Informal internet economy flourishing in the Netherlands

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Need to rent a car or a tool and don’t want to go to a rental company? Well more and more Dutch people are turning to the internet to find people in their city who are willing to rent their possessions, often at a cheap rate. 
The people involved in these online activities don’t make much money, so the tax office leaves them alone. But that could change if this trend continues to grow.