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swapshop1.jpg When I was a young kiddie and the apple of my mother’s eye, I would spend part of my Saturday mornings watching Swap Shop on TV. Swap Shop was presented by British cheeky chappie Noel Edmonds and people would come on the show to swap their trading cards for a GI Joe, or their little brother in exchange for Yoda, and so on. Fast-forward twenty-five years and we now have more or less the same concept online.

NOTE: These sites are pre-dominantly US sites although it may be possible to register a non-US address. Check each site for details.

BookMooch – give away your books and get points in return. Use those points to ask for free books from other users. The more expensive / rare the book, the more points involved.

Tauschticket – a German language equivalent of BookMooch and a site that both my girlfriend and I use frequently. Highly recommended if you live in Germany.

File-Swap – I’m not sure if this one really fits in this category as you can’t choose what you get. If you upload a file to the website, you can get a random file back. I suppose it’s fun if you upload something that is not valuable.

Paperback Swap – another book swapping website, same as Bookmooch and Tauschticket.

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Swaptree – a place to swap books, music, DVD’s and video games.

SwitchPlanet – swap (or trade) used DVDs, CDs, Video Games and Books. They idea behind SwitchPlanet is to provide a quick way to trade stuff you have to get the stuff you want.

Itamos – swap your home when going on holiday. Why stay in a hotel or guest house when you can sit in someone’s apartment instead while they sit in yours? Not one for me personally but I know other people who would love to do something like this.

BarterPalace – despite its name, BarterPalace allows users to either sell items or barter them. Still worth a look though. This one looks like exclusively USA listings only.

Trade Games Now – trade used computer games.

Do you have any favourite swap / barter sites that you want to share? Let us know about them in the comments!

  1. KJ
    October 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    One place I've had some fun and success with recently is Doodad Swap ( It's free and you can trade anything. It's worth a look.

  2. codeninja
    September 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Looks like there is another site ( which allows members to swap books, electronics, audio cds, dvd, but only for Indian Online Community.

  3. njiang46
    July 13, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Just found this site that allows you to exchange/giveaway stuff and go green -

  4. cristina
    June 17, 2009 at 2:18 am

    If you are looking to swap stuff, visit ToolzDo ( You can swap, rent or get/give away anything you own.

  5. Graham Hadden
    March 7, 2009 at 7:21 am is another free-to-use site for swapping books, CDs, DVDs, games and software. Titles can be exchanged internationally or locally, by post or by hand. This site has one eye on saving you money and one eye on the environment. Try it.

  6. AmyF
    February 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Here is a website for swapping new or gently used baby items..

    Since baby items are expensive and are used for a very less time, swapping instead of buying makes a lot of sense. You can buy or sell there too once you are all done with baby stuff.

  7. Jennifer
    September 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Swap new and gently used handbags. Post a new or gently used handbag that you no longer want, and get another!

  8. Krista
    May 6, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    women trading clothing all over the world! It also includes shoes, bags, cosmetics, its wonderful.

  9. Tiffany M
    April 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    You can also check out the website where you can list items for free and include photos of your items. Get rid of the stuff you no longer need and trade for new stuff!

  10. bob
    January 13, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    you missed - this website has more flexibility than any of the others you have listed

  11. Lisa
    October 6, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Glad to see you mention swaptree. Ive been using them for a month and have traded for over 20 cds.

    Its swaptastic.

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