Yerdle: A Site for Sharing

Yerdle - a website for sharing thingsThe average American is many thousands of dollars in debt – and it’s fair to say that often much of that debt is from buying things that aren’t strictly necessary.

While eliminating unnecessary expenses (nobody really needs 600 cable channels) or paying off old debts might be a way to cut down on monthly expenses, there’s another – greener – way to go about it: buy less stuff.

Easier said than done? Not necessarily. The key to buying less is being able to find much of what you need for cheap or even free. If you have a large family or a large network of people, chances are you’ve already experienced this. For example, by passing on your children’s clothing to somebody else once they’ve outgrown it. Or by buying used garden equipment or household appliances through Craigslist or even eBay.

Yerdle works on the same principle, except that because the way it’s set up, you actually get to see who you’re buying from and what they have on offer, so there’s less risk of running into foul play or ending up with something that falls short of what’s advertised. It’s more of a community of sharers.

If you’re wondering what the benefits of buying used are, here are a few examples:

  • It’s green. Instead of things ending up in the landfill or cluttering somebody’s basement or garage, you’re passing them on to somebody else who can use them.
  • It saves you money. In fact, it can save you a lot of money, especially if you’re buying things that you only use occasionally, such as camping gear or winter sports gear. If you have kids who are involved in sports, buying second-hand equipment also makes a lot of sense. Why? Well, kids outgrow things like shin guards or helmets pretty quickly. Plus, many kids try a sport and decide they don’t like it after just a few sessions – in which case it makes sense to spend money on cheaper, used stuff until you’re sure that your child is involved in something that will last.
  • It helps train your mind away from the “buy now, spend now” way of living. Since you can’t immediately go out and buy what you want, the sharing principle helps you take stock of what you really need and then allows you to search for it in a way that fits your budget.

And because Yerdle encourages sharing or giving things away for free, it can also help foster a sense of community, where the sharing gives you the satisfaction that you would normally get from buying something new. You can check it out here.

Philip

7 Comments

  1. What an enlightening article! I come from a big family with lots of cousins and uncles and aunts nearby. We’re used to passing things around but I’ll be the concept isn’t as well known with some people.

  2. The site doesn’t look real busy in my neck of the woods though I do see plenty of potential. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • It doesn’t look like it’s really hit here yet, either. I really like the idea though! I belong to a few other swap sites, and it would be cool to see one that’s a little more general. The ones I’m currently on seem to concentrate on clothes, books, music, or some specific area like that.

  3. I’ve never used it myself, but I have a friend in another state that LOVES yerdle. I really should give it a go!

  4. I will definitely look this up! I am a goodwill junkie-my coffee pot crapped out and rather than buying new I looked at goodwill for 2.50 I got a much better coffee maker that works fine. I just got a free blender too—something I have wanted forever. This site seems like a good way to get some of your impulse buys out of the way at a fraction of the cost!

  5. Having friends with kids or relatives who are willing to give stuff away to family is truly a blessing! We have been swapping stuff ever since I can remember and I can see why such a website is such a blessing for many people! I haven’t used Yerdle myself, but I’m not ashamed to admit I’d go for it if I find a good deal 🙂

    • I love swapping stuff too – I swap a lot of books, CDs and DVDs with friends. The good thing about Yerdle is that it just widens – dramatically – the circle of people you can swap with.

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