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Garage sales rock as a way of getting rid of stuff you don't need anymore, and for finding those random little things you do need. Thrift shops are also a fantastic option. But in these tech-centric times, online is usually an even easier, fast, and effective way to trade or sell your stuff. Craigslist, eBay and Freecycle are old staples, but the new kid on the block is NoLongerNeedIt.com - and this site brings a whole new level of professionalism to secondhand shopping. No Longer Need It is a site dedicated to allowing people to buy, sell and trade their stuff - or even just give it away - saving money and keeping items in the consumer stream and out of landfills. It's a bit snazzier than Craigslist, while still keeping things simple and to the point. Plus, it's specialized toward connecting people with stuff to swap.
If you have stuff you want to get rid of, you can use No Longer Need It to search for people on the prowl for items like what you're trying to discard. Or you can simply post your items so people can find them. You can then set up a trade, or a purchase. Easy peasy! The site has a long list of categories, and it's growing quickly.
Sites like these are popping up more and more often as people look to save a little money as well as lighten their impact on the environment by either consuming less stuff, or keeping things out of landfills. But they don't stop with simply trading - renting other people's stuff is also a product service system becoming more popular. Rentalic is one that was recently started up in California's Bay Area and they're seeing booming business as people decide to rent out items they rarely use, such as workshop tools or kitchen devices. It's like a tool lending library, but you can earn some cash for stashed items you rarely need.
It's exciting to see more sites like No Longer Need It come online to help us shift to a post-consumer society.
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