Letgo is one of the most successful classifieds apps on the second-hand marketplace. Being one of the fresh startups, for now it has already mediated transactions costing $23 billion in total! Downloaded by 45 millions of users, mediating transactions for $5 million minimum weekly, it has grabbed the serious market share from Craigslist and Ebay, what means that the startup has good chances to beat these old players on the classifieds' e-commerce market. But the main thing is that this app is outstanding in easiness of the customer experience, intuitivity of the user interface, provides really easy sales, and with this all gains the outstanding popularity among the customers from different countries. And this is why many entrepreneurs, thinking on their startups, are interested in how to repeat the success of the Letgo application and build an app like Letgo. ​​​​​​



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At the time, the Letgo project consists of:
 



 

Features of the app like Letgo


Many young entrepreneurs might be interested on how to build an app like Letgo. First of all, it should be cleared up, what features of the application made it successful. Letgo is recognized, first of all, thanks to its functions and their easiness in use:
 


But all those functions are quite typical for the applications of this type. The uniqueness of Letgo is in the technologies used for those functions successful implementation, and a couple of other things:
 


 

Successful sales at Letgo


Selling at Letgo is easy, but this doesn't mean that everything you sell will be sold successfully – certain rules of successful deals at the Letgo service exist. First of all, successful sale at Letgo is about a good flypage of the product. The product must look attractive, what means the seller must work on the photo. But the flypage should also be informative enough.
 


Another component of the successful deal is the communication between buyer and seller. The Letgo application provides in-built chat, with the help of which it is possible to specify all the necessary details and make arrangements for a meeting easily and fast.
 


Letgo also offers the search option, with the help of which it is possible to search through the names or categories of items, regions where they're available.

Another option which works for the customers' success – is geotagging. Letgo shows the products available near the customer. But you can also change the proximity radius. As many other apps of this kind, Letgo uses the Google Maps service. The maps are convenient and well-detailed for different regions. However, after some number of inquiries, the service becomes chargeable (not for the customer, but for the project).
 


 

Useful personalization

 

 

Other important components of the system


The Letgo system stands mostly on one pillar – the photographs of goods. Developing the Letgo clone app, be ready to receive, store and process big numbers of photographs. Thus, you need to care about:
 

What is the right system architecture?


The Letgo-like application is about working with big volume of data. All the time the new users appear, along with their classifieds, and every classified is about a photo, and if it's of high quality what is desirable, it means it's not about the small size. The fast work of such a system is possible only when there's the good data architecture on the server. The good data architecture means that the data is well-structured, according to the databases inquiries structure: which data is used often and which is not.

The system architecture can be divided into 4 parts:
 

  1. The databases' servers;
     

  2. The back-end part;
     

  3. The front-end part ( the system management panel);
     

  4. Mobile apps.


Thus, the mobile app – is only a part of the big system, and to provide its quality work, the thorough work on the rest parts of it must also be done. The system elements 'communicate' with each other with the help of API, which is developed together with the rest parts of the system.

Another very important thing to provide the fast work of the app is the app nativity. The app interface should be intuitive for a user, and this will provide fast success of the app. The nativity means that, while developing the app for iOS, the app interface should be designed according to the  iOS guidelines, and designing the app for Android – the Android rules should be followed.
 

Before the start of works


Before the decision on the start of the app development, you need to answer the next questions:
 

  1. How much money you will earn with the project?
     

  2. What will cost to engage new customers?
     

  3. How the customers will use the app?

 

How much does an app like Letgo cost?


To answer the questions above is important also because the development of such applications requires the serious investments of time and money. Speaking about the time expenses, to develop an app for one platform (iOS or Android) will require from 150 to 340 hrs. Speaking about the price for the product development, - it depends on the level of the developers' professionalism and on their country of origination. Hourly rate of a developer from the US is between $100 and $250, while a senior developer from Eastern Europe takes from $40 and $70 per hour.




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