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Freecycle.org:免费物品交易平台

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No Money Down: Give-and-Take Sites and Bartering Exchanges


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This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.

Whoever said you cannot get something for nothing has not searched the Internet lately. An increasing number of Web sites offer users a chance to give things away and get things for free. The goal is to keep useful things from being thrown away. This helps people and keeps waste out of the environment.

Freecycle,免费物品交易平台

想象一下,如果你要搬家的话肯定会有一些东西是累赘,扔掉可惜但搬起来有很麻烦,如果有人需要的话就可以两全其美,但是如何让主人和需要者有这样一个交流平台呢?也许Freecycle可以帮这个忙。

Freecycle是一个网站,它有4342个小组和遍布世界的4921000会员。这个网络是连接那些想送东西,而另一些则是需要东西的人建立一个平台,让双方交流这方面的信息。

如何介入这个网络?首先你需要搜索离你最近的小组。然后,你可以加入并发布消息。当你发现你需要的东西后可以直接发送邮件给当事人,告诉他你对他的东西感兴趣。这是第一步,也相当简单和快速。

Freecycle是不是值得?我觉得不错。那里有很多不少东西相当不错,而且这也是一个相当不错的想法。

The largest give-and-take Web site is Freecycle.org. Deron Beal started Freecycle as a non-profit organization in two thousand three. The site says it has more than five and a half million members in more than seventy-five countries. Joining is free. And all the goods offered on the site are free without any conditions.

Each group is supervised by a small number of moderators. They enforce the rules.  For example, members can only make a request for something once a week. And everything on the site must be for all ages.

We spoke to a moderator in the Washington, D.C. area.  She told us that there were about one hundred members in her local group when she joined in two thousand three.  Now there are more than fourteen thousand members. In addition to Freecycle, there are many similar Web sites such as reuseitnetwork.org and freesharing.org.

Other Web sites let users exchange goods and services, or barter. In this ancient form of trade, no money changes hands.

At first, bartering took place as an exchange between two people. But modern bartering is more complex and is commonly done between businesses. It uses a third party -- a trade exchange company -- to help carry out the barter deal. Trade exchanges permit users to trade goods or services for credits.  Businesses can trade these credits for other goods or services. Trade exchange companies usually make money from fees paid by members and by receiving a percentage of the value of barter deals. Bartering helps companies save money, move unused products and connect with new buyers.

Two main trade groups serve the barter exchange industry. They are the National Association of Trade Exchanges and the International Reciprocal Trade Association.  Both have separate systems of credits that make bartering easier. It is estimated that more than four hundred fifty thousand businesses use bartering in some form.

And that's the VOA Special English Economics Report, written by Mario Ritter. I'm Steve Ember.

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