Camping Gear Rental Company RentGear.co Showcases a Premium Service in the Sharing Economy

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RentGear.co, a camping equipment rental company based in San Francisco, Calif., today announced the official launch of its online rental and delivery service.

RentGear.co can help customers lead the movement from a product-oriented to a service-oriented economy by offering them exactly what they want—the service—without the burden of everything that comes along with owning these products.

RentGear.co, a camping equipment rental company based in San Francisco, Calif., today announced the official launch of its online rental and delivery service.

RentGear.co is the first service to bring together the online, on-demand features of car sharing services like Zipcar, Uber and Lyft, the we-come-to-you convenience of restaurant delivery, and access to top brand camping gear for a fraction of the purchase price, while removing the least favorite camping activities: cleaning, drying, packing and storing gear when the trip is over.

The service was inspired primarily by the environmental benefits and service-oriented nature of the sharing economy, in which tangible products are reconceived as service providers: cars provide transportation, homes provide comfort and shelter, textbooks provide information, community gardens provide a space to grow one’s own food.

“Our global economy is very product-oriented and not very user-oriented,” said Nathanael Miksis, founder and CEO at RentGear.co. “This is changing, but still, in most sectors that consumers deal with, products are intentionally designed to have a one-way lifecycle: from raw material, to factory, to distributor, to retailer, to consumer, to landfill or recycling facility. Once a retailer sells a product, it’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind. It’s the consumer’s responsibility to use it, maintain it, store it, repair it and dispose of it. While there are some efforts on the regulatory front to make manufacturers responsible for the full lifecycle of their products, we believe that by becoming more service-oriented, RentGear.co can help customers lead this movement by offering them exactly what they want—the service—without the burden of everything that comes along with owning these products.”

Most consumer products can be built to last much longer than they currently do, but the price would be much higher, and from the producer’s perspective, a market wouldn’t exist at that price point. RentGear.co aims to change the landscape of consumer products by buying more durable products that are used infrequently by any given customer and bringing back a market for gear that will last 30 years instead of three. Through its business model of mobile-friendly and secure online shopping and payment, fast same-day delivery, pickup, cleaning and maintenance of our own inventory, RentGear.co offers its customers a premium spin on the sharing economy model.

RentGear.co currently serves the San Francisco/Bay Area region. More information can be found at http://www.rentgear.co.

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