Consumers are Swapping Unwanted Gifts and Sharing Holiday Horror Stories at

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For relieving tight post-holiday budgets or turning unwanted gifts into desired items, more consumers are turning to where they can barter for necessities and luxuries. Sharing holiday horror stories reduces stress through laughter and creates community.

Everyone gets something during the holidays that they don’t want or can’t use., the leading online platform for trading goods and services, wants to hear all about these unwanted gifts and offer a venue for exchanging them for something wanted. SwapThing is running a post-holiday promotion asking its users to share their stories about receiving unique and unwanted gifts. A poll will be conducted to determine the best stories, with top vote getters receiving T-shirts and free swap transactions.

“SwapThing is a great way to trade gifts that don’t quite work for us, as well as other things such as kids clothes and toys.” Says Seattle mother and Environmental engineer Ellen Algera. “It’s also a great way to recycle clothing, toys and household items, swapping them with someone who needs them instead of having items end up in landfill which is bad for the environment.”

After telling their tales, users are encouraged to list their new items on the SwapThing site to see if the unwanted becomes a wanted to someone else. Most people end the holidays with at least one gift that they have no use for, or one that they already have. Returning items to stores can range from painful to impossible. With SwapThing, every unique gift can find a home somewhere and everyone ends up happy by having a gift they can use and enjoy.

“We all end up getting at least one holiday gift that makes us scratch our heads and wonder what the giver was thinking,” says SwapThing CEO Jessica Hardwick. “We wanted to hear about these gifts and share the stories with all of our users, in addition to giving them a venue for swapping these gifts.”

About SwapThing

SwapThing, Inc. is a platform that creates and empowers online communities through the exchange of goods and services. With sophisticated search technology and low fees, SwapThing brings swapping mainstream by making it faster, easier and less expensive for individuals and small businesses, creating access they previously had lacked and greatly increasing the market for swaps. SwapThing is headquartered in Cupertino, California. For further information, please visit

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