The Sharing Economy on College Campuses

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What did you remember when you were in college? was it the classes you learn? your wonderful and terrible professors? the amount of papers and exams you have to succumb with? being required to purchase books that cost almost more than anything you own in your apartment? buying items from other college students through Facebook? As much as I want to remember the most significant part of college, some of the things I remember the most was certainly buying books and other items from a random person on campus.

The start of a semester, specifically, can be rather challenging, with the pressure of purchasing books, iclickers, or any other items required for classes. I’ve heard that at times students spend thousands of dollars just on those items, especially on books itself. What are some of their solutions to make their lives easier? Some sell their old books for much less on Ebay, Amazon, or any other e-commerce websites. Some even sell their items on social media.

This certain demography is obviously tech-savvy. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat are some of the popular applications that they utilize for everyday communication. Since this demography uses social media for their exchanging activities, they are more keen to use it because all of their peers do it as well. Facebook, specifically, has a certain “page” for students to sell or buy items for much less. The “Free & For Sale” page is a social platform for college students on campus to receive notifications about items on sale. The items often include laptops, bicycles, cars, clothing items, you name it all. The sharing economy on campuses is crucial to the everyday life of college students. However, since they are all up-to-date on all things technology, wouldn’t they be open to any new apps available for them to use for their so called “exchanging” lifestyle?

Swoppler, which is an app that allows users to safely trade goods or services with others in the community, will evidently be effective for college students. It will allow them to trade items with other students for free. Let’s say one student wants a certain physics book required for their class, but another student owns that book and is willing to trade that book with something else. It’s certainly a win-win situation. One gains something they desire, while the other one receives the physics book for free, just by the simple act of bartering. Everybody is happy, and students’ lives will become significantly easier.

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