5 great sites for swapping free stuff
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, easy and fun 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 is fast becoming the most popular way to acquire new things without spending money. And what’s best about it is, the more people like us who catch on to the idea, the better the items available are to trade for!
Top 5 swapping sites
Here’s our guide to the top five swapping websites available at the moment – in no particular order.
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…
We're strong advocators of buying your uni books online second-hand, as well as trading your old books in for cash (in fact, we have a whole guide dedicated to it right here).
However, what's perhaps even a step better than buying used books is to skip out the cash exchange bit and simply trade the books your done with for ones you've not yet read. Genius!
Readitswapit.co.uk is a great place to swap your old books for new ones (or rather, somebody else's old books). Upload any books you're interested in trading onto your profile, search for the book you want, then ask the user who has what you're looking for if they're interested in swapping for any titles you have in your collection.
The good thing about book swapping is that you tend to find that if a user has one book you're interested in, the chances are you'll have similar tastes, making your collections equally valuable to one another.
If you’re a bit of a shopaholic with piles of unworn clothes in the back of your closet, Swishing might just be the place for you!
An interesting perk to using Swishing.co.uk is that you get virtual money credits for the items you send, which you can then immediately use to order any item on the site.
This is a great feature as it takes into consideration the idea that people can be extremely picky when it comes to clothing – what do you do if a user is interested in something in your collection but you're not interested in theirs? Virtual credit is the answer!
Swap a Skill
Ever wanted to play the piano or learn how to speak French? Swapaskill.com is a great website where you can trade in your own skills in exchange for the skills of others users.
In return for painting a bedroom, designing a website, or partaking in some cat sitting for another user, you might be able to learn that skill you've always wanted to learn but didn't have the cash to fund the teaching.
Upload your profile, list what your skills are as well as all the skills you're on the hunt for. If you see anyone you’d like to swap a skill with, just message them – it’s as simple as that!
On the hunt for a new bookshelf? Searching tirelessly for a top notch laundry bag? Well, boy do we have the website for you! Swapz has pretty much anything that your little heart could ever desire.
With around 100,000 members and counting, Swapz.co.uk is one of the most established swapping websites in the UK.
Simply upload the item you want to swap and you’ll be inundated with offers from other members – who knows what you could get your hands on!
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 anyone who's looking to get something off their hands to a good home free of charge. 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.
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 plenty of cash!
Have you managed to bag something brilliant using a swap site? Let us know about it in the comments section below!