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Sharing is caring

It’s what every socialist dreams of; a society share the stuff they don’t urgently need and receive the stuff they desire without having to spend any money on it. One possible downside to this is the idea that people are not to be trusted and will take advantage of the good nature of others. If there was some forum where people could look for goods to share while at the same time moniter what others have to offer and have an indicator of how trustworthy there were, that would be amazing right? Look no further!


The people Spullendelen have recently created exactly such a platform. You can register the goods you have to share, indicate with whom you want to trade and and what days an interested party could come and pick them up. Clearly value is created through the otherwise neglected goods that might have been useless to one party, but extremely valuable to another.

The guidelines specifiy the rules that are ought to be maintained (clearly specified dates when you will return the item, as well as state of condition it was in when you borrowed it). The website itself distances itself from any conflict arising through the transactions, and lending something out to someone is at your own risk.

One of the means the website aims to use to counter this is to have profiles for users that show how often they lend out and borrowed themselves, as well as the money any person has saved by doing so. You can also add people to your friends and only allow your unused goods to be shown to your friends or people in your own neighborhood.


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Giving back through consuming

Charities have been a topic of discussion for some time, as people are unsure of whether or not the money will actually end up where it is supposed to. A number of credible charities have been shown to really make a difference, and people have been eager to give them a substantial amount of money. For people that do not have a lot of money to spend but still want to feel like they make a difference there is a website called goededoelshop.

Goede doel shop

By using this website people can make purchases on websites and a portion of the price will be donated to the charity of your choosing. Normally the webhost will retain this portion (which is also called affiliate marketing) but through the collaboration with this website they have agreed to relinguish it to these charities. The Goededoelshop is obligated to hand over a minimum of 80% to these charities, the rest of which is used to cover the costs of the website and compensate those maintaining it.

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Kickstarter; a better, more efficient way to fund projects

Kickstarter is a website that helps developers of a wide range of products get their project up and running. Whereas normally the producer would have to find (expensive) outside funding, by using Kickstarter the producer can reach out to its audience. Kickstarter provides a platform where producers can present their ideas and initial models to a large audience, providing them with a chance to ask people for a pledge of X amount of dollars to further develop their product. Popular products include documentaries, videogames, clothing, and tabletop boardgames, like one of the Kickstarter’s most popular projects, Dogs of War;

Those that pledge an amount of 50$ (or 45$ for those that acted quickly) get access to the game when it is fully developed and ready to be shipped. Mass market versions availabe in retail would cost more, in this case 60$, so there is a monetary incentive to pledge. Those that advertise their project on Kickstarter often include different amounts of money the consumer can pledge, which accordingly yield different exclusive extras that would not be made available to the public. Another feature on Kickstarter is that of “stretch goals”, these are added features of the product delivered only when the funds reach a particular level, in the case of Dogs of War the stretch goal is $50,000, at which point an additional character would be added. Continue reading Kickstarter; a better, more efficient way to fund projects