The quest for a "good deal" leads many on sidewalk-scouring wild goose chases, sacrificing a perfectly good Saturday to thrift store or garage sale sprees, with little tangible return. Online shopping, the supposed panacea to miserly inclination, can lead to packages filled with ill-fitting or otherwise disappointing results. Re-thinking these shortcomings is reMatch Sports ("Revival of the Fittest"), a San Francisco company that combines the accessibility of a Web site with the verifiability of a physical storefront.
Characterized by Thrillist as an antidote to the unpredictable-at-best, traumatizing-at-worst lottery that sums up the Craigslist.org experience, reMatch tries to capture the best of both worlds.
The site offers categorized sports equipment - bicycles, golf equipment, etc. presented in a straightforward hierarchy. Gear is available new or used, and site visitors can browse and buy completely online. But, luckily for locals, the storefront is open seven days a week to personally check out merchandise. Buying online, especially buying used products online, can have the feeling of reaching blind. ReMatch offers an alternative to that process, if only for a very small section of the population that can make their way to San Francisco.
On the other end of this process is the seller. Listing items for sale has to happen at the flagship store, where the equipment is evaluated and given a suggested price. The seller has ultimate say in how much the skiis, diving gear or otherwise will cost, after which the item is added to a database, assigned a barcode and placed on the site. If the gear is sold, reMatch collects its fee of the greater of $15 or 25 percent of the item. If too much time passes, the seller receives a prompt to lower the price or take it away.
Grand Opening party tonight with "best dressed" prizes.