Fighting for freerecyling

News Watch: Let’s skip this

On the UK’s Independent there is an article about two new contenders in the free recycling ring.  These are myskip and vskip.  Partly what marks this out as newsworthy is two things.  One that they seem to offer very similar functionality.  The second is that they want to make this a business.  I wish them luck extracting the “free” from freecycling.


September 13, 2007 - Posted by | freecycle


  1. vSkips offers every member a FREE virtual skip in which they can offer up to 5 items at a time. There are no other charges, and the skips remain active for the time of their membership. We only ask that members pay a small fee of £2.99 if they wish to charge for items in their skips. This gives them the option to use vSkips in a similar way to eBay, although the cost is significantly cheaper since there are no listing fees. Also, we don’t charge if you want to include photos. So as far as “freecycling” is concerned, there are no charges. If you offer an item for free you are not charged a penny. On the other hand, if you want to sell your car you are charged £2.99. Seems a fair way to operate, but as always we are open to suggestions.

    Comment by vskips | September 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. MySkip is free and secure, no personal details can be accessed. And unlike the other company doesnt charge its members. No money changes hands completely. They have been promoting reuse as a sexy alternative to recycling recently with celebrity throwaways. There was a celebrity guitar on there that someone grab. It also has a forum and updates you on daily news etc.. I actually quite like it and dont get 3000 spam emails like freecycle.

    Comment by Paul | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. vSkips does NOT charge to offer items while he other company DOES charge for SMS uploads. Check out the other FREE reuse sites operated by The Vyouz Network including Born Recycling, Drop Dead Green or Student Cycle. All sites include forums, blogs etc. as well as full social networking features similar to Facebook.

    Comment by Jezza | May 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. vSkips (and all the other Vyouz Network sites) having social networking at their heart. You can choose how much personal information you want to share (little or lots… it’s entirely up to you). The site is extremely well moderated. It’s not just about reuse and recycling… it’s also about social issues, making friends and getting everyday people (not just celebrities) genuinely working together.

    Comment by Dan | May 10, 2009 | Reply

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