Yoink iPhone App Lets One Find Free Stuff Near You

Think of it as Freecycle contained in an iPhone app–with the added element of local pride. Internet start-up Bonobo has recently launched Yoink, an application that will allow you to find free stuff near you, when you need it, while encouraging communities to compete in the art of giving.

According to a release, everything listed on Yoink must be free and available for local pick up, and the first person to “Yoink” an item from someone else wins it. People, cities and countries are ranked on a worldwide scoreboard to determine which is the most generous, and it would appear that folks from the USA, Canada, Australia and Macedonia are already getting in on the act, offering everything from electronics and clothes to free-range eggs.

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image via Yoink

“We made Yoink so that it only takes 30 seconds to either give something away or find free stuff from people near you,” said Ben Hamey, Bonobo’s co-founder. “Grab something you don’t need anymore, put it on Yoink and its available for anyone in your community.” Yoink is currently available online and at the iPhone App Store.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.