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What will your unprepared neighbor have to barter?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Mule, May 8, 2008.

  1. Pauly Walnuts

    Pauly Walnuts Monkey++

    My neighbor and his family are gun people, I'd bug out of here quick so probably not much of a chance to barter. He also has a off road vehicle.
  2. Pauly Walnuts

    Pauly Walnuts Monkey++

    Give it 3-4 months after the SHTF and she'll drop some LB's.
  3. BRONZ

    BRONZ Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Hey guys whats up its been awhile.

    I got kicked off of fugals for saying somebodies wife for trade years ago. haha

    I dont know all my neighbors well enough to know what they may have to trade. One of the neighbors I do know well is a good hunter. Always gives us meat. shoot I will be going to him to barter.
  4. Mule

    Mule Monkey++

    Well this is not looking too good for the responses

    The only one that has gotten some interest is trading for the neighbors daughter with the disclaimer about weight and having a microwave at the ready---------------

    I guess I need more loaded ammo so as to avoid "one way barter"

  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I have a Retired school teacher/Archery Pro instructor , Retired Sheriffs deputy,a liberal woman, and a metal smith for neighbors.
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    3 outa 4 ain't too bad. The question is, do you need or likely to need their talents enough to feed or house them?
  7. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Nope I'm good,all though I would help the retired teacher.
  8. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    Well there are neighbors and then there are people that just happen to live close. My neighbors do garden and or have some interest in stocking food for later and those I'd look to, to help or trade with. The people who just happen to live close, they are the ones I'd be concerned about, the unknowns. Those are the ones that would have to prove themselves.
  9. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I think the mindset with most of the folks here is not what is expected or hoped for from the neighbors or nearby residents, but what they can do to prevent depending on the neighbor for anything. To me, the more interesting question comes up when doing an inventory, what is it you don't have, that you can't provide for, and how can you cover that lack? For example, what have you got that you can trade to get a tooth filled? All I expect from an unprepared neighbor is a hassle or begging, or an offer to trade me something I already have. What I MAY lack is the ability to say no to obviously needy door knockers. My defense against that has to be a hard heart, and to look as needy as they are. (A very good muffler on the gennie, long grass, and no lights on at night should help there.)
  10. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    I think this leads to the more important question of where do you live? Location is IMHO perhaps the most important facet of a successful SHTF plan.

    Someone who lives in the city or even in a suburb is very unlikely to have neighbors who have much to offer in goods or knowledge. Of course if you were lucky you might end up with a neighborhood watch scenario like in Half Fast's "Lights Out". But that is unlikely.

    Those who live in the country have a much better chance of having nieghbors with something to contribute.

    My nieghbors, 4 families within walking distance, have livestock, horses, farming equipment and supplies, water wells, stocked ponds, work shops with welding and metal working equipment, and the skills to use them. And guns.

    So I would have a lot to barter with and for in a SHTF situation. Also there is only one road in with a narrow bridge over a deep creek that could easily be blocked to control access.

    In any type of societal upheaval the people around you will have a great impact on your personal survival. So placing yourself in a location where you have nieghbors with something positive to contribute should be a major priority. Any rural seting is more likely to have self suffecient nieghbors than an urban one.

    I know that not everyone can up and move to a rural setting but you should at least have a location set aside. Vacation property, friend or relatives place, or at least a park, lake, or camping area that you could bug out to if things in your urban setting get too chaotic.
  11. Pauly Walnuts

    Pauly Walnuts Monkey++

    MY BOL has farmers all around it. They are huge lots with different crops. The land my buddy owns is 17 acres!
  12. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I think I forgot to mention that the guy across the road from me is also a ferrier/horse trainer and has several horses then a neighbor about 1.5 miles up the road has a large heard of horses (2-3 dozen or so). So if I have something they find valuable enouph then could likely aquire horses for plowing and working my land as well as rideing and the neighbor across the road could tend their hooves and shoe them for me.
  13. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    whut's wrong with fat chicks????( aka wi rollercoaster )
    Warm in the winter and shade in the summer time!!!
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