This site is a trading site for kids and teens, it allows them to swap items they do not want for swapits which are the currency used on the site to purchase items they do want.
It is very safe no names or addresses are ever exchanged because swapitshop acts as a middle man, all items are posted to there po box address with forwarding stamps attached and then are forwarded on to the buyer.
Also swapers can gain points by getting parents to purchase them via paypal, completing surveys, playing games, and finding special images call treasure hunts.
The site is very bright and colourful and appeals to kids and teens.
Swapers also can only use the points they have to bid so there's no danger of over spending
It is free to join and children under a certain age will need parents' permission to join.
The site has been renamed www.swapit.co.uk and the logo has no also changed to that of the one in the image.
The only problem I have found is that sometimes items can take a while to arrive but this can be the same as any other auction site, it's all down to the speed of dispatch from the member.
I would highly recommend this site to parents it allows children and teens to learn the value of things, and also rather than spending all their pocket money on things they want, they can swap unwanted items for them.
I first discovered Swapitshop when my neice was younger and we were looking for online entertainment. The site has since had a makeover and can be found at the web address:
The site's motto is "Swap Stuff. Get Stuff." It's a website aimed at children and especially those under 16 although anyone of any age can set up an account. If you are over 18 though there are certain site features which will be off limits to you - such as the user account polls in which age categories are provided, for instance. I would describe the site as like a children's version of Ebay except there is no money changing hands. The currency of Swapit.co.uk is Swapit points. You can use points to bid on 'auctions' for a whole variety of things which are being put up to swap for points by other users or by the website themselves.
Earning points is quite easy and there are several ways to do it. The first is by advertising your own items to exchange for Swapit points. You set up the auction and dictate how many points you want for your item. Then another user bids with his points and you send your item to Swapit.co.uk and recieve the Swapit points for it. Another way to earn points is to collect codes which are worth points. Codes are often advertised in children's magazines or kids' websites. There are also forum communities who can share these codes. You can also earn points on the Swapit website. This is very easy to do since there is an 'Earn' tab on the main menu. When you click on this there is a list of things to do that will earn you points. Tasks include finding icons on the website or on sponsors' websites, playing games and earning points per level, taking surveys, entering competitions and more. Another more random method of earning points is to just use the website as you normally would and you can often be awarded 'badges' which are worth points. Badges can be awarded for winning auctions, for simply bidding, for logging into your account, for gaining followers on you account and so on.
When you join Swapit you are asked to provide a nickname. Similar to Ebay, you receive a star beside your nickname which indicates how many swaps you have made. This only includes swaps you send in rather than the ones you bid on. You also get a numerical rating - if you fail to send in a swap that you have advertised in an auction you recieve a minus on your account.
I have made a few swaps on the website but was put off doing more because of the system. Basically, you have to send the item you have advertised to the Swapit team along with the stamped packaging to forward it to whomever has won the swap or auction. So basically you have to pay for two lots of postage. This is quite costly as you have to pay for double stamps and double envelopes. I realised that unless your item was paper thin and could be sent second class in a thin envelope then it wasn't worth doing for the amount of Swapit points I was generating. I have since stuck to earning points through unlocking the 'badges' and playing the site's games etc.
Another problem with the site is that children are putting quite low quality items on to be swaped. I have bid on things like nail varnish which was watered down and bracelets which were dirty. Other times you can swap on items and the trader does not send the item to Swapit. You can get your points back in this case but it takes a while and is inconvenient. I have discovered that it's best to bid on Swapit auctions that are organised by the site themselves. These swaps usually appear in the 'Frenzies' menu and the swappers name usually has 'Swapit' in it unless it's a sponsor's swap. There are categories such as Swapit Boutique and Swapit Books. Bidding on swaps made available by the website means you are guaranteed the item is in good quality, is new and that it'll definitely arrive at your doorstep!
I really have fun using Swapit.co.uk and have bid and won on lots of amazing things. Recent winning bids were for scarfs, body cosmetics and make-up items from H&M, toys and stationary. You can often get really great and fairly expensive products for very few swapit points. I got a brand new Hello Kitty plush toy worth £6 for around 900 Swapit points and a new £6 H&M scarf for under 600 points recently. There are some exclusive items you can bid for like books signed by the author. You can also get gadgets like mp3 players or nab the latest albums and DVDs. My favourite category is the Swapit Boutique which offers things like make-up, fashion accessories, body care items and more.
One thing I do have a problem with is the bid process. There is a box on the auction page where you can either enter your own amount of Swapit points you want to bid or you can simply click a button to bid one more Swapit point than the last bidder. In either case a pop up box appears asking you if you are sure you want to bid. This box obstructs you from placing a quick bid and has meant I have lost several swaps at the last second.
In recent years Swapit.co.uk has become much more of a community and is really a great place for kids to spend their time online. If you are able to afford to swap things and get points that are are of equivilent value then I think it's a great way for a child to learn responsibilty and how to effectively trade. There used to be a guide on the site to what the value of Swapits were in monetary terms and you could also buy Swapit points with actual money. I can no longer see this anywhere on the site so assume it's defunct now. It's difficult to estimate how many points converts to a certain amount of cash but have a look first at some of the Swaps in process for a general guide. You'll need well over 1000 Swapit points to get any of the high value items like ipods and DVD players though.
I would certainly recommend joining the site if you have a child in your family. The Swapit site is teamed with other children's sites such as magazine websites and they promote reading and talent by featuring authors on the site or by encouraging users to enter competitions where creativity is needed to win. The quality of Swaps is great as long as you stick to those Swaps that the site offers. Otherwise be cautious. Point earning is really as easy as the effort you put into earning the points - so you reap what you sow. The games and activities featured on Swapit are entertaining and age appropriate. Overall this is one of the most productive and fun places for kids online.
Swapitshop.co.uk or swapit.co.uk, as it is now known, is an website aimed at children. The idea behind it is that they can advertise items they no longer want and have them bid on by other site members. Instead of using money though, you bid using points, called swapits. These points can be gained in a variety of ways:
Advertise things you don't want anymore and earn yourself swapits.
Collect swapit codes from a variety of different kids magazines.
Win them in the regular website competitions.
Fill out the frequent surveys on offer.
Join in the daily swapit hunts.
Refer your friends.
You can also buy swapits, but I would never agree to my kids doing this!
*Swapping your own item*
When you auction your item for swapit points and someone wins it, you have to send this item to swapits and they send it on to the winner. This protects every members details, which is very important when dealing with children. The only problem here is that it costs you 2 lots of postage. You are required to pay postage on the item being sent to swapit headquarters and must enclose the same value of postage in stamp form, inside the package.
*Buying an item with swapits*
When you have enough swapits to purchase an item yourself, it is a far easier process. Just like any other auction, it's up to you to bid the highest, for the item you want. If you do bid the most swapits and win, you usually receive your item within a couple of weeks.
If an item gets lost in the post, you just email the extremely friendly and helpful swapit team.
My daughter won some coloured pens once, which never arrived. I emailed swapit on her behalf and they refunded her points, which I thought was very kind of them.
Swapit offer a large range of items to bid on. As well as goods advertised by children using the site, swapit have their own items. These are often promotional goods and include dvd's, music cd's, make-up, books and some expensive items like console games and ipods. These do of course cost an awful lot of points and my kids have never made any of these purchases. They have however received dvd's, music cd's, sweets, pens, books and a variety of other small items, which have all came without spending a penny.
I think swapit.co.uk is a great site for children. It is safe, has no chat room, so you don't have to worry about who they're making friends with. They can have fun collecting and spending points and it's all for free!
Myself and all three of my children would vote this a 5 star site.
What is Swapitshop?
Swapitshop is an online auction site based for kids. They have so many different items which you can buy - for free of course. You will need to buy the items with something called Swapits. The more expensive the item, the higher the amount of swapits you will need to purchase for. You can currently buy swapits for a small amount of money, I believe £20 for 1700 swapits. You can also get swapits from magazines and competitions on the site itself. Of course the site is free to join.
How does swapitshop work?
Basically you join up by entering your details such as your username and your address. Of course you need to put the address to get the items won posted to you, so if you do a different address which is not yours, another person will receive your prize which is your lost. You get 10 swapits to join as a starter bonus. You can only get little items such as key rinds for that amount though. Consoles will be like 1000 swapits or more.
If you are under 7 years of age, you can still join but you will need your parents to ring up them or send of a signature with your sons or daughters username.
Getting extra swapits
If you refer your friends to the site you get a free 25 swapits. You also get swapits from magazines by there being codes. The codes will then need to be entered on the site. There is surveys and competitions on the swapitshop site. There is also some swapitshop forums so if you can't get the magazines the codes will be on the site for you!
When you post of swaps that you put up, you need to pay for the stamps which is really bad. It can be around 50p first class. You need to buy 2 stamps though, one to get to swapitshop, and another for them to post off to the winners. You can't directly post swaps of to the winners for privacy.
Overall I really would recommend the site for your kids, but make sure they are sensible, and also make sure you look on to what they put up, s you never know they may put up something valuable! Just the stamps bit makes the marks go down!
SwapitShop is the leading on line swapping & trading community for kids. It is easy to use. It features auctions for all manner of items like books, movies, toys, games and vouchers plus many others. You can bid for items using swapits the sites currency. Members earn Swapits on the site by collecting codes from kids magazines in the latest issues of Jetix, match of the day and totp magazines codes can be found to get extra Swapits. Enter these codes in the 'Swapits codes' box on your account page to claim your Swapits, Also you can collect swapits by visiting featured websites doing teasure hunts, searching for logos and icons for SwapitShop on other sites, by completing on line surveys, by entering competitions or swapping items you no longer require and referring friends to the site.
There is no contact between members and no chat rooms so it is safe to let your kids loose on and you don't need to worry about them. Parental consent is required before you are allowed to submit items or bid on items. The site has Frenzies which are full of new stuff given to SwapitShop by brands to promote something like a new movie or game. Swapitshop are often given great stuff that you cannâEurot get in the shops. The site has star-swaps daily which can be must have items like ipods and wii although I imagine you would need to swap a lot of items to earn enough swapits for these. Or you can bid on items other kids are putting up to swap. I think its a great way of encouraging kids to get rid of their old stuff and save up swapits for the things they want.
The downside to the the site is has lots of advertising on which will influence your kids to want the latest must have items from their favourite TV shows but its no worse than all the ads you get on the kids TV channels anyway. Also you pay double the postage for sending in your items postage is required to send it to swap it shop and you also have to provide the postage for forwarding it to the other member this could work out costly with bulky items and should be considered when kids are putting items up for auction.
After winning a swapit Frenzies I found items would usually arrive with 5 working days but it can be up to around 2 weeks with other items depend on how quickly the other swapit members post the swap out.
Great site for kids to use and would recommend it.
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My son, who is nearly 10, has been using this site for a while to trade football cards. Essentially it's like a kids ebay except that no money changes hands. You earn "swopits" which are the sites currency. You can earn them in all sorts of ways such as reviews, clicking on sponsored links etc but primarily by auctioning things.
In the course of my work I once met the Chief Exec and it was fascinating to find out that the demographic information which could be gleaned from this site by the company had a plethora of uses ranging from research analysis to advertising companies. Swapitshop also enter into commercial arrangements with organisations that want to reward kids - for instance schools, where you could earn points for timekeeping or good work etc. He also told me about the many kids that are effectively running businesses on the site by creating and selling at a profit.
Swapitshop is an auction sort of site where you swap items for 'swapits' which is the site's currency. Aimed at teenagers, it's pretty valuable and users bid on an item, just like they would on eBay, where the highest bidder wins.
There are several ways to earn swapits. One of those ways is to trade items for swapits. So you'd include the details of your particular item, post it on swapitshop, wait for it to be uploaded on the site, and then other users can start bidding until the end date that you've specified.
You can also buy swapits from the site itself, so it would cost about £3 just for 150 swapits, which personally i think is a rip off.
Another way is to refer friends and/or family, and I think you get 50 swapits per user you refer. May not seem a lot at first, but it adds up at the end.
The final way and best way is free swapit codes. You can get them in magazines, emails certain stationary etc. The thing I like about this is that you yourself don't even have to buy anything. Certain sites [if you search on google] will already have other nice friendly users posting the codes for you, so all you do is copy and paste the code onto the code section on the site, and the swapits will be credited to your account. Whenever the site holds a treasure hunt or the like, these sites that contain the codes will also include the url for the treasure link so your 5 swapits a day will be credited to your account for nothing! You can then spend your swapits on anything you like, whether it be on books, make-up, mobile phone equipment, games, music, anything really.
So if you're looking for free stuff at the expense of nothing, then swapitshop is the place to go.
SwapitShop is a unique type of auction website created primarily for teenagers and younger people, however many older people have found its appeal interesting. It works very much like any other auction website, e.g. eBay, however the difference is the currency that is used.
Everything on SwapitShop is bought or sold with 'Swapits'. This is the currency that SwapitShop use, no cash is allowed to be used and neither is item trading. There are two ways to earn your 'Swapits', the first being to actually buy them from SwapitShop themselves which to be completely honest, is very expensive. For 150 Swapits it would cost you £3, or for a lot more, 1700 for example, would cost you £20. The other way you can earn them is by actually selling your items through SwapitShop. This doesn't cost anything.
There is a huge number of major flaws however with SwapitShop which not many people seem to pick up on. SwapitShop do not give you details of the buyers address or contact information if you are a seller. You have to post the item to SwapitShop, who will then send it onto the winning buyer. Sounds fair enough I hear you say, as there could be underage buyers and they don't want to disclose their information, however it means you have to pay DOUBLE the postage for every item sold. SwapitShop also do not allow you to charge extra 'Swapits' in your auction to cover the postage, so you have to pay extra cash on top. For example if you sold a Playstation or a Small TV, It would probably cost you £5-£10 just to post it to SwapitShop, you'd have to pay the same amount again so they could forward it on.
Another major flaw with SwapitShop is that they do not check what you've been sent. When they receive an order which you have won at an auction, they won't open it, even though they're supposed to. I've bought many games from SwapitShop only to receive just the CD only... or there would be pieces missing, a broken case etc. You can send it back to SwapitShop for a refund but they won't refund your postage which I think is ridiculous.
You can buy a lot of different things from SwapitShop, ranging from Books, Cards, Games, Gadgets, Stationary and a lot more. My personal advice to you though is just to be extremely careful. There are a lot of scams on SwapitShop, mainly people selling codes or just a printed out picture of games/consoles, so for example you will bid a lot of Swapits on a 'Brand New DS' and what comes in the post one week later is just a printed photo.
Be careful with your Swapits, remember to allow for a lot of extra postage if you're going to be selling and keep an eye on what you buy. You might be in for an unpleasant surprise if you're not careful.
Swapitshop is a website aimed at teenagers where you can 'buy' and 'sell' items. It is a bit like ebay for under 18s although people over this age can join.
No real money is involved instead you use Swapitshop points. You get paid in swapits for items you sell and you use those swapits to buy other items.
The categories on the site that you can buy and sell from are: books, cards, collectables, gadgets, games, movies, music, sport, stationery, style, toys and vouchers. There are some really good items you can save for such as games consoles and games but there is also a lot of junk that people list.
There are new items from swapitshop and second hand items from other users.
As well as collecting swapits through selling items the publish codes in magazines which can also be found on swapitshop forums. Sometimes they have links for five swapits a day or you can play a game or fill in a survey or competition form for more points.
If you have an item to sell you list your item and you can set the minimum bid or a buy it now price. When someone has bid on your item and it has been won then you will receive an email to let you know. You then had to send the item to Swapitshop within 14 days. If you send it within five days then you receive bonus swapits and a higher user rating. When you send an item you also have to send an extra set of stamps for the forwarding of the item. This is because Swapitshop have everyones address and send the item out for you rather than site users exchanging addresses.
If you have won an item then it should be sent to Swapitshop within 14 days but if for any reason Swapitshop have not received the item from the user then you have an option to extend the time to wait for another 3 days or cancel and get your swapits back.
Each user has a star rating. It will be shown as a different colour star next to their name and when you click on their name you can see how reliable they are at sending items. There are 5 different colour stars ranging from a white star for a new swapper to gold star for a swapper with 50+ rating points. You get the points when you sell an item and lose points if you don't send an item in on time or it is not as described.
have been a member of this site since I was about 14 and tens years on I am still using it so that must surely say something about how good I think it is.
Swapitshop is basically what the name suggests, an online shop where you can swap items that you no longer need, however the term swap is not entirely accurate as you don't swap your items for other items. What actually happens is that you earn a swapitshop currency for the items you swap, known as swapits. These swapits can be then used to bid for other items that are listed on the site.
The site is aimed at teenagers and that is fairly clear from the site design and promotions that they offer but there is no upper age limit for the site so I still regularly use the site as I feel it is more reliable than ebay and since it does not use real money the chances of being conned are very low.
So what sort of things can you swap on the site? Well pretty much anything as long as it's not a dangerous weapon, drugs, living or copied. I usually trade in my old DVDs and CD but sometimes I trade stuff such as old mobile phones or computer games. There are loads of other sections of the site though so you can list gadgets, books, collectors' cards, action figures and well pretty much anything.
The great thing with the site is that it is so easy to use. There are no fees to pay like other auction sites and your account gets its sawpits updated as soon as they receive your item.
If you list and item and its won by someone you will follow the following steps
1) You must name what you are swapping and give a good description of what it is and the condition it is in.
2) You then decide on how many sawpits you want for the item. You set a starting price and a winning bid price. The starting price is the lowest anyone can bid for the item and the winning bid price is a price that someone bids to automatically win the item. For CD's I usually start the bidding at 250 and have winning bid at 1000. Its generally a good idea to look at similar items though and see what price they are listed at and list yours accordingly.
3) Once you have listed it it goes up for bidding. You can decide if you want it listed for 1 or 2 weeks.
4) Hopefully someone will bid on your item. When a winning bid has been obtained swapitshop then email you a transaction number and you must send your parcel to swapitshop and they send it on to the winning bidder.
5) You get credited with your swapits and are then free to spend them on the site.
As you can see it's a really easy process and you don't have to worry about money and credit card payments.
The only downside compared to other auction sites is that you have to pay two lots of postage but when you consider you don't pay any seller fees then it works out betterthan the deals you get with sites like ebay.
One other great feature of the site is that you can earn swapits for free. They usually have offers which involve clicking links and will earn you about 10 swapits a day. You also get 50 swapits for referring friends and if you send your swaps in early you can get extra swapits.
You also get 50 swapits when you sign up for free and this can be used straight away. I have got a few mates to sign up for me to get me the referral bonus and they have bought small items such as key ring torches with their free credits.
So far I've talked about swapits but your probably wondering how many swapits get you certain items.
Well 1000 will get you a really good DVD, 500 Gets you a good CD. But the key to getting a bargain is to check the newly added items regularly as new members will often swap things cheaply so they can get a healthy balance.
So there you go that is my review of the site. All in all it's a definitely worth signing up for even if you just use the 50 swapits you get for joining. The site is well managed and the service they provide for emailing you when items have been won or your bids have been beaten are really great. One problem you may experience is that some swappers don't send in the items but that is the same risk you take with any auction site. Those swappers who do this lose swapper rating points which can be viewed by other members so you can get a gist of how reliable a swapper is by looking at this info.
So all I can say is get yourself signed up!! And if you fancy earning me a referral bonus leave me a message on my guestbook and I will give you my link. Cheers
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Ive just joined swapitshop and i cant wait to get my swapits balance up so i can do some serious bidding! Ive only been bidding on things i can afford which is still good stuff but i have my heart set on some other things! Im really in to music and anything to do with music thats why i joined and yes there is a big catagorie for music on the site! lots to bid on!
Anyways back to the point, id like some helpful tips to increase my swapits balance! is there any forums i can go on to find out or do any of you guys have any tips yourselves! If so pls let me know and ill be happy to share any tips with you guys back! Not that i know of any yet obviously.
I think this is a great website and id recommend it to anyone that enjoys a fun challenge! The Challenge is to get rolling in those swapits and bid bid bid! You seriously get free stuff & its not crap stuff either! So yes all u swappers out there pls share ur tips!
Swapitshop comes highly recommended in my book, like where else can you get seriously wicked stuff for free! Im hooked! Scored the new As cruel as School children, Gym class Heros album the other day , waiting to receive it in the mail! So yeah, free cd and all I had to do was earn some swapits! The cd only cost me about 1232 swapits which wasnt hard to earn, ive still got plenty more where that came from! I earn most of my swapits by swapping my own stuff that I seriously dont want anymore, participating in easy surveys on the site and every now and then I check out the online forum ( www.swapitshopforum.net ) for tips on earning swapits! Piece of cake! Check it out for yourself!
Been on swapitshop lately? If not ya should hey! theres loads on the site at the mome! Im a huge fan of High school Musical and they have the collector dolls on the site at the moment! Im trying to get sharpay, she's my fave, im currently the highest bidder !yay 4 me! Ive already got the DVD and Cd which i won off swapitshop last month! cant get enough !
Im music mad! i just put up heaps of my old cds that i dont listen too anymore! they are still kool, great hits! My cds already have bids on them! Fantastic! more swapits for me!!!!
If you have some old cds you dont want i suggest that you put them up on the site! Im always checking out the music catagorie for kool tunes!
catch yas L8r, happy bidding