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Friday, February 27, 2009

If I were a rich man...

(Originally posted at the Farmer Geek's blog)

Ahh, if I were a rich man, but I'm not. Oh, I'm not scraping the bottom of the barrel, but I am by no means rich. So that is why it was so good to see an article in the paper yesterday about barter coming back and becoming more acceptable. It was an AP article from Boise, Id, but I believe it is growing across the country. That's why I found the article in my little local paper.

Bartering is the art of trading goods and services for what you need/want instead of paying for them with cash money. I don't know about any of you, but I've practiced this for years in a very simple way that I never really considered barter until I really sat down and thought about it. How many of you have ever asked some friends to come help you with a project, be it building a house, pulling an engine out of the car, dropping a tree, whatever, and offered to feed them or give them beer, etc? I do it all the time... "Hey, I'll feed you if you come over and help me do X, Y, or Z!" I have a buddy who does it on a larger scale and on a regular basis. He would rebuild cars, paint them, install furnaces, etc. In return, I've known him to get cars, to get building materials, motorcycles, etc. Granted he works like a dog on these projects, but I secretly believe it is because he likes the work!

Now, no matter what may come down the pike, wouldn't it be nice to know that you have skills that are valuable? Imagine if you could trade canned produce from the garden for a side of beef, gardening work for plumbing work, etc. Think about it... you would save money, but you would have to spend some time working things out, etc.

If you don't have skills that would be useful to someone else, maybe you could stock up on valuables that other people would want. Canned produce, fresh eggs, tobacco, alcohol, etc. These old time skills served those that came before us for many a year before we became a nation of buying on credit instead of saving up for what we want/need. With the new economic issues and uncertainty, wouldn't it be nice to make sure that you have something that you could fall back on... Just In Case?

Good Trading, Everyone!

3 comments:

wvsanta said...

Very well done post I do it all the time myself. This is a skill we had best all learn if we do not already practice it. The more people that get to know what you do and are willing to barter for the better it is for both of you.
God Bless and keep up the good work
Santa

FarmerGeek said...

Absolutely, but it is something that many people are not comfortable asking or talking about because of whatever reason.

Thanks for the comment, Santa!

jambaloney said...

wonderful post!

i love the idea of bartering - imagine how less dependent, worried and helpless people would feel right now if money didn't matter, if the “economy” didn’t exist

because money doesn't matter - money is an invention – and i hate what it does to people

i really love this post – if everyone offered what they had and were appreciated for doing so, we would all be rich!!

posts like this will help people get over the "stigma" of bartering - good job!

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