Nov 20, 2007

Don't buy, rent. When we first read about the new online marketplace, Zilok, we thought about the times we wished we knew someone with a dolly, a ladder, hedge clippers, a drill, a sander, a carpet cleaner.

Some of those things are available at places like the San Francisco Tool Lending Center or the Tool Lending Library in Berkeley...but what if you don't live in SF or Berkeley?

Or what if you just want to borrow a tent to go camping for the weekend? Or test-drive a GPS before actually investing in one?

Zilok is kind of like a start-up Craigslist for rentals. Just type in what you're looking for, and where you are, and up pops a map of available rentals nearby. It lists their price, condition, and available dates.

You can also sign up as a lender, and try to recoup some of that cash you forked out for that power washer you just had to have to clean your driveway.

While Zilok just launched, and so has a limited number of items available, we see its potential.

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