Save The Earth and Your Money: Swapping

It’s amazing how the internet connects us all. Before the internet, if you needed something, you could either buy it, or find a friend that had it and let you borrow it. If you didn’t know someone with the item, you had to buy it. No more. With the internet, you are connected to many more people, which allows you to not have to buy just about anything. Welcome to swapping, internet style.


There are many things you can swap online. One such example is DVD’s. There are only a few movies that you buy – those that you know you will watch over and over again. Everything else, there is no point in buying. Sure you can rent them, but that costs money. If you want to do it for free, check out SwapADVD. This site lets you earn credits for lending your movies and shipping them out. You can use those credits to borrow other members movies.

Let’s say movies aren’t your thing. Or maybe you are doing a house project and need a special tool. Jump online to NeighBorrow or SnapGoods. Both sites will connect you locals in your area to borrow the items.

If you have children, you know how quickly they grow out of clothes. It’s almost pointless to buy them new clothes. Many parents hit up yard sales to find gently used clothes for deep discounts. One new option is ThredUp which allows you to get rid of your kids clothes and get some that fit. It recently changed up its business model, moving away from a pure clothes swapping site to a discounter. You can fill a bag full of clothes and mail it in for free. ThredUp will pay you 20-30% of the value of the clothes. You can choose cash or use it to buy clothes on their site. New clothes start at $2.49 on the site.

If you have paperback books, then PaperBack Swap is the place for you. Simply list the books you will swap and when other members borrow your book, simply mail it out and choose a book you want to borrow.

Finally, there is Swap, which lets you trade just about anything. When I say anything, I mean it: you can trade books, tools, jewelry, even kids! (OK, not kids). The site boasts over 500,000 members with over 1.5 million items to swap. With those numbers, I’m sure you’ll find what you are looking for.

These are just a few ways to trade and borrow items from others. I’m sure with a little digging around, you can find other sites that will allow you to trade items that the above may not. If you do know of any, be sure to add them in your comments below so we can compile one incredible list!

7 Responses to Save The Earth and Your Money: Swapping

  1. I never knew that all of these swapping sites even existed! All we have have ever tried is selling our stuff on Craigslist. Thanks for the great pointers!

  2. I think swapping is a great idea. We haven’t done much of this, but it would be useful for all the babies stuff. We already have a great library system, but book swap is probably nice if we didn’t.

  3. jefferson says:

    Thread-up is an awesome site, and I am happy to see it getting some love. Especially if you have kids, clothes can be expensive. You can generally find someone in TU who matches your kids ages and who can help you refresh your wardrobe!

  4. Kim@Eyesonthedollar says:

    I’d heard about the book swap, but very cool that you can do .that with kid’s clothes. Like an online consignment store! I’ll have to check that one out. It sounds easier than ebay.

  5. Nick says:

    Very cool. I’ve seen the barter trend pop up on TV lately but that basically promotes craigslist’s barter section. I’ll definitely have to check out those sites – got a lot of good stuff that I just don’t need anymore. Good stuff.