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Airmule launches 2.0 crowdsourced delivery site

Airmule is a social shipping company that publicly launched in mid-2016. They’ve just unveiled the 2.0 version of their website and app. Inspired by the latest product updates, I decided to list an upcoming trip on the website. I was immediately frustrated by the level of detail required for my flights. My first thought was: it’s none […]

Social shipping to London

A few weeks ago, a box of water filters showed up at my door, addressed to me. I was completely confused. I hadn’t ordered any water filters. The package was from a company I had never used. So it couldn’t be that they got my order mixed up with someone else. Why would someone order filters for […]

Courier Service Offers $300 RT Flights to China

Airmule is offering flights from Los Angeles to either Beijing or Shanghai for only $300 round trip. This deal is good for March and April. In return for this cheap price you let Airmule use your checked bags for shipping goods. Airmule delivers the luggage to you on the day of departure and meets you at the airport […]

Traveling on the Cheap: Flights, Hotels and more

If you read my last post, you saw that I managed to put together a 2 week trip to Japan (with a few days in Taipei) for two people that’s costing me very little out of pocket. We’re staying in nice hotels, and traveling (in comfort) via airplane and train, mostly using miles and points. […]

Traveling on the Cheap: Japan Case Study

I travel a lot, and I spend very little money on my travels. A big chunk of the savings comes from stuff I write about on this website: home exchanges for free lodging, ridesharing for cheap transportation, crowdsourced delivery to pick up some extra cash or other useful services (like a ride from the airport), […]

Turo for Motorcycles: an interview with the Riders Share founder

Riders Share is a peer-to-peer motorcycle rental network. Launched in 2016, they offer a service that is unique in the realm of sharing economy rentals: there are plenty of car sharing businesses, but very little in the motorcycle space. Riders Share caught my eye because I know some people who love to ride and who often talk about renting […]

Airmule offering bonus for deliveries to China

Airmule is a crowdsourced delivery company that allows travelers to earn some money by carrying stuff in their luggage. In a recent email sent to early adopters they noted big demand for deliveries to Beijing from the United States. In response to this demand Airmule is offering a $50 referral bonus for every delivery to Beijing by new […]

Shypp.it Shut Down: Legal Perils of Crowdsourced Delivery

The Shypp.it crowdsourced delivery service has only been around for 15 months, but they just announced the business is shutting down. The explanation is interesting: the company is based in Germany and they ran into problems with German banking law around how they were holding shyppers’ money in escrow. I really like the system of social shipping […]

Flight Sharing Shut Down by U.S. Supreme Court

On January 9 the Supreme Court declined to hear a Flytenow case against the FAA, effectively shutting down the legal appeal for their flight sharing business. This is just the latest development in a long legal battle by Flytenow since they were shut down by the FAA in 2015. The concept of flight sharing is similar to […]

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