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💡 Converting ads into in-game currency, which can then be used to buy items in the game

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A platform that helps people easily sell used furniture, household goods, and other items.

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Idea: A startup that uses AI to help restaurants optimize their menus, ensuring that no item is priced too high or too low for the quality that it offers

646

A browser extension that tracks the cost of your everyday items (fries, cup of coffee, etc.) over time and cross-references this data with the Starbucks menu. In addition to the main purpose of tracking your coffee expenses, the tool also allows users to find out if they are spending more than they should and how to cut back.

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A platform for helping consumers shop for and price items

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Idea: A startup that allows people to buy and sell their used items using augmented reality

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A new way to buy and sell items in the world of cryptocurrencies

141

A platform for sharing and selling reusable office supplies to businesses. The startup focuses on 8 great office supply items that are used a lot, but don’t get recycled as often as they should. They’re currently focusing on the US, but plan to expand internationally and into business software.

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A startup that provides a service where people who are visiting a new city can get a box of carefully selected items that will help them enjoy their stay

115

A startup for buying and selling items in bulk. It’s like Amazon Prime, but for businesses.

112

A platform for restaurants to offer delivery and delivery drivers to order delivery items.

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It’s a Chrome extension that helps you create a to-do list and also adds a new to-do item to your calendar. The startup has raised $2.2 million so far.

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The startup is building a platform to help people to buy and sell gently used items, like cars, without having to go through a third party like eBay or Craigslist. They have a plan in place to expand into new categories in 2020.

104

A New York-based startup that sells t-shirts that have a QR code embedded on them to track where the item was shipped.

99

A startup that helps companies track items from order to delivery, and track the performance of in-person and virtual agents.

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They’re the modern version of a “grocery store”, with a storehouse of over 400 in-demand items that can be added to a wish list. They’re free for consumers, but can have a fee for businesses with 500 or more items in stock.

98

A startup that provides a tool where people can subscribe to a service that sends them a box of 5-10 items every month

96

An online marketplace that has a very different approach to selling than Amazon or eBay. The startup focuses on selling unique items and brands, and is based on a marketplace model that is increasingly popular in China.

94

A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that provides customers with weekly deliveries of fresh produce and other items from local farmers. Customers pay for their weekly deliveries of local fruits and vegetables through a subscription model.

93

A startup for home services and maintenance, with a focus on big ticket items like HVAC and plumbing.

92

An ecommerce platform for the Chinese market, allowing customers to purchase items online without leaving home.

92

A platform that connects buyers with sellers, allowing users to sell used items like books and DVDs, or purchase new ones in bulk.

92

A startup that hires and trains drivers to deliver groceries and other items within a 20-minute window.

91

A system that allows people to request items from businesses by scanning a QR code and sharing the results on social media

91

A startup for those interested in buying and selling vintage items.

91

An online marketplace for quirky, unique, and one-of-a-kind items.

91

A startup that would bring barcodes to the speed of the internet, allowing people to search for an item’s barcode and purchase it from an online retailer

89

A Texas-based startup that provides a service that allows anyone to buy anything with Bitcoin, including buying everyday items.

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A startup that creates “beauty boxes” of luxury items for customers

87

This startup wants to let people buy and sell their old electronics in their own homes. The company’s goals are to make it easier to resell items, and to educate people about how they can reduce their clutter.

87

A startup that creates a service where you can order a small box of items that would be a perfect gift for a friend or family member

86

A Paris-based digital marketplace for people who want to sell their unused items.

85

A startup that sells a collection of various items to help people organize their home

84

It’s a company that offers a way for people to buy and sell used parts, like alternators, spark plugs, or fuel pumps, using the same FBA business model that Amazon uses to sell used items.

84

A startup that wants to create an online store that uses artificial intelligence to automatically find and purchase items that match a customer’s taste and preferences.

84

A platform that allows multiple users to create a single item, then share it with a single shipping address.

83

A company that helps people manage and record the items they use in their “digital lives”.

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A way for people to buy and sell things online. The company also works on a feature to group items into “rooms” that users can browse by category.

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Delivery service that promises to get an item to you after a certain interval, following a route that minimizes driving, and lets you pick up items from a store.

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A startup that wants to help users make more money by selling their excess household items to the public.

80

A mobile payments product that allows shoppers to pay for items on any device that supports NFC. The startup is building a payment platform for apps and retailers, as well as a recharge service.

79

This startup, which wants to make it easy for retailers to use AI to keep shelves stocked with different items for consumers to buy.

79

A web-based platform for students to market and sell items they’ve made in their spare time.

79

The company is building a platform that will allow users to take a picture of the items in their home and have it translated into a virtual reality experience.

79

A “social marketplace for manufacturing”, where manufacturers can find and price items from suppliers, and suppliers can find customers.

79

A bot that can automatically find lost items and return them to their owner.

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A startup that aims to help buyers of large items like boats and yachts get a quote from a wide variety of suppliers to see if they could do the job for less elsewhere.

78

This startup sells an Android app that lets you quickly record notes/talks about an item you are selling on eBay. The startup is also building out a platform for selling on eBay.

77

A startup that lets you create a wishlist for your favorite products, then automatically sends you emails when prices drop on those items.

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A startup that lets shoppers bid on items to help them save money, and that charges a small fee for the service. The startup is mobile-first and only takes a small cut of profits.

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A startup that provides a service where people can order a box of pre-selected items for their doorstep

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A way to sell high-end items like luxury cars and art on an auction site. The startup is currently working with the University of Washington to create a marketplace for school auctions.

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The startup’s app, which is currently in beta, allows people to buy and sell used electronics by clicking between old iPhones and iPads. People can even keep track of the item’s age and condition which allows them to make smart purchases.

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Jet.com is a startup that will sell anything from household items to clothes to groceries to a single user, with no membership fees or minimum purchase requirements. It’s been called the Amazon of online shopping that will work on the ground. The company says it has 1.1 million active buyers already, and a $3 billion run rate.

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A company that provides an online marketplace for mystery shopping services. The startup is experimenting with ways to give shoppers more choice in how they purchase items.

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A startup that simplifies the process of selling online, allowing anyone to list items on multiple shopping sites. The idea is that doing so is more cost-efficient than having to curate items individually on each.

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A chatbot that helps people connect with local small businesses that sell items on eBay.

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A startup that provides a service where a personal shopper goes to a store and picks out items they want for them

71

This company is building an app called “MyBeds” for homeowners to create a “bespoke bedroom” for their home. The app lets you create a “dream room” from a set of customizable, curated items.

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A startup that provides a service where you can pay a flat fee and get a bunch of random items from a specific category and that’s it

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A system that helps people connect the dots between their physical and digital lives, that helps them understand the world around them. People can use the app to find out if someone has talked about them on social media, see if they’ve visited a particular location, and snap a photo of an item they want to buy and see if they can find it elsewhere.

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 A tool for making 3D-printed furniture and other DIY items.

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An online shopping marketplace that uses mobile payment technology to allow customers to buy and sell items from their smartphones.

70

This is a company building a platform where an existing customer can find and hire a contractor to repair or remodel a specific item in their home. It’s a marketplace for homeowners looking to hire contractors, and the startup is profitable.

69

This startup is building a way for people to buy and sell used items at a fraction of the cost of new goods.

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A startup that buys household items in bulk for consumers, and delivers them in bulk After shipping the products, the startup makes money by selling those items on the secondary market

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A tool for buyers to find sellers of certain items, like appliances or cars, and get a quote from several sellers at once.

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A platform that lets businesses share their data with their customers, enabling customers to do things like recommending items to each other or sharing pictures like Instagram.

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A mobile app that helps people find lost items with the help of a special tracker device they keep in their pockets.

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The startup is building a marketplace for people looking to sell or buy items that have been previously owned by celebrities.

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A startup that makes it easier to buy and sell tickets online, using a system that takes advantage of the optimal price for the item based on demand.

64

A tool for finding your nearest restaurant’s menu items online.

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A credit card you can use for virtual items, virtual real estate, and virtual donations.

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A company that helps brands co-create merchandise for sale, using a virtual store front to sell the items.

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The company operates in a similar fashion to Uber, but instead of driving people around, it takes shoppers to retailers. Shoppers use the app to locate stores and their location, then use the app to walk into shops and purchase items.

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$50 app that connects people with items they’re looking for (think Ikea showroom product search).

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A company looking to build a better version of the “wish-list”, where items can be added and removed while shopping.

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A consumer-facing app that allows users to make online purchases of items from their local grocery store, like milk and bread.

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A C2C marketplace for buying and selling used furniture. There’s a big market for people looking to buy used furniture but no good way to find them. The startup’s website shows a few beautiful tables and chairs, but the bulk of the site features the items for sale.

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A new startup that wants to help small businesses and restaurants keep track of their inventory, and the cost of their items.

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A delivery service that gives customers the option to order a dozen or so items from a list of popular restaurants, which will be delivered to the customer’s home or office within an hour.

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This startup wants to create a unique way to pay for items online that goes beyond a checkout. It allows payment to be made with a phone’s fingerprint, and will allow merchants to accept payment in-app. They have released a beta app which has been downloaded by 2,000 users. It plans to release a full app in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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A platform that helps developers of internet of things devices get their software into the hands of end users. The startup is focused on the “Internet of Stuff”, or the internet of things — a technology that allows everyday items to be connected to the internet and have their state monitored.

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A mobility platform that connects businesses with the right tools to make it easier for drivers to earn income by delivering packages and other items. The startup’s co-founder, Alex Boussard, says they’ve already seen interest from a number of major companies and has even managed to raise a few million dollars in funding.

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A web application that would allow you to manage all of your ‘to-do’ items in one place.

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DropBox for consumer goods, allowing you to send an item to your DropBox account, get a notification when it arrives, and have it sent back to you.

54

This app lets you buy and sell items in your neighborhood.

52

A startup that allows people to make money by selling their used items, such as clothes, furniture, and books, through an online platform.

52

A new vending machine that brings together other vending machines to sell you the items you want.

52

Fostr is a marketplace where people sell their unused clothes. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding and says they’ve sold over 30,000 items in the last two years.

52

A subscription box service that lets you pick and choose which items you want in your box.

51

A startup that facilitates the donation of household items to people in need. It’s a B2B business.

50

A startup that helps small business owners sell more from their store by allowing them to display sale items from retailers that they don’t normally sell from.

50

A platform that allows users to select an item to “Buy Now” from an online shop, then get notifications when it arrives. Currently in closed beta in Australia.

49

This company is building a platform to give people the ability to make money by buying and reselling items on the same day they are listed for sale.

48

A startup building a delivery network for equipment and equipment-related items, particularly those in the industrial market.

48

A “pre-purchase” platform that helps people make decisions on whether or not they should buy a particular item. The goal is to help people save for the future without having to waste time or money on unnecessary purchases.

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A startup for hiring refurbished items. The company’s CEO, who is also CEO of a shipping company, has been refurbishing old shipping containers and reselling them on the site. The company has raised $1.5 million in funding.

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The startup, which was founded in June, wants to help manufacturers scale up their production of custom items quickly and easily.

46

Builds on the idea of an online store for workers to make money by selling items people need — and allowing them to earn up to $15 an hour. The company says it is currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A digital storefront for low-income people to buy used items from other people across the country, with a focus on items that are hard to find in the country.

46

An ecommerce platform for individuals looking to buy and sell items on the eBay auction website

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CaseReev is a mobile checkout company that allows users to scan the barcodes of items in stores and pay with their mobile phones. The startup raised $1.1 million last year

46

A platform that helps large restaurants that cater to groups share information about menu items and manage catering orders.

45

Social commerce startup that offers a way for shops to translate their product descriptions into multiple languages, and allows users to easily connect with the businesses that sell the items.

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A startup that helps users keep track of their transactions, making it easy for them to make sure that they don’t over- or under-pay for mundane items.

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This startup is building a tool that allows small businesses to sell items on their own websites, without worrying about offline inventory or storefronts.

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A platform that helps people sell items online, and manage their inventory and inventory management.

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A digital platform for people to share and sell items like furniture and artwork.

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A platform that facilitates local sales of used clothing. It allows users to post their items, and then lets a user who is looking to purchase an item find an appropriate buyer.

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A startup that lets users create a “hotel”, a place where they can post items to rent and others can offer to help them out.

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A tool to help people find and buy direct-to-consumer items on the web.

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A startup for people who want to donate their old home appliances, furniture, and other items for reuse. The startup says that in the US alone, more than 10 million items go unused in storage every year.

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This startup is building a digital revolution in the world of trash. Trash2Use converts waste into useful products, and gives you the opportunity to pay for the items you use.

37

The company is building a toolset for building and selling items on Airbnb. The company is already working with a few startups in Silicon Valley, and says they’ve raised $1.2M but aren’t disclosing their valuation or amount raised.

37

A startup that helps schools make more money from their online activities by directing the money that students spend on school supplies and other items to the school.

37

An online marketplace for buying and selling used cars, with sellers spread out across the US. A small number of sellers offer used cars, but most of the items are from rentals. The company has raised $40M in a Series E.

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A startup that helps people get the most out of the 1.5 million items they have stored in their kitchen and pantry with a web-based software that allows them to create shopping lists, organize items, and track purchases. They’re also developing a separate mobile app.

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An online marketplace for used items, which they claim has a $10-million monthly revenue stream via their website.

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An online marketplace for buying and selling used items and goods. The company is using a technology called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to allow consumers to scan an item and find out what they’re worth on the platform, which they say is a cheaper way to buy used goods, and helps sellers by cutting out the middleman.

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A platform that connects innovators with consumers and businesses. Their app allows people to rate items they’ve purchased with a star system and makes it simple to find more suppliers and products.

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A platform for groceries that uses RFID technology and point-of-sale terminals to track the history of each item in inventory and notify employees when inventory is nearing its expiration date

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A shared grocery shopping service that lets you buy items for someone else at a discount, with a promise of never having to run out of things again.

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A startup that uses machine learning to find retail deals, offering discounts on items customers will be buying anyway.

30

A team of former Google engineers are building a “SEO suite” for e-commerce platforms that includes keyword research, sitemaps, and other tools. It helps brands rank better on search engines and direct more traffic to the site.

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A tool that helps companies sell more pre-owned items. It allows businesses to manage their used items and keep a digital record of them, inventorying them, then selling them.

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A company that provides on-demand delivery of grocery items to homes in the US. The startup, which was founded in July, is focused on expanding its brand to other cities.

24

This startup is building an app that allows customers to order items from their phones and have them delivered to them.

24

A platform for buying and selling virtual items like power-ups, skins and runes in esports. PGL is based in China and is already signing up professional esports teams to use its platform, which lets teams create their own websites and sell merchandise.

23

A startup that helps merchants manage the process of returning items. This startup is run by CFOs for major retailers.

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A startup that creates a digital trail of products for consumers to track and manage, from an item of clothing to a car. The founders aim to make it easy to track your life’s possessions.

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A startup that provides a marketplace for users to sell their items in exchange for money and a small percentage of the sale.

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A B2B business that lists items for sale on the web, allowing users to take advantage of the millions of people who are selling on Amazon. The startup has already made a $100,000 sale.

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A startup that helps businesses manage their inventory in real-time, including the ability to add and remove items from a warehouse in real-time.

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A startup that helps retailers manage the “last-mile” of their business, selling anything from everyday items to large appliances.

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An online marketplace for rentals of limited-use items like lasers, which are used for short periods of time and limited locations.

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A way to allow people to make money off their old clothes or other items they no longer use. They take these items to local companies that refurbish them.

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A company that makes software that helps people find lost items. They’re also developing a wearable device that will help people find their lost items.

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Being able to use the online marketplaces to sell items that are in short supply, like books, graphic novels, or various collectibles.

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An AI-based delivery system with a robotic arm that delivers groceries, flowers, and other items.

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Real-time task management software for you to send your to-do items to team members.

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A startup that allows users to sell their house’s contents online, but also allows them to dispose of spare items.

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This is a startup using machine learning to make recommendations of the best items to buy on Amazon for a particular category.

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Ordering dry cleaning on the phone, meeting delivery times, charging for lost items, and tracking returns.

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Woothemes is a B2B e-commerce platform that helps companies sell branded items online. The company’s business model is based on a subscription model that charges companies a monthly subscription fee to use the company’s software and marketing services.

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A platform for independent retailers and restaurants to sell and deliver items directly to customers

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A way for people to buy and sell items on Amazon with cash in hand.

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A platform that helps retailers to manage their in-store inventory. It’s a mobile app that allows the retailer to upload an image of the item, pop it in the system, and then have the system order the item for them.

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Starts with a wish list on Amazon, then sends the link to the gift recipient who can then pick out items. The company wants to build a personalized gift registry service on Amazon that’s easy for shoppers to use.

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Freight costs are high enough for this startup to make moving easier by letting you move any size item (such as a couch, or a full house) for $3.

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A startup for buying and selling virtual goods such as in-game items, digital downloads, and subscription services. The startup wants to make it easier for people to buy and sell virtual goods.

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A new twist on the “impulse” product. The startup is developing a way for brands to send their customers impulse-buy items, which usually require some sort of sign-up.

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A community for people who want to sell or barter their personal items

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A startup that provides a service for people to have someone go through their closet and suggest items they could donate or sell

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A startup that sells a subscription box service where you get a box of random items every month

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A startup that provides a website where people can list items they no longer need and sell them to other people

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A startup that provides a service where people can pick up and drop off items they are selling on Craigslist

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Idea: A mobile app that helps you find and sell pre-owned items

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Idea: A startup to help sellers list items on Amazon, eBay, and Shopify

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Idea: A solution for helping people buy and sell used items on Craigslist easier, converting the site into a full-on marketplace

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Idea: A startup that sends you a box of food items from small brands you may not have heard of

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Idea: A startup that is building a cloud-based service for selling collectibles. It allows users to upload images and details about the item, and generate a barcode. It’s free for sellers, and takes a flat 3.5% of sales.

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Idea: A startup that makes it easier for people to sell or donate their clothing. Users take a picture of their items and it’s automatically listed on a number of different online marketplaces.

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Idea: A startup that helps people ship their used items to buyers. The founder says that she’s already sold $3,000 worth of items in her first two months.

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Idea: A startup that wants to make shopping more convenient for consumers by personally taking pictures and videos of items on a store’s shelves, and allowing shoppers to buy the items immediately.

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Idea: This is the company behind the Bodega app, which calls itself a “Bodega box that comes with a free human.” The startup is building an app for small convenience stores in order to make shopping for milk, eggs, and other items more convenient. Its founders are betting that by bringing in a human to help customers, they’ll be able to differentiate from other convenience stores.

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Idea: A startup that is building a service for businesses to help them manage inventory. It helps businesses manage inventory on a per-item basis in order to be more efficient.

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Idea: A startup that provides a way for customers to order a wide variety of items while reducing shopping time.

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Idea: A startup looking to bring the concept of “swag” from concerts to corporate events — employees are given a “swag bag” of items to take home with them in lieu of a company swag bag. The startup makes money by selling the items in the swag bag.

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Idea: An online marketplace of products made by independent designers. Designers can keep 90% of sales, or have the option to partner with the startup for a 40% revenue share. The startup also aims to make the discovery process easier by curating the top items from each designer.

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Idea: A way to make warehouse robots more efficient, by helping them grab items from shelves and move them to delivery vehicles more quickly.

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Idea: A company that builds a mobile app that provides a “visual, interactive experience” for the middle school/high school students to buy and sell items to one another.

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