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onPony Interview: Crowdsourced delivery born in Turkey

Crowdsourced delivery is a concept rapidly growing in popularity. Social shipping companies connect travelers with people who need stuff delivered. Travelers can make some money, and recipients can save some money.  There have been a lot of new entrants into this business space in the past few years. Most recently, onPony launched earlier this year. […]

PiggyBee adds secure pay system for crowdsourced delivery

PiggyBee, one of the oldest crowdsourced delivery companies, launched a secure pay system on their website in June. This is a huge enhancement. Previously the requestor and deliverer using PiggyBee needed to work out payment between themselves. Sometimes this requires more than a little trust on one side or the other, like with my recent Werewolf […]

Peer to Peer Airport Parking/Rentals to return to the U.S.

As peer-to-peer car sharing gains popularity, it’s still a very small market. Many people are afraid to rent out their car to strangers. The logistics are sometimes complicated. And in my calculations it’s often not cheaper than a commercial rental. But I remain a big fan of this concept for airport parking. If you need […]

Rent out your parking space to make money while traveling

I haven’t written anything about peer to peer parking yet. This is because I figured parking was mostly relevant to locals in a city. But then Parqex reached out to me on twitter to suggest that travelers can make money renting out their parking spots. That’s a twist I hadn’t thought about. I’ve written about the opportunity […]

Delivering Werewolf to Kyoto

If only I really did deliver a werewolf to Kyoto. That’d be an interesting story! But in reality I just delivered the game Werewolf. It’s a fun game, and I guess it’s not available in Japan. Or at least the Ultimate Werewolf Deluxe edition isn’t available for a reasonable price. This was another PiggyBee delivery. PiggyBee is […]

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. […]

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