Rent Things You Need Only Temporarily

Rent Things You Need Only Temporarily

Gregory Han
Jun 4, 2008

There's been plenty of times where we've needed a tool, gadget or appliance...but just for one or two uses. It's a frustrating dilemma when you've got a need, but neither the space or money to purchase that 20' ladder or chainsaw to trim a tree. Now you can tap into peer-to-peer style online renting for those short time use needs....

Zilok offers a free peer-to-peer forum where you post can any item you own to rent to others. Sort of like eBay, except you eventually get back what you send. Price, rental region, and the conditions of your rental are all determined by you, with Zilok playing intermediary.

Rental item can be found by users via a search engine (site performance seems a bit slow currently), a directory with items as diverse as power tools to works of art, and a Google map showing geographic locality. Transactions are handled similar to Craigslist: payment is handled and determined directly between the two parties involved:

...rental fees (price, method of payment and the dates) is a transaction between the renter and the owner exclusively. All information about these fees have already been provided in the item description (to be paid at time of pick up, through wire transfer, by credit card or other means).

Further explanation of Zilok's rental service site here.

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