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Published on: April 23, 2014

Some time ago, we folks at Androidnova gave you an introduction to Swappa and the work the folks at Swappa do. Today we bring you the exclusive conversation between Ben, the man behind the trading giant and us about Swappa. From the man himself,

 

AN: How did you come up with the idea of Swappa?

Ben: Swappa was inspired by my personal frustrations trying to buy and sell Android devices using eBay and Craigslist. Those other services do little or nothing to try to verify the integrity of listings, and that resulted in a lot of wasted time. I knew there had to be a better way, but couldn’t find a better marketplace on the web. So I set out to make it and Swappa was born.

 

AN: Tell us what Swappa is all about?

Ben: Swappa is all about making it safe and easy for users to buy and sell mobile devices.

 

AN: Why is Swappa better than other sites like eBay/Craigslist?

Ben: Swappa focuses on making buying and selling mobile devices safe and easy. Our marketplace is managed by a human presence to help ensure the safety and legitimacy of transactions (as much as possible). All listings undergo a review and verification process before they can be bought or sold. This is one of the biggest differences between Swappa and eBay or Craigslist.

We also have less fees compared to eBay. We charge only a flat fee on a successful sale, paid by the buyer.

 

AN: How many phones per month at an average are sold on Swappa?

Ben: Well over $1 million USD worth of mobile devices are bought and sold on Swappa every month.

 

AN: Where is your major market?

Ben: Currently Swappa’s primary market is the United States. A vast majority of our buyers and sellers are in the US, but we do allow buying and selling from other locations.

Still, it can be pretty difficult for some international buyers to buy on Swappa, mostly due to shipping logistics and PayPal policies for sellers. We are actively investigating how to better serve more international markets, including the UK, Europe, and India.

 

AN: What is Swappa’s connection with XDA?

Ben: XDA has endorsed Swappa as it’s official marketplace for buying and selling mobile devices:

http://www.xda-developers.com/announcements/xda-makes-swappa-its-official-marketplace/

One neat feature of this relationship is you can login to Swappa using your XDA account via OpenID.

 

AN: Do you have plans to expand? Particularly in upcoming markets like India? Barriers to entry?

Ben: : Yes, we do plan to expand to other markets, including India. Right now the major barrier to entry in India is good payment gateway. PayPal works great for the US and many other major markets, but not in India.

We are actively investigating how to better serve more international markets, including the UK, Europe, and India.

 

AN: Who do you think is your major competitor today?

Ben: eBay is definitely our biggest competitor. They are huge and have been around forever. This is also their weakness. Everyone has eBay horror stories and everyone knows about their high fees. Swappa is all about making buying and selling more enjoyable than eBay from start to finish, and we succeed.

 

AN: Where do you see Swappa in the next 3-5 years?

Ben: In the future we see Swappa as the go-to place for anything related to buying and selling mobile devices. That includes devices, accessories, information, advice, reviews, etc.

 

AN: Closing note?

Ben: Check out Swappa.

 

Check out Androidnova.org for more exciting news and gossip from the world of Android. Stay tuned!

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Published on: April 5, 2014


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DroidSync 2014 , Mumbai - AndroidNova.org
DroidSync 2014 , Mumbai - AndroidNova.org

Howdy Readers,

Remember we notified you about the upcoming event, DroidSync 2014, in Mumbai on April 5th, by Mr. NitroDroid aka Prajyot Mainker that will be covering all aspects of Android Ecosystem and even hosting the Fist Android App Expo in Mumbai. :)

Buzz is that we had recently recieved the final list of speakers that are going to be a part in the connference.

Speakers at DroidSync 2014, Mumbai - AndroidNova.org
Speakers at DroidSync 2014, Mumbai - AndroidNova.org

Mr. Boaz Gilon, is an International Speaker and will be delivering a talk on App Moneytization.

Mr. Aravind Krishnaswami, is one of the core organizer of India’s largest Android Developer cum Buziness Conference, DroidCon India.

Mr. Santosh KS is the Senior Product Manager, Nokia India.

Mr. Ravi Vyas organizer  GDG BAUG, our mentor, a croud puller and had even played a major influencial role in even setting AndroidNova.org’s own GDG at Jodhpur.

Mr. Prateek Gujral, our very good friend and Senior Moderator at XDA Developers, who had recently represented XDA in The Big Android BBQ, USA would be there to enlighten the opportunities to work as a developer in XDA futher it is quite significant that XDA is coming down for the very first time in a techno-social conference in India.

And Mr. Amrit Sanjeev, an app enterpreneur with currently a very trending app in Google Play Store, named Paperboy, and is preffered more over Flipboard, and was recently featured on Google Developers Video Channel, for the Idea of enterprenuring Paperboy, find the video below :

 

So, if you are an enthusiast and passionate developer/enterpreneur, and still haven’t enrolled yourself for the conference, we do recommend you to be a part of it.

Also, since AndroidNova.org is a media sponserer for DroidSync 2014, our subscribers do get an aditional benifit of 20% discount on tickets of the event.

as an AndroidNova.org Sunscriber, you can use the discount coupon code “DroiDSynC14-Mumbai” while booking your tickets on DroidSync 2014, Mumbai’s Official Site.

Remember, just 6 days left, grab your ticket now and be a part of Mumbai’s first android app expo.

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“Women Techmakers” is a Google led initiative. The major aim is to empower women to pursue their own dreams and build tools that change the world.
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Live Feeds from GDG Ahmedabad Women TechMakers 2014

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Howdy Reader,

welcome to the live feeds post of ongoing event of Women TechMakers by Google Developers Group Ahmedabad.

WomenTechmakers is an innitiative by Google Inc. and a global event season hosted by all Google Developers Group accross the globe to celebrate and salute the spirit of women techmakers..!

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So its official the long wait for Indian consumers has come to an end finally. The sale of Moto X launch is slated to begin from 19th March and will be prices at Rs. 23,999 and Rs. 25,999/- for wood back finish version.

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Last time we gave you all a review on what exactly is Swappa and how it was made up to stand against giant marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist. Today’s article will be all about how well it actually stands up against these well-known trade websites particularly Swappa vs eBay.

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