RentStuff gives users a place to list their belongings as available for rent. Users can also find items to rent from other users. Renting an item allows the user to use it for their intended purpose without forking out the cash to pay for a new one. RentStuff also maintains a list of wanted items so users can see if they have something another user is in need of. The system works by allowing the item owner and renter to work out the terms of the rental. They will then exchange the item. Once the renter confirms that they have received the item (which is done through SMS text messaging or the RentStuff website), the item owner is paid. Once the item is returned, the owner is asked to verify that the item was returned in proper condition. Rental fees are charged when the user confirms that they have the item.Show more screenshots »
RentStuff was founded in 2010 by Adam Albright and Robert and Christopher Jaeger. The site was intended to provide internet users with a cheaper way to get the items they need. Users could also make some extra cash by renting their belongings to their neighbors. The application is still in beta however there are already a number of items and users on the site listing and renting items in many communities within the United States.
With a focus on recycling and reducing clutter at home, the rental website concept is becoming more and more popular. That being said, the idea behind RentStuff can’t be described as completely original even though it is quite useful to its users. The main thing that makes RentStuff appealing to a user is the locations it covers. Since the item actually has to be exchanged, users within RentStuff’s service areas will prefer the site over those that do not cover their community.
RentStuff has a refreshing green color scheme that showcases various items that are available for rent. The site looks much like a classifieds website or auction website. The user can search for specific items and utilize filters to narrow down the various categories that apply to it as well as condition specifications. Listings include as much information as the user wants along with color images and built in scheduling tools. The design helps keep the RentStuff rental and listing processes straightforward.
A new user can create a RentStuff account by clicking the “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage (under the green header). A pop up box appears with two options. The one on the left is for individuals and the one on the right is for businesses. Individuals are also given the option of signing up with an existing Facebook account. After clicking the option that applies, the user is asked to provide a first and last name, email address and password. After several seconds, the user will be advised to check their email inbox to activate their new account. Businesses are asked to supply their company name, company email address, phone number and a password.
RentStuff invites all renters and lenders to create an account for free. There is no subscription fee and the user is not required to complete a transaction to maintain an account. Lenders are subject to a transaction fee for each successful transaction. The fee is 10% of the total rental fee, with a minimum of $1. Individuals who rent on RentStuff do not have to pay any fees, however the lender may require a deposit that must be paid prior to renting. This is left up to the user and may vary from one user to another.
RentStuff is a helpful resource for anyone who needs an item temporarily as well as those who could use some extra cash. Users can dust off the belongings they never use and offer them up for rent to start earning some revenue. The website provides users with a helpful service that can help them recycle items rather than throw them away. The process is easy to understand and allows the users to come to an agreement that suits both parties’ needs.