Old school bartering goes online in the UAE
The barter shop is an cash-free exchange. (Shutterstock)
Local classifieds website, EZHeights.com, has launched the first online barter shop in the UAE, which provides visitors with the option to trade items, products or services with others for things, rather than spending cash.
Bartering is the oldest form of commerce and users of the site will be allowed to trade goods they have for goods they want. By trading these unwanted or surplus items, both parties will be allowed to retain cash and keep their wallets happy. The barter shop is currently available online at EZHeights.com and encourages UAE residents to dig up their unwanted goods and swap them for things that they require. Unlike garage sales where unwanted goods are sold for cash, the barter shop is mutually beneficial for all parties and costs nothing.
“Introducing the EZHeights Barter Shop has been idea that I have had for a while,” said Adham Saleh, MD of EZHeights.com. “Residents of the UAE are constantly holding and attending garage sales and buying second-hand items from others so we know there is demand. With the EZHeights Barter Shop, we wanted to create a platform where both the user and the seller are exchanging needed products and goods – this could be from language exchange where two people meet and spend thirty minutes talking in Arabic and the following in English to improve each others language skills, or an iPhone being swapped for a digital camera.”