Buying When You Can Borrow
Be honest: How many times have you bought something you’ve used only once or twice? In an age of social networking, collaborative consumption is the next big thing. At SnapGoods.com, you invite contacts to join your network of borrowers, then post an ad to share or borrow just about anything, from a circular saw to a photo scanner to a Vespa scooter. It’s a great way to audition a product before buying, if you must. (The site and its networks are currently spreading nationwide.) You can also swap children’s clothes and toys at http://www.thredUP.com, and trade books, movies, music and games at Swap.com.