Used-merchandise marketplace Mercari has added a barcode listing function so sellers no longer need to fill in long lists of data when posting an item for sale.
Japanese daily newspaper Sankei reported that the barcode listing function allows easy and quick posting for books, CDs, games and other general merchandise. Users simply need to scan the barcode with their mobile phone cameras and the app will automatically enter the title, author or artist name, category, and other basic details. After verifying the information, selecting conditions and choosing a delivery method, sellers can tap the sale button. A selling price is also proposed.
The feature was originally introduced to Mercari Inc.’s MercariKauru marketplace — which is dedicated to buying and selling books, CDs, and DVDs.
Mercari was launched in 2013 and has since outperformed both old and new competitors. The flea market app has been downloaded more than 100 million times in Japan, the U.S., and the U.K.. It’s among the top three “stuff” apps in the U.S..