If you could use an overview on bartering with some really good insights and tips, allow me to recommend an article by John Silveira in “Backwoods Home Magazine,” Issue #138 • November/December, 2012.
Bartering for bad times
By John Silveira
Bartering may not be a part of your life, right now, but if there’s a deepening of the recession, or it becomes a depression, or we enter a period of runaway inflation (See A quick tour of hyperinflation and the possible consequences for America, March/April 2010) you may find yourself out of a job or you may have a job but get paid near-worthless money. Bartering may be the best, perhaps the only, way to get the goods and services you need.
You’ve bartered since you were a kid, starting perhaps when you swapped a comic book for a yo-yo. Today, you can find people willing to barter online. You can go to the opening page of craigslist.org, look under “for sale,” and between “antiques” and “bikes” you’ll find “barter.” Many of the items listed there are actually for sale (are people who do that stupid or just crafty?), but you’ll still find plenty of people willing to make trades. Keep in mind that when you see something for sale, whether it’s on Craigslist or elsewhere, the seller may also be willing to barter and this is going to be more likely as the economy tumbles. It never hurts to ask — as long as you’re not rude, arrogant, or condescending.
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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
For further reading…
Each of the following links opens in a new window, allowing you to come back to this page when you’ve viewed the linked article.
- Economic Survival–A Time Bank for Such a Time as This
- Let’s Explore Alternative Solutions for Economic Survival
- A Few Thoughts on the Art of Bartering for Preparedness
- Barter Books for Survival–And Get One You Didn’t Know You Needed
- Bartering–It’s Happening, But Is It For Survival?
- A Community Treasure Chest Could Help You and Your Neighbors Survive
- Turn a Service Into Cash for Survival