Where did the name Buro come from?
Buro is a short and catchy combination of the words “Buy” and “Borrow”. It sounds much cooler than saying “Buyrow” or “Borbuy” or any other combination of the words. Also, if you’re wondering, it’s pronounced “Boo-row.”
How much does Buro cost?
The app itself is completely free! However, to keep it that way, we do take a small percentage of the transaction. From the Lender, we take a 20% cut from the transaction at checkout which covers service fees as well as the insurance that protects your item while it’s out there making you money. From Borrowers, we add 10% service fee to the total rental price at checkout. So why do we need that 30%? Though we wish Buro could be free, there’s a price that comes with positive change. Creating, maintaining, and improving the app, paying livable wages to our employees, and making sure our users have the best and most comprehensive insurance possible doesn’t come cheap. Aside from that, what you spend on borrowing is up to you!
How do I sign up/register?
Once the app is downloaded to your Apple or Android device, open it up and follow the on-screen instructions. You can use your Facebook account to sign up or create your own using an email address. From there, you’ll need to verify who you are using our 5-point verification system which you can read about here. Once you’re done that, you’re ready to Buro!
Strangers scare me. Is all this safe?
We try to make the Buro community as safe as possible, but ultimately, Buro is as safe as you want to make it. We have a 5-point verification system to make sure the people on the app are who they say they are, with ratings and reviews that show how they interact with other users. We store all in-app chats on our servers in case any issues arise. We never share any of your personal information. Basically, you’re in charge of everything! If you’re still scared, then you should talk to the person before borrowing or lending an item from them. They could have the same fears about you! Trust your gut when deciding to met people.
What kinds of things can I post on Buro?
Pretty much anything, so long as it’s not illegal, inappropriate, perishable, unsanitary, or offensive to others. So don’t go posting cars, real estate, anything that’s breathing (please don’t rent yourself or your loved ones), or weapons of any kind. As a general rule of thumb: if it’s a physical and sanitary item, and you’re not hurting or offending anyone in the community by posting it, then you’re okay to post it. We’ll be deleting posts that don’t follow these rules. If you want answers for specific items, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help out. I don’t think I have anything someone would want to rent… That’s impossible! You never know what people might need. Have a browse through the app and see what kind of stuff people are posting, and perhaps inspiration will strike.
How do you decide on item pricing?
That’s up to you! We here at Buro don’t choose the prices, only you do. Look through the app and see the price of similar items, or, if nothing is available, try doing 5-15% of the item’s purchased price per day, depending on factors such as age, condition, and even sentimental value. Then after some time, see the response and alter the price based on demand.
I’ve found a borrower that wants to rent my item. How do I go about giving it to them?
At this time, you and the borrower must arrange how the handover will be done. However, we are currently working on a service that will help out with the delivery and return of items. We plan to integrate it into Buro in the future.
How does Buro protect my stuff from getting lost/stolen/damaged?
How do I get in touch with Buro if I’m having issues with a user or something goes wrong?
We want nothing more than for you to have the best experience using Buro, so if you have any problemts whatsoever, send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
My posting was deleted. What’s the deal?
If your posting was deleted, then that means it probably was an offensive, illegal, inappropriate, perishable, or unsanitary item. If you think we were mistaken, please send us an email and we’ll sort it out!
I’ve found an issue/something that can be improved with the app. How can I let you know?
Contact our tech team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort it ASAP! Also, thank you!
How do I delete my account?
Sorry to see you go! Send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll delete the account for you. If you’re feeling up to it, in the email we’d love to hear any feedback that would help make the app better for you and the community.
When is Buro coming to my city?
We’re busy testing it out in Toronto, but we’re looking to expand as soon as we are able. Feel free to keep checking the blog for updates or send us a message and we’ll let you know what's up! Or, you know, move to Toronto. You’re always welcome here!
What do you hope to get out of Buro?
We hope Buro will bring communities closer together while helping out the environment by disrupting consumer culture. The less we buy, the less is produced, and the less waste gets thrown into the world. The more we share, the more people we interact with, the more our community grows, the happier we all can be!
I’m a journalist and I want the world to know about Buro. Where should press emails be sent?
Please send all press emails to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you the best interview you’ve ever had.
Buro is super cool. Can I work for you?
We’re always on the lookout to build the best and brightest team out there, so feel free to send in your resume to email@example.com and we’ll look it over. In the meantime, if you need some quick cash, I’ve heard of this app that lets you post your possessions and people from your community can rent them out...