Quick guide to Appytoy for new members

By on 8th November 2017 in News

Welcome to Appytoy!

So, you signed up. What’s next? Read our quick guide for beginners to learn the basics of Appytoy.

When you sign up you’re invited to complete your profile. Take a few seconds to add a short description about yourself. Profiles with description get their requests approved much quicker. Don’t forget to add your address. It won’t be visible to other members, but we need to know where the toys are located to be able to show them to other Appytoy members in your local area.

You get your first Point simply by signing up. Then you just browse toys and request something you like. You could also list your first toy and get another Point. If you want more Points you’ll have to start giving away your toys. The more toys you list, the more chance you have that someone will request your toy, which means more Points for you!

There’s no need to give your toy to someone you’re collecting a toy from. Apyytoy is not about swapping between 2 members, it’s about sharing with the community. You collect a toy from another member, and they get their Point to be able to request a toy from anybody else in the community.

What toys can be listed?

You can list anything from books to bikes, bear in mind that everything is valued at 1 Point.

Only list items that you would like to get yourself. There must be value in it. Like new or in good condition. If your Jigsaw is missing pieces, there’s no value in it.  If the box of your board game is damaged but the game is in good condition, simply highlight it in the description.

Take up to 3 pictures that sell the item well. If you want to give away as many toys as possible as quickly as possible, the pictures should be attractive.

Why invite friends?

Appytoy aims to place all the toys that are not being played with on the map and make them visible to children and parents in the local area. The more members we get, the more toys there will be to choose from and the closer the distance to the nearest toy will be. You are the first to benefit from inviting your friends to the platform, so share away!

Happy sharing!

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Parents say we are Awesome so what’s so special about Appytoy?

By on 6th November 2017 in News

Do you remember the good old swapsy? This is where the inspiration came from but instead of swapping a toy with 1 person, Appytoy allows you to swap with the whole community which means much better choice!

“Why would I give away toys for free if I can sell my child’s pre-loved toys and make some money?” – you ask. Well, yes you can sell but then you’ll have to buy new toys. On Appytoy you are turning your old toys into currency. GIve away a toy to be able to get another one for free from someone else.

Why everything is valued at 1 point? Because small children do not have concept of value, they love small and big, old and new, cheap and expensive toys the same. We adopted this mindset in Appytoy. Let’s all get back to that beautiful time when we cared less about money and more about sharing.

Prefer to donate your toys to help disadvantaged families? There’s no better place than Appytoy to do it. On Appytoy low income families can collect your toys for free instead of buying them.

Here are a few of our great features that make Appytoy different.

  • It’s frustration free. Everything you see on the platform is available, when you request a toy it goes offline, so no one else can request it.
  • Once you pick up the toy, the listing is automatically transferred to your profile. So when your kids are done playing with it you can put it back online with 1 click.
  • Kids friendly interface, you can browse toys with your children just like Smyths catalogue.

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Good news! We’ve launched

By on 4th November 2017 in News

After watching our team run like hamsters in a wheel, we are really happy to share this news with you. So download our app and get onto the marketplace for pre-loved toys!

The app is available on iOS and Android devices in 5 languages, incl. English, Portuguese, Italian, Polish and Russian.
We’ve got hundreds of baby items, development toys, books, board games, puzzles, superheroes figurines, building sets, famous dolls and loads more! We’ve got games and books in German, French, Russian, Polish and, of course, English available for free exchange right now!

Appytoy, Adopted by Google, Awarded from Accenture and Supported by New Frontiers & DIT Hothouse.

Appytoy Toyfunding Campaign

By on 29th August 2017 in News

We are Appytoy the free App that connects parents to give or exchange preloved children’s toys. We are launching a Toyfunding campaign to celebrate our September launch!

Why donate your toys to Appytoy?

You care about the environment – We prevent toys going to landfill

You want to support giving to other children & teach yours the value of sharing – We get the toys to children who need them in a way that strengthens local communities

You need to free up clutter and don’t have the time for the charity shop drop – We COLLECT at no charge

Did we mention the app is FREE and FUN to use and our website & FB page help support our community with social connections, valuable information, and educational content.

Let’s kickstart the Dublin Toysharing Economy together!

Appytoy, Adopted by Google, Awarded from Accenture and Supported by New Frontiers & DIT Hothouse.

🐕🏑🎮🎲🎨 We can’t wait to hear from you 🎨🎡🏌️‍♀️🏎️

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We’ve Launched Our Homepage!

By on 8th November 2016 in News

After a bit of tweaking we have finally launched our homepage! Come one, come all to find out about our new platform, Appytoy.

Appytoy is a marketplace where you can give away your child’s unwanted toys and get the ones they really like in return. Our service helps you to clear space in your attic and pass on toys to other children and institutions that are in great need of toys.

In the past few weeks we have been working on our responsive homepage to promote our new service and to give potential customers the chance to sign up for an early trial of our App once the finishing touches have been adorned.

A Bit About Us

Appytoy came to being when our founder and CEO, Ekaterina, had enough of managing toys for her child. She realised that there was an opportunity to open up this problem to the community. In doing so Appytoy can provide a solution to any parent looking for new toys or want to get rid of unused ones. The idea is a simple one!

Appytoy screen with Google's Adopt A Startup's website.

Appytoy will be participating in Google’s Adopt A Startup.

As Appytoy developed and research was done we realised that there is a greater need than we thought for a platform like this. We discovered that the problem of unused toys is not only a domestic one but a business one as well. Many institutions, such as special needs schools and creches,  have a high turn-over of toys. Many of these toys end up in land-fill sites, polluting our environment. Appytoy will not only give children a chance to get new toys but keep them from going to waste.

In the future Appytoy aims to become a tool for introducing children to social networking as well, by giving them a greater understanding of the community. Children are exposed to technology from and earlier age than ever before and it is important to give them the necessary skills to use these technologies properly and safely.

 

Google’s Adopt A Startup

This program was set up a program to accelerate the growth of Irish startups with a high potential for success. Appytoy was accepted into the 2017 program!

“Leveraging the skills and expertise of Google Ireland’s Digital Consultants, we will provide skill based mentoring to high-potential Startups, helping them to structure for scale and get the most out of the web.”    Adopt A Startup Homepage

We are very flattered to be given this opportunity. We will gain crucial insights into the world of digital marketing and also raise brand awareness. Stay tuned for more updates!