Rachel Botsman's 'What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption' argues that online communities are changing the way we shop. Disillusioned with novelty and marketing gimmicks, consumers — she believes — are relying more on peer-to-peer marketplaces that allow us to trade, barter, and rent products and services.
Are social networks changing the way we consume? It's a utopian idea, but it's based in analysis of changing consumer behavior. For a glimpse of how it works, here are 10 models of collaborative consumption.
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Books and Media
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Kitchen & Cooking Stuff
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• What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption | Re-Nest
• Video: Rachel Botsman's Case for Collaborative Consumption | TED.com
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