Interview: Ami Savla Is Bringing Barter Back With ‘Xchange-It’

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Money makes the world go round, but barter makes it a fun ride.
Remember the good old days when we exchanged books and cassettes and art and food in colleges and hostels when cash was low? Besides being economical, it was also a fun way to make new friends as we sourced stuff we need. Mumbai girl, Ami Savla is aiming to bring barter back with her venture, Xchange-It. She wants to create a platform where people can exchange things they no longer want or have excess of with things that they need. We spoke to Ami to know more about the project and how one can participate.

1What inspired you to launch Xchange-It?
I did my MBA in Human Resources and worked for a year and a half in an IT company as an HR consultant. The idea of bringing barter back came to me when some office colleagues and I were discussing it over coffee. A few of us then came up with the idea of building a platform where we could exchange books, goods and services the barter way. In June last year Xchange-It was born when we held our first event in Mumbai. Currently we only host barter events but hope to expand the project soon.

What’s your vision for the project?
We are attempting to create a online/offline platform where you can exchange your stack of CDs with second hand books, exchange a fitness class for a cooking class, rid yourself of excess furniture for a smart phone, trade your DIY products for books or piano lessons, do someone’s assignment for concert tickets, do web designing in exchange of interior designing for your new room – all and much more without burning a hole in your pocket. With XChange-it, we intend to revolutionize the way we do business. Barter is the soul of our business since its inception. Most of the activities/skills/expertise that was required to build XChange-it were bartered.

IIT 1What kind of events have you held? How does an event usually work? 
XChange-it has hosted various live books barter events in Mumbai in institutes like IIT Bombay, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mithibai College and exhibitions like Kala Ghoda Arts festival and Hindustan Times No Tv Day to name a few.

Noticed you have social media presence but not a website. Planning on a website or app?
Currently we only have an FB page but hope to develop our mobile app soon. We have planned to target local communities first, followed by metros and other cities.

What’s next?
As of now we are focusing on books barter events in Mumbai but we will be increasing our base with respect to bartering in different cities and also bartering of services, skills and goods.

You can know more about Xchange-It and their events on their FaceBook page.

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Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.