Swap offers users a unique opportunity that allows them to swap an item they have for something they want. The website features four different types of swaps. The Swap Media area allows users to trade movies, books, video games and music. The user lists what they have and creates a second list of items they would like to swap for. When someone agrees to the swap, users ship the items to one another. Swap Local allows users to find others in their community who would like to swap items. Swap Local currently maintains more than 14,000 locations. A Swap Mobile app is also available that gives users access to their have and want lists while on the go. Swap Events encourage users to host their own swap gathering, which could consist of a handful of people or hundreds of individuals who come to a location to party and swap items.Show more screenshots »
Swap was founded as Swaptree.com in 2004. It was created to give users a way to swap items for things they want and need. The idea was born out of the popularity of general swapping. People frequently gather items that they never use. Swaptree.com was renamed to Swap.com in August 2010. The site currently offers media and local swaps with plans to add a large, international Swap Marketplace in the near future.
Rather than allowing users to actually sell items, Swap encourages users to give something and get something. The website allows users to trade one item for another so both parties get something they want without paying anything (other than shipping costs). This not only provides users with more options, it also encourages recycling and gives users a reason to get rid of old items they no longer need.
The Swap website welcomes users with upbeat blues and greens. The round Swap logo features the site name in an elegant white font. A wide blue header bar provides users with access to the Media, Events and Market preview pages. Images of people doing various activities are found throughout among short snippets of information that explain what Swap is and how it works. Item pages include an image of the product, name, release details, description and user rating.
Swap welcomes all users to create accounts and start swapping for free. There are no subscription fees or other expenses for using Swap. Some products include a “Buy It” button that directs the user to the Amazon product listing for the item; however the user is not required to make a purchase to maintain an account.
Swap.com is a great resource for anyone who has items they would like to get rid of as well as those who are trying to save money. The site allows users to get rid of items they do not want without actually throwing them away.