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Art of borrowing on the web

Art of borrowing on the web

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by Terri Gruca

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Posted on July 26, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Growing up in a family with three sisters proved great for sharing. I remember all of us getting to the point where we could share each other’s clothing. Then slowly one by one, my siblings started to move out and suddenly my wardrobe seemed much smaller.

Borrowing something from family seems easy. But now it's easier than ever to borrow with friends, even people you don't know. Thanks to social networking people have begun to take sharing to new levels.

Here are a few sites that may be worth checking out if you’d like to try borrowing instead of buying.

  • Frenting – this site lets people rent, borrow or share their items and is by invitation only. So you form a group using co-workers, friends and neighbors. You basically choose who can see what you want to share and can also make requests for items you’d like to borrow.
  • Neighbor Goods – this site lets you plug in your zip code and find people who need items or post items you’d like to borrow. I did a quick search near our stations address and found 122 people within 40 miles borrowing or looking to borrow items. You can also search for items you need.
  • Thing Loop – This site is still in the beta phase but lets you share DVD collections, toolboxes, thousands of different items.

You want to make sure if you’re borrowing an item or lending an item you are clear on the terms. Some people may charge you. If you're the lender you may want to make sure the person returns an item by a certain time. This site helps you set parameters and track what you’re lending or borrowing.

If you've used any of these sites, let folks know what you think of the experience below.

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