Zilok Blog

On the Zilok Blog, you’ll find all the news and tips related to the online peer-to-peer renting services. Whether you’re an individual or a rental professional, the Zilok Blog answers all your questions and invites you to share your experience.

PC Magazine Showcases Renting and Zilok, Metro Picks up the Story

Why buy when you can rent? That's the question Jennifer DeLeo asked PC Magazine readers. Whether it is to try before you buy or to save money, renting makes a lot of sense!

Renting has always been around but is now becoming part of our consuming culture, as more things become available as rentals. The Internet makes it all available from the comfort of your home.

This article showcases 8 useful websites to look for rentals, and when you're looking to rent beyond books and textbooks (BookSwim), DVDs (Netflix, Amazon), or an apartment (Rent.com), Zilok is of course the tool of choice!

The story was picked up by the free daily Worldwide newspaper Metro (see page 13), so you may also have seen Zilok on your commute to work!

You can also check out on PCMag.com the Site of the Week review of Zilok back in November 2007, and this article from May 2008: Want to Rent Stuff from the Net? Try Zilok

Scientifically proven: Zilok will be the next Google!!

Sean Gourley of YouNoodle predicted, mathematically, that Zilok will become the next Google. The numbers do not lie. Neither does Sean... Watch the interview on NBC!

Sean's webiste, YouNoodle, uses savvy technology and takes over 24 factors to calculate an online start-up's potential to become the next big thing.

Watch the Interview on NBC's Press-Here:

Zilok on 33TV Dallas News as a Site that Saves You Money

Welcome to all new Zilok users who joined us after watching this story on 33TV that shows some very useful sites to save money, by bartering, peer-to-peer renting (with Zilok ;-) or by housesharing.

You can see the video below, and read the full story here. Of course by now you are familiar with Zilok but you'll be able to discover other very cool sites!

Zilok in the Huffington Post, interview by Lynda Resnick

The Huffington Post is featuring Zilok today as a green solution to overconsumption and the sagging economy. Lynda Resnick gave us a nice review in her Huffington Post column and an in-depth interview on her blog.

If you don't know Lynda Resnick you certainly know the products she successfully brought to the market: POM Wonderful, Fiji Water, Teleflora...

As an accomplished businesswoman she saw the potential of Zilok, and as a marketing guru and philanthropist she saw its societal benefits. So Lynda published on her blog an in-depth interview of Zilok's Jeff Boudier, and featured Zilok as the Business Pick of the Week.

In addition to her outstanding track record as an entrepreneur, Lynda is also a writer, author of the National Bestseller marketing book Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in your Business, and a regular columnist at the Huffington Post, where she posted a story showing how Zilok is a green alternative to overcome overconsumption and the sagging economy.

Thanks a lot Lynda, we'll definitely read Rubies in the Orchard!

Zilok is Showing Off at the Rental Show

Each year the American Rental Association organizes the Rental Show, where rental businesses from the 50 states come share their experiences, get the best equipment available, and have a good time. Zilok's message: We're on your side!

This year Zilok is exhibiting at the Rental Show in Atlanta GA, to convene a message of hope and optimism to thousands of small rental businesses.

The recession is without doubt on everyone's mind, and Zilok is a great opportunity to rejoice, as a free tool helping local rental businesses finding new customers and get more visibility on the Net.

When in crisis one can wait and hope for the tables to turn, or one can find new ways of increasing their business. Zilok is changing the rental world, so hop on the train, because we're on your side!

Zilok on WiseBread and MSN Money!

The cool guys at WiseBread released a list of 10 sites that help you save or make money in innovative ways, and we're proud Zilok made it to #1!

The original article was posted by Greg Go on WiseBread. Wisebread is a great resource for people who want to live large on a small budget. As Greg put it, Zilok is a weird name but incredibly cool concept, basically eBay for rentals!

This cool list was built when making research for their upcoming book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, which will come out in the bookstores in May 2009. We can't wait to read about Zilok in a paperback book!

The list was found so useful that it was reposted on MSN Money - Smart Spending.

Zilok is the Way to Save for NBC 11Alive in Atlanta

In this "Ways to Save" segment, 11Alive News in Atlanta shows you how you can save money by renting what you need temporarily from other people, and how to make money by renting your own things to neighbors who need them.

You can read the corresponding article on NBC 11Alive site

As 11Alive News noted, there are today about 200 items you can rent on Zilok in Atlanta. We're hoping to see this figure increase dramatically as our team will be heading to Atlanta in a couple weeks to showcase Zilok at the annual Rental Show, where all Members of the American Rental Association meet and share their experiences.

And of course, here's the video:

Zilok in Washington Post's Shop To It

Tania Anderson, writer of the Washington Post popular Shop To It blog, wrote a great article about Zilok and about how renting can help when you don't want to part with things you don't really use anymore.

As Tania puts it, "Parting is such sweet sorrow.". And if you don't want to get rid of things you may need once a month or less, then renting is definitely a better solution! What's more, with the average rental transaction making up for 17% of the resale value, you only need to rent your item 6 times to make more money than reselling!

You can read the full article here.

Hi Phoenix! ABC 15 Shows You How to Rent it All on Zilok

Smart Shopper is a show from Phoenix ABC 15 that always has good tips for getting good deals. On this piece Daphne Munro asks Zilok user Lora how she rented her tool to neighbor to help him out and make a few bucks.

ABC says in the story: Whether it's a drill, a digital camera, even a wedding dress, you can put it on the website and rent it out at a price you set. Maybe you have camping gear sitting in your garage that hasn’t seen daylight for five years, post it and you can make some good money and put your camping gear to use.

Thanks Lora for playing the interview game! And a warm welcome to all Phoenix users who joined our community after watching the show.

You can watch the video here and on the ABC 15 site:

Zilok in This Old House: A Nifty Trick for Big DIY Savings

With its TV show, Magazine and website This Old House is an excellent resource favored by homeowners all around the country. In the latest edition of the magazine you can find an invaluable collection of money saving tips for DIY projects.

We were delighted to see Zilok listed as the #2 trick of this incredible list of 50 valuable tips put together by Josh Garskof.

In the goldmine, you'll find out for instance how to save money by:

  • Shortening your dryer-vent hose,
  • Turning down the thermostat on your water heater,
  • Replacing central-air-conditioning filters,
  • Setting your computer to sleep,
  • Pruning that overgrown rhododendron,
  • Tossing the extra fridge,
  • Canceling your phone line

Make sure you check it out!

And a special welcome to all the new members of the Zilok community who learned about us via This Old House.