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Rent-Instead

Item Renting Online Marketplace


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Published 07/14/2010 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

With more families moving towards a greener way of life and looking for new ways to save money, rental services are coming more popular. Rent Instead is one such website that helps bring people together for mutually beneficial transactions that do not involve actual sales. Individuals can list their items for rent and let them make some cash rather than sit in storage. Those in need of something temporarily can benefit by browsing the available list of items on Rent Instead and paying less to use them for a short period of time, rather than wasting money on a brand new item they may only need once.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Rent Instead was born out of the desire to help families reduce waste and clutter at home. Many people have discovered a serious problem of owning too many belongings, most of which they do not truly need. When these items are cleaned out, they usually wind up in the trash. Rent Instead offers a cost effective way to reduce the amount of unnecessary clutter while limiting waste production on an individual basis. Consumers can instead rent the items they need, returning them when they are done. This saves both money and storage space and helps households maintain a healthy quantity of belongings.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are a few different websites that offer a similar individual rental service. Some of these also allow businesses to post their items for rent. However, Rent Instead stands out in its flexibility. Not only can users rent, but also opt to rent to own or try before they buy. These features are made available when the person who owns the item makes the listing. If they don’t mind selling the item off, the rent to own option can be made available to potential renters.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Rent Instead features a green color scheme, highlighted with blue and a white background that fits well with the site’s desire to help promote green practices. The logo appears a bit dated, but overall the site is easy to navigate. Users can easily sign up or start searching categories to find the items they want to rent or look for similar items they plan to rent out to help determine appropriate pricing.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can sign up for a Rent Instead account by clicking the green “Register” icon at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The sign up process requires a good bit of information when compared to other websites, however it is understandable given the type of site. Users must enter contact details such as name, address, city, state and zip code. A shipping address must be entered if it is different than the one given as a contact location. A valid email address is requested as well as a password, security question and answer, and optional instant messaging program details.

What does it cost to use the application?

Rent Instead offers it services to all users at no cost. Anyone can visit the site, make an account, and start listing their items for rent. At this point, no membership fees are charged and no transaction fees are taken. All users can enjoy the benefits of renting through Rent Instead at no additional cost to them, regardless of whether they are listing items or looking for items.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Rent Instead appeals to people in search of a way to save money as well as those interested in helping reduce waste and live greener. By renting, fewer items must be manufactured. That helps preserve the Earth and reduce waste production. It also helps homes stay clutter free. Money can be saved by renting rather than buying, while others can earn cash by offering their belongings for rent.

  • List items for free
  • List items with a rent to own option
  • Browse a vast selection of merchandise through the Rent Instead item categories
  • Messaging system that allows potential renters to ask questions about items before renting
  • Deposit set by the item owner that help ensure merchandise is returned undamaged


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