Bartering was once one of the most essential tools of the more ancient eras of the earth. Without a lot of real money, many people had to trade to get the essentials for life. They might trade a cow for seven chickens, or table for a couple new cooking pots. This may seem easy, but, in reality, it is one the hardest things to do. First, you have to find someone who actually wants what you have, then you have to come to a complete agreement on the trade. This can be tough, especially for people who live in smaller communtities. This is why I am going to refer a handful of websites and books that offer bartering and how to learn to barter.
- Barterquest.com – This website offers many trade offers on books, sports equipment, family items, electronics, and just about anything else you can think of. This website allows you to look at what other people want. It allows you to contact them and make offers for that item. You can work out a fair price completely online without having to travel at all. This site has great reviews on several other websites and I highly recommend it if you want to do some international bartering.
- U-Exchange.com – U-Exchange boasts over 70,000 members posting various different items that they would like to barter for or with. You can find different listings from all over the world, so it’s likely that you can find exactly what you are looking for at U-Exchange. Membership and listings are free.
- Swap.com – Touting itself as the world’s biggest bartering marketplace, Swap.com claims that it has over a million members (and counting!). Swap.com mainly focuses on media like books, CD’s, movies, video games and a lot more that you want to trade. In return, you will receive credits to purchase the items you want.
- Tradeaway.com – This website is similar in ways to barterquest.com but has a few differences as well. One difference is that it allows you to actually buy an item is the owner so chooses, instead of having to work out a fair price, which could take a while. The website will also allow you to price the object yourself if you choose to sell it. You can also make offers to sell other peoples things for them for a small fee. You can also trade for these services as well.
Quotes on Bartering
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals. – Adam Smith
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. – Edmund Burke
- “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barter and Trade Exchanges” – This book comes highly recommended off of Amazon to everyone interested in bartering, but it is especially useful to people completely new of semi-experienced at the art of barter. It teaches you how to make offers sound attractive to other people, and how to perfectly come up with fair trades quickly and painlessly. Overall, this book is a really great place to start for those new to bartering.
- “Leveraging your Business with Barter: The Secret Currency” – This book teaches to secrets of bartering to any who want to learn them. The book shows that in the future, bartering will be one of the keys to survival. An in-expensive and easy way to learn a trade, Leveraging your Business with Barter: The Secret Currency is a must read and could provide with a new way of life.
Interesting Bartering Facts
- Bartering was first historically recorded in Egypt well over 4,500 years ago
- People have used many different things as money through history. Some examples include salt, grain, cocoa beans, cows, shark’s teeth, and precious stones
- In the Catalonia region of Spain there is a growing number of bartering and exchange markets. These barter markets do not use money. Participants bring things they do not need and exchange them for the unwanted goods of another participant. Sometimes multiple parties will get involved to make a deal work.