#HelpMeSell Movement: Making Online Selling in UAE Easier

Whether you’re decluttering your closet or getting ready to move back home, you’re probably looking for a quick and easy way to sell your stuff. However, that’s not always easy in the UAE, because sellers who post their stuff online are consistently faced with spammers, scammers and time wasters. But Melltoo wants to change that with it’s new #HelpMeSell movement! The goal of this movement is to help UAE residents, across all 7 emirates, sell their stuff, because we know how stressful it is to want to sell something and not be able to do so. Just like you, our priority is to sell your stuff! So, how will Melltoo’s new #HelpMeSellUAE service make online selling easier for you?

1) Selling Advice

HELP ME SELL MOVMENT HOW TO - Melltoo

The first question that probably came to your mind is: does the #HelpMeSell service really work? The answer is yes! It works because we’re online selling experts! We know the ins and the outs of social media selling and we understand the difficulties that people face buying and selling things online in the UAE.  We also know what makes a good selling post and what makes a GREAT one, so we can help you optimize your posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and give you many other useful selling tips! What kind of advice can you expect from the Melltoo team:

  1. Help improving the quality of your pictures
  2. Help improving item titles and descriptions
  3. Suggestions for the best hashtags/keywords
  4. Suggestions for the best time to post

2) Selling Platforms

In addition to the Melltoo app, which allows thousands of buyers to connect with sellers through private chat, Melltoo has also has various social media platforms to help sellers sell their stuff:

Facebook groups

HELP ME SELL MOVMENT GROUP

Facebook Page

Twitter

Instagram 

  • @HelpMeSellUAE

3) Sharing & Promoting 

HELP ME SELL MOVMENT 1 - Melltoo

HELP ME SELL MOVMENT - Melltoo

On a traditional web-based classified, their job ends when you post your stuff for sale. However, that is not the case on Melltoo. When you post your items on Melltoo that’s when our work begins! We make buying and selling more easy and social by helping sellers share and promote their stuff in different ways. When you post on Melltoo we will:

–  Share your post in up to 50 Facebook selling groups

– Share your post on our Instagram account

– Share your post on our Twitter account

– Feature your item(s) on our blog and weekly Hot Deals newsletter

– Give you access to a pool of thousands of active users on Melltoo App (did we mention it’s already been downloaded 190,000 times!

 

Pay and Ship Secure

4) Shipment & Delivery 

Last, but certainly not least, the cherry on top of the #HelpMeSellStuffUAE pie, is Melltoo‘s new Pay&Ship Secure service! This service allows Melltoo sellers to get items delivered to buyers and get paid, all from the comfort of their own home. Thus, solving the big headache of driving around to unknown locations to meet uncommitted buyers! To learn more about the Pay&Ship Secure service watch this video.

 

Help us change the world….(or at least the world around us!)

At the end of the day, we, the Melltoo team, believe that there is nothing more important than being able to sell your stuff with convenience, privacy and ease and that’s why we created the #HelpMeSell movement! We are passionate about promoting sustainability and responsible consumption in the world and everyday we accomplish our vision by helping you sell your stuff. Join our movement and help us change the world!

Review: Mothercare Valencia Wooden Highchair

Not sure if you should buy the Mothercare Valencia Wooden Highchair? Then you should definitely check out what UAE mommy Tania Varghese has to say about it! However, if you are ready to buy a highchair, but you don’t have time for meet ups or getting lost in Dubai, buy it preloved on Melltoo and let us handle payment and delivery for you. Secondhand shopping has never been this easy in the UAE!

About this product:

  • It can be used for children from 6 months to 3 years.Valencia Highchair
  • This wooden highchair is simply designed, yet it adds a vintage touch to any household.
  • It has a large wooden food tray that folds back behind the seat for easy storage.
  • It has a full safety harness (shoulder and waist harness) that keep children securely seated.
  • It’s unfolded dimensions are H93 x W50 x D64cm
  • It’s folded dimensions are H102 x W50 x D18cm

My observations:

Pluses

  • The chair is made of solid wood.
  • It’s easy to lift a baby in and out of the chair.
  • The shoulder harness can prevent a 6 month-old baby from slouching, because the seat is quite wide.
  • When your child grows, you can ditch the shoulder straps and continue to use the waist straps to prevent them from sliding under.
  • The footrest ensures that a child is adequately supported while seated in the chair.
  • The chair is easy to wipe and clean after meals
  • The chair has padded inserts for the baby to sit on.
  • The chair folds flat.

Minuses

  • The chair is heavier than it’s plastic counterparts.
  • The chair has no height adjustment or reclining possibilities.
  • It’s difficult to clean the cloth straps, because you have to unscrew them from the highchair in order to remove them.

My Verdict:

Not only can the Mothercare Valencia Wooden Highchair add a retro look to any home, it’s also Valencia Highchair 1sturdy and heavy, which is really important for me since my child is a real squirmer. I also really like the footrest on the highchair, because it prevents my child from sliding in the chair when I’m trying to secure her in the seat. Another nice feature that this chair has is that you can fold the tray behind the chair, so your child can eat at the table with the family.

Having said that, DO NOT attempt to move the tray table when the baby is already in the chair, because IT WILL hit them on the head! Price-wise, I found the Valencia Highchair to be quite expensive- it cost around 600 dirhams in Mothercare! Especially, since it is recommended that you purchase the PVC padded inserts, which cost an additional 150 dirhams! Unfortunately, I was unable to secure the padded inserts correctly, so they always move when I’m taking my baby out of the highchair.

Overall, I think that the Mothercare Valencia Wooden Highchair is a great product, compared to it’s plastic counterparts, because it’s sturdy, durable and can be used until a child is 3 years-old, which makes it money well spent in my opinion. If you’re lucky, you can get a cheaper second hand one by checking out any Facebook group for selling kids stuff in the UAE.  If you’re artistic, you can also customize your chair by painting it with colorful, baby-friendly paints. If you own one that you want to get rid of, sell it on Melltoo and avoid the hassles of meet ups, by getting your chair delivered straight to the buyer and get paid on the app!

My rating: 4 / 5

 

How to Buy and Sell in Dubai Responsibly

So as I’m writing this, I’m debating whether I should buy a new laptop. I have my eye on the 13-inch MacBook Air which I’m told is the best thing since the dishwasher. I go back and forth: My current 10-inch netbook Selling Macbook Air in the UAEworks fine, but it’s really slow and it’s plasticky and pretty old-fashioned. I really need something faster with updated specs. I am a researcher after all, so much of my work requires me to be on the computer, looking for sources, playing with spreadsheet data, writing, communicating etc.

By this point, I’m nearly out the door on the way to Plug-ins to pick up the MacBook Air, having pretty much convinced myself that I NEED the upgrade, but then I feel a slight pang of guilt. Do I really need a new computer when I have an iPad for reading  journal articles and my iPhone of course? Not really. And what the heck am I supposed to do with my netbook? Let it rot away in the closet? Thankfully, I don’t have to ask that question anymore, because we built a marketplace app to solve this problem: Melltoo.
Like most families in the UAE, my closets are bursting, my kids’ closets have burst (literally, the bottoms of drawers have fallen out, hinges have popped) and we are swimming in clothes, toys, electronics and color pencils. In the past, there were only two easy solutions to get rid of something: giving it away or throwing it away. But you don’t have to worry about the “UAE Consumer Guilt Paradox” anymore because Melltoo allows you to download and post your second hand items in less than 5 minutes!Selling Kids Toys in the UAE
But the app is more than just a marketplace, it’s a complete door-to-door service that allows you to buy and sell in Dubai guilt-free! Not only do we help you promote your second hand items to thousands of potential buyers, you can get paid on the app and get items delivered straight to your buyer without getting stuck in traffic or getting lost on your way to a meetup! No one said that being a responsible consumer meant you had to be inconvenienced one!

I love the idea of buying and second hand, because it allows me to reconcile my consumerist lifestyle with the ideas of minimalism and sustainability. Why not recycle the stuff that you don’t use anymore by selling them to others who will use them AND get some money back on your investment- so you can make room for the new stuff. And let’s not kid anyone, we’d feel much better about our consumeristic ways knowing that we’re not just throwing perfectly good stuff out. So get ready to declutter your home, buy what you want and feel good about it with Melltoo!