• 03.22.10

Flippity Shows eBay Listings Close to Home, for the Shopping Locavores


A few years ago, I bought a new watch on eBay, for a much lower price than I deserved. There was only one shipping option, the slowest possible, so I waited a full ten days for that package to show up. When it finally did, the return address stared up at me, mocking me: It was an address in the town next to mine, a 10 minute drive at most. I paid $15 and waited ten days when, had I known (or paid attention to) the location, I could have hopped in the car and been wearing my new watch that afternoon.


Flippity would have solved my problem instantly. It’s a quick search, a sort of mashup of Google Maps and eBay, that makes eBay more analogous to Craigslist than a traditional online auction. You enter your search term, your zip code, and your maximum desired seller’s distance as a radius, and if need be, the engine even provides you with a drop-down menu so you can refine your search by category and price.

You’re given a few different views, the best being a thumbnail view, and all allow you to hover over the map listing to see exactly how far away your wanted purchase is. It’s a great little idea, letting you save a bit of money on shipping and narrow your eBay queries with that trendy location-based fun we’ve been hearing so much about.


About the author

Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law.