‘Gone!’ app is going, going nationwide

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Credit: Gone

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Back in July, I wrote about "Gone!" an iPhone app designed to help you sell or donate unwanted items, including pickup.

It sounded too good to be true — who doesn’t have clutter and excess items they’d like to convert into dollars or donations — and in my brief time using the app, that seemed to be the case. I struggled with very low and inconsistent pricing for items that should have fetched much more (subjective, I know) and with an unclear policy on what activates an item pickup, especially for donated items. And then there were pickup fees that seemed excessive, especially for stuff you just want… well, “Gone.”

I didn’t go back and try again, but it looks like enough people are using the app to make it go national. The San Francisco-based company is announcing today that it will offer “Gone! Lite,” a shipping-centric version of its app to “Anyone, anywhere.” The company is also now offering to do payouts in the form of Amazon.com gift cards.

Customers in Austin and San Francisco will be able to use “Gone! On-Demand” for in-person pickup. The company has also been operating in Seattle and New York City. Those cities will get “On-Demand” soon as well, the company said. The company is also integrating “Slice,” a service to help customers keep track of their receipts and the value of items being sold through “Gone!”

Have you tried the app, or are you more willing to use it now that it’s expanding? Let me know in the comments.