Sharemo: How Japanese people share used stuff using their mobile phones
Sharemo: How Japanese people share used stuff using their cell phones(August 17, 2008 TechCrunch)
Swapping sites are nothing new (see Dig N’ Swap ), but in Japan we like to trade our junk via our mobile phones. That is what the Japanese social sharing service Sharemo is all about. The site’s ambitious idea is to contribute to overcoming Japan’s throwaway society.
This is how it works: Users can offer any item they don’t need anymore (DVDs, comics and clothes are especially popular) on Sharemo. If the item is useful to another member, it can be rented, used and then relisted. This procedure is repeated until one Sharemo user decides to keep the item. The system keeps track of all actions and allocates points to active members, which can be donated or redeemed to rent items.
Will the barter site using the cellular phone become popular in the future?
It is interesting.