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March 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Necessity is the mother of invention, especially in times like these. So what do you do if you want something but don't have the money to buy it? -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Historically, the exchanging of goods goes back - well -- forever.. And with today's bad economy there is a growing online community that is embracing bartering. Lately, it's become more palatable to trade than spend money. is a Web site where people swap books, video games, CDs, DVDs... virtually anything you want to get rid off.

Here's how it works. LIST the items you are trading and the items that you want. The system then sets up trades for you with other users.

When you list an item for trade, the website instantly shows you thousands of items that you could receive in return for that item. Then you have 24 hours to decide which item you want. Then close the deal and complete the trade. knows the weight and shipping cost of every item on its site. You only pay for shipping. The website allows you to pay online and print the necessary postage immediately.

Website executives say they use the same trust system as eBay. Registration is free. The company makes money through advertising.


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