Skip to comments.Barter Solutions - The Gold Alternative
Posted on 09/29/2012 1:42:24 AM PDT by marktwain
While precious metals such as gold and silver make an excellent choice as a hedge against inflation or the devaluation of the dollar, they can be extremely hard to spend. Quite often bartering will become the alternative to cash which may have little or no value. There is where the law of supply and demand comes into effect.
There may be a significant supply of cash for which there is no demand because it no longer has value. In a situation such as this, cash money will have little or no value for the purchase of goods which you may be need. Gold or silver may not be the best barter item simply because of its greater value which will far exceed the worth of most items that may be required.
A gold coin that is worth in excess of a thousand dollars will be hard to break down into a smaller quantity for bartering. Unless you intend to significantly pay in excess of an items value, you will need something with a smaller denomination that is easily traded and that has significant and easily recognized value. Enter 22LR ammunition as a possible solution to this problem.
One of the most popular calibers of ammunition is 22LR. Even people who are not big fans of firearms will quite often own a 22LR pistol or rifle. This means that the possible demand for 22LR ammunition may well exceed the supply. Now 22LR ammunition can function well in a barter environment of this type. Its well suited to trade for items with less value but can also work for items with greater value. Its small in comparison with other calibers and is probably the least expensive ammunition you can purchase but will have a greater and immediate value in a barter situation if the dollar collapses.
Its going to be a lot easier to trade four or five rounds of 22LR ammunition for a bag of flour than a piece of gold or silver.
Got gold alternative?
Staying above the water line!
.22LR = $1. 9mm Luger and 38 special = $5. 5.56 = $10. 30.06 = $15. 7.62 = $20.
1-5 gm gold bars? silver coins/bullion? ammo and reloading components. lead ingots. Firearms. High end automatic knives. Bullion and coins are nice because you can easily run with them if necessary.
I am becoming more and more convinced that five months after SHTF, a simple bar of soap would be worth it’s weight in gold.
Or a pound of salt or pepper.
There are so many simple things we take for granted that in previous ages were luxuries only Kings dared dream of...
Yes I can see how some 22LR could be an excellent poor mans gold. Thanks for publishing.
I tell folks how shaky our currency is and they laugh like I’m crazy.
It’s our enemy’s that prop up our currency; countries like the oil producers that accept petro-dollars, China and Russia...
...and every day we legalize more abominations and dance to their tune, whatever that is. At this moment in time it’s our free speech and opinion that the Arabs for insulting and a reason to riot.
The Arabs will complete what the legally privileged negros started.
What is the most addictive personal piece of equipment nowadays? What people cannot live without, have to have and who will act like slaves when given one?
A cell phone.
Granted the infrastructure may not be too efficient but people will go nuts without their security cell phone blanket.
But I would not consider buying cell phones, maybe some decent sport hunting talkies with security channels, those I would buy by the crate. And batteries, batteries will be the new monetary coin.
button batteries the penny, AAA and AA the nickels and dimes, the C and D cells the quarters, and the 3 volt lithiums the dollar bills. And the high end rechargeables the big dollars.
Government sealed, half pints of whisky, bourbon, vodka and brandy will be excellent trade goods
Batteries. Go solar!!! Not to ‘green’ the planet but to charge the batteries. I’ve got relatively inexpensive solar chargers and I make sure the electronics I buy ( handy talkies, etc.) all take AA or AAA batteries. Got plenty of spares if each.
Primitive societies of humans almost always invent money. Money has been around since prehistoric times. Gold and silver has been used as money for thousands of years. I believe that after SHTF, economies will develop based on money. However, the value of bullets will not diminish.
Likely there will be numerous forms of barter as well as a return to the old everday currency of silver. Pre-1964 dimes, quarters and halves will make a big comeback.
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