It didn't take me long after I discovered manga to get my hands on plenty of new series to read. Since money is tight while I'm still in graduate school I try to be frugal when it comes to my entertainment needs. After using several swapping and trading sites I wanted to share my personal two favorite sites that I utilize the most to get FREE manga. Also these sites have helped me to get rid of series that I've dropped to those that want to read it or give it a try.
This is the site I go to for older manga series and have gotten titles such as Ranma 1/2 and Marmalade Boy as well as some newer titles. Bookmooch uses a point system where you can earn points by sending out books to other members and by adding books to your inventory. I used this site not only to feed my manga addiction but I was able to get books I needed for my college classes too. Being an English major I accumulated a lot of books that I really didn't want to give a second read. I was able to use James Joyce, who I have a long standing dislike of, for some shojo instead. Since this is an international site you can also get Japanese manga straight from users in Japan. I've gotten a few volumes of Cookie magazine from a swapper in the Philippines. I've enjoyed sending my manga to users in countries were they may not have access to English translations. The default is for sending in our country but you can always opt to be willing to ship internationally.
I'm not going to lie when I say I check this sometimes before I even check my email in the morning. This site is much like Bookmooch.com with having a similar point system. For every book you send you gain one point that can be used to request a book for yourself. Over the past year I've witnessed more and more manga being posted every day, some days at least 50-60. So far for 2010 I've been using Paperbackswap.com (PBS) for manga only. On PBS, as well as Bookmooch.com, you can create a wish list for books that are currently unavailable. When your "wish" is granted you have 48 hours to claim it. Lately I've been getting books on my wish list left and right. Out of all the book swapping sites that I've been a member of this one seems to have the most active fellow manga readers on it. I love this site for swapping old and getting newer volumes of (seemingly) never ending shonen series. I love Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist but I just don't have the shelf space for them. For manga that it's highly unlikely I will ever have the time to re-read I like posting them on PBS. Most of my manga I post gets requested that same week, and if it lingers too long I post it to Bookmooch.com were it doesn't have a slim chance of hanging around my inventory for long.
Both sites are great for anyone that is starting some early spring cleaning and wants to create some shelf space for both old and newer manga. So if you have a volume of Magic Touch that you are itching to get rid of , I sure was, I suggest you take a peak at one or both of the sites mentioned above :)