Peak Design Launches a Marketplace to Buy and Sell Used Peak Gear

Peak Design has launched a peer-to-peer online marketplace for shoppers to buy and sell used Peak Design gear, which is guaranteed for life regardless of the owner. The San Francisco head-quartered brand designs and sells everyday carry solutions for photographers and travelers, from differently sized bags, organizers, and straps, to clips and tripods. The company […]

Peak Design Launches a Marketplace to Buy and Sell Used Peak Gear

Peak Design has launched a peer-to-peer online marketplace for shoppers to buy and sell used Peak Design gear, which is guaranteed for life regardless of the owner.

The San Francisco head-quartered brand designs and sells everyday carry solutions for photographers and travelers, from differently sized bags, organizers, and straps, to clips and tripods. The company was founded by Peter Dering, who created a camera carry device Capture, which attracted large support on Kickstarter, and from there on the brand grew into a company that is proudly 100% crowdfunded and employee-owned and offers a variety of products.

To help facilitate buyers’ access to second-hand Peak Design gear, the company has announced the launch of its Peak Design Marketplace, which is a brand-guaranteed online marketplace where customers can buy and sell Peak Design gear. It is currently in its beta version and limited to U.S. customers only, but the brand plans to expand to other countries soon.

Peak Design claims that it has removed the middleman from used gear transactions and has thus created a streamlined customer experience as it directly connects buyers with sellers, which also eliminates unnecessary and wasteful repackaging and additional shipping.

The company explains that “traditional used gear platforms often rely on intermediaries to facilitate transactions and to inspect, certify, repackage and reship gear,” which is a method that “creates inefficiencies and waste, leading to a subpar experience for buyers, sellers, and the planet.”

The company’s mission is heavily linked to reducing its environmental impact, which is explained in detail in its 2020 sustainability report and is also incorporated in its latest online marketplace venture.

“If you make quality products that can have second and third lives, then their footprint on the world is divided by two or three,” the company states.

Equally, Dering is proud to have customers “that are both intelligent and sustainably-minded,” which means that customers are able to complete all aspects of the transaction and, as noted, streamline the process. Also, the brand claims that all sales made on the platform are 100-percent carbon neutral.

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The marketplace utilizes a streamlined three-step process to post, ship, and collect payment. The platform automatically adds a flat shipping fee based on the product listed, which is included in the sale price that is shown to buyers while they are browsing. Once a user sells their second-hand product, Peak Design emails the seller a pre-paid shipping label and upon the receipt from the buyer, the seller will then be paid for the transaction.

A seller can choose payment either as cash or as store credit. If a user prefers a cash payment, Peak Design takes a 25% fee which goes towards third-party service Recurate, which maintains the Peak Design Marketplace. If a user chooses a store credit payout, there is no associated fee.

Regardless of how many times a product has been exchanged, Peak says that it is protected by the company’s lifetime product guarantee. Also, both parties have access to Peak Design’s customer support because the brand believes that regardless of how many times the product has changed hands, it doesn’t change how the company fosters the product through its lifespan, giving all of its product users access to customer support if required.

Visit the Peak Design Marketplace to browse currently available items or list a new one.

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44 State AGs Call on Facebook to Abandon Instagram for Kids

In early March, a report alleged that Facebook was working on a version of Instagram designed specifically for children. In the two months since, the company has faced repeated pressure to abandon the program, the latest comes from a swath of State Attorneys General (AG). As noted by Engadget, the AGs allege that social media […]

44 State AGs Call on Facebook to Abandon Instagram for Kids

In early March, a report alleged that Facebook was working on a version of Instagram designed specifically for children. In the two months since, the company has faced repeated pressure to abandon the program, the latest comes from a swath of State Attorneys General (AG).

As noted by , the AGs allege that social media in general is harmful to the emotional and mental well-being of children and that building a platform that specifically targets them would worsen the cyberbullying problems that already plague youths.

“Without a doubt, this is a dangerous idea that risks the safety of our children and puts them directly in harm’s way,” said Attorney General Letitia James of New York. “Not only is social media an influential tool that can be detrimental to children who are not of appropriate age, but this plan could place children directly in the paths of predators. There are too many concerns to let Facebook move forward with this ill-conceived idea, which is why we are calling on the company to abandon its launch of Instagram Kids. We must continue to ensure the health and wellness of our next generation and beyond.”

The letter is signed by the AGs of Massachusetts, Nebraska, Vermont, Tennessee, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

“The attorneys general have an interest in protecting our youngest citizens, and Facebook’s plans to create a platform where kids under the age of 13 are encouraged to share content online is contrary to that interest. Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not equipped to navigate the challenges of having a social media account.” the letter reads. “The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon these plans.”

The letter also states that Facebook has historically failed to protect the welfare of children on its existing platforms, a statement that echos previous notes from U.S. Senators and 35 Children’s and Consumer groups.

The AGs express various other concerns over Facebook’s Instagram for Kids proposal, including that the platform could be used by predators to target children and that children lack the capacity to navigate the complexities of what they encounter online, such as advertising, inappropriate content, and relationships with strangers.

“It appears that Facebook is not responding to a need, but instead creating one, as this platform appeals primarily to children who otherwise do not or would not have an Instagram account. In short, an Instagram platform for young children is harmful for myriad reasons. The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon its plans to launch this new platform,” the letter concludes.

With this letter, 83 total public figures and organizations have come out against Facebook’s plan to make a version of Instagram for kids including four U.S. Senators.

“We’re early in thinking through how this service would work,” Zuckerberg said in a congressional hearing on social media disinformation in March and noted by Mashable. “There is clearly a large number of people under the age of 13 who would want to use a service like Instagram… Helping people stay connected with friends and learn about different content online is broadly positive.”

When asked about concerns parents and groups have with how Facebook and Instagram handle social media addiction, bullying, and the effect on mental health posted by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Zuckerberg simply responded, “Congresswoman, I’m aware of the issues.”

“The problem is that you know it,” Castor said in response. “You know that the brain and social development of our kids is still evolving at a young age. There are reasons in the law that we set that [13-year-old age limit] because these platforms have ignored it. They’ve profited off of it. We’re going to strengthen the law.”


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