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E-Commerce Trend: Online Rentals

I wrote a post on Web Trends in March 2011 and renting (as opposed to owning) on the web is one of the six trends of Web 2.0. After visiting a few conferences and following a few startups it definitely seems to be a trend so I decided to put together a list of different industries that rent their products/services.

Home rentals - Airbnb: a startup that connects you to people renting their homes across the world. It provides a sense of community that a hotel cannot and saves you money at rates much lower than hotels. Owners renting their place can define their daily rates and get more value from their property by renting their homes for days, weeks or months based on their preferences. The reviews, pictures and comments help craft the experience for renters to decide what kind of place would best suit their needs.

Baby equipment rentals- Travel Babees: Helps mothers and fathers rent baby equipment such as strollers, cribs, car seats, etc. which are really make traveling hassle free.

Vacation home rentals - VRBO: Vacation rental owners who self-manage their second homes provide a comfortable stay near vacation hot spots that range from the beach to the mountains to visitors and tourists.

Car rentals- Getaround: A startup that won Techcrunch Disrupt Winner, 2011. Getaround connects you to people renting their cars in your city. You can choose from Teslas to Hondas for an hour or more while Getaround takes care of the insurance.

Furniture and Electronic rentals - Rent-a-Center: Hassle free rentals on furniture, appliances and computers for as long as you want.

Event and Venue rentals- SFStation for Venue rentals and Abbey for Event rentals in San Francisco: Hosting and renting for events ranging from weddings to corporate events. You can find one in your city too.

Parking Space Commercial Owners and Homeowners can rent out their parking spots to make some extra money.

Book Rentals - BookSwim: Aims to be the Netflix of book rentals. You can rent and return books of all kinds without the hassle of late fees, due dates and prepaid mailing boxes. Ebook lending will soon takeover this space.

Movie Rentals- Netflix: Netflix rents movies for a fixed monthly subscription and is one of the most successful business rental models in any industry.

Video Game rentals- Gamefly: With the video game industry making so many games on so many different consoles (PS3, Wii, etc.) a video game rental service makes sense.

High end fashion rentals- RentTheRunway: Customers rent dresses from top-name designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Hervé Léger. Rentals are $50 to $200 for a four-night loan and are shipped directly to the customer's doorstep.

Wedding/Prom/Special Occasion rentals - Men's Wearhouse for Men and American Tuxedo for Women:  As most of these occasions occur once in a lifetime rentals in this case make sense as you may use it only once.

Office Space rentals - Regus: For small businesses and individual working spaces with office equipment. Gold membership gives you unlimited access to Regus' network of 1100 business lounges and cafés across the globe.

Medical Equipment rentals- You can rent everything from wheelchairs to hospital beds for your home or hospital.

Dear readers, if I missed a product/service rental please let me know so that I can add it to this list.

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