SwapTreasures, Tradeaway and Paperback Swap are three examples of online marketplaces where customers purchase items outright or barter. Site visitors are welcome to browse freely but must create an account and become a member before bartering or making purchases.
SwapTreasures offers local results, lists of popular sellers on the website, and complete lists of merchandise in such categories as jewelry, electronics and services. Money does not exchange hands on SwapTreasures.com. Rather, members offer items in exchange for points that they can count toward future swaps.
The TradeAway.com marketplace encompasses sellers hailing from all lower 48 states. Customers can purchase luxury items, such as Rolex watches, by offering items of equal or greater value. On PaperbackSwap.com, members list books they want to swap, mail out, and pay shipping for any titles that other members select, and then choose any titles they like for free.