Bartering: A Modern Day Phenomenon
Back in the early days of America, families didn't have much
in the form of money. What they did have was skill, creativity,
and a desire to help each other out. Most of us know of the
"doctor" who is paid for his services with chickens, apples, or
Bartering has deep roots in all of society. If you needed
something and didn't have the know- how or money to do it, you
could always find someone who wanted something you had or could
do and thus "barter" for it.
Ahhh, the good ole' days when life was simple and trust was a
family value. Did you know that in 2005 there are secret moms,
dads, grandparents, and even children trading 'aka' bartering
FAIRLY in the U.S.A.? Did you know that it even occurs on the
World Wide Web?
The following tips might help you weed through the online
1. Find a site or group that allows bartering
a. Do a google search for trade/barter/swap groups
2. Become a member
3. Make contacts and relationships with members thus getting
to know whom you are doing business with.
a. Read "feedback" of the people you are doing trades with.
This is positive or negative feedback of past trades that people
have had with the potential trader.
4. List your needs and what you have to trade.
a. Some Trading Lingo: ISO= In Search Of; DISO= Desperately In
Search Of; FS= For Sale; FSOT= For Sale Or Trade; PPO: Paypal
Only; FFS: Free For Shipping;
5. Make the verbal/electronic agreement (details of trade)
a. **Warning- as with any contract over the Internet you need
to use caution. Buyer/Trader Beware. You are trading at your own
6. Ship the package out
a. You will want to ship the cheapest way possible. Get
Delivery Confirmation so you and the receiver can track the
package. Insurance is left up to the receiver.
7. Now just wait for the postal carrier for your trade.
a. In the "trading" world this has become known as "stalking"
8. WARNING: Trading can be addictive!!!!
Bartering is not limited to online groups. All across America
woman are forming groups/clubs and having "Bare Naked" parties.
These consist of women and children and unwanted clothing.
Here is how they work:
1. Gather at someone's home (you will be trying on clothing so
unless you are comfortable with undressing in front of everyone's
spouse, it might be best for them to "hang out" somewhere
2. Bring unwanted clothing, clothing that doesn't fit, shoes,
3. "Bare Naked" and proceed with trying on of outfits, shoes,
4. "If the shoe fits" as they say, It's yours!!!
5. Participants usually receive number of articles that they
bring. I.E. if you bring 5 articles, you leave with 5 articles.
This of course can be left up to the individual group.
Another phenomenon sweeping our nation is called "All Things
In Common". This originated out of "needs" at a local church.
Once month members gather all their unwanted items and bring them
to the church.
Members draw a number, this dictates their turn in "shopping".
Once everything is dispLaid and totals calculated (how many you
brought is how many you get to choose)-The "shopping" begins.
Members are chosen one by one randomly to "shop". They choose the
number of items they brought and then the next "shopper" goes
until all have shopped.
With everyone thinking about how they can minimize their
impact on the earth, bartering is the perfect solution to a big
problem. Freecycling is one of the largest online bartering
systems going today. (http://www.freecycle.org) Freecycling came
about by offering your goods for free instead of heaping it onto
our over crowded landfills. Thus "another person's junk is
someone else's treasure".
Freecyling is now all over the United States as well as
Canada. You can join a local group or if there is not one
locally, start your own. Here is how it works:
1. List your "haves" online or in a printed bulletin like
2. Someone who "wants" your item will then contacts you to set
up a time to pick up said item.
3. You get rid of something, they gain something and everyone
is happy-including mother earth.
4. **WARNING: Always use caution with dealing with strangers
online and offline.
In conclusion I would like to point out the dangers of
relaying personal information on the Internet. Buyer/Trader
Beware!! Safety and Common sense do need to be used with dealing
with people we don't know.
Ways to get around this is to set up drop off points at public
locations. Another way could be to start a group at a college or
high school and open it up to the public once a quarter. You can
even start a group among your circle of friends. Any way you
choose to implement this newfound "JOY" will be surely worth it
in the end. Stay safe and Happy Trading!!!
Amity Mama's - A place for crunchy moms to gather, talk, sell,
and trade http://www.amitymama.com
Natural Living Swap - A yahoo group, just formed, swapping
Waldorf, and Natural living items
Free Cycling- National Recycling/Freecycling group online and
locally(in some locations)
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