Unless you regularly throw away tons of unnecessary stuff, you probably have a lot of things that you want to get rid of but at the same time, there are a lot of things that you want/need to get. The easiest way is to sell one item and spend that money to buy another item, however, selling your items might not always be fair, quick and equal. This is when bartering websites come out to light. Barter online is basically an exchange of things you don’t need for things that you want. Usually, both parties end up very happy with the transaction, however, the challenge is to find people who will be willing to take part in such an exchange. Luckily for you, there are special barder websites, where you can trade stuff with like-minded people. Here are some of the best services:
Craigslist - the most popular site for online barter
On Craigslist you can trade basically anything. You can find various items and services for sale and trade. For example, you don’t need to exchange your thing for something material, you can ask for a service if that’s something you need. Even if you don’t find what you were looking for, going through Craigslist is usually quite fun.
Freecycle - trade items online with like-minded people
If you are tired of strict rules and policies, Freecycle can be just right for you. Just as Craigslist, Freecycle allows you to trade everything. Freecycle is a kind of community that has its own culture. The service is a very laid-back bartering site. Here, it’s normally considered a good manner to both give and take, rather than just take. See if you can blend in.
Game Trading Zone - trade video games online
If you’re a video game fan, you’ll love this site. On Game Trading Zone you can trade video games, video game accessories, consoles, and basically everything that is somehow connected to gaming. You can set up your own library of items you want to trade and go through others’ libraries to find things you need. Set a deal and ship items to each other with your fellow video games fan.
U-Exchange - trade services online
On U-Exchange you usually can’t trade goods and products, however, this is an awesome bartering website to trade services. Are you a good carpenter who just needs a little help from an experienced plumber? This service is then just right for you. Go through U-Exchange proposed swaps in your area to find the service you need. You can find a good deal!
BabysitterExchange - exchange babysitter services and more
If you need to find a babysitter, pet-sitter, carpooler, tutor or, on the other, find clients for your services, BabysitterExchange is where you should go. This is like a small neighborhood, where you first find a small group of families that all know each other and are willing to take part in the exchange. After you all sign up, the website will help you to schedule an exchange of the tasks you have agreed on. It will allow you all the participants to get some services for free in exchange for providing the service back every once in a while.
There are so many more great websites that you can use to exchange goods and services rather than buying them, like PaperBackSwap for books, BizXchange for business services and goods, SwapACD for CDs, SwapADVD for DVDs, etc.