February 20, 2023 - No Comments!

Say hello to the new Paperclip Help Centre

We're always striving to make buying and selling easier for our trading community. We also want our members to feel secure when making purchases on our marketplace and to feel supported throughout their journey on Paperclip. With that in mind, we've created a one-stop support centre to help our members have the best experience possible when using our platform and resolve any queries quickly and effectively.

New to Paperclip?

If you're new to us, or considering joining our community, you'll want to head over to the 'Getting Started' section of the Help Centre.

Here you can find out info on what Paperclip is, our values and the causes we care about. From there you can follow our step-by-step guide to signing up and creating a profile on our platform.

Finding what you need

Next, you might want to check out the 'Browsing Paperclip' articles. With so many preloved items added to our marketplace everyday, it's a good idea to get the low-down on how our feed works.

You'll find information about following other Paperclip users and filtering items to maximise the chances of finding something you love! You'll also get a quick walkthrough of how you can bookmark items you may want to view later.

Buying and selling

The reason why you're here, right? This next section will take you through the process of adding your items for sale. From categorising to organising postage, we've made this bit as straight forward as possible. You'll even find some handy tips on how best to showcase your items with the images you add, maximising your chance of making sale.

There's also some information on the stuff you can't sell on the platform. Most of the items listed here are common sense, but it's a good idea to double-check this section if you're not sure about the product you wish to sell.

Now, if you're looking to purchase items on the marketplace, we have everything you need to know about making an offer, buying and tracking the status of the items in your Trade Centre. You can also find out more about giving feedback and leaving reviews.

Taking security seriously

These next two sections are must-reads for anyone joining the platform...

The safety of our users is of paramount importance. If you head to the 'Safety' tab on the Help Centre, you'll be linked to five articles. The first is a list of our Safety Tips. The vast, vast majority of the transactions made on Paperclip go smoothly and without incident, it's always best to be careful. If you're meeting up in person to collect an item, we have a list of suggestions for keeping yourself (and your money) safe.

Though we use a mixture of both human and AI to maintain and monitor Paperclip to ensure it is a safe and clean environment, we always ask our users to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to our team.

Directly above the 'Safety' tab, you'll find a section called 'Online Payments'.

This is the place where you'll find more information about setting up your Paperclip Wallet, managing online payments and withdrawing money to your bank account.

Getting in touch

The new Help Centre should give you guidance on pretty much anything you'll come across on your journey with us. However, if you can't find an answer or you'd like to speak to one of our team about someone else, you can click the 'Contact Us' button at the bottom of the page.

Once you click the button, you'll open a dialogue with one a member of our Support Team - not a chat bot. You can then chat directly with a Customer Success Specialist who will work with you to resolve your query in a timely manner.

What's next?

We're always working on new and exciting updates to our platform, and looking at ways to reward our community. Stay tuned to our blog for more...

Have you tried the new Help Centre? We'd love to hear about your experience or if you think there might have been something we've missed, let us know in the comments below.

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Published by: Laurence in New Feature

January 11, 2023 - No Comments!

Finding a new home for your unwanted gifts

Hello and happy new year from the team at Paperclip HQ!

The festive season has been and gone in the blink of an eye. We're only into the second week of January and perhaps some of your Christmas gifts have already lost a bit of their sparkle. Though you're still grateful for your annual Lynx Africa gift set, and your fifty-third pair of novelty socks, let's be honest, you'd rather have the cash.

Few gifts come with the receipt attached. But here's a way you can find a loving home for your unwanted prezzies, saving them from the dusty shelf (or even worse, landfill) and earn some wonga in the process...

Waste not want not

Of all the purchases made for Christmas in the UK, only 1% will remain in use six months after the festivities have ended (businesswaste.co.uk). Okay, you might have a hard time finding a new home for a Christmas cracker moustache comb, but a duplicate kitchen gadget or a new pair of jeans can be snapped up by a wanting buyer in just a matter of hours.

So, as the festive season comes to an end, there's still time to embrace the spirit of giving - for the right price of course...

Where to start?

If you're looking for a quick, convenient and trusted means of selling your Christmas leftovers, then look no further.

Thousands of sellers across the UK use Paperclip find a new home for their pre-owned items, and even more log on to our award-winning marketplace in search of a second hand bargain. It's free to join Paperclip and there are no fees for listing items.

In short, it's never been easier to turn your unwanted items into cash!

The journey begins...

If you're new to Paperclip, you can create an account with us in just two minutes. Head to the GooglePlay Store or iOS App Store and download the Paperclip app for free. From there, you just need to complete these simple steps to start your selling journey:

1.) Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your user profile.

2.) Snap it! Find your unwanted item, click 'Post' and take a nice photo. Multiple, clear images will sky-rocket your chances of making a sale.

3.) Write a description. It doesn't have to be 'War and Peace' - just an accurate, detailed description of the item is what we’re looking for here.

4.) Set a (fair) price and add your postage

5.) Consider adding it to a Group. Our mini-marketplaces are based around interests, occupations and locality. Who knows, you might find a buyer down the road...

6.) Check the details and confirm

And you're done! Your listing is live. Just sit back and wait for the offers to come rolling in!

Remember, we never charge you for listing an item so feel free to ad as many as you like. If you want to turbo-charge your chances of making a sale, check out our Top Five Selling Tips.

Now, once you receive an offer, you'll get a push notification and you'll have the option to say accept, reject or connect with the buyer to negotiate.

If you choose to accept, follow the on screen prompts and dispatch your item. Once it's successfully received, the money will be available in your Paperclip wallet and you'll be able to transfer this securely to your bank account.

Any problems? In the very, very unlikely event of you running into an issue somewhere along the way, or if you just need a hand using our platform, you visit our Help Centre. Here you can learn more about the buying and selling process or speak to our specialist Customer Success Team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Good luck, happy selling and all the best for 2023!

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Published by: Laurence in Perspective

December 17, 2022 - No Comments!

A complete guide to: listings never leave

Good afternoon friends!

Now before we begin, the team at Paperclip would like to wish all our users, followers and blog readers a very happy holidays and a fantastic new year.

2022 has been a busy one at Paperclip HQ. Our team have been hard at work making our platform smarter, more responsive and more user-friendly then ever before. Huge updates to our Trade Centre, search functions and user profiles have totally transformed the Paperclip experience. We’ve seen our trading community continue to grow, with thousands of new users from all over the country adding preloved goodies to our platform. Not only that, but we’ve successfully launched our rental project (more on that in our upcoming ‘Year in Review’ piece) and we’ve been featured on the iOS App Store’s ‘Reduce, reuse and recycle’ list!

Listings never leave

Today we’re taking a deep dive into the popular new feature to be added to the marketplace in the last 18 months: listings never leave.

Here at Paperclip, we envision the future of item ownership as temporary. Let’s face it, times are tight and with space at a premium, we the believe that we’re at the dawn of a real boom in the circular and sharing economies.

So ask yourself this; does it really make sense to pay full price, buying something brand new, if you only need it for a repair, a weekend away or night out?

…and does it make sense to hang on to this item indefinitely? Especially if it's just taking up space and/or depreciating in value.

Well, our team set out adapting our platform to help our users quickly and safely purchase items, then relist them for sale with just a few taps of their smartphone.

So how does it work?

Once you purchase an item on Paperclip, and it is marked as successfully delivered/collected, this item immediately appears in on your profile and is added to your social inventory.

You can choose to relist the item from day one, or you can hide it from view if you think you’ll be holding on to it for awhile.

If you do decide to relist the item, you'll be asked to confirm that the condition of the item is the same and if the photos are still a fair representation of the item. Here can also quickly and easily amend the price and the new location of the item should either have changed.

Selling an item and don’t wish to have your photos re-used? Not a problem. When you first list your item for sale, you can just untick the 'I am comfortable having the photos of my item reused by the buyer' box. You can feel safe in the knowledge these photos will never appear on the profile of anyone else in the community.

Oh…and in case you were wondering, there are no additional fees for relisting your items.

It's that simple. It's all about reducing waste, saving money and making your social inventory work for you.

What’s next for Paperclip?

The next year promises to be an even bigger one for Paperclip and our trading community. Expect more new features, more rewards and more flexibility for buying and selling. How exciting!

We’ll be back early next month with our annual Year in Review piece, but until then, we wish you all the very best for the rest of 2022.

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November 18, 2022 - No Comments!

Meet the Team: Ivana

It's time for the latest in our 'Meet the Team' series!

Last month, we met Keith, our Chief Commercial Officer. We learned a lot about our elder statesman's day-to-day dealings at PCHQ, as well as his love of Jack Nicholson films, his puppy Jasper and his dreams of visiting Japan. Today we're going overseas to central Europe, to meet Ivana!

Hey Ivana, it's great to have you here. Please introduce yourself to the blogosphere...

Hi everyone, my name is Ivana and I work as a Quality Assurance Specialist here at Paperclip.

How long have you been here & what did you do before working at Paperclip?

I started here back in March 2019. I previously worked in the airline industry. As a German and English language graduate I started working as a customer consultant and later in B2B travel agency support at Lufthansa in an office in Brno, Czech Republic. I was providing guidance via email and phone to passengers and travel agents, checking-in, rebooking flights, cancellations and more. I also worked as a coach and trainer for new employees in Czech Republic and Germany.

Tell me about a day in the life of Ivana at Paperclip...

As a Quality Assurance specialist, my day is filled with website and mobile app testing, raising bugs and re-testing bug fixes. My work is planned beforehand and I'm testing website and mobile apps once the development phase has been completed. I test platforms from various perspectives - whether all match the designs which I'm sticking to, and whether it all works server-wise.

What are the values that drive you?

I admire a minimalist way of life. At its essence, minimalism heals the living. It is a process of identifying what is essential in life. I aim towards owning things that serve a purpose as it's hard for me to function when there are unnecessary things everywhere. I prefer quality over quantity. Therefore, I love the concept of Paperclip which is aimed at sustainability and selling things people don't need anymore. It can help us lead a more mindful and eco-friendly life.

What has been your favourite project to work on?

I like when new features are introduced, but my favourite project so far was testing a simplified Trade Centre as it allows users to have a nice and simple overview of their previous purchases and trades. I find this section very useful and user friendly.

Do you have any pets?

I have been accompanied by many dogs throughout my life and now we have a 11 months old Shar Pei. His name is Dante. Even though this breed is unique and demands extra time commitment in terms of skin care, he is my best friend and a blessing.

Dante and his plushy pal
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I absolutely love traveling and I'm not into staying home when I have a day off. Hiking is also a very favourite activity of mine. What I like to do the most when I have a vacation is exploring new countries and swimming in the sea in exotic countries. When I'm home and I'm not working, I like cleaning, cooking, shopping and simply doing everything that gives me a feeling of a well organized life.

If you could pick one place to visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

There are so many destinations I would like to visit! One of them is an island called Fernando de Noronha in Brazil, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. It's so treasured that the amount of visitors is really restricted. My big dream is to watch dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat during sunrise and sunset.

I know you love to read. Who is your favourite author?

My favourite books are all novels, poems and short stories written by Charles Bukowski who I consider to be one of the greatest authors!

Thanks Ivana...and sorry for referring to you as an 'elder statesman' Keith.

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October 27, 2022 - No Comments!

Our top 5 electronic items

Here at PCHQ, we've seen a surge of new and preloved electronic items added to our marketplace over the last few weeks. From phones, to tablets, to cameras; users from up and down the UK have been heading to the Paperclip marketplace in an attempt to find a new home for their unused tech...and it's working.

In fact, over the last fortnight, more than 50% of offers made on our platform were for items in our 'Electronics' category, with many of them listed for a fraction of their RRP.

As of this month, we've had over 14,000 new, used and refurbished electronic items added for sale on our platform!

With that in mind, we thought we'd bring you our pick of the top electronic items currently available on our beloved marketplace...

GoPro camera

First up is this preloved GoPro HERO3. This portable HD camera comes with 1080P video resolution, case and has a 32GB Micro SD card included in the deal. A real bargain at only £30 with free shipping to anywhere in the UK!

Apple AirPods

Whether you're hitting the gym or just vibing out quietly in the office, you can't beat the Apple AirPods Pro. With their amazing sound quality and sleek design, there's no wonder these noise cancelling are so popular on our marketplace. You can get your hands on these beauties for only £60.00 with nothing to pay for postage.

MacBook Pro

This refurbished MacBook Pro was recently listed by Paperclip seller @gillians and is available for less than £400 - including postage! It features a 16-inch display and comes with all original cables and accessories. Hurry, at this price it won't be on here for long...

Cannon Printer

Less glamorous but always handy. This Canon PIXMA TS3150 Wireless Inkjet Printer comes loaded with brand new black and colour cartridges. You'll get everything you need for a quick set-up and you'll even a free packet of printer paper thrown in too!

Sony CyberShot

We're finishing off with one for the professionals. This awesome quality of the Sony CyberShot camera is perfect for classic photography and video creation. It comes complete with tripod and is a steal at less than £200 including postage.

But that's not all! There are thousands of new, preowned and refurbished electricals on the Paperclip marketplace - so if you haven't already, make sure you download the latest version of our app.

Be sure to keep up with the latest news, deals and musings from Paperclip HQ. Follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Laurence in Musings

October 6, 2022 - No Comments!

Meet the Team: Keith

Good evening from Paperclip HQ!

We're back with another instalment of our new(ish) 'Meet the Team' series. Today we're meeting Keith, our Chief Commercial Officer. As his title would suggest, Keith is the main man when it comes to developing Paperclip's commercial strategy and building relationships with our beloved customers and partners. We sat down to talk about life at tech start-up, the circular economy...and ramen noodles.

Now we've already met his pet pooch Jasper, but let's hear from the man himself...

Hey Keith! Would you like to introduce yourself to the blogosphere?

Hi I'm Keith and I'm the CCO at Paperclip. I've been with the company a little over two years now. Prior to joining the team, I worked at a social media start-up aimed at university students, and prior to that I worked at UCAS Media.

So what's a typical day in the life of Keith?

As Paperclip is a start-up, my working days are quite varied, but I will generally have a video call with Paperclip’s CEO Rich and members of the Marketing and Design teams. Developing proposals for customers or prospective customers takes up much of my day and often I will be looking at market analysis and debating our strategic approach with Rich. I tend to end my working day reviewing the new items that have been listed on Paperclip and seeing what items have been traded.

What do you like about working at Paperclip?

The people and the proposition. We have a great bunch of hard-working and creative people at Paperclip who are united behind the vision, “to change the way people think about their possessions”. We're enabling people to buy and sell unwanted items, or to rent instead of buying, reducing waste, helping the environment - and people's pockets.

What project that you enjoyed working on the most here?

That’s easy, “Listings never Leave”. The whole team Paperclip got involved with this and it’s a feature that really will transform how people think about the things they own.

Do you have any pets?

Jasper the beagle. He’s just over a year old and is quite a handful. Other beagle owners will know what I mean.  But he is a really lovely dog and a big part of our family life.

Question: do you think Jasper gets his own way a lot of the time?
What's your favourite movie?

It’s difficult to narrow down to just one film. I like Chinatown, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining...most films with Jack Nicholson. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Gary Oldman is also a favourite.

If you could pick anywhere in the world to visit, where would it be?

I would love to go to Japan. There seems just so much to do there. Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, the Bullet train and of course ramen!

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August 30, 2022 - No Comments!

Introducing: Paperclip Rent

Today we're coming to you with an exciting announcement from Paperclip HQ...

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with a one of the UK's leading student accommodation providers, and unveil our new circular economy service: Paperclip Rent!

Working together for students

The team at Paperclip are thrilled to be teaming up with one of the largest purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) providers in the UK and working on this exciting new project.

We began consulting our student users about improvements they'd like to see to our platform over the coming months. One request we saw time and time again was for a rental service. With the growth of the circular economy and a burning passion for sustainability among the demographic, it was no surprise that over a third of surveyed student users requested a rental service.

We were already working with our PBSA partner and they had been getting the same requests for a rental service from their student tenants.  The perfect storm of opportunity, skills, resources and need meant that a partnership was a clear path forward and, well, the rest is history...

Soft launching Paperclip Rentals

During the spring with began discussions about our trial for bike and e-bike rentals one of their on-campus locations. After careful consideration, we agreed on a soft launch at the Oaks in Coventry, which is less than 10 minutes from The University of Warwick.

We worked closely with their on-site team and have set up our first rental station. After a few successful trial runs, a health and safety consultation and a briefing with the accommodation team, we now have five bikes ready to rent ready for new and returning students this September.

Our four Trek bikes prepped for action

The Paperclip Rent website is now live and the bikes are all ready to go!

Our PBSA partner's pre-arrival awareness activity has resulted in significant interest from students before they have even arrived at the Oaks!

Our CCO Keith Parkman writes, "Paperclip Rent takes our buy and sell offering and gives it a whole new dimension, and students are the perfect group to launch our rental service with – their fixed budget, limited storage space and often an intermittent need, all contribute to a cohort who will really appreciate the affordability and flexibility that it offers.

The partnership will enable us to engage with over 25,000 students and quickly ramp up the rental offering across 23 UK cities.  This will be the ideal platform to grow Paperclip Rent to all other demographic in these locations."

Here are some pics of the team on site preparing for our promotional photoshoot, setting up our bikes, and generally getting to know the place...

Once the trial has gained the intel on exactly what students want to rent and the service has been thoroughly tested throughout September, the roll out to Birmingham, Sheffield and Bath will take place in October.

Additional items such as VR headsets, games consoles, cameras and 3D printers are all items being considered as additions to the service in the coming months.

We'll keep you updated on the partnership as Paperclip Rent gathers steam; just stay tuned to the Paperclip Blog!

Published by: Laurence in Features, News

August 24, 2022 - No Comments!

Meet the Team: Gethin

Good afternoon and welcome to the third instalment of our new 'Meet the Team' series!

Today we say hello to Gethin, our Lead Front End Developer and Product Manager. Geth has been with us for quite awhile now and has been instrumental in the creation, and evolution, of our beloved marketplace platform. We sat down with the man himself to discuss everything from QA testing to retro gaming...

Hey Geth, great to have you here! So how long have you been at Paperclip HQ and what did you do before joining us?

I’ve been at Paperclip for, give or take, five and a half years now! Before joining Paperclip I worked for Avecto (now called BeyondTrust) as a front end developer on a new web platform they were developing.

Tell me about a day in the life of Gethin…

My days are split between writing code and product management. Half of my time I am planning new features for the marketplace and documenting them using tools such as Notion. Included in the product management part of my job is also managing the development team which includes mobile development, backend development and QA testing, this means deciding what will be worked on next and planning tasks for sprints (two-week blocks of time) and planning releases, amongst a few other things.

The other half of my time is spent developing the Web Marketplace, implementing new features and fixing any bugs that pop up which obviously… doesn’t happen very often (speak no evil, etc, etc)...

What do you like most about working for the 'Clip?

That the company culture has remained the same even whilst growing and going through things like lockdowns and transitioning to a fully remote working environment.

Do you have favourite project you've worked on here?

The Paperclip web marketplace. At my previous job I joined an already existing project, but when I joined Paperclip there was no web version of the marketplace.

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An early version of Gethin's pride and joy (we've come a long way, baby)...

Being able to bring that to life from scratch and have a say in the direction of the product from day one was and still is a great motivator.

What do you get up to in your spare time, Geth?

I quite like to play squash with friends when timetables allow and I’m also a bit of a gamer, I’ve just started getting back into PC gaming again for the first time in about 15 years and I am enjoying the nostalgia re-playing games such as Rollercoaster Tycoon and Command & Conquer.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

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Your dream holiday?

When I was younger I travelled around Europe for 3 weeks by train and we stayed in Austria for a few days. It’s a beautiful country and one day I want to go back and explore it a lot more.

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do?

That really depends on how much I won! But if it was enough I’d love to get into renovating houses and real estate.

Sounds far too productive for my liking! It's horses for courses (or devs for dollars), I suppose.

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July 27, 2022 - No Comments!

Meet the Team: Millie

It's time for the second instalment of our new 'Meet the Team' series!

For those just joining us; each month we're sitting down for a quick chit-chat with a beloved member of the Paperclip family.

Today we're saying hello to Millie, our Head of Design. Millie joined us a couple of years ago and has been making the app, our blog and our socials, look beautiful ever since...

Hey Millie! Introduce yourself to the Blogosphere...

Hi there. I'm Millie and I'm the Head of Design here at Paperclip!

Can you tell us a little about your journey? How long have you been here and what did you do before joining PCHQ?

I have been at Paperclip for about 2 years now. Funny story - I did a Trump impression in my interview, it was a bit unorthodox.. but I’m glad it landed well and here I am today! Both before and alongside working for Paperclip, I have worked on design for change campaigns, I guess they would be called ‘passion projects’.

Sounds interesting! Can you tell us a little more?

During the Pandemic, I created a campaign called ‘Skin Colour is not a Symptom’. After hearing that members of the Asian community were getting both verbally and physically attacked due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, I created this mask and photographed Christina (model) wearing it to highlight how incredibly awful and wrong this is and remind people that Skin Colour is not a Symptom. @feminist, an Instagram page with a following of over 6.5 million people, shared and collaborated with me on content relating to this - it was a great feeling knowing that this important message had reached such a wide audience, and hopefully influenced people in a positive way.

From Millie's ‘Skin Colour is not a Symptom’ campaign
That's so cool! So when you're not breaking the Internet, can you tell us what you get up to on a typical day?

I get up, make myself a fresh cuppa then I’m ready to crack on with work for the day. My work days tend to be completely different to one another, sometimes I will be working on UX designs for updates of our App and Website (there are some exciting ones along the way that I can’t talk about just yet). Other days will involve working on campaigns, displays, photography, social media posts - the list goes on! Last week I was over in Warwick at a photoshoot, this week I have been working alongside Nicole (our talented junior designer) on elements for a display for an exciting upcoming launch….

So what do you like most about working at Paperclip?

The team at Paperclip are so easy to get along with, something that I’ve found to be very important when working from home. Our Google Meet socials are always great fun - last time we did 2 truths and a lie, which was very eye-opening…

Indeed it was, but I think some things are best left off the blog! So what are the core values that drive you?

I have a passion for designing for change, and Paperclip perfectly fits in with this. I love the idea of a circular economy, buying second hand and renting items from others rather than contributing to over-consumption. I am constantly thinking of ways that we can intertwine having minimal impact on the environment with everything that I design, so wherever possible I make sure that we use repurposed materials for physical outcomes.P

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? 

My house is a bit of a jungle, so watering and re-potting some of my houseplants usually takes up a bit of time each week! I play a couple of sports too - I’m a GA (goal attack) or WA (wing attack) in Netball and have just started kick-boxing. I started kick-boxing mainly so I can feel safe walking home on my own at night, it’s been great fun though and fab for fitness so it’s a win-win-win!

Can you tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m a biiiiiig DIYer - I’ll get inspired by something on Instagram or Pinterest and instead of buying it I’ll try and make it myself! I started doing macrame during the first lockdown (making plant holders of course), which then became crocheting, which then became pottery, then starting sewing and altering my own clothes. And now I’m planning on making my own floor rug…

And finally, tell us about your dream holiday?

I’ve always wanted to try scuba diving, so I think I’d go to Australia to see the great barrier reef. I figure that as around 70% of the earth is water, surely I should try and see at least a little part of it (I’d ideally like to avoid any sharks though).

That does indeed sound dreamy! Thanks for taking the time to sit down and chat, Mills.

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July 22, 2022 - No Comments!

Spotlight on: Summer ’22 update

Good evening blogosphere!

We're bringing you another exciting update from PCHQ...

Here at Paperclip, our team are always striving to provide our beloved trading community with best user experience possible. We've been collecting feedback from our users, new and old, to find out what's working well and what we can improve on. We found some potential quick-wins (small tweaks to the platform that'll help our users save time searching and categorising their items) but also some more 'weighty' modifications to the platform that we'll be working on throughout the summer.

That being said, the latest version of Paperclip comes strapped with a load of new features to make the browsing, buying and selling processes quicker and easier than ever before.

User Bios

First off, we have User Bios. This long-awaited addition to the platform has been requested by a number of our top sellers. If you're one of our users who's adding dozens, even hundreds of items, to their social inventory, it's a good idea to let potential buyers know what to expect before they embark on an epic scrolling session.

Likewise, if you're off on your summer hols and want to let buyers you might be a little while getting back to them, this is a perfect place to leave a short note.

As always, we've tried to make the process of setting and changing your bio and quick and easy as possible...

All you need to do is head to your profile and click the 'Settings' tab. If you've updated your app, you'll now see a new option; 'Bio'. Select the option and add up to 120 characters...and yes, emojis are permitted.

User profile items search

You now have ability to search your own and others' for sale and inactive items!

Let's say you're loving a seller's trainer collection, but you want to see if they have a pair of brogues for sale, you can just tap it into the search bar and you'll get your answer straight away.

You can also quickly locate your own items that're for sale or marked as inactive by repeating the process on your own Profile.

Add your item directly to a group

This next update can maximise your chances of finding a new home for your preloved items and save you a heap of time...

Now when you're adding an item for sale, you'll be given the option to add it directly into the groups you own and the ones you are a member of. Rather than having to head over to each group individually and add your items once they've been listed on your profile, now you can do it as part of the 'add item process'. Not only that, but Paperclip will suggest to you a list of groups we think might appreciate the listing.

Paperclip Groups have already proven to be a really effective way of getting your items in front of the right people. They've also helped countless buyers find what their looking for in these micro-marketplace for likeminded individuals.

For a deep dive on Paperclip Groups, check out our Spotlight on: Paperclip Groups blog post from a little while back.

Rest assured, we're not stopping here. We have a whole load of new features in development and another update on the horizon. Make sure you stay tuned to our blog for all the latest news from Paperclip HQ.

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Published by: Laurence in New Feature