A gift network is a place (real or virtual) where people give gifts. Mostly these are items that will not be used by anyone and therefore give them away instead of selling or throwing them away. This behavior is called give and take , and freecycling when it comes to used objects.
There are mainly 3 types of gift networks: real spaces, virtual spaces and events.
The real spaces
Sometimes they are called gratuiteries, or free shops (give and take, free store or free shop , or magasin pour rien in French). They can be as simple as a corner at the entrance to the apartment block, or a room in the neighborhood social center. They can also be in a marked corner of the square, or a local maintained as a shop. They are easy and intuitive to use but require maintenance by users and the help of volunteers to manage and energize them.
can be as simple as a dedicated cell phone group. They can also be an app or a web page. Mobile groups are easier to use but like RCGs real spaces, they require a bit of maintenance and dynamism by users or volunteers. Apps and web pages need to be learned to use and their management is more automated.
They are called Gratiferies (Zone de Gratuité or Espace de Gratuité in French, Really Really Free Market in English), are similar to a street market but have no sale or cheap. All contributions must be given away without expecting anything in return. They should be organized by volunteers unless they are regularly in a place, time and day always the same and participants already know how to participate and teach how to work to new people.
Many gift networks do not want what is achieved there to be resold or to be explicitly stated if this is the intention. They implement techniques to minimize this possible abuse. Other networks do not care about what is done with the gifted objects.
In general, gift nets are the easiest to get started with, as giving away is a behavior that is comfortable and simple for people. It is a more well-known action. The easiest to start with, as giving away is a behavior that is comfortable and simple for people unknown that, for example, lend something or share a car trip with a stranger.