dimanche 22 février 2015

Go Online And Swap Stuff

By Olivia Cross

Before money was introduced, people would barter goods and services. With the connections offered by the internet, people are discovering bartering once again. All kinds of websites offer the option to swap stuff. It is an easy way to get rid of what you do not want and get what you do want without having to part with any cash.

Some sights are larger ones, offering swapping of all kinds of goods and services from trading in a car for a plot of land to exchanging house cleaning for baby sitting. Many niche sites also exist, dedicated to swapping of particular items such as clothing. There are also those that serve a particular local area, making it easier to meet in person.

All trades are carefully monitored by reputable websites and rules and regulations are put in place to protect both parties. When swapping expensive items, particular care needs to be taken and shipping such items off to somebody without having seen what they are exchanging is asking for trouble. Inexpensive items can be posted or shipped without too much risk.

Users of such sites can arrange to meet in person. When doing so, it is better to arrange a neutral meeting place for the transaction. A coffee shop is a good location and taking someone along is an added safety measure. Once both parties have examined the goods and are satisfied, swapping occurs and each party walks away satisfied.

Bartering provides the perfect way for someone who is short of cash to experience having new items like clothing. Those who love fashion but cannot afford to buy new clothes all the time are often addicted to a clothing site where they can join a community swapping clothing as well as accessories and cosmetics. Parents with children who grow out of their clothing at an alarming rate also really appreciate a website dedicated to helping them exchange gently worn items and even toys with other parents who can still use them. People also benefit from swapping hundreds of other items from books to video games.

Timing your swaps carefully can make a difference as some items are bound to go better at certain times of the year. Cash in by swapping old Halloween costumes just before Halloween or old Christmas decorations a few weeks before Christmas. A prom dress will be very popular before prom.

These websites usually offer free membership. Some of them have more tight knit communities and require recommendation by a member to join. They also operate in different ways with some arranging the swapping between members so that they do not communicate with one another at all. Others operate on a point system, giving points for items which the member can use to get other items.

Instead of storing unwanted items or throwing them away, people are now taking advantage of the opportunity presented by these websites to barter. This is the perfect way to get rid of these items rather than cluttering closets or ending up in the trash. It can also be a way of saving a huge amount of money by getting needed or wanted goods without parting with any cash at all.

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