There are loads of ways to unload your junk. You can haul it away to the landfill, leave it at the end of your driveway or lawn for others to pick up – or have a garage sale.
When you go online you can go to Freecycle to give it away for free or navigate through the complex process and regulations and shipping at eBay. Big, fat hassle. Then the buyer complains, doesn’t pay, tries to stiff you with a fraudulent Fedex bill you need to pay. Says the stuff doesn’t arrive. Been there, done that.
There may be an easier way to swap, sell or trade your stuff, with people near you. It’s an app called myswapp. It’s kind of like Tinder, but for stuff.
The application downloaded to your iPhone or Android or tablet (get Myswapp here on iTunes) is geared towards helping us all be less wasteful while fulfilling our desires to get the stuff we want and need – now. Why buy a Kindle for new when you can find a perfect device second hand at a fraction of the price. It’s perfect for old books, toys, and even Xbox games.
The process is simple. You take a quick picture of something you don’t need anymore but which you want to sell: think device, once-read 50 Shades of Grey book, Gucci boots, and then post it to the app.
People close to you search through the images and post something they don’t want. If you want to make a swap, send a request and an anonymous chat opens up within the app. You can ask for more details, pics, and whatnot (was the book useful? the boots sexy? the device functioning?) They you coordinate the swap.
Fast, easy, efficient. No long description processes, detailed regulations to follow, heavy shipping fees and waybill slips to manage.
“It’s all about bringing back the barter system with a digital twist. It’s all free and always will be. We just want people to stop wasting and start swapping,” company developer Vivek Bedi from New Jersey tells Green Prophet.
One user said that he was able to swap an old iPhone for a college biology textbook. A pretty good deal for both sides of the story.
Read here for a previous article on the app.