SnapGoods offers users a new way to find items they need to borrow or rent. The site claims to provide a safe way to lend out items or borrow hem from others. Users can post an item they need (a “want ad”) or post an item they have that is available to borrow or rent (a “good”). The site is intended to help users find cost effective ways to get things done or a quick solution to find a suitable replacement item for one that was lost or damaged. Item categories are relatively broad, including photo and video, music, tools and gadgets. SnapGoods also helps put users’ minds at ease by offering to replace or repair any damage done to items that are lent or rented out through the site. The item search includes geographic location filters as well as closest, best match and recently added options.
SnapGoods was founded by Ron J. Williams and John Goodwin in March of 2010. Based out of Brooklyn, New York the application was intended to help users find a safe way to connect with others to borrow or rent items. SnapGoods would focus on local neighborhoods to help users find the things they need quickly and easily. The application was featured on TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, Good, Wired and the New York Times.
SnapGoods offers a convenient service that might be a better option for some users. Renting gear through a professional service or company can be very pricy and require more time for the reservation. SnapGoods allows regular people to borrow or lend items to save money and work within their neighborhood. The site also provides a foolproof guarantee that states any damaged or lost items will be replaced by SnapGoods.
The SnapGoods website has a fun, well organized appearance that works very well for this service. Users can browse categories from the homepage by clicking the corresponding image (which shifts upwards when the user mouses over it). A handful of user requests are also found just below the categories. The search tool bar is found along the left hand side of the results pages. Here, users can select check boxes that correspond with their needs (either looking for an item or offering an item). Drop down boxes allow the user to further refine the search results.
SnapGoods gives users three registration options to choose from. The first two can be accessed using the dark and light blue buttons in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. One is available for Facebook, the other for Twitter. Users who prefer to create a SnapGoods account can click the black “Sign Up” link found to the right of the Facebook and Twitter buttons. The short registration form requires a name, email address and password.
SnapGoods keeps the payment system rather simple for users. The website offers a secure payment feature that enables them to submit or receive payments right through SnapGoods. When the system is utilized, approximately 50 cents plus an additional 7% is added to the reservation fee. Users who rent items out are given an account through SnapGoods. When they are ready to cash out, they can request a mailed check or transfer the funds to Paypal. Any applicable Paypal transaction fees will also be added.
SnapGoods is a great site for users who have items they want to rent out or for those who need an item. The website provides another resource for locating gear and equipment in a pinch. Users may also be able to save money by borrowing from other users rather than renting through a company.