Trinity student develops app to help students buy & sell books

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — If you’ve ever been a college student, or have one at home, you know that money is tight and books are expensive. Now, thanks to a college student in Hartford, there’s an app for that.

Like most college students Micah Onditi found himself drowning in seriously expensive textbooks with little hope of getting any of that back in the end.

“I knew some of my peers were going through the same thing,” he said.

That’s when this Trinity College pre-med student started testing the water in computer sciences and you could say it went well. He created an app that’s free to download called Mivy. It gives his fellow students a place to buy and sell to each other, and not just books!

“You can sell an iPhone charger, you can sell a t-shirt that you have for your organization to raise money, you can sell anything, as long as you have a .edu account,” Onditi said.

You just take a picture of what you want to sell, give it a price. Then your classmates can see it and contact you.  And it’s catching on. He says a few hundred students have already downloaded the app, including Winston Brewer.

“Last year, I got a biology textbook, I think it was $185, I was shocked at how expensive it was,” Brewer said.

Brewer says money is tight and just getting a little bit back when he’s done with it will help.

Onditi likes that the app helps you connect with students on campus. He’s now focused on developing it further and getting the word out to help students on other campuses connect.

“I can see myself going with this and going as far as I can,” Onditi added.

This app started as one for trinity students but he has opened it up so students everywhere can use it.

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