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Buymeby -update 10/15/16 new screens + team video

Just in time grocery shopping.

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Buymeby is a live marketplace that helps food vendors apply dynamic pricing to their existing inventory in order to influence their traffic + sales on a last minute basis.

Vendors upload their inventory to Buymeby (manually or automatically) and include a time/date by which it needs to be sold. We then show these items to nearby shoppers and alter prices as items become at risk of being thrown away, making sure nothing goes unsold or ends up in the trash.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Get together with food vendors at farmers markets and run around the area with bright discount signs to help them drive traffic + sales.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Give us your feedback! Is this something you'd like to see in your city?

We would love to chat with: Developers, Students and people with Tech/Startup/Food Industry experience that would be interested in helping out!

If you want to sell food on Buymeby. Lets make it happen! Message me here or go to, scroll down and leave us a message there!
If you want to buy food on Buymeby. Test our beta, go to and leave us your email address!

Tell us about your work experience:

I grew up around farming in Mexico. Currently: CoFounder at Buymeby. Organizer of Food Rescue NYC, a community for people that rescue food after it has been discarded by local businesses. Previously: Founded Maintained puppets/costumes backstage at various Broadway shows & for HBO/Warner Bros.
Former Elementary school science instructor, Competitive hip-hop dancer, Fashion designer/stylist, Patent draftsman(technical drawings), Waiter, Haunted house actor(undead priest).

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

How far along is your idea?

  • It was in the works before this challenge – it’s existed for 2-6 months

How would you describe this idea to your grandmother?

We help food vendors attract customers with discounts to make sure nothing goes to waste! (Translated from Spanish.)

How is your idea unique to the space?

We help intercept food waste before it happens. Buymeby turns inventory which would normally be thrown away into opportunities for food vendors to form new bonds with shoppers. Independent food vendors have had a hard time staying afloat in NYC, especially as of late, Buymeby is a sustainable solution aimed at helping those independent food vendors stay in business.

Who needs to play a role in your idea in order to make it successful?

Farmer's markets, organizations like GrowNYC, and independent food vendors with storefronts big and small.

How do you plan to measure the impact of your idea?

By analyzing participating vendor's unsold food rates before/after Buymeby.

What are your immediate next steps after the challenge?

We didn't know there was a cash price, even now, we don't know whether we'll win or not. So we've started putting together a crowdfunding campaign. We plan to release our beta to our backers and use the funds raised to help cover the costs of tweaking/fixing our product on a short timeline.


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Photo of Anamika Sharma

Hi Carlos, Am working on slightly similar idea in Chicago. Would love to hear the feedback that you received from openIdea team.
What is the best way to reach out to you.
- Anamika

Photo of Carlos de Santiago

Great to hear that! Happy to help any way I can :)
You can reach me at

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