Three students at the Tswane University of Technology (TUT) have developed an app which simplifies the buying and selling of pre-owned books and stationary.
Tebogo Serogole, the developer and founder, is a second-year Mechanical Engineering student. Along with his friends Obakeng Mufuma and Ngcebo Myende, he made the app to allow other students to sell their used goods to other students free of charge or at a much more affordable price.
The app is called Campus Store. In addition to the simplification of buying and selling books, the app also makes these books more accessible to students. Many are aware that one textbook alone can cost over R1000. For this reason, thousands of people are unable to purchase all their required books as it is just too expensive. Since the app allows the sale of second-hand books at lower prices, the books are more accessible too.
Speaking to IOL, Serogole said: “The main aim was to help students save money on their textbooks and the app does that by creating a medium that enables students to buy books from their fellow campus mates at a lower price. The app also has a search engine which makes the process of finding books easier.”
In fact, the developer himself has also mentioned that his own struggle to find people selling the recommended books was part of what inspired the idea.