We offer people a way to give, receive, share, lend, borrow and express gratitude through a hyper-local gift economy model in which people can share wherever they are and true wealth is measured by the web of connections formed between people through sharing.
From the founders of the Buy Nothing Project
- Layout fix;
Ratings and Reviews
No sense of community
I want to like this app because I hate having to use a social media platform to access my group, but I think this app ruins the whole concept. It uses my address for a location but then just dumps me in a pool of people with no sense of what community is being served.
I see listings for people in other cities which completely ruins the “hyper local” aspect of the Buy Nothing Project. It also destroys the community I’ve been in for years because I’m no longer connecting with the same people. There’s also as far as I can tell no local moderation so the people who have been assisting my community for years are now out of the loop.
I would much prefer if giving my address allowed me to select a community to join so I and my whole group could locate each other again in the app. I also wish that the same local community moderators could be in place in my group so we could maintain a sense of continuity, but also preserve the community we’ve built under their leadership.
As it stands now, this app feels like just another place to dump free stuff. I don’t want to just get rid of stuff. I want to feel like I am supporting my community by giving items to people I know in my community and reducing waste in my community. Giving away stuff to some random person who doesn’t live in the same community doesn’t satisfy the core tenets of the Buy Nothing Project.
Current version (not beta) is amazing and way better than Facebook!
All these negative reviews hating on the Buy Nothing Project founders or BETA version (that means the original version of the app that was used to test the app out) are completely irrelevant to how awesome this app actually is.
I have been a part of Buy Nothing since 2016 on Facebook where I started a very successful local group. There were so many times that I wanted to remove my Facebook account but couldn’t because of how much I loved Buy Nothing. But now the app is here and it’s actually BETTER than the groups!
The app gives everyone an opportunity to freely give and receive items and acts of service, regardless of where they are. Users can easily change their location and radius as it changes which makes Buy Nothing way more equitable to people who travel, live on the road, are experiencing homelessness and people who move frequently. It’s really easy to post your gifts and update their availability.
My only complaint is that there aren’t more people using the app but that will change with time. Anyone can help spread the news by posting flyers or just telling friends and family and neighbors. Once this app has more users in your neighborhood you will truly feel the wealth of this gift from the Buy Nothing app team.
Just give it a try and share the news!
Finally an app!!
I am so glad there is finally an app and I don’t have to use social media. Yay! I’m new to BuyNothing but from what I understand there was many small communities that people belonged to which I get but since it’s new not everybody has gone to the app yet making it a smaller pool community who are much more spread out. Good and bad. Since not everyone is from an affluent community to gift/receive from you have access to more opportunities you may not of had from your own community but, can make driving a lot further and less local. My best analogy is bussing for desegregation…too much? 😬 oh well.
I have been gifted so many wonderful things and it has definitely been a major plus in my life. I do wish you could copy and paste since not everyone uses the address icon and I get the numbers all mixed up.
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- Buy Nothing Project, Inc.
- 44.1 MB
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- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
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