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SF-based startup Yerdle wants to help us lean our consumer ways. "[Yerdle's] mission is to reduce the acquisition of new things by 25 percent," Adam Werbach, cofounder and head of product, tells Forbes. But as much as the site likes to claim that the user can "give and get things for free," the process is actually based on credits. You're awarded 250 credits for signing up, and more credits can be earned by listing your own personal items onto the site.
So Yerdle is more of a barter-trade system than it is a truly "free things" resource (a la Craigslist). But the site hopes to offer an alternative, online shopping experience to eBay and Amazon. And it just might work: during the beta testing in SF, nearly 30,000 users have signed up. And today marks the launch of Yerdle's national launch. With a larger database and the future roll out of exchanging credits for cash, Yerdle just might take the garage sale totally online.
· This Startup Wants To Compete With Amazon And eBay With The Price Tag Of $0 [Forbes]
· Yerdle [Official Site]