We have curated a list 7 of our favorite sharing platforms. Collaborative consumption is used to describe the cultural and economic force away from ‘hyper-consumption’ to re-invented economic models of sharing, swapping, bartering, trading or renting. These methods have been enabled by advances in social media and peer-to-peer platforms over the past 12-24 months. In June 2010, ABC Television’s Big Ideas television programme aired a segment describing collaborative consumption as “a new socio-economic ‘big idea’ promising a revolution in the way we consume.
Rachel Botsman recently spoke at TEDx on the concept and is a critical voice and leader in the recent movement around the idea of collaborative consumption. Rachel is the author of the up coming book “What’s mine is yours”.
We have curated a list 7 of our favorite sharing platforms.
1. AIR BNB
Called the “Ebay for space” by Time Magazine, Airbnb is an online marketplace allowing anyone from private residents to commercial properties to rent out their extra space. The reputation-based site allows for user reviews, verification, and secure online transactions. Listings include vacation rentals, private rooms, entire apartments, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, castles, treehouses, and many other traditional and non-traditional accommodations.
2. CRASH PADDER
Crashpadder.com is a homestay community that has members all over the world. With Crashpadder hosts earn extra money from their spare space, and travellers save money on expensive hotels and avoid the discomfort of hostels – by staying with a friendly local.
You know that Nintendo Wii that you’re thinking of buying? Expensive, isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper if you could just rent it from someone instead of spending all of your hard earned cash? Just type what you want to rent, along with your location. Rentoid will find someone willing to rent it to you.
Or what about that ladder you bought recently? Sure, it comes in handy when you need to change lightbulbs. But what about the other 364 days a year when it gathers dust? Wouldn’t it be great if you could rent it to someone and make some cash on the side? List your item. Name your price. Rentoid will find you a renter.
Zipcar is a membership-based carsharing company providing car rental to its members, billable by the hour or day. Zipcar was founded in 2000 by Robin Chase and Antje Danielson. In 2007 Zipcar merged with rival Flexcar and by 2009 Zipcar has become the world’s largest car-sharing service, sharing 6,000 vehicles among 275,000 driversin 49 U.S. cities, Vancouver, Toronto, and London, representing almost half of all car-sharers worldwide. In 2010, Zipcar bought London-based car-sharing firm Streetcar in its latest bid to expand across Europe
5. THRED UP
The average American family spends more than $1,000 each year on Children’s clothing. Thred Up have made it easier than ever to save time and money finding new gently worn clothes for your child that will look and fit great. Swap with friends or exchange within our national network!
6. GO GET
GoGet members have access to a network of new cars parked locally which saves you time and money and lets you get more out of life.
GoGet CarShare is perfect for people who don’t need a car everyday or want to get rid of that second car. It’s also perfect for businesses or organisations that get the benefits of having a car fleet without the costs.
7. THREAD SWAP
Thread Swap is an online shopping experience where you swap clothes or give your threads away and they reward you with credits. Use those credits to take other threads. It is simple and it’s eco!
Like all good things in life – the more you give, the more you can take!
*Thread Swap credit values are based on monetary value, so imagine how many dollars you would buy/sell it for in its current condition.
**Thread Swap charges a small fee to cover it’s own costs and this is based on the credit value of the item being taken. In saying that it’s possible that you’ll be able to take a completely new outfit for under $5.