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9 Best Ways To Get Free Stuff

Money Talks News (Website) - 8/12/2011 by Brandon Ballenger
4. Swap.com

Is it free if you have to trade something? Sure, if your bargaining chip no longer has much resale value. This site lets you create “have” and “want” lists for games, books, movies, and music – then it matches you up with others.

You do have to pay shipping, but that’s not much different than what you would spend on gas driving to pick up somebody’s used stuff. Plus, the site makes it easy, handling the logistics with printable labels and providing delivery confirmation so nobody gets ripped off.

If you want to do it the old-fashioned way, there is a local trading section too – but the range of stuff you can get is obviously more limited. An upcoming Swap.com Market section sounds like a barter version of eBay, with a much wider range of tradable goods. For now, though, you can trade at least your wardrobe on SwapStyle.com (run by a different group) and there are lots of other item-specific swapping outlets like PaperbackSwap.com.