If you enjoy bargain hunting online, then Bellevue-based OfferUp has a thrifty new option for you.
The tech company, which operates a mobile marketplace targeting local buyers and sellers in the U.S., has teamed up with 100 nonprofit Goodwill stores in seven states to feature their extensive inventory of donated items to millions of customers through the OfferUp e-commerce site (OfferUp.com).
The Goodwill outlets currently participating in the venture are located in seven states: New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Indiana. The stores can upload information about gently used times for sale, such as furniture, clothing and collectibles, which are then listed under regional Goodwill location handles, such as Goodwill of South Florida.
“More than half of OfferUp’s 44 million annual users are millennials and as our most engaged customers, are incredibly aware of their impact on the planet and the value of ‘re-commerce,’” says Daniel Azoulai, senior manager of business development at OfferUp. “Goodwill prioritizes sustainability over ownership and we're proud to bolster their rapidly growing ecommerce operations by making it easier for people to purchase items from across the country.”
Customers purchasing Goodwill items via the OfferUp e-commerce site are provided the option of having those items delivered directly to them via nationwide shipping or they can choose to pick up the items at their local Goodwill outlet.
“Each month we list thousands of secondhand items online and are excited to be able to bring them to the OfferUp community,” says Joseph Jarroush, vice president of operations for Goodwill NYNJ. “Revenue from our 37 Goodwill stores and our ecommerce business supports our mission. In 2018, we helped 2,351 people get a job outside of our stores, including 843 individuals with disabilities.”
OfferUp, launched in 2011, has raised some $261 million through a series of funding rounds to date, according to the online business intelligence site Crunchbase. Investors backing the company include Andreessen Horowitz, Warburg Pincus, GGV Capital, T Rowe Price and Coatue Management.