September 9th, 2011

Why Buy New Things When You Can Share Them?

The American dream typically centers around ownership.

We dream about buying our first car or our first home. More ambitious dreamers target a second home for holiday getaways, or a private jet to whisk them away at a moment’s call.

There are both financial and logistical hurdles to making these things happen, but what if there were a cheaper — and easier — way?

Bumming Rides, Crashing on Couches

Asset sharing has become a popular theme on Wall Street. There was no shortage of demand when HomeAway (AWAY) and Zipcar (ZIP) went public, despite the climate of volatile share prices of IPOs.

Both stocks popped higher on their first days of trading, and they both continue to trade well above their original IPO prices.
HomeAway gives property owners a way to help offset the sting of second home ownership by showcasing them as short-term rentals to folks who need a place to stay for days, weeks, or even months. Travelers benefit because they can stay in one-of-a-kind vacation homes that are far more spacious than cramped hotel rooms, often at prices that are comparable to, if not cheaper than, conventional lodging.

Everybody wins: Owners can make money on their vacation properties when they’re not using them, while travelers can stay in a genuine vacation home without the costs or hassle of actual ownership.

It’s not surprising to see HomeAway so successful. The $329 property owners pay annually for listing their getaways and having access to HomeAway’s seamless fulfillment tools is typically made back on the very first rental. Through,, and several other websites it owns, the company offers more than 625,000 paid vacation rental home listings in more than 145 countries.

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Zipcar is another asset-sharing success story.

Owning a car can be a drag. Between car payments, routine maintenance, insurance premiums, and fuel costs, having a set of wheels can drive your disposable income a lot lower than you think for a machine that sits idle most of the time. Zipcar offers a way out with a presence in 15 metropolitan cities and on more than 250 college campuses.

Zipsters — that’s what members call themselves — typically pay a one-time $25 application fee and an annual fee of around $50 to join, and are then charged as little as roughly $8 an hour for a car. Unlike traditional auto rentals that can nickel and dime you over longer periods, Zipcar reservations cover insurance, gasoline, and up to 180 miles per day.

Environmentalists love Zipcar because they eliminate the carbon footprint of having a plethora of cars on the road. There were 604,571 Zipsters sharing 9,480 cars at the end of June. Drivers love Zipcar because it’s cool. All it takes is a smartphone app or a high-tech Zipcard to open a reserved Zipcar from its designated parking spot.

Zipcar obviously will never be for everybody. The math won’t work for suburban residents with frequent daily commutes. Zipcar is concentrated in major cities or college towns where occasional treks for leisure or groceries make sense. But given Zipcar’s healthy growth over the years, it’s clearly resonating for its growing army of Zipsters.

Read full article here

About the Author

Socialtik Mag
Socialtik Mag is a progressive platform for young, aspiring professionals to express our views on the issues and ideas in the world around us. It’s the Gen-Y perspective of life in the new decade. In addition to the original content we produce, we post from sites around the internet to keep our peers aware of what’s positive, what’s fresh, and most importantly, what’s progressive.



How Do Small Collection Accounts Impact Your Credit Score?

Fortunately, there is one recent change to the world of credit scoring concerning small debts, which are sometimes called “nuisance” collection accounts. Fair Isaac, creator of the FICO score, has rolled out to all three cr...
by Socialtik Mag


Creating a Personal Finance Statement

If you own a small business or are self-employed, this guide will help you track income and expenses on a regular basis. Entrepreneurs tend to create personal financial statements for one of two reasons. Either they love number...
by DeAndra Harrison


Is Marketing a Money Drain or Money Fountain?

Marketing is an essential part of running a business, often overlooked or poorly implemented due to busy-ness of the Owner, this gets looked upon as money draining out of the business. On the other hand, if done right and imple...
by DeAndra Harrison



Perfect Pitch for an Investor’s Home Run

Angel investors can provide you not only with the money to take your small business to the next level, but also real-world experience, advice and a cache of industry connections. But are you giving investors the information t...
by DeAndra Harrison


Runway Looks on For Less – Betsey Johnson 2011 Collection

When you think wild and crazy runway looks, Betsey Johnson is probably the first name to pop into your head.Betsey Johnson has made her name in fashion by creating fantastical, over-the-top, inspired looks. This season, John...
by Socialtik Mag




  1. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to your weblog web page website before but after browsing around around around on some of the facts I observed it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely pleased I came across it and I’ll be book-marking it and confirming returning often!

  2. Thank you so much for showing up


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Twitter Users
Enter your personal information in the form or sign in with your Twitter account by clicking the button below.

thru 9/26 - Fall Sale. 30% Off select styles. Disc