GearCommons, found online at GearCommons.com, is an organization that connects people who need outdoor gear with people who own this gear and are willing to rent it out to members of their community.
How Does It Work?
Members of GearCommons that own outdoor equipment can choose to register them on the digital marketplace at a rental price of their choosing. If someone else needs to rent this equipment, they can contact this member through secure online messaging provided by GearCommons to discuss renting the equipment.
Equipments owners have complete control over who they choose to rent to, and the prices they charge for renting their equipment, including the Deposit that is charged to the renter in case of damaged or stolen equipment.
All costs of equipment - both the rental fee and the Deposit - is determined by the equipment owner, though GearCommons does recommend 10% of the MSRP as a reasonable price. However, this website does claim a percentage of each rental transaction, between 10% and 25% depending on the rental cost, so owners should take this into consideration.
Because GearCommons does not actually rent out the equipment, they do not offer a Refund Policy. They do encourage owners to set a reasonable Deposit that will allow them to replace their equipment if it gets stolen or damaged, and they also encourage renters to photograph all items in the condition they have received it, so they cannot be falsely accused of damaging the equipment later on.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who wish to contact their Customer Service team with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by email at [email protected] or through their social network accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
There does not seem to be very many user reviews available on GearCommons at this time, though there are some positive independent reviews of their services from reviewers that seem to like their company structure and features.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many local companies and services that rent these kinds of outdoor equipment to local customers, and also a new company called The Outdoor Exchange which attempts to offer rental equipment nationwide.
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