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Cash-free online trading place launched

BEFORE money, people survived by trading things they had, for things they didn't: goods, services and skills.

Today a Noosa-based ex-litigation lawyer, Kym Foster, is rebooting the barter system to enable anyone, living anywhere in Australia, to exchange products, talents and services by using points instead of money at her new online Share Shop.

Kym said it was a win-win, with the site making life easier for members and allowing traders to explore their creativity and connect with neighbours and new friends, just like the village communities of old.

"The idea sprang from finding myself at home with a young child and new baby but needing services and skills, and wondering what I could offer someone in exchange," Kym said.

"I then discovered a lot of other people felt the same.

"I wanted to create a simple hub for anyone to join, share their talents in a cashless way and enjoy doing it. It's catching on fast and it's exciting to see such a traditional way of creating a community feeling growing."

Share Shop visitors are required to be members, but there is no subscription charge unless members want extra privileges, including points, a featured blog post, noticeboard listing space and business listings on the Links page.

Kym is aiming for 1000 trading members in 2014. It currently has 118.

Visit www.shareshop.com.au


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