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What happened to the Buy Nothing Project?

May 16, 2023
What started on Facebook evolved into a dysfunctional app and a fractured community, as chronicled by Wired contributor Vauhini Vara.
A screenshot of the Buy Nothing Facebook page. Though the group got its start on the social media site, an effort to raise funds for an app was met with backlash from community members.
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Buy Nothing groups are one way out of traditional holiday shopping

Nov 26, 2021
The project is a hyperlocal gift economy where neighbors give and receive freely. For some, it's a chance to jump off the consumer hamster wheel.
As consumers scramble to get holiday gifts, those in Buy Nothing groups can give and receive freely in their local area.
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