Are you already looking for a way to get rid of Uncle Fred's not-too-cool
An e-commerce site, dubbed Intellibarter, was launched Christmas Day to provide an
alternative to waiting in line at the mall to return unwanted gifts.
Intellibarter is one of a growing number of Net barter sites that let
users trade goods without any cash changing hands.
"We are taking an old idea--barter--in a new direction," according to
Intellibarter. "Our goal is to provide a place for people to research and
trade their collectibles, personal items, sports equipment or just about
User's register for the service, enter the items they wish to trade, and
look for other items they may want to receive in exchange. Categories
include art, books, antiques, computer equipment and, of course, Beanie Babies.
A service called "advice seekers" will be added later to help users learn
and share knowledge about their interests.
Like other Net businesses, barter sites face numerous challenges. The
biggest: building up a critical mass of traders.
Other barter sites include Bartertrust.com and Ubarter.com. Kleiner
Perkins Caufield & Byers is nurturing a business-to-business barter firm,
code-named Doublebill. Most of these sites typically are aimed at