Zilok Blog

On the Zilok Blog, you’ll find all the news and tips related to Zilok's online peer-to-peer renting services. Whether you’re an individual or a rental professional, the Zilok Blog answers all your questions and invites you to share ideas, experiences, suggestions, frustrations, cooking recipes, good jokes... Does the rental world interest or intrigue you? The Zilok Blog is certainly the place to talk about it!

The Times new featuring!

Is renting the new buying? That's what we think is true and just what the Times believes too! "Renting is enjoying a renaissance after two decades of decline as cash-strapped families and young professionals rediscover the merits of it."

This is what they had to say:

"Another coveted piece of hardware available on the website is the Nintendo Wii, a games console released last year that uses a “wand” rather than a traditional control pad for interactive gaming. The console is out of stock at many outlets but you can rent one from £15 a day through Zilok from members in London and Sheffield. The new sell-out Wii Fit software can also be rented from GoodiesRental through Ziloks website for £8 a day.

Zilok lists thousands of items from all over the UK, such as badminton rackets at £5 a day, bar tables at £80, cordless hammer drills at £10 and even a Chinese cook at £60."

Olympic Games and Zilok

Four years after Athenes, finally the Olympic games are back! Surely an event to not be missed, Beijing has promised to show the world what it is made of.

It could be a great occasion to share and live this event live with your friends and family. Why not rent a 46' inch LCD screen, a home cinema or even a video projector, so you don't miss a bit of it!
Perhaps, the Olympics inspire you otherwise. Feel like being more active in this great summer weather and getting fit. With your mates, you could rent a football and goals to go play in the local park, or maybe a bike to discover those places around you you've never had time to see. Feel like driving a convertible sports car, whizzing through the hot air ? We sure do! Or perhaps now that you have a bit of time of your hands you would like to try yourself at golf. What about renting some clubs and heading to the closest practice range ?

Possibilites are endless, all you need to do is use your imagination and Zilok whatever you need!

A great August to all of you!

The Guardian speaks of us

In this Elevator Pitch, Gary Cige, our co-founder is interviewed by the the Digital Content Blog. Get to know a little bit more about the behinds of this incredible story.

Zilok has a novel take on online retail, hoping to do for renting what eBay did for auctions.

Below, you'll find a small extract of the article

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Explain your business to my Mum

"Zilok is a place on line where you can rent or rent out anything in a safe way. I'm not talking about real estate, but absolutely anything else: a fancy bag, a digital camera, a baby stroller, a barbecue, mower, scooter - absolutely anything. You can now make money from the things you have and save money on the things you want and need. If you know ebay, you can say we're the' ebay but for rentals.

"The idea is for you to be able to rent anything you might need in your neighbourhood or earn money easily by putting stuff you don't use everyday. Some of our members earned more than £200 in a couple of weeks by renting their cameras four or five times."

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See more on The Guardian

Guideline to a safe and trouble-free rental

Each and every day we welcome new members to our community, adding new objects and making new rental transactions. We hank you for your trust, and would like to give you some more safety tips for a great Zilok experience.

We ask you to take the time to read these online renting safety tips we have prepared for you, whether you are an owner or a renter:

  • Systematically check your account. It not only allows you to be sure your telephone number is correct but will also inform you if one of your objects is booked.
  • Attach identification documents to your account profile to help other members trust you.
  • Contact the owner or the renter as soon as the rental booking is confirmed and you receive their details.
  • Don't forget to sign the rental agreement - either the standard one we provide or your own - when you make the transaction.
  • Ask for a copy of the renter's passport or driver license, to certify his or her identity upon signing the rental agreement.
  • Don't over-estimate your renter's brightness and please do explain how to use the item he/she is renting from you!
  • If requested, don't forget to bring the deposit, either in cash or check; the owner may cancel the transaction if you don't.
  • Try as much as possible to avoid corporate checks.
  • Verify that the name on the check book is the same as on the person's identification document.
  • May sound silly to remind you, but check the photo on the document resembles the person standing in front of you!
  • Always ask for your renter's telephone number and make sure it is correct by calling him while he stands in front of you.
  • Most important of all, remember to evaluate the rental after it has taken place, to make sure renters, owners and items are evaluated for future transactions, and to help keep our community a safe and trustworthy place.

We like to believe that we live in the best of worlds, but as we all know some may come to disappoint us.
Follow these guidelines and your rentals on Zilok should go untroubled.
Have fun, and remember: money doesn't grow on trees, it grows on Zilok!

Summer reaches Zilok...and so do the holidays !

The summer season will encourage without doubt rentals of all kinds. You'll think of a car or perhaps a camping-car, or maybe even a villa for in a couple weeks time.

You perhaps already noticed, we have created a holidaysection.

Zilok however enables you to rent much more than that!

Had you thought about the barbecue for the garden, a tent for an excursion, a back pack to go on holiday on the other side of the globe, a Jet Ski for some fun in the sea, and, if the weather depreciates, why not a video game console for your children or a heating parasol to still make the most out of your terrace ?! Zilok is there to make your life easier so you can really enjoy yourself!

Zilok Takes First Prize at the Best Startup Competition in Barcelona!

After being elected online by people as one of the finalist of the Startup 2.0 European competition, Zilok took the first prize in Barcelona!

We're very honored to have been chosen by people and the jury as the best web 2.0 startup in Europe.

Zilok is already the largest online rental marketplace in the world, with people from five countries already renting their stuff from one another: UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA.

The final of the Startup 2.0 contest was held in Barcelona, Spain, which is a perfect place to celebrate!

The jury included outstanding personalities from the entrepreneur, VC and media world, including Loic Le Meur, founder of Seesmic, Martín Varsavsky, founder of Fon, Mike Butcher and Ouriel Ohayon, editors of TechCrunch in Europe, and many others.

Thanks to all the jury members for believing in us, thanks to all our users to have made it possible, we'll make sure we're up to your expectations!

Zilok selected for the Startup 2.0 final in Spain

We are happy to announce that Zilok has been selected as one of the 10 finalists that will be present in Barcelona, Spain for the last step of the Startup 2.0 contest.

Over 300 Internet startups have been submitted from all over Europe and Zilok is one of the 10 remaining ones, ready to pitch next week for the title.

Startup 2.0 is a European web startup competition, with an outstanding jury including Loic Le Meur (Seesmic's founder), Martín Varsavsky (Fon's founder), Ouriel Ohayon and Mike Butcher (TechCrunch editors)

You can learn more about the competition on the Startup 2.0 site

You can now pay with ClickandBuy

After Visa/Mastercard and Paypal, ClickandBuy is the third payment method available to Zilok users. We know that entering credit card information online is a hassle, here is another way to make it more convenient.

For more than eight years, ClickandBuy has been providing a secure payment solution. You only need to subscribe and type in your payment information once, and then can make simple payments in more than 7,000 online merchants. Now including Zilok!

Click here for more information about ClickandBuy.

Zilok introduces forum boards for the community

We've been asking to our members since day one what they would like the most to appear on Zilok. The top request is more communication tools to chat and share with the community. We're proud in introduce our forum boards so you can do all that!

A couple months ago we introduced the feature that allows you to directly contact owners on their rental listings. We decided to go one step further and now we're bringing forum boards to you so you can ask other people about their renting experiences, what items worked best for you, what to look for when you're renting something, in fact just about anything!

This is a place for you to hang out with the community, share ideas, and help each other. You can access it all here.

With your member account you can post messages, respond to other members and create your own topic for discussion, you're in control.

To get started, we created three forum boards:

  • Zilok Café: this is the hang out place. All friendly discussions are welcome.
  • Questions and Answers: this is where you get help from fellow members
  • Do-It-Yourself and Gardening: you're renting a tool because you have a project; get some peer advice about how best to use the tools and get your project done!

Forums are a friendly place, we set up a few simple guidelines to make sure it stays this way. Enjoy and engage in the conversation!

John , 44, Cardiff

I have a garage full of things I only use once or twice a year... I decided to give Zilok.co.uk a try, and I already made 150 quid renting them out!