That's when my co-worker told me about Swaptree.com. Swaptree is an online swap meet where you can trade books, CDs, DVDs and video games for free. You list all the things you have to give away and choose, from an extensive list, the things you would like to have and Swaptree will calculate who has what you want and wants what you have. Once the match is made, each party prints out a mailing label that the website generates and sends their item off to its new owner. You can trade CDs for a book, or a video game for a DVD, etc. It sounds like a great idea (and it is and I love it) but there are some flaws.
It's a time hole. I could spend hours looking for things I want and entering things I have to give away. It also takes awhile to find a match. While I wait for someone else in the world to want a Candace Bushnell book and have the Rush CD that I want I could have dumped the excess clutter at Goodwill and been done with my sorting.
The moral of the Swaptree story is if you have some time and extra space it's a great endeavor because you get a one-for-one deal. If you are low on time and space you can take your extra 100 CDs to the local trade store and get $20 for the lot and leave feeling ripped off, but at least the house is clutter free.
Written by Alexis Perrone, writer, vegetarian and all around green goddess.