Additionally with the rise of FB connect and other social media, sharing / renting will continue to make sense. Perhaps there is an "Amazon" of localized sharing, whether by degree or geography, waiting to be built. On the peer front, allow sharing within your network, or open it up but let it be regulated by peer reviews.
This makes sense - most of the stuff we buy we tend to use maybe 5-10% of the time. What are other items which make sense in this model?
- Expensive, heavy kitchen equipment
- Some consumer electronics
- Apt space (this is already done by another startup I believe; forget name)
- Furniture (e.g. dining tables, chairs)
- Heavy sports equipment
- Power tools