We asked Rebold AU founder, Gautier Favier, about building an app that helps you sell your old smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch at the best price available. Rebold AU also helps you reduce your e-waste footprint. Gautier has a background in product design and has experience in the refurbished electronic industry. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform provides a powerful end-to-end experience with a strong back-end.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Rebold.com.au helps you sell your old smartphone, tablet or smartwatch at the best price whilst helping to reduce your e-waste footprint.
We work with refurbishing partners across Australia that help to refurbish or recycle these devices responsibly so that they can be reused or their components recycled instead of ending up in landfill.
54 percent of e-waste across the country goes to landfill and waste from electronics is growing at 3 times the rate of general waste. In Australia only, there are 23 million smartphones in people’s homes, not in use which will likely end up in landfill also. Through Rebold, we want to tackle this issue by supporting an industry that provides a true and sustainable alternative to consumption.
Rebold’s mission will be complete when we help the vast majority of Australians to change their perceptions of how we interact with electronics and move from a traditional linear format where we buy a new device and after two or three years, dispose of it, to a circular economy where after two or three years, we sell or recycle it to give it a second, third or fourth life.
How does your app work?
Rebold users can choose to sell more than 400 devices online and get the best offer for them based on the device’s condition.
If the user accepts the quote, we’ll send them a prepaid eco-package to send their device for free. Once the device is assessed and matches with the online quote we send them their money within 24 hours.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I have a product design background and I had a dream to build some sort of an online product. I also had experience in the refurbished electronic industry so Rebold was for me a great opportunity to develop my skills on the Bubble platform.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
First, I designed what could look like the ideal product experience for Rebold.com.au. I quickly realised that I needed some tools to help me accomplish that end-to-end experience with a strong backend capability. I did my research/testing and Bubble was inevitably the best solution for it at the time.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
Our biggest success to date is the integration we put in place with our partners to provide a unique experience to our customers where they can easily sell or recycle any devices through Rebold.
It took some time for us to test the experience and ensure a good level of service. It’s only the beginning, a lot of improvements are in the making!
We had really good feedback from the community as well as from partners reaching out to us to work and explore new possibilities. It’s a great feeling to see that we’re bringing value to consumers as well as partners through our unique system.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
The plans are big! We’re just getting started and our ambition is to go beyond just refurbished electronics and implement circular models where it makes sense for the industry.
For now, we’re keeping the focus on helping people sell their electronics to our partners, then we’ll be able to offer Australians the ability to buy refurbished electronic devices through Rebold. This platform will provide a complete experience for users who wish to reduce their impact on the environment.
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