I was asked to do a review for SwitchPlanet.com and my first reaction was not another Social Website. Don’t get me wrong I love the whole concept of Social Networking but lately there has been an influx of copy cats trying to get in on the act with nothing original to offer.
Thankfully SwitchPlanet is not one of these and I guess you could call it a Social Networking Ebay type site for DVDs, CDs, Games and Books if that makes any sense! Here’s the basics.
SwitchPlanet is a social media trading website where members can switch their old items with other members for free. The sender pays the postage but hey, in effect we are getting a new, (to us anyway), film to watch, game to play or book to read and when you receive an item it hasn’t cost anything so it’s all swings and roundabouts – Nobody loses and it cuts down on what has become junk to us. Better than a landfill, better than collecting dust.
It’s a lot more than a basic Social site and this is their Mission Statement. “It is our goal to establish SwitchPlanet.com as a premier online community that is committed to helping reduce the impact waste is having on the planet by trading the things we no longer use to get the things we want”
A great concept being put into practice. SwitchPlanet and their members are currently helping 5 charities with donations namely The Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, The Nature Conservancy, American Cancer Society and Child’s Play Charity.
The site appears to be mainly monetized by Amazon in as much as you can search for any item and if it is not available from the membership then a list of Amazon products are displayed.
The currency is called Switchbucs which is the websites currency to facilitate transactions. You get started by listing your items and once you have sent an item and it has been received, your Switch partner for that trade lets the SwitchPlanet system know the item has been delivered and you get credited Switchbucs which you can now use to request an item from another member.
There is no facility for switching goods other than DVDs, CDs, Games and Books. Basically anything in these four categories that has a bar code can be switched.
Business Thoughts. If you are in this niche then consider you are allowed a signature for use in the forums. As always, spammers will be booted off and valid contributors receive the most benefit.
At the present time it is not possible through the main SwitchPlanet setup to offer your own material such as EBooks or Videos which would be great for us marketers as it would be a channel to give someone great information and also help promote our business.
However, you are able to switch items through the forum with other members. This is “unofficial” but the program owners have no objections at the time of writing. Additionally, members do run contests and raffles through the forum so this should get your creative juices flowing.
So instead of storing all your junk in the attic or garage now is the time to join SwitchPlanet.com and get to see all those movies you have missed for free.