Goshi, a marketplace that aims to disrupt Craigslist by adding a local and mobile component to buying and selling items in your community, is debuting its service in Chicago today.
Basically, Goshi’s iPhone app allows you to take a photo of an item you want to sell, describe the item, put a price on it and then post it to the marketplace. Instead of picking up items at people’s homes or workplace, Goshi has created “hubs” at local coffee shops where transactions take place.
For now, Goshi, which was incubated in Excelerate Labs, is mobile focused and has no plans to create a web presence. The startup says that the convenience of being able to post an item for sale wherever you are make the service distinct from Craigslist. And another differentiator, says Goshi, is the safety of completing transactions in public places or “hubs” and the buyer protection of seeing the item in person before you have to pay money for it.
The company is also working with local artisans and art fairs to provide a selling channel for Etsy-like products.
Goshi is a completely mobile, location-based application for discovering, buying or selling cool items in your neighborhood. Posts in online marketplaces are easily lost in the clutter. Goshi offers a simple 3 touch experience when posting using the smartphone’s camera. Goshi is different from other marketplaces by focusing on pictures instead of text in a table view. Current online marketplaces are fraught with scams and spam. Goshi reduces fraudulent transactions by using profiles and physical devices. Hubs are used to...