Usarium - Share, Swap & Rent - Do you:
- Share things with friends?
- Swap stuff with anyone ?
- Rent out slack stuff and earn?
Usarium enables you to do all the mentioned above on your smartphone. Practical. Profitable. Safe.
Take a picture of your item, define the conditions and make it visible to your friends, so you can benefit from your seldomly used stuff.
When somebody shows interest in your item, the system will help you to define, who this person is and if he can be trusted. Usarium uses a 6-hand-graph based on a phone book of a smartphone to define which circle of friends a user belongs to. This will help you to make a deliberate decision.
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Posting is simple - just take a picture, describe the key parameters (size, color, year of production etc.) and you’re done.
Defining privacy is simple - just choose who can view your item: Friends/Friends of friends/ Everyone
Search your friends storages! Search by distance, category, terms and keyword.
Item not found? - Take a picture and post in «I Want» list.
Found one? - Introduce yourself in private chat, describe your request and discuss the conditions with the owner. Push „I take“ and „I give“ buttons when agreed - Usarium gets every transaction accounted, so that no one is forgotten. Your storage will remind you when the item needs to be returned.
How to Share - Anna’s story
I love to use different gadgets, show up at parties in a new outfit and try out new hobbies. Yesterday, I was a Snow White at a costume party.Today I borrowed a deep-fat fryer and was wearing a Dior dress on a date. And then I decided to try out snowboarding,
How much does it cost? Well, almost nothing. I simply open an app on my smartphone. I enter "snowboard" into the search field and then choose the one that I like the most.
Let’s say Max - a friend of my friend Anna - has it. I am sure that Anna will recommend me a trustworthy person and Max will let me use his snowboard. In a private chat I ask if I could get his snowboard next weekend and wait for a response. Usarium notifies me as soon as there is answer. We negotiate the terms and confirm the deal by pressing "I take" and "I give" accordingly.
Why is it cost-efficient for me? At snowboard rental I charges $50 a week, whereas Max charges only $10. Max’s benefit - getting money for an item that otherwise wouldn‘t be used.
Today I still don’t know what I will fancy tomorrow. But I am sure that my friends already have it.
How to Swap - Maria’s story
If I need a Hugo Boss skirt, first of all I will check the price on internet, then open my Usarium app to see whether my friends already have it. Perhaps I can get it cheaper.
I choose a category, enter a search title and the conditions that will suit me. If I found a suitable skirt - I negotiate the deal.
If not, I add a photo of the skirt to my wishlist, hoping that someone probably already has it, but simply forgot to "hang" it into his storage. After that all my friends will see my "I want" request in the Feed, when they open Usarium. Normally it takes a day to find what I need.
How to rent out slack stuff and earn - Sam’s story
We all have things that we use once every six months or even less. However, in the meantime, they grow old, loose in price and value, come out of fashion.
With Usarium I found a solution:
I share with friends - for a drink
I swap for something with neighbors
I rent it out to the world and earn.
6-hand-graph helps me to define trusted users among them.