A new app, Goshi, allows users to buy and sell within their local community from their iPhone or iPod touch.

In the past month we’ve seen apps designed to share local news and catch local daily deals, and now the latest app with a local focus is Goshi, a “simple, visual, mobile marketplace”.

Created by Jack Eisenberg, Goshi is pitched to take on Craigslist by enabling users to buy and sell items in their local community via their iPhone or iPod touch. To sell an item, users take a photo using their iPhone, add a description and price, and add it to the marketplace. Meanwhile, the app allows buyers to view items near them, completing transactions by meeting the seller at designated “hubs”, such as coffee shops. Providing an alternative to meeting at homes or workplaces, Goshi hopes to give buyers greater safety and protection, plus the opportunity to view the product in person before they make a purchase. This free app also features Facebook and Twitter integration, allowing for the sharing of posts and transactions with friends online. It’s currently only available to users in Chicago, but its developers plan to expand to more cities and markets in the near future. They’re also working with local artists and craft fairs to provide a selling channel for handmade products.

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