What would you barter with?

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by monkeyman, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Pru

    Pru Monkey+++

    I did a search, but didn't much more than this:

    I agree that smaller increments would be better for barter. I also have mylar bags and dessicant available for re-sealing... and O2 absorbers, but I don't know that they'd be beneficial to yeast.

    I know that with refrigeration (which is available right outside some people's doors) yeast lasts a LOOONG time. It might be possible to seal yeast in a canning jar with a dessicant and bury it in a shady spot.

    Wish I had a root cellar...
  2. gosouth

    gosouth Monkey+++

    Items to barter with: Water purifying equipment - or, more simple: bleach
  3. Jonas Parker

    Jonas Parker Hooligan

    Medical treatment, .22 ammo, and U.S. pre-1964 silver coins.
  4. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Well since nobody has really touched on it I'll give a couple of ideas. I've saved some strike anywhere matches and sealed them. Everyone needs matches at some point. Another thing is shoe strings, thread and lastly some leather gloves.

    Take care Be safe Poacher.
  5. mommabear

    mommabear Monkey+++

    I think maybe a good barter item is the little 99 cent solar garden lights, from china-mart or whereever. Take the top off and drop it into one of those large white fast food cups and the light will glow out the top, without being just a blaring light, you can see well enough to move around your space.
  6. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    Good idea mommabear. I'll have to keep that in mind
  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    The things which make people feel human again might be a good criteria;

    tooth powder (as opposed to paste)
    tooth brush
    body/foot powder
    reading material (books, magazines)
    toilet paper

    I like to stock up on essential oils and mix my own fragrances. I have a variety of carrier oils, too. Small vials, larger bottles, and a list of my favorite 'recipes' is a welcome addition.

    I like to raid the dollar store weekly if I can. I limit myself with 20-40 dollars, go inside, and buy what I can from the list. I only buy high quality essential oils (online), but that is because it is mainly for personal use, and this can be quite costly. I imagine that a person could buy cheaper oils for the purpose of distributing WTSHTF, but it would be up to them to decide.
  8. PapaSasquatch

    PapaSasquatch Monkey++

    I'd think bottles of pain reliever pills (even with their quick expiration times), alcohol prep pads, gauze, bandages, ice/heat packs, fire starting stuff, fuels, etc.

    Depending on the potential longevity of the crisis, ammo is good to barter...unless it's seriously the end of days and that 2k rounds of ammo will be used up in the first 5 years..then you obviously guard it. But if you're in a situation like Haiti, respectfully, then yes, it's something to barter when your friends and neighbors need to protect their much sought after assets. As soon as 72 hours past in Haiti, that's when the desperation peaks and anarchy reigns..and the bullets fly (or machetes).

    Water purification bottles/equipment is a very good idea too as someone said above.
  9. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    More than likely anything I had an excess of.....
    But, I can produce alcohol...
    I have the ability to do some lathe operations/machining.
    (working on a mill as I write this)
    Welding, and fabrication would come in handy, as well as skills in automotive repairs.
    As for tangibles, I don't have a lot there to use for any exchange right now...
    "IF" and when, I get my rabbit hutches and chicken coop/hen house up and running, that would change.
    Right now where my land is at, a lot of trades and barter take place almost daily.
    It has become a way of life, for a lot of people already.
    I still have alot to learn!
  10. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    I assume we are talking SHTF, near or TEOTWAWKI, Not sure, in that case I'd barter ammo unless I knew the person, especially if the guy has his weapon there. Then he'll load it and take your stuff. Now that I think about it more, I don't think I'd barter it at all. He takes ammo back after scouting what you have that he wants. Rounds up his buddies and comes later that evening and then you ask, was that TP, toothpaste,food, water, news, alcohol, smoke, sex, seeds worth it?
  11. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    ROFL, you pessimist! [freedom]

    Good point though. Only barter with trusted allies and blind people.
  12. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    The solar garden lights could be like gold if you explain how to get full advantage of them. Aside from being a rechargable light source, you could also remove the bulbs and use them as solar battery chargers to be able to keep other lights and various battery powered stuff going.
  13. fwilliam1

    fwilliam1 Monkey++

    I would say I fall into the category of concentrating on prepping for myself and family. I believe in staying grey, so, unless I'm dealing with family I don't think I'll be interested in trading. The whole point of prepping is to make sure you have all the bases covered.
  14. I'd say anything that gives power like batteries, but if I had the chance I would try and snag maybe some antibiotics and other medical supplies to barter with, plus they might be good to have for yourself, then maybe some luxuries like cigarettes and tobacco. and ammo would be the last thing I would barter with since they could turn around and use it on me.
  15. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    OTC pain killers, cheap to stock up on, and even after they expire they still work although the effect may be reduced. Benadryl can save a life in a allergic reaction. Actually pretty much anything that you have that someone else might need. TP, meds, blankets, knives, food, etc.
  16. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Maybe more interesting from a preparation point of view, what will you need to barter for? What will you need or want that you haven't considered?
  17. pinetree

    pinetree Monkey+++

    FOOD on the hoof 200 ewes= 300 lambs x 130 lbs + 3 guard donkeys . Garden seeds . I'm a little farmer , many of my tools will have many uses later.
  18. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    I think ghrit hit the nail on the head! What would you barter FOR.

    As far a bartering with, you can pretty much eliminate bartering with the unprepared. They will have nothing of value to those prepared for the unexpected. Barter with the later group may be in terms of "rental" - Someone has a post hole digger you could use - unlikely the holder would give it up but would load/rent for some barter item.
  19. ppbenn

    ppbenn Monkey++

    As we're not far enough along to have much to give up for barter, we could trade knowledge and experience (medical) and supplies for same in an area that we're a little light in
  20. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I suspect that barter will work only as long as there are stores to trade with. After that is gone, a small society is going to have to trade talents and raw materials locally grown or mined. I say small, because if the worst happens, things will be down and out for a long time and the neighbors will be all you have.
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