50 Best Bartering Sites for the Frugal Student

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Thu, 11/24/2011 - 04:03.

If you think you can’t afford to get nice things, think again. Through the magic of bartering, you can offer your services or even old stuff you don’t want anymore, and in return, get items and services that you do want. In most cases, money never even exchanges hands, and you can get the things you want without ever spending a dime — a perfect idea for frugal students. Read on, and we’ll highlight 50 different bartering sites that frugal students can put to work for just about any trade you can imagine.

  1. Freecycle

    Freecycle allows you to donate items, as well as get stuff for free in your town.

  2. Tradeaway

    Create ads and make offers to swap with others based on actual values for items.

  3. Swap@Home

    Post items you don’t want anymore, get coupons in return, and use the coupons to get items from other members on Swap@Home.

  4. SwapAce

    Swap anything, for anything, with both bartering, free, and money-only trades available on SwapAce.

  5. U-Exchange

    Using U-Exchange, you can “trade anything, pay nothing” in just about any type of trade, including services, home exchanges, and even vehicles.

  6. Rehash

    Trade your clothing, accessories, books, and more on Rehash, where you can join groups, socialize, and perhaps best of all, get new stuff!

  7. Craigslist

    An incredibly popular site for everything from hookups to free baby food, Craigslist also has a very active bartering section where you can trade just about anything for no money at all.

  8. Stuff Pal

    Lend, borrow, and swap stuff with people you already know through Facebook using Stuff Pal.

  9. Barter Bucks Banc

    Traders in the UK can barter any product or service on this online bank.

  10. ReUseIt Network

    Become a part of the ReUseIt Network to find ways to make use of items that would otherwise be discarded.

  11. iOffer

    iOffer’s want ads offers a great place to buy, sell, and trade clothing, movies, jewelry, and more.

  12. Swap-Online

    Swap-Online is a great venue to do a swap meet online, trading items for other things people are looking for.

  13. BarterQuest

    Trade goods, services, and real estate on this site that allows you to post and trade absolutely free. Trades include dental work, vintage clothes, services, and more.

  14. TradeAttic

    Dig out some stuff from your attic and use the TradeAttic to buy, list, and trade just about anything for free.

  15. Trashbank

    Trashbank encourages users, “don’t trash it, bank it!” on a site where you can barter, swap, trade, buy, and sell online for free.

  16. Junk For You

    Junk For You believes that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure, and offers a great way to clear out spaces of junk in return for something you can put to use.

  17. SwapDen

    The SwapDen is a 100% free online swap meet where you can even create your own personal wish list to get notified when the items you want are available for swapping.

  18. SwapTreasures

    Give and get stuff for free with no fees, and no hassle on this bartering platform that rewards you with points.

  19. Zaarly

    It’s not exactly a swap site, but Zaarly makes it possible for you to name your price for anything and buy it from your neighbors.

  20. WhiteWilly

    In the spirit of white elephant trades, White Willy allows you to list items and make offers on other peoples’ items, getting a fair trade every time.

  21. Listia

    Get rid of old stuff, and get new stuff for free through Listia, a popular site with more than 2 million trades in their marketplace.

  22. Trade Stuff

    On this simple trading site, you can trade your stuff for other people’s stuff, including video games, antiques, and even boats.

  23. Zilok

    You can rent anything online from businesses and individuals, making it easy to use expensive items just for a short amount of time without spending a fortune.

  24. NeighborGoods

    NeighborGoods allows you to share stuff with your neighbors, like a neighbor who needs to borrow a ladder. You can save money by not having to buy items you only need temporarily, and make friends with your neighbors at the same time.

Media

Books, CDs, movies, video games, and more are on the table at these trading websites.

  1. TitleTrader

    This site offers a great place to swap your stuff, including used books, DVDs, and CDs.

  2. Swap a CD

    Trade used CDs, albums, and more on this exchange site that offers a music club and CD exchange.

  3. BookMooch

    Give books away, and get the books you want through the BookMooch site.

  4. Bookins

    You can easily swap books with other readers on this site that’s lauded for its simplicity, and “more available books than the largest Barnes & Noble.”

  5. Swap.com

    On Swap.com, you can list books, CDs, movies, video games, and more that you want to trade, and you’ll get credit to buy other items in return.

  6. Swap a DVD

    Join this movie club to swap, trade, and exchange DVDs for free, listing your used movies and choosing from thousands of available DVDs.

  7. Swap Simple

    Exchange used textbooks, DVDs, video games, and other hot items on Swap Simple, and put together a wishlist for items you’d like to see available for swapping.

  8. GameTZ

    Game Trading Zone is a community of traders where you can exchange things for other things, especially video games. Even better, this site has been around for more than 10 years with plenty of experienced traders.

  9. Paperback Swap

    Swap paperbacks and more with this free online book swap site, just by listing books you’d like to swap, sending them out, and choosing from millions of available books.

  10. Goozex

    On Goozex, you can play games, trade games and movies, and save money while playing video games.

Clothing

Need to clean out your closet and refresh your wardrobe? Get them both done at the same time by swapping clothes on these sites.

  1. Clothing Swap

    Declutter, find a Clothing Swap event through the website, and have fun while you get pampered as you find awesome new clothes and get rid of your old ones.

  2. Dig N’ Swap

    Swap fashionable clothes by sharing pictures of clothes you don’t want or need anymore, and dig for stuff you really do want on Dig N’ Swap.

  3. Swapstyle

    Shop for clothes and accessories guilt-free on Swapstyle, the world’s original and No. 1 fashion swap site.

Travel & Real Estate

Whether you want a place to stay for the night or forever, you can find an absolutely free deal through these bartering sites.

  1. Airbnb

    Rent out your extra space, and find cheap places to stay on Airbnb.

  2. SharedEarth

    Have a family farm that’s just sitting dormant? Bring it back to life and get free farm produce when you share it with a gardener that needs the extra land. Or, if you’re a budding gardener, make use of land that’s just waiting for a fresh crop, totally free.

  3. CouchSurfing

    Offer your couch up to others on CouchSurfing, and you can find a couch to crash on wherever you’d like to go, free.

  4. HomeExchange

    Use HomeExchange to find a place to travel and stay for free anywhere in the world. All you have to do is trade your home (or dorm room) that someone else can use in exchange.

  5. Goswap

    If you’re lucky enough to own a home in college, you can swap it out for a new one anywhere in the world, provided you can find the right buddy to trade with. Check out Goswap to find out what’s available for a permanent house swap.

Services

If you’ve got a skill you can trade, and need some help in return, you can turn your services into free help for the things you can’t do.

  1. Care to Trade

    Trade what you want for what you’ve got by swapping items, bartering services, and even real estate.

  2. Skills 2 Barter

    Trade skills and swap services in a cashless economy on Skills 2 Barter.

  3. Trade School

    Can’t pay for tuition? At Trade School, that’s not a problem. You can actually barter for instruction at this NYC institution.

  4. Badabud

    Badabud takes the bartering idea one step further and adds a social network for creative people and experts to not just barter, but collaborate, trade, and get rewarded.

  5. Trade a Favor

    Find out about a life outside of using cash, trading with friends and others in your network for goods, services, and more, even taking advantage of assisted negotiations if needed.

  6. BabysitterExchange

    Most students probably don’t have a need for babysitters, but if you’re a student with kids, this site is amazingly valuable, offering a way to trade babysitting and other tasks within your community.

  7. FavorPals

    Need a favor? Have a favor to offer? Swap favors and services with others using the FavorPals site.

  8. BizXchange

    If you’ve got a dorm room business, use the BizXchange site to grow and get value from your spare capacity and downtime.

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