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June 9, 2022 - No Comments!

Our top 5 homeware items

If you've been with us for awhile, you'll know that Paperclip isn't just a place for gorgeous preloved garments, fabulous fitness items and awesome games & consoles. In fact, you can find countless bargains across all of our item categories.

Our 'Home & Garden' category boasts over 10,000 new and preloved items from sellers up and down the United Kingdom. If you're on the app or visiting us on your web browser and want to check out everything homeware, just head to the slider across the top of the screen and select the category. You then have the option to sort by price, date added or by sub-category making it super easy to find what you're looking for.

Today, we're bringing you our pick of the top five homeware items currently available on our beloved marketplace...

Metamec Wall Clock
clock, homeware

First up is this gorgeous retro wall clock from Paperclip seller @philip_1. Made in England back in the 1960s, these clocks were built to last. In stylish gold and cream, with all it's original detailing, this piece is listed at a reasonable £120.00. Still in perfect condition with no scratches or scuffs, this could be a perfect addition to your living room...

Floor lamp
lamp, homeware

We love this classic adjustable electric floor lamp and shade! With it's sturdy pine wood tripod stand and double brackets, you can see why this item has been viewed over 400 times. The lamp features protective feet pad prevent your floor from damage, a handy foot pedal switch and can be adjusted from 99cm to 1.43m!

You can pick it up now from Paperclip seller @c2hope! Even though it's brand new, it's a real bargain at only £75.00.

Pink flamingo
flamingo, homeware

Bright, colourful, and fun, this funky pink Flamingo could be a fabulous addition to your garden. These kitsch ornaments became popular in America in the 1960s but are enjoying a revival of late - at least on the Paperclip marketplace. You can purchase our avian amigo for less than a tenner (including delivery!) from Paperclip Powerseller @rf2022.

Sea grass baskets
baskets, homeware

Nowadays, storage space is at a premium. These authentic sea grass woven-baskets will keep your bits and bobs organised whilst keeping your pad looking stylish. This pack of three small, medium and large baskets feature white trim pom pom decorations and toggle fastening. Another listing from homeware queen @c2hope, this trio can be picked up for just £30.00.

Evil eye pendant
seeing eye, homeware

Now this is where things start getting a little spooky...

The evil eye wall hanging or 'nazar' as it's known in Middle Eastern cultures, is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against evil spirits. Not limited to the region, there are variations of these amulets that span across North Africa to Southern Europe to the Indian sub-continent. Not something you see every day and can easily hang off your wardrobe, wall or door. We think this piece would be an interesting addition to your front room, whether you're superstitious or not.

This amulet comes with its own box and is listed at £17.00 plus delivery. Be sure to check out new seller @aysen's other great listings whist your there too!

Be sure to keep checking the Paperclip marketplace for even more awesome homeware bargains.

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

Published by: Laurence in Musings

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

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

January 20, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s Fitness Fortnight: keeping you moving through lockdown

During these challenging times, it's never been more important for us to keep moving. Exercise is proven to boost self-esteem, sleep quality and brain power while reducing the risk of depression and disease. The January weather (and blues) can make it all the more difficult for us to motivate ourselves to get fit. But fear not, Paperclip is here with our top tips for staying active...

Give Yoga a go-go

Yoga is a safe and effective way to build up your strength, flexibility and balance. Learning the poses correctly helps minimise the risk of injury and a even a quick session once in a while can be great for clearing your mind. Attending classes are usually advisable if you’ve never done it before, but there are plenty of teach-yourself videos and live-streams online you can access for free during lockdown.

Home cookin'

Whether you're jetting off to school, college or work, it can be all too easy for us to grab some food-to-go and as we know, it's not always the healthiest option...

Now we are all spending more time at home, there's never been a better time to work on our culinary prowess. Whats more, there's a ton of free recipe apps dedicated to helping you hit your weight-loss and fitness targets...

You can also check out Paperclip's 'Home & Garden' category. There are some great bargains on utensils and all your other kitchen essentials.

Now not having the correct kit is no excuse...

Bring the gym to your living room

For some us, not being able to hit the gym has been one of the toughest parts of lockdown. The wet weather and short days can make pounding the pavement seem even less appealing than it did before.

However, you can now bring the gym the comfort of your front room. If you don't mind buying your gear second hand, there are some real bargains out there. Remember, used plates weigh the exact same amount as brand new ones and cost a fraction of the price. Head to Paperclip's 'Sports and Outdoors' category and save up to 50% on the RRP of all your home gym essentials.

Want to make a 100% saving on your home workout kit?

We're giving away everything you need to turbo-charge your workout completely free to one lucky user. It's free and super simple (it takes less than a minute) to enter. Just head to our Fitness Fortnight competition post to find out more...

fitness, paperclip, lockdown
Click to enter our giveaway now...
Learn to meditate

During times of anxiety, it can be really useful to practice meditation to help manage your headspace. Reducing stress can help lower cortisol (the stress hormone that makes losing weight all the more difficult) considerably. If you’re not sure what meditation or breathwork entails, it’s the practice of training the mind to a state of mental clarity that studies have found helps you deal with stress, anxiety and more.

Meditation needn't be something that takes hours out of your schedule. Just 15 minutes of sitting alone in a quiet room is a great start. There are plenty of great resources online and some great communities on social media for you to get involved with...

Exercise with friends

Prefer to hit the gym or go for a run with your buddy? Well you've got plenty of options for you break a sweat with your mates from home. Not only have Houseparty and Zoom surged in popularity over lockdown, but online instructor classes from Turnd Up and SG23 have also kept us moving with interactive, screen-sharing sessions available online. In short, there are now loads ways for you to link up with your pals online, without having to leave the home.

Remember you win everything you need for the perfect home workout by entering our Fitness Fortnight home gym competition. Click here for more info...

Published by: Laurence in Musings, Perspective

August 27, 2020 - No Comments!

The top 20 items students need to add to their uni shopping list

The top five must-haves alone will set parents back £1,897 in the first term...

As students around the UK start getting ready for university life, the race is on to get all the must-have items ready for beginning of the year. The Paperclip team reveal the top 20 most sought-after items ahead of the September term.

The top five most in-demand student items – including bikes, a smartphone and laptop, cost on average £605 via Paperclip. While if parents are buying brand new, these same five items would cost a significantly higher £1,897.*

On average, the total cost of buying all of our 20 items second-hand on our online marketplace comes in at around £1,695.

Speaking about our findings, our new CCO Keith Parkman said: “The first term of university can be incredibly expensive for families, particularly if you’re adding a new laptop in to the mix.

“However, the first five items on this list alone cost more brand-new than all 20 items if bought second-hand on Paperclip, so it really goes to show how shopping around on platforms like ours can make all the difference to student spending, particularly when it comes to tech.”

To help families tick off the necessities, we have released the top 20 most searched items ahead of the first term in September...

The top 20 most wanted items are:

1.Phone
2. Textbooks
3. Bike
4. Clothes
5. Laptop / Macbook
6. Headphones
7. Games console
8. Chair
9. Kitchenware
10. Desk

11. iPad / Tablet
12. TV
13. Monitor
14. Lamp
15. Mirror
16. Duvet
17. Camera
18. Fridge
19. Printer
20. Weights

On the latest trends, Keith added: “Life as we know it has changed significantly in the last few months, and this year’s university students will be experiencing something entirely new. That being said, we are still seeing a huge number of searches for household items like kettles, duvets and lamps so it very much looks as though prospective students are looking forward to venturing out on their own for the first time. 

kettle, items
This Stagg kettle has been viewed over 400 times on the KCLSU marketplace!

“One thing that we have seen as a result of the pandemic is an incredibly high demand for bikes, which are now in the number three spot – up from 8th in 2019. Although there are a handful of universities that we’ve come to associate with cycling, it’s amazing to see how many students all over the UK are now planning to bike around rather than drive or get public transport."

This Intense 5.5 FRO was recently sold for less than half the RRP on our Greenwich SU marketplace back in June

With so many items added every day to our uni marketplaces, new students can be sure to find what they need for starting the next chapter of their lives. Students can also find our pick of the bunch in the 'Featured items' section at the top of our platform's homepage.

Heading to university this September? Read about our free Digital Welcome Pack for students or sign-up here...

*Paperclip uses its marketplace data to report on consumer behaviour and trends in student spending, including the most popular items, searches and average spend at key points throughout the academic year.

Published by: Laurence in Musings, Perspective, Trades

August 30, 2018 - No Comments!

The real cost of university

Exploring the real cost of attending university in 2018

Does going to university in 2018 have to break the bank?

The average three year degree will cost a student £140,000; enough for a house deposit, a brand new BMW, a trip around the world for a year, a jet ski, and still have enough left over for a rainy day!

So how does a degree end up costing a student so much?

Read more

Published by: Laurence in Musings, Perspective

July 19, 2017 - No Comments!

The Dos and Don’ts of student living…

Whether you’re in halls or renting with friends, student life usually involves sharing your living space with other people. Follow these simple etiquette tips to avoid becoming the annoying one that everyone secretly dislikes...

Do

…respect other people’s property.

And that includes their biscuits (however tempting that opened pack of chocolate hobnobs in the cupboard may appear).

…be considerate about noise.

Everyone is allowed to turn the volume up to 11 now and again. Just not at 3am. When your housemates are sleeping. On the eve of their last finals exam.

…your dishes!

Mess can be a major battleground in communal living spaces. To avoid arguments, it’s best to tidy up after yourself as you go.

student living, washing up, living, Student Roost, Paperclip

Doing the dishes always takes a fraction of the time you think it will!

Don’t

…hog the TV remote.

Or the bathroom. Or the Playstation. Or anything else that’s supposed to be for everyone.

…avoid communal chores.

A cleaning rota is a good idea. Being the housemate who doesn’t stick to the cleaning rota is not a good idea. There are a bunch of free apps available online for you and your housemates to keep track of household tasks.

…always fight your corner.

People can have very different ideas about where to position the sofa, how to stack a dishwasher and whether toilet paper should hang “under” or “over”. Of course, everybody thinks their right way is the right way. Trouble is, everybody else thinks their way is the right way too. Being willing to compromise could save you a lot of hassle and upset.

Just remember, your current living situation isn't forever. There will be some up and downs along the way, but if you follow these rules and be your friendly, kind and positive self, you shouldn't have too many problems rubbing along with your housemates in your new digs.

Still haven't sorted your university accommodation? Check out our friends Student Roost. They have a presence in most of the big student cities and have a great reputation for providing top quality, safe, secure accommodation!

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Published by: Laurence in Musings, Perspective

July 18, 2017 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s uni checklist

The countdown has begun. Get ready for your new life as a university student...

So many jobs. So little time. If you’re struggling to keep track of everything that need doing, here’s our ultimate checklist for uni first-timers.

1. Find accommodation that’s right for you

If you haven’t booked your accommodation for the upcoming academic year, now’s the time. Rather than just looking at price, you may wish to consider location and amenities. A saving of £20 per month on rent will pale in significance if you’re having to get a train into campus every morning!

Our friends at Student Roost provide award-winning student accommodation in most of the major cities. Safe and secure, Student Roost halls are conveniently located close to universities and offer flexible tenancy agreements!

2. Buy essentials

Some no-brainers for you: clothes (including face masks), bedding, towels, toiletries, stationery and electrical items such as laptop, phone and chargers. If you’re going to be doing your own cooking, rather than living in fully catered halls, then you may also need cutlery, plates, pots, pans etc.

If you want to make a saving, Paperclip now offer our own ‘Student Starter Pack’ for with all your bedroom, kitchen and bathroom essentials. They’re currently discounted at just £299 and are delivered to your door at no extra cost.

Just some of the items in our Student Starter Kit

What’s more, if you return your items at the end of uni, Paperclip will refund you £90!

3. Get a railcard

A 16-25 railcard gives you 1/3 off all rail travel. Costs £30. Saves an average of £199 a year. (We’ll leave you to do the maths!) Buy one from the official railcard site or enter our competition to win a free one here.

4. Find your important documents

Passport, driving licence or other form of ID? Check. University paperwork, including your acceptance letter? Check. Student finance documents? Check. Accommodation info? Check. Now put them all together in a nice, secure plastic folder and keep it somewhere safe.

5. Set up a student bank account

A student account is not compulsory. But most come with lots of extra features and discounts that it would be a shame to miss out on. You can open an account as soon as you receive your offer letter – no need to wait until the start of term.

6. Register with a doctor

If you’re going to be spending more weeks of the year at university than at home, then you need to register with a local GP as soon as possible. Especially important if you have an ongoing health condition such as diabetes or epilepsy. Find a GP near your university here.

7. Check if you need a TV licence

The rules governing who does (and who doesn’t) need a TV licence are more complicated than you might think. Even if you only ever watch YouTube on your phone, you may be breaking the law if you don’t get one. See if your family TV licence covers you.

Good luck!

Published by: Laurence in Musings, Perspective

September 21, 2016 - 2 comments

Let’s all consume collaboratively.

We’re usually taught from a young age to be wary of the people we trust. You go through life meeting all sorts of people from family members to teachers, friends, colleagues and so on. Each new person we meet, we assign some sort of ‘trust score’ whereby we calculate in our heads how much reliance and confidence we have with that person, no matter what the thing in question is (a secret, your car, money or even their word).  Today, I think that's a little different thanks to technology and its self-governing attributes but I’ll get to that later on. Fast forward a number of years later and trust is the new currency in the economy.

The intensification of consumption, by way of collaboration, in the world has risen undoubtedly thanks to new technology and the start-ups that harness its power. Paperclip is a prime example of this, amongst other technology start-ups. We encourage you to buy, sell and swap goods from strangers you’ve never met before and instil a level of trust in them based on a self-governing system of reviews and ratings. 20 years ago, this would have seemed insane; stranger = danger (remember when entering your credit card information online was deemed senseless? I don’t.) Companies such as AirBnB have proven that this new form of consumption does work, and it is evident in both their business model and user base. AirBnB lets you post images of the most intimate rooms of your house to then post on the internet in an attempt to attract random strangers to rent from you. BlaBlaCar is another start-up which lets people use their personal assets commercially; it allows you to hitchhike in someone else’s car for a small fee as opposed to an expensive train or bus ticket. These two companies are examples of several start-ups that have utilised everyday assets to derive greater value from them. The evidence can again be seen from the amount of consumers using these services. Welcome to the world of collaborative consumption.

By definition, collaborative consumption is a social and economic system driven by network technologies that enable the sharing and exchange of assets from spaces to skills to cars in a way and on a social scale never possible before (Botsman, 2012). Consumers are starting to see the efficiency and value in trading, renting and bartering assets, skills and time in a fairly democratic, self-governing way. This is apparent by looking at the types of businesses that operate in the market today. As mentioned earlier, this is all possible thanks to the rise and diversity of technology. As technology advances by way of sociability, geography and mobility, it increases both efficiency and trust among people almost simultaneously (think social media, GPS locations and mobile phones; they've all increased efficiency and trust). What’s more astonishing is the way in which ordinary people have had their lives changed simply by engaging in collaborative consumption, whether that be by the higher income they now generate or the relationships they build through networks. It quite a shift from when the only things we shared were trains, buses, parks and stadiums.

So what now? As consumers and as entrepreneurs we should continue our participation in the collaborative consumption ecosystem and find yet more ways to expand its reach. By increasing our consumption collaboratively, we leave room for more efficiency in both the environment and the economy. Some firms are starting to realise this; Uber is already working towards it. As consumers, we can start by using more services like Paperclip, AirBnB, TaskRabbit etc, which will see the consumer better off. Adopting these types of consumption habits will be our biggest step towards a more efficient future.

Ziad.

Published by: alan in Musings

August 15, 2016 - No Comments!

Buying a TV on Paperclip

After recently closing our seed round, we moved into an office and required some office equipment. Where could we buy a 50 inch TV quickly an easily? Using our own platform of course! So we booted up the app and were delighted to find a decent Samsung 50 inch HD TV going for £200 locally. Naturally, we low balled and sent an offer for £150. After a brief back and forth, we settled on £180.

When dealing drugs, it's advised that you 'stay away from the end user' (Layer Cake, 2004). However, when it comes to a tech startup (or any firm with customers to be fair), it's the opposite ; you want to get as close as possible to your end users. Simply asking them 3 things that they like and dislike about your platform will provide invaluable feedback - actually sitting with them and watching them use whatever you've created, even more so. Sometimes I like to camp outside the houses of our users and watch them with binoculars as they go about their daily lives. Once or twice I've even snuck into their homes and watched users as they sleep. Just kidding, I'm a tech CEO goddamnit, have some respect - I hack their webcams and watch them remotely.

TV, app, buy, swap, sell

The classic Paperclip trade-cycle from top right > left > bottom right... Make offer > meet in a safe public place > enjoy new item

Anyway, the deal went down at around 7:30pm in an Asda car park on the outskirts of Cardiff. The seller arrived wearing a tuxedo and driving a custom car, an eclectic combination that I've come to expect from esteemed Paperclip users. We cracked some jokes and made the exchange. Easy!

The TV now sits proudly on our office wall - we've recently been donated a PS4 by a friend, and Steve likes to watch Netflix on it during lunch. We'll beam our stats dashboard onto it during the days as of September.

Published by: Rich Woolley in Musings, Trades