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Wallapop review: the virtual flea market app for Android

Wallapop is a free “virtual flea market” where you can buy and sell items to people in your area. Following the likes of Gumtree and, of course, eBay, does this app have something to set it apart from the others? Find out in our Wallapop review.

Rating

Good

  • Intuitive search feature
  • Cuts out the middle man
  • Geo-based local offers around users
  • Huge potential

Bad

  • Could have more buyer security
Reviewed on Android version Root Modifications Reviewed version Latest version
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 5.0.2 No 1.8.2 1.21.7

Features & Use

The Wallapop format is simple to understand and easy to use. After you download the app, you register (or log in via Facebook or Gmail) and you can start buying and selling items straight away.

The interesting thing about Wallapop is that items are searched for based on location. You are given a scrolling list of items for sale in your area, and the further down the list you go, the wider the radius of sellers becomes.

Having a search radius which automatically widens as you scroll down is in an intuitive feature, and I don’t know why it isn’t present in more apps or services. Changing the radius of searches manually seems clumsy now when measured against the efficiency of the Wallapop search. It displays the current search area in a subtle section at the top of the app.

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The general search interface can be seen on the left, and product page to the right. / © ANDROIDPIT

While this search function is helpful, it is currently difficult to find specific items. There is a dedicated search feature, but with so few people currently selling (despite the app having been downloaded more than 3 million times), the app works more like a yard sale for impulse buys than somewhere to go for something specific.

That being said, you can pick up some bargains here and there, but beware - the ease-of-use of the app does open itself up to some unexpected pricing. While scrolling through items for this review, I found a microwave for 35 USD, which seemed like a fair price. But then this was followed by somebody listing 'Nothing' for $1. Yes, somebody was selling nothing for actual money. I’m not saying that $1 isn’t cheap for something - it’s just a bit expensive for nothing.

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There can be some bargains to find in Wallapop, but be careful where people ask for online payment instead of in person. / © ANDROIDPIT

Wallapop does a good job of helping buyers and sellers interact, with a dedicated instant messaging feature. Here you can instantly contact any seller directly, and it’s a useful function if you have any questions or wish to meet up with the seller to see/discuss the item in person. In this way Wallapop acts as a hassel-free way to connect two people for the exchange. Wallapop also offers geo-based local offers around its users and provides a 'social shopping' experience - useful ways that connect buyers with sellers, along with making the purchasing experience easier.

You don’t need to worry about delivery times, return troubles or seller fees because you can meet up. Just check out the product and take it home if you want. This is great for cutting out the middle-man; it means you don’t need to exchange numbers or any other information, and it’s one of the major successes of the app.  

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It's best to do some research into the products you're interested in before deciding to buy them. / © ANDROIDPIT

Private PayPal or bank transfers can be arranged between two people, of course, but there is no guarantee that the item will ever be dispatched. Also, the feedback system is somewhat lacking within the app, with very few ratings given, and this means that it is possible you could pay for something online and it would never be delivered. 

Screen & Controls

The app takes no learning. There are no fancy/needless gestures, all it takes is simple swipes.

Speed & Stability

Wallapop is fast during use, but it’s also prone to bugs. Sometimes images won’t load, or searches will fail to produce any results. Thankfully the developers update it often.

Price/Performance Ratio

The app is free, and if you get some bargains, it will be absolutely worth a download. 

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Some of the search categories (left) and a listing for one of my sponges which I was selling. / © ANDROIDPIT

Final verdict

The strength of this app ultimately lies in its users. The more sellers it has, the more exciting it would be. I’ve got no doubt that this could be a really impressive and useful app when a bigger user-base arrives. As it is, without a large selection of products, and some kind of "buyer protection" in place, it feels like it could be improved.

That being said, if you're careful, the critical app functionality is definitely there to be enjoyed. You will be able to find some interesting products, save some money, and even make some, with an easy-to-use app. Download Wallapop for free today from the Play Store. 

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  • Hi, I have a question to ask and feel this is the right place to do. Can anyone suggest me players to build a app like Wallapop.. Been looking for some suggestion, a few could help.

    • Hello. Guess a wrong place to have asked as so many are pissed off with second hand buying and selling app services haha. Anyways guess my opinion would suffice.

      It’s Apptha classifieds. http://www.shopyscripts.com/script/apptha-classified-mobile-app
      It’s a readymade app which can be customized to your specific requirements. You get to have your wallapop clone app on cloud and no expenses on hosting for the first 365 days.

      Good one to try for saving on cost and the time of development is the time taken for customization.

  • Bon L Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I am selling really nice handbags on this app. Looked around and most things on here looks like junk. Flea market and yard sale kind of stuff. May pull my bags off. Doesn't seem they offer higher end things.May not be the right place for me. I also didn't know that people could see my location! That's not good. Put a big ROB ME sign on my head! Good thing I'm well equipt to handle that.

  • “WALLAPOP...MORE LIKE WALLA"POOP"

    WALLAPOP IS THE WORST...TAKE IT FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT ONLINE APPS LIKE THIS.

    NOTHING BUT A MISERABLE experience simply reaching someone in customer service. I have posted the same ads six times now and they remove them for no reason. Ive sent DETAILED emails to them explaining we have been in business 45 years and are one of the CREDIBLE SELLERS. THE KIND THEY SHOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE & NEED ACCORDING TO ALL THE SCAM POSTINGS I"VE READ REGARDING THEIR SITE. Nothing I sell is restrictive (AS STATED IN THEIR GUIDELINES) and we are Top Rated sellers on Ebay (who most definitely have serious standards for listing). ALL I GET BACK ARE GENERIC MESSAGES AFTER I EXPLAINING THE ISSUES with detail and ASKING THEM TO POLITELY JUST GIVE A CALL & BE SPECIFIC WITH WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY ADS. Here is a copy of the mail I have sent....

    "Nothing I've posted on Wallapop is Unauthorized or prohibited according to your rules and regulations...kindly let me know by way of a phone call why you are removing my ads. As stated we are one of the top buyers and most reputable dealers in the United States with accreditations most wish they have. TOP RATED SELLERS ON EBAY. Anything stated and posted on your site is exactly what I sell on eBay & Craigslist whom I'm sure has the same rules and regulations regarding its content. No issues with either. My phone numbers are below and I can be reached anytime please."

    They are deleting ads of IMAGES I ACTUALLY OWN that include our Company business card & FLYER (Simply for reference and detailing the respect and accreditations our company's 45yr history). SOMETHING ANY BUYER SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE TO KNOW AND SEE.

    I WILL FOR SURE DELETE MY ACCOUNT AND TELL ANYONE ELSE TO AS WELL. WALLAPOP ARE A COMPANY THAT CAN'T EVEN PROPERLY EXPLAIN WHY THEY ARE REMOVING MY ADS. JUST GENERIC BS. THEY OBVIOUSLY DON'T WISH TO BE REACHED OR DO ANY REACHING BACK WHEN KINDLY ASKED AND FOR JUSTIFICATIONS AND DETAILED REASONS.

    I HAVE MADE A COPY OF THIS MESSAGE AND WILL POST IT EVERYWHERE I CAN Like: SITEJABBER.COM, TWITTER, GOOGLE etc. unless I receive a proper phone call explaining WHAT ON EARTH THEY ARE DOING OVER THERE.

    YOU KNOW HOW TO REACH ME WALLAPOOP

  • my Samsung galaxy sucks I can't do shut on it up never buy one again

  • Jon Doe Feb 14, 2016 Link to comment

    Wallapop sucks all the responses come from fraud people worse than craigslist !

  • Wallapop does not work. The app does not allow you to choose a catagoery for your listing, so therefore you cannot list anything. Crap, second rate programming. Use anyone else, craigslist still works great.

  • Barkaat Jan 26, 2016 Link to comment

    nice

  • OKAY....I signed all up now how do I sell anything on here and how can I have access from a laptop to post images because a cell phone stinks when trying to provide quality images of items you want to sell......HELLO ANYONE? This site has no explaination of how to do what

  • Joanna Dec 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Buyer safety??? What about seller safety? This app shows the sellers exact location without any way for the seller to edit. GPS pinpoints directly to the sellers home. No apparent way to erase the profile either!

  • The sellers never answer to offers or even worse, when I really want to buy something!
    Awful , no communication at all! I'll stick with craigslist!

  • PROS: Easy to list.
    CONS: Most " buyers " never follow thru.
    and wallapops censors are retired gestapo agents. EVERYTHING is prohibited !
    They just removed my listing for a piece of LUGGAGE ! YES, an empty rifle carrying case. Is considered prohibited. And last month they removed my listing for an antique collectible knife. Scabbard

    Avoid Wallapop. U can do better.

  • I am NOT fi ding the Wallapop helpful at all. People say they want something and never complete the transaction. Looking for another site.

  • owwww

  • like it

  • Could you be more specific about buyer security, please?

  • kinga Apr 22, 2015 Link to comment

    ok

  • John Dave Apr 22, 2015 Link to comment

    Is it also useful for png format?

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