Freeing the planet from electronic waste, leading the shift towards a circular economy, and building a billion-dollar tech company are three solid reasons to wake up in the morning.
Founded five years ago in Paris, Back Market is the world's first online marketplace dedicated exclusively to second-hand devices. Similar to how Airbnb aggregates homeowners and travelers on one trusted platform to draw economic value from a previously underutilized asset — vacant living spaces — Back Market connects certified professionals specializing in the refurbishing and resale of used electronics with consumers looking for a more affordable, reliable, and environmentally-friendly alternative to buying new.
The annual global market for second-hand devices is estimated at roughly $80 billion, yet people spend up to $1.2 trillion on new devices every year. This indicates enormous untapped potential for the refurbishing industry. Back Market is laser-focused on unlocking that potential. Our mission is to make refurbished mainstream — something that appeals to the masses. In our ideal state, consumers should no longer have any factual reason to buy new instead of refurbished.
Today, Back Market is present in five European countries: France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Belgium (with plans to open 20 more in the coming year). We launched in the U.S. in 2018, and 18 months later, the growth of our American platform has significantly outpaced the growth of any other market over the same period. Based in Brooklyn, New York, our team is working tirelessly to scale the U.S. business (facing competition from Amazon and eBay) and transform Back Market into a unicorn. For this reason, we're looking for young, talented, and ambitious candidates to join us as we catalyze the refurbished revolution together!