REI is leveling up its pre-owned outdoor gear offering through a pair of resale partnerships with performance lifestyle brands Cotopaxi and Nemo Equipment.
The outdoor retailer’s Used Gear site is powered by Trove’s re-commerce platform, which will be leveraged to launch trade-in programs for Cotopaxi’s assortment of men’s and women’s outdoor apparel and accessories and Nemo’s camping gear, like tents, sleeping bags and camping chairs, REI said in a statement. The arrangement will allow the two brands to quickly enter the resale market and make gently used products available to REI shoppers through the Used Gear site.
According to REI, the platform has helped prolong the lifecycle of products from a number of its brand partners. To sell their used goods on the platform, consumers much search for the products in the Used Goods trade-in catalog to make sure they’re being accepted. REI then emails them a shipping label, and the items are sent to Trove, which assesses each item, grades its condition and cleans and repairs it before photographing and uploading it to the Used Gear site. Sellers are compensated with a gift card with credit to be used toward future purchases.