Life Swapping

Bartering and trading for a comfortable lifestyle on a budget
Implications - Credit-crunched citizens unwilling to compromise their lifestyles are swapping, bartering and trading their way to desired goods and services. Offering customers the ability to trade instead of pay offers a new way to connect with budgeting customers and can be applied on small or large scales.
SCORE: 3.6
Mild Top 6 Examples: 34,222 Total Clicks Feb 09 - Oct 09
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Bartering Brides - Kerry Coryell Trades Her Way to $75,000 Wedding
SCORE: 5.8
Warm 9,511 Clicks Pub: Oct 14, 09
Bartering Brides
Kerry Coryell Trades Her Way to $75,000 Wedding
In July, Kerry Coryell posted a 3-page ad on Craigslist looking for folks that might be willing to trade services so that she could have the wedding of her dreams. To her delight, the response was overwhelming.… [More]
Beer Bartering - UK Pub Cashes in on Credit Crunch By Letting You Swap Goods For A Pint
SCORE: 4.2
Warm 7,568 Clicks Pub: Apr 15, 09
Beer Bartering
UK Pub Cashes in on Credit Crunch By Letting You Swap Goods For A Pint
Following the credit crunch trend, bartering is alive and well in the UK. The Marksman pub, located in Shoreditch, East London, offers beer in exchange for useful items or services. Dawn Kolpin, owner… [More]
Facebook House Swaps - Use the Facebook Shared Porch to List and Rent Vacation Homes
SCORE: 2.6
Mild 3,692 Clicks Pub: Oct 12, 09
Facebook House Swaps
Use the Facebook Shared Porch to List and Rent Vacation Homes
Because you wouldn’t want just anyone staying at your cottage or beach-front property, the Facebook Shared Porch ensures it’s a friend—a Facebook friend. The Facebook Shared Porch application aims to… [More]
Virtual Closet Swaps - ThredUP Uses Netflix Model to Help People Exchange Clothes
SCORE: 3.4
Mild 5,588 Clicks Pub: Oct 2, 09
Virtual Closet Swaps
ThredUP Uses Netflix Model to Help People Exchange Clothes
Prepaid envelopes are the key behind thredUP’s business concept, which follows a model like that of the virtual movie rental service Netflix. Helping users swap the clothes they don’t want for some they… [More]
Credit Crunch Hair Selling - Websites Let Desperate People Trade Their Locks For Cash
SCORE: 3.1
Untested 4,235 Clicks Pub: Feb 12, 09
Credit Crunch Hair Selling
Websites Let Desperate People Trade Their Locks For Cash
So, short hair is in style. An above-the-shoulder bob is considered chic. Next time you’re considering a drastic change, why not do it for money? Now, a trend of selling your luscious locks is flooding… [More]
Credit Crunch Art Swapping - Designer Peter Viksten's Gives Away Free Art in Sweden
SCORE: 2.6
Untested 3,628 Clicks Pub: Apr 1, 09
Credit Crunch Art Swapping
Designer Peter Viksten's Gives Away Free Art in Sweden
The images above are from a brilliant art happening, which designer Peter Viksten hosted in Sweden. The guests were invited to arrive at the venue on time as there was a very good, albeit mysterious, reason… [More]
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