REI Teams Up With Yerdle To Sell Used Products Online

REI Teams Up With Yerdle To Sell Used Products Online
User Avatar
8 months ago

Frequent shoppers at Recreational Equipment, Inc -- better known by its acronym, REI -- know about their garage sale events. Only members are able to get into this event in most locations, and when they do, they’re greeted to enormous savings on pre-owned outdoor clothes and gear. The “garage sales” have been limited to the brick-and-mortar stores themselves, but now they’ll be expanding thanks to a new partnership with Yerdle.

Yerdle has been around for awhile now, and they used to have a fairly simple program to use. People could download their app on their Android or iOS device and sell their old stuff online. Unlike eBay and similar auction outlets, sellers aren’t charged a fee when a purchase is made. The buyer ends up paying the shipping and the seller receives credit on the app. 

The theory behind it is the more you sell, the more you can buy through Yerdle. However, criticism was made through the use of its credits and how “free” it really was. The app never really took off, leading to the company rebranding itself as Yerdle Recommerce. It now focuses on connecting with brands to resell their products.

By using Yerdle, brands can now enter into the secondary market and can make profits from reselling. They can also offer a better price for potential customers that aren’t able to afford things at normal retail. REI, who specializes in outdoor gear and apparel, already had the idea of reselling their used products to consumers, but that will change slightly after joining up with Yerdle last week.

Products that were given back to REI were limited to the brick-and-mortar store they were returned at. This creates the obvious issue of a product not fitting anyone’s needs in that particular area, but could be used elsewhere by other customers at a different location. Now, select products will be put up for sale in the new used portion of REI’s website.

While it looks like garage sales will still be happening -- there’s one coming up at select stores on Saturday, October 21st -- the used store opened up as of last Friday online. Unlike the garage sales you don’t have to be a member to buy used goods. Products available on the website include men’s and women’s clothing and footwear and gear.

For people that don’t live next to an REI location, this also helps the brand expand their product name. With people giving back their used products, they’re able to still churn a profit instead of losing it to an auction site. Their customers also don’t have to worry about transactions that go awry as every used product demands 100 percent satisfaction.

RecircNewsPrince's Paisley Park Promises To Remain Meat-Free In His Honor

What can and can't be served at Paisley Park has been contested in the past, as Prince had very specific rules when he was alive. But on this issues, the museum and estate are standing strong.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 days ago
RecircNewsIKEA Vows To Eliminate All Single-Use Plastic By 2020

Ikea announced multiple renewable targets that they plan to reach by 2030, which includes removing single-use plastic over the next few years, offering more home solar solutions, and to reduce their greenhouse gases by 80 percent compared to their levels in 2016.

By Brian Spaen
3 days ago
RecircNewsThe Creative Way FIFA Is Offsetting The World Cup's Carbon Footprint

Millions of soccer fans around the world will travel to Russia this summer to watch The World Cup. FIFA is planning to minimize the event’s carbon footprint by asking fans to join an online campaign to reduce CO2. Fans who sign the pledge are eligible to win two tickets to the final game.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 days ago
RecircNewsSolar Technology Costs Tumble Further With China's Industry Shifts

China is slowing down local growth in the solar industry, which may not sound like progress, but the entire world benefits. Lower costs from Chinese manufacturers exporting their products will create higher rates of installation around the world.

By Brian Spaen
5 days ago
Stay Green
Sign up for our newsletter