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Item lending/sharing project

  • 27-07-2006 12:34am
    Registered Users Posts: 117 ✭✭

    I just wanted to let people know about a potential item lending/sharing project for Dublin. The address for the site is:

    To quote from the site:
    This project is for the sharing/lending of items such as tools, books, equipment etc. that a person might have lying around but aren't using. The project is not about lending items for money. It's not for barter either. If it goes ahead, it would - essentially - be about lending items for free.

    The site is fairly self-explanatory, but just to elaborate a little more ....

    If the project actually gets off the ground, it would enable people to lend, or borrow items, for free. People can ask for proof of address from people before lending an item - in case borrowers break, damage, or try to steal, an item. They can also ask for cash deposits - in case an item is broken or damaged while in the possession of a borrower, or simply not returned - but are expected to return the deposit if the item is returned in proper condition. Another feature that might be introduced at a later stage - as another attempt to prevent people from stealing, being careless with items etc. - is feedback on users (a bit like eBay's 'reputation' system).

    It's similar to the idea of public libraries, except not limited to books - or, alternatively, DVD-lending stores, but without the cost.

    The entire project is somewhat experimental - for various reasons, it may well fail to get off the ground. And even if it does go ahead, it might be changing regularly (one possibility would be the facilitation of offering and searching for services as well as items) - but constructive criticism on the idea is welcome in any case.