Bartering


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Basic Bartering Rules of Thumb:

As suggested in the May/June 2015 issue of Survivalist magazine:

  • Engage your bartering partner.
  • Do not be intimidated and always show you are on equal footing through body language.
  • Exude confidence and ease to make yourself and your partner comfortable.
  • Ask questions.
  • Demonstrate flexibility.
  • Be specific, transparent and fair throughout the process.
  • Do not cheat your partner or allow yourself to be cheated.
  • Produce a win/win scenario.

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Items That You Can Barter:

Comfort Items:

  • chocolate
  • hard  candy
  • coffee & tea
  • prescription meds
  • sugar
  • alcohol (vodka, apart from drinking, can also be used as a topical antiseptic)
  • condoms
  • tobacco and cigarette rolling supplies

Entertainment Items:

In a long-term disaster, boredom becomes a silent killer.

  • games
  • decks of cards
  • paperback books on a variety of subjects
  • crossword puzzle books, Sudoku
  • music
  • sports equipment

Personal / Sanitary Items:

  • deodorant
  • soap
  • toilet paper
  • feminine care
  • dental care
  • diapers & baby care
  • disposable razors and razor blades

Cleaning Items:

  • Vinegar and baking soda to use in DIY cleaning supplies
  • Empty spray bottles and squirt bottles

Tools & Repair Items:

  • tape
  • glue
  • nuts
  • bolts
  • screws
  • washers
  • wire
  • nails
  • knives of various types including fixed blades, kitchen knives, and box cutters.
  • hand tools
  • hatchets
  • saws
  • machetes
  • heavy plastic sheeting and tarps
  • sewing and mending supplies
  • knitting or crochet needles and yarn
  • hand pumps for both air and liquids

Defensive Items:

  • ammo
  • pepper spray
  • armor
  • weapons
  • protective gear

Food & Water:

  • water filters
  • purification tablets
  • heirloom seeds
  • condiments and Spices

Medicinal Items:

  • prescription drugs
  • painkillers
  • cough syrup
  • cortisone cream
  • Boil-ese
  • calamine lotion
  • topical pain relievers
  • antibiotics
  • essential oils
  • first-aid kits
  • bandages
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves in a variety of sizes

Precious Metals:

  • gold
  • silver

Other Practical Items:

  • fuel, any and all kinds (gas, diesel, propane, kerosene)
  • solar battery charger and rechargeable batteries
  • disposable batteries
  • candles
  • flashlights
  • fire making supplies, including lighters, matches, flint fire steel
  • propane
  • bags, including large garbage bags as well as smaller zip-close bags
  • paracord
  • clothing and shelter materials
  • Mylar blankets and tents
  • hand warmers
  • fishing supplies
  • pencils & paper

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Services and Teachable Skills That You Can Barter:

Food Preparation Skills:

  • home-canning
  • homesteading
  • gardening
  • farming
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • gathering
  • processing and curing wild game
  • cooking
  • beekeeping
  • proper food storage
  • water purification

Practical Skills:

  • fire building
  • sewing
  • blacksmithing
  • carpentry
  • blade sharpening
  • wood gathering and cutting
  • shelter building

Mechanical Skills:

  • auto repair
  • small engine repair
  • welding
  • plumbing

Medical Skills:

  • first-aid
  • midwifery
  • dentistry
  • veterinary
  • essential oil application

Defensive Skills:

  • fight
  • shoot
  • tactics

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Rethinking Bartering:

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