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From many years observe a variety of initiatives enable patrons to easily deal commodities with each other for free. The current twist on the exchange idea is Swap-o-Matic is a vending machine enabling users to contribute and receive items without spending money.
Initiator Lina Fenequito says the purpose of Swap-o-Matic is to promote a shift from insensible utilization to more sustainable livelihood, and hopes the vending machine will prove clients that reusing and recycling can be as enjoyable buying something new.
Users generate an account by entering their email address on Swap-o-Matic’s touchscreen and are instantly issued three credits. Once logged in with their email address they have the alternative to donate, receive or swap. Donating an unwanted item earns the user one credit, while receiving an item will costs one credit.
Swap-o-Matic has travelled to different venues in New York, including a design gallery and a café. Details of its current location can be found on the website, which will also soon show the items currently inside the vending machine.