For those aspiring minimalists out there who want to get rid of the things that they don’t need anymore, but want to gain a profit while doing so, there’s an app for that: Bunz. A few of my friends are obsessed with this app, so I joined to see what was so great about it. On this app, you make yourself a profile and then you post pictures of things that you want to trade. It’s sort of like Instagram, but you’re posting things to trade instead of showing off your Starbucks unicorn frappuccino … unless you want to trade it I guess?!
I believe one of the rules for this app is that you are not allowed to sell items for money. However, people found their way around this rule by trading items for tokens or gift cards. A true trade is when you are trading an item for an item. Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to scroll through to see what items are being traded. I’ve actually discovered items that caught my interest from this app, which defeats the purpose if your goal is to be a minimalist (New want: a chill pill keychain by ban.do).
If I were living in downtown, I’m pretty sure I’d be an active member. However, I live in the suburbs of Toronto and am very lazy to commute to Downtown to trade items that I feel isn’t worth the time. For example, someone wanted to trade my washi tape for this pen and I was really not in the mood to travel 1-1.5 hrs just for that. However, if I was in downtown, I totally would have. Some of my good trades include:
- I got a Zara pencil skirt for a token (I was speechless when all she asked for was a token, but turns out she just wanted to get rid of everything because she was moving)
- I traded my scarf with cats all over it (I don’t know why I even bought it tbh…) for a token
- My most recent trade that I’m proud of was 2 Mac eyeshadows of mine that were on my shelf for years (unused) for a cute suede top (a true trade lol)
However there are a few items that were up for trade where I was like err….
- I saw someone selling a used nail file. Not even a new nail file, but a used one. Gross.
- A pin that marks your 10th time donating blood. Impress your date by wearing this pin even though you haven’t actually donated 10 times?!
- An empty iphone box for a token. uh…
Some people trade services as well. For example, I know someone who trades meals for a dog walk. When he makes his own lunch, he just makes a little more for the Bunz member who in exchange walks his dog – sweet. When I asked my friends how do you know you could trust the people you are trading with (what if they are lying about the quality of an item, don’t show up for the trade, or run away with your dog lol) and the response was that the Bunz community was loyal. To be honest, I haven’t had any bad interactions yet, so I could vouch for that.
My parents on the other hand think I have reached a new level of cheap and are asking me if my finances are in check -_- smh