“Mom, I’m booored.” It’s the ubiquitous whine that inevitably results when stormy skies descend upon summer vacation. What to do when your child is relegated to indoor activities, and nothing seems to assuage the ennui?
While the costs of purchasing new books or craft supplies can add up quickly, Swap.com now offers parents a budget-friendly solution for building a “rainy day kit” of new books, DVDs, CDs, and video games – simply by swapping stuff they already have and getting stuff they want, for free.
“The virtually endless supply of books, DVDs, and games that can be traded for just a few dollars can be a life saver when the kids get cabin fever – or even on a summer road trip in the car,” says Carl Schwartz, Vice President of Marketing at Swap.com. “As the father of three kids ages 3 to 9, I know all too well that kids can tire of a new video game in under an hour, so you can never be too prepared.”
To get started building an arsenal of emergency entertainment, compile a list of what you “have” and a list of what you “want”. Then, the site’s two- and three-way trade algorithms instantly find all of the items you can receive in exchange for those items you already “have.” Since you pay only for postage, these “new” items come at a fraction of the cost of purchasing the products off the shelf. From movies like Up and Toy Story to favorite books like Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears A Who and the glamorous Fancy Nancy, and Wii video games to keep your kids active, there are millions of items available for swapping.
We want to hear from you: What are you favorite rainy day movies and books?