Because the stuff for sale on Craigslist doesn’t look enough like it’s from the 1960s, there’s now an online marketplace for selling the objects featured in your Instagram photos.
Called Hashbag, the site isn’t affiliated with Instagram, but uses the app’s hashtag system to categorize photos. Any time a public photo is labelled #forsale, Hashbag adds it to its offerings. So if you take a picture of your couch, slap on the Valencia filter, and think to yourself, “Hey, I might be able to make a few bucks off this,” this is the app for you.
Sellers name their own photo prices, and Hashbag collects 99 cents on each sale. Sellers are also responsible for mailing their wares to the buyers, who cough up cash via PayPal.
We see this being really popular with fashion bloggers and twee crafters who think Etsy is passé. One question though: if you #forsale your latest selfie, does the buyer technically then own your soul?
[UPDATE: This reporter totally screwed the pooch in an earlier version of this post. She thought Hashbag was for selling prints of Instagram photos. She is really sorry, guys. Forgive her. Here is the previous, incorrect version:
Have you ever been so profoundly moved by a frenemy's selfie that you simply had to have a hard copy of it printed out, framed and mounted on your bathroom wall? Perhaps you found your bestie's screenshotted text message convo with her mom so scintillating, you needed a real-life version? Nah, neither have we.
But apparently somebody has, because there's now an online marketplace for hard copies of Instagram photos.
Called Hashbag, the site isn't affiliated with Instagram, but uses the app's hashtag system to categorize photos. Any time a public photo is labelled #forsale, Hashbag adds it to its offerings. Sellers name their own photo prices, and Hashbag collects 99 cents on each sale. Sellers are also responsible for printing out the photos and mailing them to the buyers, who cough up cash via PayPal.
If you're a fast-talking cat who enjoys a life of crime and intellectual property theft, though, you could just screenshot other people's Instagram pics and print them out yourself. Whatever works.]