Instead of old books and movies sitting on a shelf collecting dust, how about swapping them for something more useful? With the World Wide Web at your fingertips, the saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure," takes on a whole new meaning. So here are some sites that offer you the opportunity to clean out the closet, and make room for your new recycled riches. For the book worms, PaperBackSwap.com is a world wide online library. With more than three million choices, you should have no problem finding a story to wrap up in. There are no late fees - mail a book and get a book in return. You can print the postage directly from your computer. SwapTree is a place you can not only trade books, but CDs, DVDs, and video games for free. So if you are ready to retire the classics and pick up the latest hits, this is could be your swapping stop shop. If you want to get rid of an old car, cell phone, or appliance FreeCycle is a great place to do so. The FreeCycle network is made up of individual groups across the globe that are giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns. The only rule; everything posted must be at no cost, legal, and appropriate for all ages. You can even swap your home online for free when you go on vacation. And it is becoming a very popular practice. Itamos.com offers home swaps in more than 60 countries. Instead of staying in a hotel when you travel abroad, you can stay in a private home, and the owners can stay in yours. There are plenty of other sites where you can swap your stuff: Bookins.com SwitchPlanet.com BarterPalace.com and TradeGamesNow.com Based on what we have seen from the user reviews, these sites seem to be effective, but as with anything on the internet, use caution and common sense before sending anything off.
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