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- 10/1/2010 by Leah Ingram
If you're in the market for anything from a DVD to a bicycle, don't buy it — swap for it instead.
Swapadvd.com, which was given the thumbs-up by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) for its ease of use, can be a movie maven's best friend. Register for a free account on this site and decide which of your DVDs you want to swap. You must have the original cases; use the UPC codes on them to easily list your DVDs. Full descriptions and cover art are supplied by the SwapaDVD database. When someone wants one of your DVDs, you mail it out (postage averages about $2 per package via first class mail; SwapaDVD members can print postage and a combo mailing label and wrapper for sending movies). When the other person indicates receipt of your DVD, you get one credit per disc deposited into your account. List 10 DVDs that you're willing to send out, and you can immediately request a complimentary DVD — you'll find everything from The Sopranos: The Complete First Season to Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred. On a recent visit to swapadvd.com, 196,608 DVDs were available for swapping. Unlike those from Netflix or the library, DVDs from SwapaDVD are yours to keep. That's one reason why Kathy Goughenour, of Black, MO, loves the service. "We live in a petite house, and we must have had 1,000 DVDs," says Goughenour, 53. With swapadvd.com, she off-loaded duplicate DVDs, whittled her collection down to about 500, and got new movies to watch. If she ever tires of them, she can swap them again. "We've canceled all our movie channels," she says, "so we're saving at least $40 a month."