Before we begin, here's a quick service notice regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak:
- The Paperclip global marketplace and all Paperclip student & enterprise marketplaces will remain open and available to all our users throughout this period
- We strongly encourage you to order any items purchased for home delivery, rather than meeting sellers face-to-face as to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19
- In May, we will be launching a payment gateway which should further reduce the number of physical exchanges of items
- Any offers claimed through the 'Deals & Discounts' section will still be valid unless otherwise stated in the offer's terms and conditions
Though we do not anticipate any disruption to services, we will notify you of any updates via. our official Twitter page.
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This week, we thought we'd take a look at the items most searched on our platforms as we head into this period of self-isolation...
With so many of us stuck at home with time on our hands, it appears that even formerly puzzle-averse people are discovering the hours-killing appeal of jigsaws!
In the UK, toy manufacturers are reporting 'huge increases in demand' for the traditional hobby since the Government urged the country to adopt self-isolation measures amid the coronavirus outbreak. In the United States, The Washington Post has described 'unprecedented interest' in the product, with both online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores now struggling to keep up with demand.
It's no surprise really that shoppers are now turning to second-hand marketplaces for their puzzle-fix. Since February, Paperclip has seen an almost 300% increase in searches for jigsaw puzzles with trades taking place all over the country.
Home exercise equipment
Though it looks like we will be stuck at home for the foreseeable, it's still important for us to keep moving! There's plenty we can still do keep active within our four walls and a load of items on our marketplaces to help you do so...
Since the start of the month, we have seen a huge rise in searches for equipment for keeping fit during a lockdown. Searches for 'exercise bikes', 'dumbells' and 'yoga mats' have doubled throughout the first two weeks of March and continue to rise...
Another big mover in the Sports & Outdoors category! Bikes tend to be popular on our university marketplaces year round, but over the last three weeks we have seen searches for this product increase over 50% on our open marketplace.
It's quite common for us to see a greater demand for bikes when the weather warms up, but with all that's going on in the world right now, cycling is increasingly seen as a way to get out and stay active whilst practising social distancing.
We have hundreds of mountain bikes, road bikes, kids bikes and all the parts and accessories on our open marketplace - many with huge reductions from their RRP.
We also have a number of popular bike groups on our platform, here you can list and request items for sale and chat to your local trading community.
No surprises here! With hand sanitizer stocks stripped from shelves in early-March, shoppers are turning to trusted online marketplaces.
Perhaps the most in-demand item in the world right now, the sky-rocketing demand for hand sanitizer gel has manufacturers working overtime.
Once abundant in chemists, supermarkets and corner shops - these small bottles of gel have proved elusive to most high street shoppers.
In the past few weeks, both distilleries and perfume factories in the UK and mainland Europe produce thousands of units for healthcare providers as well as the general public.
Since the start of the year, we have seen a ten-fold increase in searches for hand sanitizer and hundreds of users listing the product for sale. With prices as low as £1.00 per 30ml bottle, there are still bargains to be had!
More to come...
Over the next few weeks we be rolling out some exciting new features to both our open and university platforms as well as launching a brand new enterprise marketplace. Be sure to check back to the Paperclip blog for more info...
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Published by: Laurence in News