Got a surplus of stuff you don’t need but can’t be bothered selling? Trading your items on a swap site can be a quick and easy solution!
As the saying goes, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, right? That’s not to suggest you start rifling through your neighbour’s rubbish bins in search of a pot o’ gold, but have you ever thought about swapping your unused items for something a bit more… well, useful?
Swapping stuff online can be a good way of acquiring new things without spending money. It can be a lot less hassle than selling stuff and although you might not have as much control about what you get in exchange – that’s part of the excitement.
You could end up with something worth way more than what you started out with – making swapping a potential money-earner too!
Top 4 swapping sites
Remember that although no cash is crossing palms when using these sites, bartering is still common.
If you have your heart set on something that the seller isn’t willing to part with in exchange for what you have to offer, the solution is to simply up your offer! Throw in an extra something else and they may just be convinced…
Gumtree Swap Shop
You might have heard of Gumtree as a place for buying and selling second-hand stuff, but they also have a Swap Shop where you can advertise things you want to exchange for other items.
Gumtree is pretty well known, with a large userbase and therefore, lots of swapping opportunities. You can filter by location or postcode to find swaps near you – including everything from cars to phone, toys and trading cards.
Depop is one of the quickest and easiest ways to sell your clothes online. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you post items to sell just as you would upload an Instagram post.
While it’s primarily used for buying and selling, plenty of people also use it to swap items, too. Before you approach a seller for a swap (via a direct message) check their bio, as many people do explicitly state ‘No swaps’ – in which case, it’s a no-go!
But many people will also state ‘Open to swaps’ which is a green light to get your barter on. Typically you will express an interest in something on their store, and ask them if there is anything that they can see on your store that they’d be interested in swapping for.
Once you’ve haggled and agreed on a fair deal, you should also agree on a price for the items – an amount that you would be happy receiving if you were selling instead of swapping.
You and the other seller then list the items on your stores at this set price, and you then buy each other’s items, meaning you’ll now both be covered by Depop’s Protection Programme – you’ll get your money back if the item doesn’t arrive basically.
Ok, so technically this one isn’t a swapping website per se. In fact, it’s even better than a swap site, cause you don’t even have to part with any of your junk to get free stuff!
Freecycle is a website that let’s you get something off your hands to another good home without having to sell it.
Sometimes this will entail larger pieces of furniture that someone doesn’t have a car to dispose of, or even just smaller things that the owner doesn’t deem it worth their while putting up for sale on sites like eBay.
What’s unique about Freecycle is the fact that you can join local groups to decipher what’s up for grabs in your area. People who live locally to you post what they want to get rid of, and if it takes your fancy, just message them and go pick it up.
By using Freecycle you’re not only gaining some cool free stuff, but you’re also helping the environment by not allowing unwanted items to end up in a landfill somewhere.
Craigslist is a classified advertisements website, where you can post pretty much anything – jobs, items for sale, services you have, houses to rent or just topics to discuss. It’s a bit of a maze to navigate, but in there’s bound to be some gems in there somewhere.
Simply upload your item to the ‘Barter’ section and see what offers you get. Craigslist is much bigger in the US than it is the UK, so depending on where you’re based, you might struggle to find a large audience for your advert.
Finding a good trade might take some serious dedication, but if you stick at it, you could make some serious gains! In fact, one guy has even produced a Ted Talk on how he managed to swap a paperclip for a house using the site (gradually swapping his item for something slightly better each time).
So why go shopping when you could be swapping? It’s a great way to get unique, useful or unusual items for free and could save you some cash!
Have you managed to bag something brilliant using a swap site? Let us know about it in the comments section below!