrown out
  • It's not just` the food itself that we throw out, crockery and kitchen utensils often can't be recycled due to the materials used in the manufacturing process
E-waste embarrassment

The term 'e-waste' refers to electronic products that are unwanted, not working, and nearing or at the end of their 'useful life.' Computers, mobiles, televisions and even games consoles are increasingly seen as 'disposable tech' with repairs often costing almost as much as a new device.

More and more electronics are finding their way into landfill

The amount of e-waste has been rising for years, but only now are we beginning to understand the real cost of our addiction to electronics.

  • Millions of tons of e-waste are generated globally every single month - the equivalent of throwing out 1000 laptops a second.
  • E-waste contains extremely toxic chemicals, including: lead, arsenic and mercury. Exposure to these chemicals, directly or indirectly, can cause a myriad health problems.
  • It's predicted that global e-waste levels will skyrocket to 74 metric tonnes by 2030 – almost double the figure recorded in 2014!
  • Though recovery and recycling rates for e-waste across Europe in 2019 stood at 59%, the global average was just 17.4%.

Paperclip is on a mission to help reshape these habits by facilitating the sale of preloved items and championing the sharing economy. With over three quarters of all the items sold on Paperclip being second hand, you have a great chance of finding a new home for your old iPhone, or the unwanted gift sat in your wardrobe.

It's free to join and with no fees for adding items, why not list your stuff for sale on the Paperclip marketplace today?

Keep up with the latest news and views from Paperclip HQ. Follow us on Twitter here.

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This article contains research and statistics from the following sources; Labfresh Waste Index, United Nations FAO, edie and The World Counts.

Published by: Laurence in Musings, Perspective

March 21, 2022 - No Comments!

Spotlight on: Trade Centre

Over the last few weeks, the team at Paperclip HQ have been working hard to add new features and further improve our user experience...

In response to the feedback we collected from our trading community back in 2021, our Development team set about revamping our Trade Centre. Today, we're taking a look at some of the upcoming changes to the way you buy and sell on Paperclip.

Simplifying Buying and Selling

Right now, trades are separated across several tabs depending on what state they were in. In the 'Selling' section of the Trade Centre, items you have listed are broken down into five separate categories; Items, Offers, Accepted, Declined and Sold.

In the 'Buying' section, all items that you have ever made an offer for would be found in one of four categories. These are currently; Active, Won, Didn't Win and Completed.

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The current 'Buying' section categories on web

In our next update, both 'Buying' and 'Selling' will be simplified for a smoother user journey. Both sections will have just two tabs; Active & History. This will make it easier to find all your 'live' trades in one place.

Filtering your trades

Rather than having a long list of all trades that are yet to be completed, you'll soon be able to filter the trades displayed to further drill down into trades requiring a specific action e.g. locating an item that you've made a previously placed a bid on.

The new options for filtering active items in the 'Buying' section

These changes will be reflected on all platforms. So whether you're using the Paperclip marketplace on iOS, Android or a web browser, you'll soon get access to the new look, easy-to-use Trade Centre.

Oh, and it's not just the Trade Centre we're updating. You can head on over to our previous blog post to learn more about the exciting changes happening to Paperclip Groups!

We've got some huge exciting partnerships and new features in the pipeline for the next few months, so make sure to keep up to date with the latest news from Paperclip HQ. Follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Laurence in Features, Perspective, Trades

March 4, 2022 - No Comments!

Spotlight on: Paperclip Groups

Today we are taking a deep-dive into one of our platform's most popular features; Paperclip Groups!

Let's begin...

In short, Paperclip Groups are micro-marketplaces you can create yourself. These can be based around a hobby, place or an existing community.

Here's an example, if you checked out last month's blog post, you'll see that we have seen a huge influx of gamers joining our platform over the last few months. These new users in particular have set up a number of groups dedicated to buying, selling, swapping games, consoles and accessories.

Not only can these new members browse hundreds of gaming items, but should they want to list items themselves, they can increase their chances of making a sale. This is simply because everyone else in that group loves gaming too!

One of the new gaming groups on Paperclip

If you join one of these groups, it only takes a second and if you are not able to find the item you're looking for, you can even a make a request for whatever you're heart desires. Every member will be notified of your request, and they'll have the option to send you a direct message if they happen to have the item you're after.

There is no limit to the amount of groups you can join and creating your own is quick, easy and won't cost you a penny...

Creating your own group

Follow these simple steps to start your own trading community...

1.) Head to the 'Groups' icon in the top right of your screen (or the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen if on mobile).

2.) Now you're on the Groups homepage, select the 'Your Groups' and then 'Create Group'.

3.) Select a relevant title - make it something short and snappy, you'll be able to add some more detailed information in the next steps...

4.) Choose where you want it to be a 'Public' (where the group, it's members and it's items are visible to everyone) or 'Private' (where the members and items are only visible to those who have joined). Once you have made your choice, click 'Next'...

5.) Now it's time to add a cover photo! It's a good idea to pick something that's relevant to the interest group or location. This image will be visible to all of our trading community.

6.) You can now select a category that best fits your group and provide some more detailed information about the group in the 'Description' section.

7.) Go, go, go! It's time to start something wonderful. Click 'Create group' to launch your very own micro-marketplace.

Your group might be a lonely place right now, but fear not! Just head to 'Invite friends' and select from a list of everyone who you follow and follows you back.

Adding items

It's super simple to get started populating your group. Just head to your Paperclip Profile, select the item you want and press 'Add item to Group'.

You can then choose which groups you wish to list the item in - ones you have joined or ones you have created yourself. After confirming, the item will then be immediately visible to all of your groupmates!

Joining an existing group

Had the perfect idea for a group but someone beat you to the punch?

Not to worry, it's really easy to hop on board another user's group. Just search for the group you want, select 'Join Group' and you'll have instant access.

You'll be able to add your items, make requests and message other members in the group straight away.

Updates incoming...

We're always working to make our user experience the best it can be! Right now, our team is working on multiple-category groups. Say you're looking to sell a gaming keyboard, but you think your friends might like your desktop speakers - you'll soon be able to create a group under the 'Entertainment' and the 'Electronics' categories!

We're also tightening up the process of adding items. To stop irrelevant items being listed in groups, soon members will only be able to post an item in the group if it matches any of the groups item categories. This should make it even easier to find something you love!

Not only this, but we are giving the whole Groups section a facelift! Mobile users will soon get the same great interface our web users have been enjoying for the last few months.

There will be more updates coming to our Trade Centre and more, so make sure you stay tuned to our blog for more...

Never miss an update from Paperclip HQ, follow us on Instagram here.

Published by: Laurence in Features, Perspective

February 18, 2022 - No Comments!

New arrivals: top five gaming items

Happy Friday from the team at Paperclip HQ!

Here's a quick rundown of some of the fabulous new additions to our 'Games & Consoles' category. As mentioned in our last blog post, we've seen a massive 500% increase in gaming items added to the Paperclip marketplace over the last 12 months.

More than ever before, the gaming community are choosing to buy, sell and swap their preloved items online. With over 100 consoles, games and accessories added to marketplace in the last week (many at a fraction of the RRP) we thought we'd take a look at the our most viewed, and most favorited, gaming items from the last 7 days...

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Gaming Headset

We're kicking things off with a brand new listing from Paperclip Powerseller @clarissahope. This SteelSeries Gaming Headset features the IGN award-winning Arctis signature soundscape. Compatible with both Xbox One and PC, this headset features a detachable ClearCast noise cancelling microphone for Discord-certified natural sounding clarity. The adjustable headband is reinforced with real steel for a perfect fit and lasting durability.

This item comes used, but in great condition with all the original packaging and accessories. Listed at 50% of the RRP, this item really is a 'steal'!

Sega Mega Drive II

For gamers of a certain age, nothing will excite them more than the prospect unboxing a Sega Mega Drive for the second time. This seminal console was a real gamechanger when it was first released over 30 years ago. This item, from Paperclip user: @techtime, also includes all of the original control pads, cable and packaging. This listing includes two classic Sega games; 'Golden Axe' and the iconic "Streets of Rage".

For under £70, you can have all this delivered straight to your door!

PowerA Fusion Pro 2 controller

Listed on Tuesday by Paperclip seller @sjnewton1, this ergonomic wired controller, compatible with Xbox One/S-Series puts premium materials and pro-level gaming features at your fingertips. With a mappable Pro Pack containing customizable paddles and three-way trigger locks, this is a great option for seasoned gamers.

Featuring swappable faceplates and thumbsticks, dual rumble motors and magnetic impulse triggers, this really is one for the pros.

Simpsons Hit and Run

We couldn't quite believe it when we saw that this early 2000s classic appear on our marketplace. A firm favourite with Simpsons lovers and retro gamers, this item from @jamie_b has already been favorited over 20 times since it was added earlier this morning!

OK, so maybe the graphics don't stack up with new releases, but this Sierra Best Seller is a thoroughly enjoyable ride nonetheless. You pick up this little slice of nostalgia for less than a tenner!

Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mouse

Just added this morning by @cw3stern, this MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse really is something special. Optimized for precision and speed - you'll never miss a clock. The mouse features four interchangeable side plates with different button configurations.

With advanced 5G optical sensor and 19 programmable buttons, it's no wonder that the Razer Naga the award-winning industry leader. With over 30% off the RRP, it won't be here for long.

With new games, consoles and accessories added every single day, be sure to check back to our Games & Consoles section regularly.

Keep up with the latest news from Paperclip HQ. Follow us on Twitter.

Published by: Laurence in News, Trades

February 8, 2022 - No Comments!

Paperclip Levels-up!

With so many of us stuck at home over the last couple of years, it's no surprise that the video games industry has enjoyed a period of enormous growth. Since the end of 2019, an extra 3 million Brits have made their first foray into the world of gaming. In fact, the UK is now the leading video games market in Europe and the fifth largest worldwide! With video games becoming an increasingly popular pastime among players of all ages, the gaming industry is now the UK’s most lucrative, and fastest-growing, in the entertainment sector.

Here at Paperclip, we've seen a 500% increase in items added to our 'Games & Consoles' category in the last 12 months alone. Not only that, but we've witnessed a huge growth in new users opting to join our gamer's trading groups as well a spike in those requesting specific gaming items.

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Some new editions to our 'Games & Consoles' category

With that in mind, we've decided to make some tweaks to our marketplace to help cater for the 36 million gamers in the UK - and the 1.4 billion worldwide...

Updates incoming!

The marketplace will focus on enabling our users to buy and sell gaming laptops, consoles, computers, components and accessories quickly and securely with our trusted trading community.

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A sneak peak of our new-look gamer's platform

Our unique social inventory feature is positioned well as it mirrors the kind of inventory that a gamer would have in-game: we're bringing the in-game efficiency of resources to the real world!

We will be implementing changes to the way you add items and manage your listings - making it even quicker and easier to buy and sell your gaming essentials.

Also, our groups feature allows us to cater for the sub-communities and niches that world of gaming has to offer. Here users can interact with others in the Paperclip community with similar interests as well as giving users to option to buy, sell, swap and request items. We will be adding new gaming groups over the next few weeks and implementing a rewards system those users who start, and grow, their own communities on the platform.

More to come...

Over the next month we will be giving you more tips on how to maximise your chances of selling your stuff, more exclusive deals from our partners and more opportunities to win fabulous prizes. Stay tuned to our blog for what promises to be an exciting 2022.

Oh, and there's a special treat for gaming marketplace users is being discussed but it's secret for now...

Want to keep up to date with latest news from Paperclip HQ? Follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Laurence in News, Perspective

January 4, 2022 - No Comments!

Paperclip Year in Review: 2021

The team at Paperclip HQ would like to wish a very happy new year to all of our trading community!

2021 was another difficult year for us all, however, we are pleased to report that it was by far our most successful. Even with so many changes to our platform we still managed to hit a record number of marketplace transactions and items added, all whilst welcoming thousands of new users to the Paperclip community. Here's a whistle-stop tour of what we achieved in 2021 as well as a sneak peak of what to expect in the coming months...

Our 2021...

Transactions: on the platform are up a whopping 1,186% since January! With the majority of those listing an item making a sale within the first two weeks. It has never been a better time to sell your items on Paperclip...

Items added: we've never had so many items added as this year, with the number of items being added up over 586% since the beginning of 2021! Our most popular categories being women's fashion, baby & child and electronics.

Powerseller Programme: since launching our Paperclip Powerseller rewards programme earlier this year, we have since onboarded over 200 new sellers with 50 items or more. Head to our Instagram and check out some of the fantastic sellers we have championed throughout 2021.

Charity partnerships: over the course of the year, we partnered with a number of charities in order to help them sell donated items online, showcasing their items to our 200,000+ strong community of users on, rather than just the regular footfall from their High Street locations. It's been a real pleasure to help YMCA, Sustainable Wales and Craft For Charity develop their online presence and generate revenue for such fantastic causes.

Sustainable Wales' new Paperclip store

Features: online payments were released early this year, which enabled us to also implement Paperclip Credit; a way of giving back to our community via discount codes for credit, which can be redeemed and spent on the marketplace.

Our iOS and Android apps were updated considerably, with greater user experience all round. It's not easy managing 600 screens across iOS, Android and Web with development team of 4, and so we had to manage resources carefully, focusing on user-benefiting tweaks.

Parent's Pack: the last few months have been particularly challenging for parents, especially those having to home school their children throughout the pandemic. With this in mind, the team decided to release a pack of deals, discounts and giveaways for parents, totally free of charge! The pack features offers from Clarks, Ocado, Amazon and more. You can grab yours for free here...

What to look out for in 2022...

One-tap relisting: when you buy something on Paperclip, that item will soon move into your Paperclip profile, ready to be relisted for sale at the touch of a button once you're done with it!

Delivery: once we integrate a delivery provider, you'll be able to have your items collected and delivered to buyers without having to go to the post office!

A lick of paint: our Trade Centre and feed are being overhauled for a much crisper browsing and transacting experience, following some extensive feedback from our Powersellers.

Powerseller rewards: after successful trials, we'll take the Powerseller programme to the next level, with new rewards, badges for top sellers and new features on our social channels.

More, more, more: we'll onboard more communities than ever before, meaning a sharp rise in a the amount of items and transactions on the platform as we look to run ads

...Spoiler Alert! We're also working on a number of other features that will benefit our community, but for now it's best we keep them under the hood... everyone loves a surprise.

Stay tuned to our blog for more exciting developments throughout the year and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn here.

Published by: Laurence in News, Perspective

December 8, 2021 - No Comments!

How to claim your £3 Paperclip credit

First off, here's a massive thank you for signing up to our Parenting deals, discounts and freebies pack.

We all know that 2021 has been a difficult year for everyone, but it has been especially challenging for the parents of young children. That's why we've decided to offer our users, new and old, a selection of great discounts from some of the best known names in kid's fashion, toys, baby-care products, (plus a few juicy deals for you too) all completely free!

We're also giving everyone who has signed up a free £3 credit to spend on any item from the 'Baby & Child' category on the Paperclip marketplace. It's super easy to load up your credit and get started...

How to access your credit...

1.) You can access Paperclip on the web or download the app here!

2.) Create a free account (it only takes 30 seconds)

3.) Head to 'Profile' or your icon bottom right corner if you're using the app

4.) Head to 'Balance'

5.) Enter code: PWP3 and press 'Redeem code'

That's it! You're all set!

Now search for anything from the Baby & Child category, select 'Buy Now' and you will have the option to use your credit on the final stage of checkout.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message at: hello@paperclip.co and someone will be on hand to help!

Remember to head back to Parent's Pack regularly as we will be adding more deals, discounts and freebies throughout December and into the new year!

Keep up with the latest from Paperclip HQ and follow us on Instagram here.

Published by: Laurence in Digital Welcome Pack, News

November 10, 2021 - Comments Off on Lockdown Luxuries and Covid Comforters

Lockdown Luxuries and Covid Comforters

A staggering £6.6bn has been spent by Brits over the pandemic on items they no longer use, according to a recent study by home insurance group Aviva.

Items bought span a wide range of categories; from the expected video games and home fitness equipment, to the understandable fashion and home décor items, to the downright gangsta hot tubs and pizza ovens.

What is consistent across all categories is a sense of “buyer’s remorse". Lockdown and the pandemic may have released money otherwise spent on holidays, socialising or commuting, but is it Covid that has created the “regretful buy”?

Maybe the XXL hot tub wasn't such a great idea...

Even pre-pandemic, Brits were having packages delivered to their door or local collection point. Wardrobes, sheds and attics all over the country are stuffed with items that are no longer used. Many of which never made it out of the wrapper. I mean, how many of us have books on our shelves that we have never read?

The solution isn’t to stop buying - these items save us time, improve health and wellbeing and bring us joy. What is needed is a new approach and mindset towards ownership.

If you are no longer using or benefit from an item, then why not release it into the community! You don’t have to sell your items (who knows, you might get back into that hobby or extreme sport) why not rent it out, for someone else to try out night golf?

Regardless of whether you sell or rent, you will be taking a responsible and community focused approach to resources. Renting out your dusty DIY tools can result in one less power drill that needs to be made, to be packaged and to be delivered. Carbon footprints will be reduced and you will recover some of your initial outlay. Now you can buy something you need with the extra cash (and free up some space in your garage). Maybe this time why not try getting a preowned ice-cream maker? According to our sources, it’s very likely it will have only been used once!

Find a new home for your lockdown follies…

Paperclip is a buy, sell and swap marketplace with 100,000 active users. Our trading platform allows you to earn money by quickly and easily selling your preloved items. We will shortly be releasing a brand new rental feature which will allow you to lend items at a fraction of the cost of buying them new!

Head to paperclip.co to create a free account and get trading today.

Keep up to date with the latest news from Paperclip HQ, follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Laurence in Musings, Perspective