October 23, 2011

Zaarly – Sell to Your Neighbors

You need a new set of golf clubs, and your neighbor John is looking to sell the set he purchased last year. Zaarly is a web-app that can bring you two together. The online marketplace functions like a Craigslist for small communities – bringing people who want to buy and sell goods and services together with their neighbors who live nearby.

Head over to and create an account to begin. You’ll need to input a valid phone number, in addition to your email address and name. The next step to using Zaarly is to type in whatever it is you want. Zaarly isn’t just for purchasing furniture or lawn equipment, either. You can ask to have a lunch delivered to your office, a pickup to rent for a move this weekend, or a babysitting to watch your dog while you’re away on vacation. Type in a title, add a description, name your price, and enter the date when you want the product or service to be delivered. A neighbor nearby who sees your ad pop up can click “I’ve Got That!” and type in an explanation of why you should pick him or her to fulfill the service. After including a few lines about his experience as a dog-sitting expert, for example, the neighbor can click “Confirm” and wait for your response.

Zaarly is a cool tool for people who are looking to make some quick cash, since it essentially functions as an open marketplace. When a service has been rendered or a good has been delivered—known as “fulfilling a Zaarly”—the recipient can choose whether to pay by cash or credit card. People who want to make sure they get paid can stick to responding to “verified” listings, which can only be posted by people with pre-approved credit cards on file with Zaarly.

Practical Uses:

  • Find a Spanish tutor for your son
  • Borrow a car to drive to an event next week
  • Buy a used iPad from a neighbor
  • Hire a house sitter to watch your house while you’re away on vacation

Insider Tips:

  • Users can get verified by getting their credit cards pre-approved
  • Set a time limit for how long your listing should remain active
  • Credit card transactions have a 9.95% transaction and processing fee
  • Zaarly works on any mobile phone that supports HTML5

What we liked:

  • People can use Zaarly to make some quick money for the weekend
  • Businesses can interact with their customers through Zaarly
  • People can name their price for certain services and see if anyone is interested
  • Buyers who get multiple offers can read descriptions from interested parties when deciding who to choose

What we didn’t like:

  • Zaarly’s 9.95% transaction fee for credit card purchases may dissuade people setting up verified listings


Company Info:

  • Launched: May 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Eric Koester, Bo Fishback, and Ian Hunter
  • Web site:


  • Free

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