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This week’s site: Old fashioned bartering in a high tech world
By Tim Barker
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(MCT)
I’m curious to see how something like this works out. TheSmarterBarter.com is launching a new Web-based bartering system that pledges to help people who want to trade things find other like-minded people.
The company is in its beta stages now, offering its service in 10 states (though they count DC as a state, so technically nine states).
Obviously, this isn’t the first site offering to help barterers connect. Craigslist, for example, has a bartering section. Someone there now wants to trade a couch. Another poster wants a tree branch cut down. And there’s a laptop computer up for grabs.
What makes TheSmarterBarter different is its plan to ship all that out via e-mail. From the company’s Web site:
“Once registered you will then receive e-mails from ‘TheSmarterBarter’ with various items and services that people want to barter with. This list will be broken down by state and a national list. During the BETA trial we will only be in 10 states. The e-mails you will receive will be labeled ‘TheSmarterBarter.’ If you see a service that you need or an item that you want, e-mail that person immediately.”
It’s a little unclear how the company plans to make money with this service, which is free for now. Though, I guess in the odd world of Internet that often seems to be a lesser consideration, at least in the early going.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Tim Barker looks at how technology changes the way we socialize, work and play at www.stltoday.com/blogzone/life-tech/
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