It’s New To You!

August 21, 2007 by Kailani  
Filed under buying guides

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Ever heard the phrase, “It’s new to you.”? It just means that even if something has been used, if you’ve never had it before, then it’s new to you. This is the basic idea behind various swap sites where you can get rid of the things your kids have outgrown and trade them in for things more age appropriate. You’ll save money and your kids will be happy. It’s a win-win situation.

Here are some great swap sites:

  • Swap Baby Goods – This babycentric site allows you to create a list of your goods linked to a list of wanted items. All transactions are free, although you do pay for shipping. However, since you pay nothing to swap, there are no obligations. Just list your items for free and see what happens. There’s also a section for “Mommy Items,” like beauty products and clothes.
  • Bookins – An all-literary source, Bookins assigns users points based on how popular their offerering are. Use points to purchase other books that add up to equal value. Since each book is assigned a certain value, you’re assured that trades are done fairly. And with the book reserve, you can request books that aren’t yet listed. There is a $4 shipping charge to receive books but no charge to send.
  • Zunafish – This site deals strictly in DVDs, CDs, paperbacks, audiobooks, video games, and VHS tapes. Trades are $1 for a completed swap, not including shipping costs. The great thing about this site is that it shows the cover art of the items so you know if you have the correct title. They provide shipping cost info as well as packing instructions.
  • SwapThing – Got a stroller but need a bike? This site allows you to exchange anything for $1 a swap. Users can create a private “Swap Circles” based on geographic location or interest. Users who choose not to swap can simply give donations to nonprofit organizations that register on this site.
  • SwapAce – This site operates as an auction, similar to eBay. Users make offers and “win” items. You can bid on multiple listings for an item. Once a bid is accepted, the others are deleted so that you don’t end up with two of the same thing. There are shipping fees but none for completing a transaction.

source: Real Simple Family

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Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii. She is also the founder of the group review site - Family Review Network. Follow along on her adventure of a lifetime this Winter as a member of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol!
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13 Responses to “It’s New To You!”
  1. cybrpunk says:

    That’s a cool list. Definitely going to check some of those out and see if there’s any stuff swapping going on in Hong Kong.

  2. Jenny-up the hill says:

    Thanks for this link list…I’ve not heard of a single one! I’ve got several things I think I’m going to try to swap…thanks again!

  3. Karen says:

    Another one is http://www.paperbackswap.com

  4. Lulu says:

    Wow – I’ve never heard of swap sites! I’ll definitely have to check them out. Thanks for sharing this info!

  5. Deb says:

    I hadn’t heard of any of these either – I’m definitely going to check them out though. Thanks! :)

  6. Renee says:

    I’ll have to give that a try as DD wants to sell her old stuff but I’m leary of not getting what I think it’s worth. Swapping sounds so much more fare.

    thanks for the tip!

  7. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the links! It’s always fun to find something that you need for a good deal!

  8. wendy says:

    I may have to check these out. I learn so much here!

  9. Mike says:

    Hmm. Very interesting links.

    Mike
    http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

  10. Stacey says:

    Oh wow, there’s a ton of fun stuff packed into this post. Gee, thanks, now I’ll NEVER get that laundry folded!

    xoxo

  11. mcewen says:

    re-use, recycle or swap – gotta be good.
    cheers

  12. Christine says:

    I checked out the OK site. They do have some real cute things. I’ll have a post up tonight.

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