Bartering For What You Want and Need in Life

Art from 1769, called, "A Maori bartering a crayfish with an English naval officer."
Art from 1769, called, "A Maori bartering a crayfish with an English naval officer." | Source

Bartering as a form of Negotiation For Items or Services

Bartering has to be an idea that has been around as long as there have been human beings. From the earliest known history, people have been bartering for their needs and wants in life. The idea is basic, in that you simply are taking something you need or want and giving another person a trade of some kind. There usually isn't any money involved as there is no need for it. The goods or services themselves act as the money. Its such an old fashioned idea, but you may be surprised to know just how popular it still is today. In fact, during hard economic times, it can become more popular than ever.

For instance, if you look back to Germany after the war, you could see a lot of bartering going on. It was as if the need for money was nearly obsolete, because people were bartering to the degree that they were. Sugar, coffee and tobacco were hot items evidently. So, it's a unique topic to look at if for no other reason than that it is both interesting and can be its own part of survival for people during hard times.

This is an interesting piece of art called, "Arabs Bartering Eggs for Tea near Sirte."  1942 - It looks like some people are bartering with soldiers.
This is an interesting piece of art called, "Arabs Bartering Eggs for Tea near Sirte." 1942 - It looks like some people are bartering with soldiers. | Source

Is Bartering just a thing of the past?

It may appear that bartering is something that has lost some appeal over time. Bartering has never really left however, and may be more alive and well than you might imagine. At some point in history, coins and paper money came into being as people realized that others didn't always have what they needed or wanted. What if there isn't something you want or need from those around you, but you do have something others want, even very badly? That is where money comes into play. Now, we can't imagine a time without it. Bartering does still occur. It is used throughout the world today in many countries, especially still developing countries. It is certainly not limited to the developing countries. The idea makes so much sense, and it can seem like you are literally getting something for nothing, if you are getting rid of something you wouldn't use anymore. You can save loads of money with bartering or using it as part of negotiating, whether for goods or services.

Image of Chickens being bartered for a Subscription From Harper's Weekly.
Image of Chickens being bartered for a Subscription From Harper's Weekly. | Source

Bartering, What does it look like now?

Neighbors and friends and family can barter amongst each other for things they need from one another. Its something to consider in a time where money is tight, and for those things you don't use, you may end up just nearly giving away at a garage sale. Consider getting involved in bartering on a larger scale perhaps.

Even if money isn't tight, bartering is attractive to many people because then they can save their hard earned money for goods or services, or for saving for college or retirement, travel, investing, etc.

With bartering, the merchandise itself or your services, not money, is the medium of exchange here. Don't underestimate your talents and what you have! People may need what you don't even realize you have. Think outside the box, and consider that what is second nature or easy for you, may be very difficult for others. Your services are possibly in very high demand, and you don't even know it.

Many people are struggling these days, businesses are as well. As an example, a business may have a lot of leftover stock that never sold, and is going to go to waste. There are other options now other than just donating or throwing away or selling off to liquidators. There are sites you can find online to get started or expand your bartering.

Some of the coolest things I heard people bartering for with online sites were dental care, web design work, dog walking, interior decorating, baking, gift baskets, and Prada bags. I guess the sky is the limit! Think of the things you need, and consider what kinds of goods and or services you could help provide to others. It seems to make a lot of sense.

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PhoenixV 5 years ago from USA

Great Ideas voted up!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thanks so much, I really appreciate that!

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