(Even Batman has made some cutbacks)
In the spirit of the Tata Nano (I had to tie this in some way), I’ve been looking for ways to save money. I recently disconnected my cable television service… first time in decades. It’s a strange feeling at first… not having access to hundreds of useless channels. Unemployment is taking its toll on my entertainment budget, if you call a bunch of crappy commercials “entertainment”. So, what do I do now for a little vegetative downtime? Netflix? Blockbuster? NO! We’re trying to save money here. I want something for nothing. Can I rent movies for free? Yes I can! Well, not exactly “renting”, but good old fashioned neighborhood borrowing is what I’m talking about.
Now, what’s the best way to organize a lending system to allow listing, searching, tracking, reserving and returning? Sure there are some really sweet desktop apps like Delicious Library 2, granting you’ve got a Mac and $40, but allow me to emphasize my goal here – it’s saving some green… holdin’ on to my loot… being downright CHEAP!
Once, back in 2006, I found this really slick online neighborhood lending library system that allowed the creation of a community that others could join (just your subdivision for instance), easy inventory management (you could just use a modified CueCat scanner and bulk scan your DVDs and CDs and the system would enter all the descriptive info and cover art), it was brilliant. Alas, I have no idea what t was today, so I decided to do some digging around. Here’s what I’ve found:
and some other swap site here.
What good is this link list to you? Well, it’s a starting point. It’s too early in the game for me to a dozen reviews outlining the pros and cons of each. I’m hoping to get YOUR feedback. Have you used any of these? Do you know of some good lending / borrowing apps that aren’t listed above?
Now, if you don’t have friends or neighbors, you could always take advantage of the Redbox Free Movie Wednesdays or take your chances on YouTube.