Author Topic: Is bartering better?  (Read 1653 times)

Offline Cedar

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Is bartering better?
« on: January 01, 2014, 02:54:06 AM »
Bartering need no longer involve direct swapsies with a person you know, exchanging lumps of rock for a bit of hide (unless that's how you want to play it). Now sophisticated barter software means you can find barter deals of all types online. These range from "local" arrangements – swapping goods and services within a county – to worldwide barter exchanges. For an idea of scope and scale, look to a system such as Bartercard. According to the International Reciprocal Trade Association, business-to-business bartering is a £6bn global industry.

Google your State or Country. I found this one in Portland, Oregon, but there are several in Oregon


Offline Chemsoldier

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Re: Is bartering better?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 08:42:24 AM »
I would not say bartering is better.

There are advantages to local transactions (building resilient local networks) that may make barter useful.

Additionally some markets offer advantages to certain people at certain times such as if you have a high demand good.

Finally barter is tricky and you may just find better deals.  Most people know the basics of currency and the costs and rewards are fairly visible.  The barter system probably allows you to find really good deals under certain conditions since the process of cost and reward is a little harder to figure out.

Oh, and no taxes.  I like that even if the total "cost" of the item is more sometimes.  You can't escape taxes (you likely drove to meet with someone for the barter right?) but minimizing how much I pay in taxes is a downright American tradition.

I have never tried some of these online services, will have to check them out.