Switchplanet a social, media trading site

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 15, 2007
Updated • Jul 21, 2013

Take a look at your CD, DVD, game or book collection for a minute. Do you see something that you will never consume again? I bet you do. What if I was to tell you that you could trade the media that you do not need anymore for new media that you are interested in? This is the basic concept of Switchplanet.

You offer your media that you do not need anymore and send it to members of Switchplanet. This earns you so called Switchbucs which can be used to order media that you are interested in from other members. The only expense that you have is the shipping costs to ship the item to the user requesting them, but that is about it, as you get the new media you are interested in for the virtual currency that you have earned from that operation.

Account creating is done in a matter of seconds and the first screen that awaits you is your profile screen. You should enter information that are relevant to trading media, especially your name, address and state or province. Yes that is right, trading media with Switchplanet is available to users from the United States and Canada only.

After editing your profile you might want to add a few items that you no longer need. Just open the add item menu. You have to search for the item which makes me wonder what happens if the item that you want to trade is not amongst the search results.

Nevertheless you add the amount of switchbucs that you want for the item and add other relevant information such as the condition of the item and what is included. You should try and see how many switchbucs other members are requesting before you add the amount of switchbucs. It would not make much sense to request a higher amount than someone else if the condition of the items are the same.

Once you earned your first switchbucs you can browse the marketplace for interesting items that you would like to request. All main categories (DVD, CD, Games and Books) contain several subcategories such as PC Games, Xbox and Playstation 2 in the Games category.

What I really like about Switchplanet is the community aspect. Everyone may rate items and write comments about them, the forum is well visited and seems really helpful if you encounter a problem.

Switchplanet offers every member the option to donate money to charity whenever he makes a transaction. "Instead of transaction fees or membership fees, we want to give our members the option to donate any amount they choose every time they request something for free from another member on the SwitchPlanet network." The plan is to offer not only monetary donations but also item donations, e.g. a book for children to the Red Cross.

Switchplanet is a great service that offers value to its members. This is also a great way to trade music and movies without having to use p2p networks. If you live in the United States or Canada you should give it a try.

Update: The site is currently being rebuild. It is not clear when it will be back up.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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