Swaptree

Virtual Swap Meet

You can probably chart your kids’ growth by their expanding DVD collection, starting with Baby Einstein and Elmo and climbing to The Pirates of the Caribbean. But what do you do with all those dust-gathering Sesame Street videos now that your baby is grown up and practicing swashbuckling? Swaptree has the perfect solution: Trade them in and get new-to-you DVDs in return.
Swaptree
Virtual Swap Meet

You can probably chart your kids’ growth by their expanding DVD collection, starting with Baby Einstein and Elmo and climbing to The Pirates of the Caribbean. But what do you do with all those dust-gathering Sesame Street videos now that your baby is grown up and practicing swashbuckling? Swaptree has the perfect solution: Trade them in and get new-to-you DVDs in return.

Swaptree is an online trading service for books, movies, CDs, and video games. The website’s search algorithms do the work of suggesting trades, so you don’t have to worry about finding sellers or negotiating prices. Just list the stuff you want to trade, and Swaptree shows you thousands of items you can receive in return. You’ll find lots of interested traders if you’ve had your fill of Wii Fit, for instance, or you’re done reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (a hot title these days). The service is free, but you have to pay for shipping. With the site’s automatic shipping label feature, you can print an address label and postage then just drop your package in the mail.

Greg Boesel and Mark Hexamer founded the company after years of trading books in the real world and watching their nephews obsess about — and then forget about — a different video game every week. It’s a great time to get in on the bartering. Sharing and reusing your old music, books, and videos is easy on your wallet and the environment.