Trading stuff for free vs. Free stuff

10 07 2007

Trading Stuff for Free

Swaptree

Swaptree is a great service that I came across recently. It lets you trade books, music, movies, and games with others for free. You tell the system what you have, and it figures out what you can get in exchange. Note that it supports one-for-one item trades only.

How it works

How Swaptree works

Swaptree does a good job laying out the ground rules simply and clearly. There is also a wonderful walkthrough here. Ebay users will find a similar buyer/seller rating system that they are accustomed to.

The site has been out of public beta since July 4th (so it’s no longer invite only) and seems to be gaining steam. Way to go, guys!


Free Stuff

Freecycle

Freecycle would be a good alternative if you were looking for an item outside of books, music, movies, and games – such as apparel, computers, and furniture. The concept is that someone wants to get rid of something, while another person want s the same item. Rather than throwing the item away or trying to sell for a minimal amount, the item is given away, provided that a local person comes to pick it up.

Freecycle animationHere is a short animation showing what it’s all about.

At the time of this posting, there are a total of 4,041 Freecycle communities throughout the world. Chances are, you are either in or near one of them.

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8 responses

10 07 2007
VeronicasLore.com » Trading stuff for free vs. Free stuff

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10 07 2007
Dorothy Yager

Please me your web site so i can pass it on

10 07 2007
brian

@Dorothy,
Not sure what you are asking here. Can you please clarify?

@Veronica,
Thanks for the trackback!

10 07 2007
Robert Smith

Swaptree is great. A friend told me about it on July 5th, I added three books, four CDs, and a DVD, and I can get over 1,500 items. Pretty cool. I have made a trade and have one pending. Also – the interface is great. The other cool thing about this site is that they enable three way trades which increases the amount of items I can get.

I am going to refer this site to all of my friends!

10 07 2007
brian

@Robert,
Thanks for your feedback on Swaptree so far! I’m a big fan myself. Hadn’t tried the 3 way swap yet, but that sounds like a phenomenal feature. Thanks for sharing!

10 07 2007
paperdollz

This should work out great for me. I’ve got a lot books, cd’s, dvd’s just sitting in storage and I’m sure there’s something on the site that I want so thanks for this post. Your blog is very well organized, like it.

Paperdollz

10 07 2007
brian

@paperdollz,
I’m glad that you’re interested in the service – happy hunting for what will interest you! Also, thank you very much for the kind words about my blog – I’ve been working hard at it, and do appreciate the compliment!

15 07 2007

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