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The Barter Value Of Skills
SHTF Plan ^ | 4-28-2012 | Tess Pennington

Posted on 04/28/2012 2:26:45 PM PDT by blam

The Barter Value Of Skills

Tess Pennington
April 26th, 2012

This article has been generously contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management & response. You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness, Homesteading, and a host of other topics at www.readynutrition.com.

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Recently, we talked about the necessity of learning skills to aid us in a survival situation. Don’t underestimate the value of those skills for barter. If the grid goes down, people may be left with no access to medical care, serious gaps in their knowledge or the inability to repair vital items. If you possess those abilities, your skills will be in high demand.

In the situation of economic collapse, there will be a revival of the barter system. To barter means to exchange your goods or services for someone else’s goods or services. To complete a satisfactory barter transaction, each person must desire something from the other party. Despite the potential of desperation, it’s morally imperative to be fair to the party that is most in need. Remember that one day, that person who is most in need may be you.

Right now, if something breaks, the replacement is only as far away as the closest Wal-Mart. However, in the event of an economic collapse or a disaster that causes the trucks to stop running, it won’t be easy to replace broken items. The ability to repair broken items will be in very high demand. It will be a rare skill, because we live in a world of planned obsolescence. Few people actually know how to repair an item in a sturdy and long-lasting way.

Brandon Smith of Alt-Market calls this about bringing back the American Tradesman:

“If you wish to survive after the destruction of the mainstream system that has babied us for so long,” he says, “you must be able to either make a necessary product, repair a necessary product, or teach a necessary skill. A limited few have the capital required to stockpile enough barter goods or gold and silver to live indefinitely. The American Tradesman must return in full force, not only for the sake of self preservation, but also for the sake of our heritage at large.”

Check out Brandon’s excellent article on the barter system here.

There is no limit to the skills that could be used in a barter situation. Some examples would be:

First Aid for traumatic injuries Sutures

Midwifery/delivering babies

Dental care

Herbal remedies

Animal Husbandry

Veterinary Skills

Teaching children

Teaching skills to adults like knitting, gardening, machine repair, etc.

Mechanic’s skills: the ability to fix solar generators, small machines, automobiles, etc.

Other repair skills: the ability to repair tools, woodstoves, plumbing, etc.

Gardening/Farming

Construction

Gunsmithing/Weapon repair

Security services

Food Preservation

Sewing/Mending

Making soap and candles

Blacksmithing

If the grid goes down or the economy collapses in a long-term way, gone are the days of making your living doing IT work or ringing through purchases at the grocery store. You will need to become not only self-sufficient, but a provider of goods or services.

Consider what abilities and knowledge you possess that can be shared with others. Nobody can do it alone – there is always going to be something you need that you can’t provide for yourself.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barter; economy; prepperping; preppers; selfreliance; shtfplan; survival; survivalping
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1 posted on 04/28/2012 2:26:47 PM PDT by blam
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To: Kartographer
Economic Nostradamus: We Are Literally Witnessing A Collapse
2 posted on 04/28/2012 2:28:05 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Buy David Gingery’s books.


3 posted on 04/28/2012 2:33:04 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: blam

distilling alcohol


4 posted on 04/28/2012 2:37:39 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: blam

I have 9 of those listed skills.


5 posted on 04/28/2012 2:37:59 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: tacticalogic

Play blackjack for grains of rice.

When you win, bump up the stakes to pinto beans.

When you win, bump up the steaks.


6 posted on 04/28/2012 2:38:28 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: blam; Kartographer

Good article over here, K.


7 posted on 04/28/2012 2:39:27 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Migraine

Hmmm. That means I should hoard rice, pinto beans, and decks of marked cards....


8 posted on 04/28/2012 2:45:28 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: blam

I have 12 skills on the list,plus a few more not listed.I still don’t feel like I’m prepared for what’s surely coming.


9 posted on 04/28/2012 2:45:47 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: blam

Many established people have been busybodies, rumor mongers and false accusers against the property rights and other civil rights of their neighbors. No contracts with them. They and anyone doing jobs for them will be on their own.


10 posted on 04/28/2012 2:48:13 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Just another Joe
I also have a lot of those skills, except for the medical care. I can do self-aid/buddy-care fist aid stuff, but I don't birth no babies or work on teeth.

Heck, I'm not even sure where my teeth are right now.

/johnny

11 posted on 04/28/2012 2:49:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: familyop
I hear ya. One old lady here on the street is on her own. Sorry. She burned bridges with almost everyone in the neighborhood.

/johnny

12 posted on 04/28/2012 2:51:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: call meVeronica

Bump


13 posted on 04/28/2012 2:54:57 PM PDT by call meVeronica
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To: blam; knews_hound

The author forgot what will probably be the single most sought after skill set:

Brewing beer.

We put back enough ingredients for pretty near 50 gallons. I reckon we are going to be right popular when the SHTF.

L


14 posted on 04/28/2012 2:55:34 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker
50 gallons isn't very much at all.

Legally, in the US, every adult is allowed to brew 250 gallons of beer. I know some homebrew guys that keep enough materials on hand for 1000 gallons. And they aren't preppers. ;)

/johnny

15 posted on 04/28/2012 3:00:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

50 gallons is enough to get things going, trade for other stuff, additional ingredients, etc. I’m mostly limited by the number of E-Z cap bottles we have. Those things are not cheap.

And we are adding to our stash as we can. Other items are taking priority right now, mostly those of the brass and lead persuasion.

And food. And more medical supplies....


16 posted on 04/28/2012 3:05:13 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

And I’d be really polite to those thousand gallon home brew folks if I were you. LOL


17 posted on 04/28/2012 3:06:04 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Heck, I’m not even sure where my teeth are right now.”

LOL! Mine are MIA, too.


18 posted on 04/28/2012 3:10:45 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Farmer Dean; All
And for me also...

"I have 12 skills on the list,plus a few more not listed.I still don’t feel like I’m prepared for what’s surely coming."

Mathew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

19 posted on 04/28/2012 3:11:01 PM PDT by hope
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To: Lurker
Since most carry, I'm always polite. But I won't need their beer. I'll get by. ;)

/johnny

20 posted on 04/28/2012 3:11:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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