Swap the line


This post is by Seth Godin from Seth's Blog


Here’s a business idea for you, feel free to build it if you’re interested.

Don’t waste a waiting list

The waiting list has value, and it’s also a source of frustration.

There are people waiting for delivery of a new car, or to stay in a popular airbnb or to buy a limited edition jigsaw puzzle. There are people waiting for an appointment or a reservation or a handmade luxury good as well. Or let’s say two companies are waiting for a shipment of computer chips. One has a few left in stock, the other needs them to finish a high-value product that serves people in life-threatening situations…

On one hand, it feels fair. The people ahead of us in line got there before we did. On the other hand, perhaps someone behind us needs or wants our slot way more than we do…

Swap the Line is a simple smart-contract-based system that makes it easy to trade your spot in line. Pay money to someone who wants the cash and you can swap with them. Sell your spot for more than you think it’s worth. Stay put if you want to.

This addresses problems with our current scarcity due to the supply chain along with the trade-anything mindset of crypto.

Here’s how it works:

An organization with a waiting list enables swaptheline.com

They onboard with two simple steps:

  1. Uploading their waitlist (status and identifier) to the cloud.
  2. Alerting the folks on the waitlist that swaptheline is supported.

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