Marketplace creates ‘trade rings’ for group swaps

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We've been writing about swap initiatives for years, including efforts for exchanging books and CDs, furniture, clothing, and even homes. Whereas most of these efforts focus on exchanges of like-valued items between two people, we've now spotted Finnish Netcycler, which opens up swaps to “trade rings” involving multiple people and unevenly matched goods. Netcycler is a service for giving away and acquiring secondhand goods without exchanging any cash. To participate, users list what they'd like to give away, along with something they'd like to get in return. Those “wishes,” as the site calls them, needn't match the commercial value of…

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