Today we take a look at Peer Renters, an iOS app that works similarly to Craigslist, which allows users to buy, sell, rent, and rent out products. The first thing you will notice when you first run the app is that it will ask you for login information:
Because we need an account to use Peer Renter, we will first need to register. Registering is easy. First thing that we will do is click on the New User button. From there we simply enter our email address and soon after we are sent a password we can use to log in with. We have shown that it is very easy to register an account, so this next step you might be uncomfortable with:
If you don't fill in all the correct information, you won't be able to use the app. In my opinion this highly limits the app because it is asking for way too much information. A username would be a better and more comfortable substitute to First Name and Last Name. Telephone number should not be a required field to fill in as even big time companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram do not ask for such private information from their users. Home address is also unnecessary as even large companies like Craigslist and Facebook simply use City as the only address field available.
After logging in you are greeted with this screen:
From there you can use the easy to use search feature by tapping on the top right button and searching for different terms.
As you can see if you search for the term "Computer" you will get a couple of results. There are currently not that many other users using this app at the moment which explains the limited number of listings. However, this is extremely useful as you can trace down the exact location of different items that you want to purchase or rent. This is a creative and awesome use of the Google map feature in combination with the listing of items to be sold.
As you can see the computer for sale wasn't really a computer, but just a computer chair for sale that only had the keyword "computer" in it. This app is mostly intended for renting or renting out different products instead of buying and selling, however you can do both. After clicking on the "Buy this Item" button you can then easily purchase the product by clicking on the Pay button, however it does require a $2 deposit from Paypal. You will then need to contact the seller or vice versa, and agree to meet up at a nearby location so you can pick up your new product.
If you don't want to use the map feature to look for items to purchase, you can use the listing feature as well to list out all the different items in different countries all in a list. This is what the list feature looks like when searching for the letter "a" and a doing normal search for the word "car":
As you can see the search results are not completely perfect but that might also be due to the fact that there is a lack of listings available at the moment. As this app gains in popularity then certainly there will be more products listed here.
Adding your own product to be sold in this app is very easy:
As you can see we have put in false information in the address field simply because it asks for too much. It would be better if you were allowed to enter a generic location address such as "The orange supermarket in downtown Lost Angeles" and plan out a more specific location or a different location with the buyer. It shouldn't make sense that the person buys the item from your house, because you may not want them to come over to your house. If it were more like Craigslist, it would simply have the City field open and the rest of it redundant and unnecessary.
After you have confirmed the listing then your listing will be available in Peer Renter's product listing:
As you can see it's not a bad app to use if you want to buy and sell products. However in summary the limitation of the app comes from the amount of information that the app asks for. It simply asks for too much information when registering and when listing items. If you want to download the app and test it out yourself, feel free to do so at the following link:
Review Written and published on 4/28/2014.
Last updated on: 6/26/2016