Zilok is a centralized online rental marketplace. Zilok allows users its users to rent their belongings to other people, from cars to strollers, fondue sets, Playstations, and power drills. The service is open to both individuals and businesses, and allows members to post things for hire. Each product has its own description page and a specific
rental contract is associated to it.
Other users may then browse the various products and book items of their interest on specific dates. Owners have the choice to accept or decline booking requests, and owners and renters can define a face-to-face pick-up place and time on the phone or via email once bookings are confirmed. Zilok collects listing fees and commission on transactions - however, they are offering free listings until 2010 to members who join this year.
The company founders include Thibaud ElziÃ¨re, founder of online image bank Fotolia.com. The company, founded in Paris, France, launched the service in France in October 2007, and launched it in early November in the United States.