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New Companies Rent Furniture by the Month

時間:2020-01-29 23:29來源:互聯網 提供網友:nan   字體: [ ]
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Zachariah Mohammed's living room is filled with things he does not own.

He pays $200 a month for the couch1, side table, bar cart, dining table and four chairs in his living room. The cost is worth it, says the 27-year-old New Yorker.

Mohammed has moved two times in the past year. That is not unusual in places like New York City.

If he needs to move again, he will not need to carry a couch across the city or worry about whether it will fit in his next apartment. Mohammed's solution is Feather, a new company that lets renters change furniture whenever they want.

Mohammed is a social media manager who lives with his partner and their dog. He told The Associated Press, "We don't want to be stuck with a giant couch."

Feather and other companies aim to rent furniture to young adults who do not want to make big purchases or move heavy furniture. It and similar companies are part of a growing "rental2 culture."

Thomas Robertson is a marketing3 professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He told the Associated Press that people who are using furniture rental services likely move and change jobs a lot.

These companies target people who make good money, live in cities and want nice furniture – but only temporarily. The quality of the furniture is a little higher than that of Swedish brand Ikea.

"I'm 32 years old and have lived in 25 different places, five different countries, 12 different cities," says Chan Park. He helped launch4 the online furniture rental company Oliver Space last year. Before starting the company, Chan often bought and then threw away low-cost furniture. Then, he moved to a rental apartment in Singapore that already had furniture in it.

"It was probably the first time my adult life that I felt like I was truly at home," Park says.

Such companies mostly only operate in a few coastal5 American cities. They offer furniture from Crate6 & Barrel7, West Elm and smaller brands.

Others have begun renting home goods, too. The high-end clothing rental company Rent the Runway recently added West Elm pillows and quilts. Ikea is also testing a rental service in several countries, including Switzerland and Belgium.

Renting may make sense for a generation that sees life as always moving, says Hana Ben-Shabat. She is the founder8 of Gen Z Planet9, a research and advisory11 company that studies the generation born between the late 1990s and 2016.

Moving her furniture from New York to Los Angeles would have cost Clarissa Wright $3,000. Instead, she gave away most of what she owned, traveled through Europe for two months and then rented a couch, bed and other furniture in her new place. She pays $255 a month. Feather delivered the furniture and put all the pieces together in one day.

Wright is a 28-year-old marketing advisor10 for clothing and beauty brands. She says she can change the furniture, add more things or move to a new apartment or city. But right now, she is not sure what her future holds.

"I don't think too far ahead," she says.

That comes at a price. Critics have called the furniture-rental business exploitative12. Stores like Rent-A-Center target poor people who cannot pay full price for furniture or home appliances13. And the company charges higher prices overall14 than competitors.

For some of the newer furniture rental companies, there are membership15 costs. There are also costs if furniture is badly damaged.

Margot Saunders is with the National Consumer Law Center. She said, "If people think this is the best way to buy a couch, they are wrong." Saunders added, "They should recognize that they are paying for the convenience of renting."

Words in This Story

couch – n. a long piece of furniture on which a person can sit or lie down

dining – adj. used for eating meals on

giant – adj. very large

brand – n. a category of products that are all made by a particular company and all have a particular name

pillow – n. a bag filled with soft material that is used as a cushion usually for the head of a person who is lying down

quilt – n. a bed cover with stitched16 designs that is made of two layers of cloth filled with wool, cotton, or soft feathers

deliver – v. to take something to a person or place

exploitative – adj. making use of a situation or treating others unfairly in order to gain an advantage or benefit

convenience – n. the quality or situation that makes something easy for someone by reducing the amount of work or time required to do it


點擊收聽單詞發音收聽單詞發音  

1 couch mzfxf     
n.睡椅,長沙發椅;vt.表達,隱含
參考例句:
  • Lie down on the couch if you're feeling ill.如果你感覺不舒服就躺到沙發上去。
  • The rabbIt'sprang from its grassy couch.兔子從草叢中跳出。
2 rental cBezh     
n.租賃,出租,出租業
參考例句:
  • The yearly rental of her house is 2400 yuan.她這房子年租金是2400元。
  • We can organise car rental from Chicago O'Hare Airport.我們可以安排提供從芝加哥奧黑爾機場出發的租車服務。
3 marketing Boez7e     
n.行銷,在市場的買賣,買東西
參考例句:
  • They are developing marketing network.他們正在發展銷售網絡。
  • He often goes marketing.他經常去市場做生意。
4 launch b29xY     
vt.發動,推出;發射;n.發射,下水,投產
參考例句:
  • The makers are about to launch out a new product.制造商們馬上要生產一種新產品。
  • Would it be wise to launch into this rough sea?在這樣洶涌的大海中游泳明智嗎?
5 coastal WWiyh     
adj.海岸的,沿海的,沿岸的
參考例句:
  • The ocean waves are slowly eating away the coastal rocks.大海的波浪慢慢地侵蝕著岸邊的巖石。
  • This country will fortify the coastal areas.該國將加強沿海地區的防御。
6 crate 6o1zH     
vt.(up)把…裝入箱中;n.板條箱,裝貨箱
參考例句:
  • We broke open the crate with a blow from the chopper.我們用斧頭一敲就打開了板條箱。
  • The workers tightly packed the goods in the crate.工人們把貨物嚴緊地包裝在箱子里。
7 barrel FN8zF     
n.圓桶;一桶的量;槍管;vt.把...裝桶
參考例句:
  • I drew off three pints of beer from the barrel.我從酒桶里抽出三品脫啤酒。
  • The man rolled the barrel into the yard.那個人把圓桶滾進院子。
8 Founder wigxF     
n.創始者,締造者
參考例句:
  • He was extolled as the founder of their Florentine school.他被稱頌為佛羅倫薩畫派的鼻祖。
  • According to the old tradition,Romulus was the founder of Rome.按照古老的傳說,羅穆盧斯是古羅馬的建國者。
9 planet A26z1     
n.行星
參考例句:
  • Neptune is the furthest planet from the sun. 海王星是離太陽最遠的行星。
  • Rubbish, however, is only part of the problem of polluting our planet. 然而, 垃圾只是我們這個星球的污染問題的一個方面。
10 advisor JKByk     
n.顧問,指導老師,勸告者
參考例句:
  • They employed me as an advisor.他們聘請我當顧問。
  • The professor is engaged as a technical advisor.這位教授被聘請為技術顧問。
11 advisory lKvyj     
adj.勸告的,忠告的,顧問的,提供咨詢
參考例句:
  • I have worked in an advisory capacity with many hospitals.我曾在多家醫院做過顧問工作。
  • He was appointed to the advisory committee last month.他上個月獲任命為顧問委員會委員。
12 exploitative 0b1c8bb54840da0420aff49d1f09986d     
開發資源的,剝削的
參考例句:
  • The exploitative activities of this region include farming, lumbering and mining. 這地區的開發活動包括農業、木材業及礦業。
  • A strong mutually supportive and non-exploitative community. 一個強固的互助、非贏利性的社團。
13 appliances fea3a660827437aacee0391d5419bb39     
n.器具,器械,裝置( appliance的名詞復數 )
參考例句:
  • Dish washer is one of the appliances. 洗碗機是家用電器的一種。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • You can buy refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, and other appliances there. 在那里可以買到冰箱、爐具、洗碗機和其他家電產品。 來自朗文快捷英語教程 1
14 overall vJQxS     
n.工作服,工裝褲;全面的,全體的
參考例句:
  • The shop assistant was wearing a white overall.那店員穿著白色的工作服。
  • How much will it cost overall?一共多少錢?
15 membership ECnx7     
n.成員資格,會員全體,從屬關系
參考例句:
  • I must renew my membership of the sailing club.我必須延續我的航海俱樂部會員的資格。
  • He made up his mind to apply for membership in the Party.他決心申請入黨。
16 stitched 7c52528538d819884d621cf16ac853da     
v.縫,縫補,縫合( stitch的過去式和過去分詞 );[引申]把某物連在一起
參考例句:
  • If the wound is stitched up skillfully,it will hardly leave a mark. 如果傷口縫合得好,不會落下什么傷疤。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • She stitched a pocket on the new apron. 她在新圍裙上縫上一只口袋。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
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