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The Insider Swapping Network

earth911.com (Website) - 9/6/2010 by Libuse Binder
Swap Ideas Day is September 10, but any day of the year is a good one to swap items from around your home.

From CDs to clothing, there are websites and groups all over the country that organize swaps where you can trade in your old stuff for new-to-you merchandise.

Swapping not only saves you money, it greatly reduces the resources needed to produce, package and ship new goods. Here are some of the many everyday items that you can trade for new gear.

Ready for a new read

As your dog-eared copies prove, some books are beloved items that will live out their days on your shelves. Others are easier to part with after a partial or full perusal.

From college textbooks to romance novels, there are several sites where you can post your gently-used books. You enter in the ISBN numbers of the books you’d like to swap, and these titles go into a massive database of books available on the site. Sites like PaperbackSwap will trade your books, and swap.com (formally swaptree) will swap books, DVDs, CDs and video games.