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Startup turns trash into treasure

With such a simple concept, Gomi is turning trash into treasure and showing free finds on a map. Genius!

Catching on in Australia and America

Australian startup, Gomi is a brand new startup seeking to turn street trash into treasure, and has already caught on in Sydney, Melbourne, and now the San Francisco Bay area.

The company seeks to be the matchmaker for items on the city streets with people seeking free treasures. “You see an abandoned item on the city streets. You list it. Anyone can claim it”.

The company says, “So, couches, TVs, dressers, teddy bears, trampolines (yes we’ve had trampolines listed!) anything that people leave out on the side of the road…the idea is that you whip out your iPhone, list it, and that anyone nearby can browse and go get the item. You can also list stuff in your home, too, so long as you’re giving it away for free.”

The company says their long-term goal is the be the one go-to place to list and find free stuff, and we liken it to the free section of Craigslist on steroids. As you look at your own company’s offering, can you replicate Gomi’s success by offering something your market is missing as Gomi has?

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Making use of Gomi

We took a look at Gomi and immediately found that it isn’t filled with junk like old plastic toys from McDonald’s, no, the first thing we came across was a plasma tv, and while there is no telling whether it works or not, that is a far cry from a dirty fast food toy.

For people who do not have an iPhone but still want to find free stuff, while the world awaits an Android app, users can check out their Facebook Page to see links to neat free finds.

For those opening their first office or moving into their first home, or people who repurpose furniture or have crafty skills, this app could prove to be a huge money saver.

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  1. Sandip2365

    August 7, 2012 at 1:18 am

    The company seeks to be the matchmaker for items on the city streets with people seeking free treasures.

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