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#203594 - 06/18/10 07:13 AM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: dougwalkabout]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
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Bartertown?? Dang it! I knew I should've stocked up on black leather clothing, metal codpieces, and spikey hair gel. Hmmm, now might be the time to befriend a domineering little person who speaks in terse sentences. Now where did I put my thigh mounted crossbow holster........

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#203597 - 06/18/10 11:24 AM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: LED]
pezhead Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 05/18/10
Posts: 76
Loc: Minnesota
Bartertown? Maybe a pig farm might get you started?

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#203600 - 06/18/10 12:41 PM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: LED]
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
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Hmmm, now might be the time to befriend a domineering little person who speaks in terse sentences.


Befriend one?! Heck, I'm married to one!

-Blast, who also owns black leather chaps.
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#203601 - 06/18/10 12:43 PM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: dougwalkabout]
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I have no idea where this story arc goes ...


Probably with some damn Aussie hitting me with my own train as he escapes with a bunch of children.

Note to self: get rid of my train.

-Blast
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#203634 - 06/19/10 04:30 AM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: chickenlittle]
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
"...it assumes that everything has collapsed to the point that markets are closed and are going to stay closed for a long time."

Not necessarily. Imagine a two-week trucker's strike in our barely-in-time marketplace, with grocery stores cleared out in an hour or two. How long would it take the military to get basic supplies to the approx. 28 million (mostly unprepared) people in SoCal after a big quake shook the overpasses down? How long would it take them to just get WATER to that many people in summer?

I think the best advice was to stock things you would normally use yourself -- if you need them, other people will need them.

Sue

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#203638 - 06/19/10 12:07 PM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: Susan]
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Registered: 06/02/06
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Loc: SOCAL
Originally Posted By: Susan
...I think the best advice was to stock things you would normally use yourself -- if you need them, other people will need them.

Sue
That's what we do. The stuff we eat everyday we keep in relatively large quantities. No freeze dried or MRE's, they're too expensive unless you require the light weight that freeze drying offers, or the Mil-Spec any environment lifespan of MRE's. Neither apply to food you store and use at home.
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#203738 - 06/21/10 01:55 PM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Registered: 05/19/10
Posts: 22
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
I used to barter computer repairs for free treatment from my chiropractor. Her computer was in much better shape than my spine, though, so I ended up writing her a number of checks over the years.

An informal market for the barter of expertise is very common in my social circle. I've obtained free medical advice, extremely valuable legal assistance, mechanical expertise, and the names of reliable contractors. In exchange I've provided advice for preparing for emergencies, plumbing, electrical wiring, and other things.

To get back to the OP, if you have an established web of friendship and social obligation it will be much easier for you to get what you need via barter, and barter of expertise can be very valuable.


It's funny you mention this. We're moving to a new house where the neighbors are a contruction guy, a mechanic, a baker and a marine biologist. I make beer. I'm hoping to set up some sort of friendly barter after we've moved in though, I can't think what the marine biologist would be good for. wink

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#203741 - 06/21/10 02:11 PM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: CarlosD]
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I can't think what the marine biologist would be good for.


Free shrimp?

Seriously though, the biologist probably has access to government officials and other quasi-powerful people.

-Blast
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#203743 - 06/21/10 02:15 PM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: Blast]
CarlosD Offline
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Registered: 05/19/10
Posts: 22
Ha! I get the idea he's a prof or TA or something. Maybe I could give him beer if he maintains my marine aquarium for me?


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#203746 - 06/21/10 03:00 PM Re: Best Barter Items to Stockpile for WTSHTF? [Re: CarlosD]
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3426
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: CarlosD
It's funny you mention this. We're moving to a new house where the neighbors are a contruction guy, a mechanic, a baker and a marine biologist. I make beer. I'm hoping to set up some sort of friendly barter after we've moved in though, I can't think what the marine biologist would be good for. wink


It's too bad you're not moving to my neighborhood. Beer for computer and network consulting sounds like a great deal.

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