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About neigh*borrow

What is neigh*borrow?

neigh*borrow is an online marketplace specializing in "things people need to use but don't need to own." The site connects people who are geographically or socially close to one another, and provides the tools to reduce the "friction" of sharing. Think of it as eBAY for things you don't keep, but use when you need and return.

Why should I use neigh*borrow?

Have you ever bought something you needed only once or once in a while? We have. And it's just sitting around, going unused until we need it again.

Have you ever bought something only to find out someone you know already bought the same thing? We have. And we realized we didn't need two "copies."

Have you ever done without something because you just couldn't justify buying it outright? We've done that also. And it would've been nice to have it.

Well, we wished there was a way we could access these types of things when we needed them, without having to pay full price. And that's why we created neigh*borrow!

Whether it's a tool for a specific project, a household item for a special occasion, or simply the hottest hardcover bestseller, there are most likely others close to you that have it and aren't using it at the moment. And all that "stuff" you have that you don't use very often? Guess what? Someone close by probably needs it every now and again. We think that's pretty inefficient utilization of our collective "stuff" and a waste of both money and resources.

You should use neigh*borrow because it's an easy and fun way to save money, conserve resources, meet new people, and be helpful to your community!

What types of "stuff" can I neigh*borrow?

Basically any physical item that can be used more than once by more than one person. Users have neigh*borrow-ed books, DVDs, tools, cameras, bikes, headphones, golf clubs, a steam cleaner, a bocce ball set, and many other items.

What should I lend?

You should list and lend anything you own that you don't use constantly, and that someone else can use and return. Don't list anything with sentimental value, consumables, etc. Use common sense.

What protects the items I lend out?

You can choose to charge for the items or you can keep them free. And you can make independent decisions based on each person/group. You can reject any request to borrow something for any reason. You can check out the lender on repify, facebook etc to see their profile. neigh*borrow provides all the tools to find things you need, track them, request them, and communicate with the owner. The rest is up to you. If you are looking for premium services related to private accounts, insurance, etc. please contact premium@neighborrow.com.

How does neigh*borrow work?

The site allows people to list things they have and things they need along with details like location and price per day. Then we match the needs with the haves and provide the tools for use and return!

Okay, so how do I start?

  1. List any item you are willing to rent/lend out. If the item is approved we will send you a password and activate your account. Then you can start a group, join a group, or just add more items to your public network profile.
  2. Wait until you get a request for the item(s) you are offering, or promote your listings on the site and on your favorite social networks. At the same time you can look for things you need.
  3. When someone requests something, (or when you find something you want) click lend it/borrow it and arrange to pick up/drop off the item (or have it shipped in certain, rare cases)
  4. Return the item when it's due (to the owner or the next person who needs it)
  5. Do it again to be green and save green (and make green)!

Do I need to register?

You don't have to register to make initial searches or browse currently available items in the public network, but you will need to register with an email address if you want to rent an item or do other things on the site such as rate items or flag inappropriate requests. Premium registration is required to open a Premium account.

Where do I pick up and drop off the items?

Lenders set one "master exchange venue" for their account or can customize for each item. Lenders can select meeting locally, allowing pick up, or even delivering / shipping certain items. Items are returned the same way they are received. In some cases the item will go right to the next borrower in which case the person in possession will set the exchange.

What happens if I damage or lose something?

You are personally responsible for any damage or loss to something you borrow so please take care of borrowed items as you would your own, or even better! If something happens to an item you are borrowing, call 412-267-7691 or email claim@neighborrow.com immediately and we will help you work it out.

What does it cost

It is free to list up to 10 items for rent in the public network. You can list as many items you want if you are in a group. You only pay when you rent something out. You can upgrade to a premium account later. Borrowers pay only the owner's fee, nothing to neighborrow. If you want to create a private group, it's $25/year.

Why does neigh*borrow exist?

neigh*borrow was founded by two good friends, Adam Berk and Dave Tomback, as a way to help them and others around them consume more efficiently. We don't always have what we need and don't always need what we have, so let's DO something about it!

A few years ago, Adam took a look around his cramped NYC apartment and noticed how much stuff he had that he didn't use very often. Stuff that was perfectly good, that he wanted to keep, but that sat idle most of the time. A nice digital camera he only used for vacations, the tennis racket he hadn't used in years but just might this summer! He figured that this was true of other people in his building or down the block and thought, why can't we all use this stuff more efficiently? Why do my next door neighbor and I both need to own a drill? Why should I go buy a new (X), when there is probably one sitting in a neighbor's apartment going unused?

Dave agreed and shared Adam's aversion to waste and inefficiency. They started talking about how powerful a tool the Internet was and how it was really changing people's consumption habits. But it was really only shifting existing consumer behavior from the physical to the virtual, from Borders to Amazon, instead of providing people with radically new ways to access "stuff". They sensed there was a big hole that needed to be filled and started to think about how they could harness the power of the Internet to make p2p borrowing, lending, renting, and sharing safer, easier, more effective and more ubiquitous. How to use the online world to influence offline, real world behavior. And neigh*borrow was born.

I have a great idea for neigh*borrow, where do I sent it?

Thanks! We love to receive feedback and suggestions! Direct all comments and feedback to http://getsatisfaction.com/neighborrow/

Do you want to acknowledge anyone?

Yes, thanks for asking! FOUNDERS *Adam Berk, Dave Tomback;
CONTRIBUTORS * Phuc Quang, Kate Duffin Jensen, Samantha Technologies, multidimension studios; Nirod Ghale;
PARTNERS * Eco-Libris, Ride Amigos, Loomia,;
FRIENDS AND SPONSORS * Jill Starishevsky, HolyLandHardball, Robin Aletreas
COALITION OF CAPACITY REDUCERS * AIRBNB, KEY WIFI, RIDEAMIGOS
CHARTER MAYORS * John Johnson 100 crucial people Kate Duffin Jensen is a talented graphic designer. She is based out of Chicago and specializes in the design of marketing collateral, event materials, annual reports and invitations, project management and creative direction.



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