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#125642 - 02/28/08 09:57 PM top trade goods
mattnum Offline

Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 14
Loc: Albany, CA
In a long-term SHTF scenario what would your top trade goods be? Things that are reasonably easily stored. My thoughts are, in no particular order-

1. Salt
2. Alcohol
3. Ammunition
4. Cigarettes
5. toilet paper
6. water purification tablets
7. MRE's
8. diesel?

What do you think?

#125646 - 02/28/08 10:06 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: mattnum]
MoBOB Offline

Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1219
Loc: here
In a scenario where a natural disaster has struck there is a long list of things that have been put forth as items good for barter in one of the previous threads. Things like tools, nails, tarps and so on. Search for it and see what else you can find. Remember, the SHTF needs to relate to natural disasters or accidents.

Edited by MoBOB (02/28/08 10:07 PM)
"Its not a matter of being ready as it is being prepared" -- B. E. J. Taylor

#125655 - 02/28/08 10:42 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: MoBOB]
fordwillman Offline

Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 103
Loc: Arizona
Why must it only relate to "Remember, the SHTF needs to relate to natural disasters or accidents."???
We are not so afraid of our own shadows that we cant envision, talk, plan for other scenarios??? Maybe I am missing something, but if it is a true SHTF, I dont care if it is terrorists, political, natural, war, weather or what! Any civil and adult discussion that would help me prepare is valuable. My 2 cents.

Back to the post...one I see as very useful for trade is tools and knives. I think edged instruments in particular will be needed and useful.

#125661 - 02/28/08 11:00 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: fordwillman]
mattnum Offline

Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 14
Loc: Albany, CA
I agree that edged tools would be useful. I think they would be more easily found over the long run. Let's say, for argument sake, five years has passed (I do not spend my life envisioning this). I think it would be easier to find metal edged tools vs. soft goods or consumer items. A bottle of Jack Daniels will be worth more than a hammer or knife. Although, the hammer, knife, nails will not be worth less, they can be scavenged.

I am not a doomsdayer and only really speak of these things rhetorically.


#125662 - 02/28/08 11:03 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: fordwillman]
massacre Offline
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Registered: 12/07/05
Posts: 781
Loc: Central Illinois
Hmm... I read that differently. I thought moBOB meant that one needs to include natural disaster and accidents in the SHTF scenarios.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

#125665 - 02/28/08 11:13 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: massacre]
Dan_McI Offline
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Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 844
Loc: NYC
Whatever the cause, in a long term scenario, the things that will be good to trade are the rare things and those rare things that really have either use or are considered real luxuries. Of course, in order to have value, someone must want to buy the luxury.

I think 1, 2 and 3 on your list have both, value and use, and to some extent can be luxuries. But, they may not be rare. If people in your area can readily get salt, for instance by letting salt water evaporate or by mining, then it is worth less. If you can always find shell casings and sulfur, then the ammunition may be worth less in your area. It's going to be diffierent for every area.

Edited by Dan_McI (02/28/08 11:14 PM)

#125666 - 02/28/08 11:16 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: mattnum]
Jeff_M Offline

Registered: 07/18/07
Posts: 665
Loc: Northwest Florida
My experience suggests the following items are likely to be popular(based on typical disasters, rather than long-term TEOTWAWKI scenarios):

1 Tobacco/lighters
2 alcohol
3 Toilet paper and disposable diapers
4 Feminine hygiene products
5 Plastic trash bags
6 paper goods-paper towels, plates, plastic utensils, cups, etc.
7 Bleach and general cleaning supplies, like brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning agents, especially Lysol brand spray
8 Batteries in common sizes
9 gasoline, rather than diesel
10 Plastic tarps, duct tape, and temporary repair/salvage supplies
11 Propane, Coleman fuel, charcoal briquettes
12 Borrowed use of satellite phones and internet access


#125678 - 02/28/08 11:34 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: Jeff_M]
bigmothertrucker Offline

Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 79
Loc: Alberta

and maybe x rated magazines..............just kidding
"Knowledge without experience is just information" - Mark Twain

#125684 - 02/28/08 11:56 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: bigmothertrucker]
mattnum Offline

Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 14
Loc: Albany, CA
maybe the mags then the soap.....

#125685 - 02/28/08 11:56 PM Re: top trade goods [Re: Jeff_M]
mattnum Offline

Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 14
Loc: Albany, CA
Thanks for the realistic take on it.

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