Is Swapping Considered Bartering?
The question must be begged… when does swapping become bartering? Bartering for goods and services is not just an old-fashioned idea. In fact, technology has stepped it up a notch – not only is it easier to find someone with whom to swap and feel you are getting value for value – it is becoming easier than ever to monitor, track and control your transactions.
Consider a group of moms getting together to swap out the out-grown children’s clothing with plenty of wear… or perhaps a group of teen-age girls who want to have a new collection of jewelry for the coming year… neighbors with different vegetable garden or fruit tree crops? I have seen small office owners doing exchanges for office supplies that no longer fit their needs, but may be exactly what another entrepreneur doesn’t have the cash to purchase! Does the size of the exchange even matter if you trade what you don’t want for something you need? What if you are looking at extending your spring cleaning and hoping to tap in to that concept that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, you might want to look at the following resources – sites where you can exchange those things you no longer treasure for something in which you have a significant need. The following five keen sites tend to be more focused more on swapping.
Note: The sites are listed in alphabetical order – not in order of preference.
Bondsy is an interesting twist on bartering concept in that it only allows you to interact with people you know or trust. The drawback is that the application is limited only to iPhone users.
Most of us are more familiar with Craigslist as a classified – trying to sell our items. It may interest you to know that Craigslist has a bartering section that is listed under the “For Sale” area. It is a forum that allows anyone to post anything, but keep in mind there are no guarantees; be responsible and look out for scams.
The primary focus on Freecycle is gifting items to others. Although the option does exist to make requests of other members for something you need, you may find yourself a recipient instead of something unusual that comes up on the site. The only cost… the time and effort to retrieve the item after you have been notified you are the chosen recipient.
Swap.com Valet Service
A simple to use site, the game goes like this: Box up what you don’t want and ship it to Swap.com. The company charges a fee for shipping, cataloging, and listing photographs of your items for sale. Your choice then becomes to accept a cash payment, or exchange it for something you find on the site.
U-Exchange supports the exchange of goods for services. It is a great place for those who have no tangible items to share, but are willing to exchange their time, talent and services for things they need. As with any barter exchange, this service comes with no guarantees and you may or may not find a fair exchange that serves your needs.