Archive for the ‘rent vs buying’ Category


March 9, 2009

Alright! So here’s the 411:

University is back! (well at least down here in sunny-one-day, rainy-the-next Melbourne, it is).

Here is the inescapable truth; Uni books are way too expensive for any self respecting uni student to spend all their hard earned on!

I mean come on – beer Vs uni books. Everyone knows who wins that battle. Hell, one book will set you back a minimum of 100 large (and we’re talking bare minimum here)! Multiply that by four or ask the Maths nerds to do it for you… and you’ll soon realise the hip pocket is about to go for ten rounds with Mohamed “the credit card” Ali!

So what’s the solution?

Simple! Don’t buy uni books… RENT THEM!


And it’s so easy. Rent out your old books from last semester then use that cash to pay for the rental of this semester’s books… It’s the perfect solution.

This means you’ll be getting this years Uni books for free… Brilliant, we know!

You’re welcome.

Check out a few books here and then put some of your own to work and start making money!

Luke and the rentoid team.


Kids & Money – Lauren Greenfield

December 2, 2008

Here’s a trailer from the film Kids & Money which was produced by Lauren Greenfield. Lauren has done some great work to critical acclaim on areas including Youth Culture, Gender, Body image, eating disorders and general popular culture.

At rentoid – the truth is we have some of these High end Rockstar items for rent, and I wonder if we are exacerbating the situation….  or helping people save money?

Maybe some savvy kids will use the site to start a mini entreprenurial business?

At a minimum I hope we are at least giving people the option for a smarter allocation of their scarce resources.

Critical Mass – Bike Ride

November 30, 2008

Critical Mass is a bike ride which happens in cities around the world for a whole heap of good reasons you can see by clicking here, or hereWords from there website:

“CM is intended to be a celebration, not an opportunity to cause trouble. Those who want to try to tie up traffic as much as possible and be confrontational with motorists are missing the point. We can assert our right to the road without being rude about it. Focus on the ride, not on the cars that also happen to be on the road.”

Here’s some photos a rentoid team member snapped on Friday in the Melbourne CBD as the cyclists zoomed by.






Rentoid is stoked that we have a city of people with the initiative to get this eco meme happening. Oh, and if you need to rent a bike for the next ride, we’ve got plenty you can see by clicking here…

LA Motor Show – Green car of the year

November 26, 2008

The LA motor show is on and Greencar has just announced its green car of the year. here’s a cool youtube video on it for rentoiders to watch.

It’s the VW Jetta TDI. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Yep.

You do the math

November 6, 2008

Below is a photo of two items which are regular rental items: A family car vs a paint spray gun.


We don’t have to be a maths genious to work out that it’s a far better return on investment renting out the spray gun. It’s a wopping 50% Return on Investment…. versus a too small to calculate return on investment for the car.

The point is the renter is still getting a massive benefit in renting out the Spray gun even though ther ROI is very high for the owner who is renting it out.

The benefits to the person who rents the spray gun instead of buying it include:

– Still saves 50% of the cash to buy one

– Doesn’t have to store it and let it gather dust

– It’s better for the environment to have one less spray gun

– They get to meet someone in their local area

– Both parties win financially.

So the point to all you rentoiders out there is. Put some stuff up there to rent and you’ll be surprised at the returns on investment you can get. Some are very, very good. And everyone still wins.  It’d be worth checking out the prices to buy some items and do a mini entrpreneurial project.

And of course if you need any help and ideas on how to do it call us any time

Cheers, rentoid team.

rentoid on 3AW morning show

October 31, 2008

Here’s the interview John & Ross did on the morning show on 3AW with rentoid chief espresso maker Steve Sammartino.


Happy listening!

Selling your House?

October 14, 2008

Posted by orangegirl.
We all know that not only buying, but selling a house is a costly business. With all the garden landscaping, cleaning, wanting everything nice before your open day or auction. Why not rent everything from ?

Rent a nice lounge suite to brighten up your loungeroom, fairy lights to make your garden attractive in the evening (and lets face it alot of people drive around after dinner looking for houses for sale). Imagine the nice photo taken at dusk with those nice lights on making your home stand out. Also, rent art for the walls, and nice potted plants for each room. Presentation is everything. So when selling, think to help give you a better price.

Our home and lifestyle category is Chokas… Check it out here.

And hey, while you’re at it, rent a trailer to move 😉 


memberships & mobile phones

October 6, 2008

Just a quick note to members to remember to put their mobile phone number on their rentoid membership

Here’s why:

Whenever someone wants to rent one of your lsited items you’ll get a free text message advising of it. Just in case you don’t check you emails for a while.

To change your membership – just log onto rentoid and click on the “my rentoid” area to update your membership details. Easy.

Of course if you ahve any problems just give the rentoid crew a call from one of the numbers you’ll find on the rentoid “contact” page.

rentoid Live chat – soon…

September 30, 2008

We’ll be doing the next rentoid live chat very soon – not tonight as originally planned.

The truth is – we are working on some really cool stuff and think it will be a lot more engaging if we do it then – so watch this space and we’ll keep you informed.

Steve & team.

Reducing hospital boredom

September 22, 2008

Post by OrangeGirl

Is someone you know unfortunate enough to be stuck in hospital?

Jump onto rentoid and rent them a portable DVD player, some DVD‘s, a handheld games console, books, or even a portable CD player to help pass the time. The items will be very much appreciated as we all know how much fun hospitals are dont we 😉 And renting something is much more enviromentally sound than buying flowers that will only be thrown in the bin a few days later.

C’mon, give something to your loved one that not only will keep then entertained while recovering and stimulate their mind instead of looking at four walls. Most of all it shows you are thinking of them and care about their sanity. And who knows, one day you might be stuck in bed and yor friend will come to the rescue with items from