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  • Greeks embrace bartering to survive economic collapse — and soon, you will too

    09/27/2015 6:01:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 85 replies ^ | 23SEP2015 | Sam Rolley
    In Greece, the age-old practice of bartering for goods and services is experiencing a renaissance as the nation endures the sixth year of its debt-driven economic meltdown. And as bartering has come to mean the difference between starvation and survival for some Greeks, Americans ought to take note. The New York Times on Monday explained how virtual barter networks are popping up in Greece to help individuals and small businesses in the nation survive harsh capital controls put in place to combat a long-standing liquidity crisis. Earlier this year, many Greeks found themselves unable to withdraw money from banks for...
  • Shire Silver (Home)

    07/04/2013 8:15:23 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    Shire Silver ^ | 7-4-13 | Shire Silver
    In the fall of 2007, a group of about twenty New Hampshire residents got together to see what they could do to promote the use of silver as a trade medium. They set a meeting in November, expecting to come together to really ramp up the promotion of the Liberty Dollar. Unfortunately, the government decided to raid them just a few days before the meeting. The meeting tone and agenda was quickly changed to "what do we do now?" Some analysis and discussion focused on two flaws in the Liberty Dollar model that the group saw: 1.The U.S. Dollar denomination...
  • Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering

    02/05/2013 6:39:25 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Guradian UK ^ | 02 January 2013 | Helena Smith
    It's been a busy day at the market in downtown Volos. Angeliki Ioanitou has sold a decent quantity of olive oil and soap, while her friend Maria has done good business with her fresh pies. But not a single euro has changed hands – none of the customers on this drizzly Saturday morning has bothered carrying money at all. For many, browsing through the racks of second-hand clothes, electrical appliances and homemade jams, the need to survive means money has been usurped. "It's all about exchange and solidarity, helping one another out in these very hard times," enthused Ioanitou, her...
  • 10 Rules for Trading in Long Term Survival Scenarios

    01/02/2013 5:11:30 PM PST · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 12/29/12 | Selco
    All of us rely on our skills when SHTF. So we all hope that we can cover all of major skills that can lead us trough all basic needs in order to survive. So we choose to learn lot of things, how to fight , how to can, how to grow food, how to heal people. And we are buying equipment and learn things. We choose different approaches, someone chooses to learn just basics from one skill, or someone chooses to learn one particular skill in depth. Like to be very good in growing food when SHTF. But most of...
  • Barter Solutions - The Gold Alternative

    09/29/2012 1:42:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 28 September, 2011 | Riverwalker
    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...
  • The Coupon Whisperer Becomes South Florida Barter King

    06/22/2012 10:07:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    The Coupon Whisperer ^ | June 22, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    Using the amazing powers that I developed as The Coupon Whisperer, I am now combining those skills to become the South Florida Barter King. I am sort of inspired to do so by the new "Barter Kings" show even though that series is obviously highly scripted. However, since I had some good barter experiences in the past, I plan to hone my bartering skills hopefully up to the level of my couponing skulls. Yesterday, I performed my first coupon/barter deal. I picked up two dozen FREE bottles of body wash using coupons and traded them to my friend the...
  • The Next Thing in Money

    05/20/2012 5:22:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | May 20, 2012 | Paul Jacob
    When times get tough, the tough . . . switch currencies. A fascinating report by Eric Garland in The Atlantic tells of the upswing in “local currencies.” In the United Kingdom, the Brixton Pound is being floated, engraved on its paper notes the likes of “David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust era.” Pegged to the British pound, it serves mainly as a scheme to promote local business and trade, though maybe it’s a tad more than mere boosterism. Bavarians are also “enthusiastically using the local currency as a protest” — the local currency being the “Chiemgauer.” And “similar currencies have...
  • The Barter Value Of Skills

    04/28/2012 2:26:45 PM PDT · by blam · 102 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4-28-2012 | Tess Pennington
    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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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...
  • Barter Items

    12/22/2011 9:30:08 PM PST · by Kartographer · 116 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/22/11 | ice4safety
    Obviously if you are reading this article you already have a modicum of common sense about the impending changes to our capitalist system or the prophesy about the collapse thereof. Some people who have been out of work and have given up on ever finding another job are no longer counted in the unemployment figures since the change in how they are counted so politicians can justify their piss poor job performance…..the rate currently in reality is something akin to 20% not below 10% as touted. Almost 50 million persons receive food stamps and on the rise. Less than 50%...
  • Does the Government Work for Us, or Do We Work for the Government

    11/11/2011 3:16:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 11, 2011 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In America, the federal government seems to control everything. Light bulbs, shoe leather, refrigerators, even the water strength in your shower. Your banker, your doctor, your lawyer, your computer all are regulated beyond belief. What is it in America that the feds can't control? The answer is simple: human nature. We need to eat, and we need to move about; and that means we will use the free market in order to do so, with or without the government. Every capable human engages in market exchanges, even in those countries where it's illegal. Through all of history, humans have advanced...
  • Obama Adminstration Opposes Prayer Plaque at WWII Memorial – It Would “Dilute Message”

    11/05/2011 8:19:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 4, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    (Visiting DC)The Obama Administration announced its objection to including President Roosevelt’s prayer on the World War II Memorial in Washington DC. The Obama White House said the prayer would dilute the message of the memorial.Todd Starnes reported: Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are expressing outrage after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.The objection was noted during a congressional hearing on Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R-OH) bill – the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011.”“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration would stand...
  • Stockpiling popular SHTF bartering items

    11/03/2011 9:06:40 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 127 replies
    If you’re fully stocked and prepared to survive anything, you may want to take that next step and start stockpiling popular bartering items. The exact items you choose to start stockpiling will depend on the situation your planning for, but in general the following items will all probably be in high demand after a total collapse: Water Purification Most people don’t realize how hard finding clean drinkable water will become in a post-collapse situation. When the water treatment plants stop running, people are going to be scrambling to find a way to purify their drinking water. Iodine tablets, bleach, water...
  • Barter Society Emerges In Greece As Crisis Deepens *Video*

    10/30/2011 3:29:33 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10-29-2011 | Mac Slav0
    Barter Society Emerges In Greece As Crisis Deepens *Video* Mac Slavo October 29th, 2011 As the Greek economy succumbs to the debt crisis and individual Greeks are made poorer each day through austerity measures and job cuts, many have begun resorting to traditional bartering as a way to make ends meet and at the same time increase their involvement with neighbors and their general community. Services being bartered include anything from language classes and babysitting to hand cooked meals and daily labor. It’s huge. Everything we do is without money, like looking after people or making food by ourselves. …We...
  • Social Security Now Officially in the Red

    10/30/2011 4:58:03 AM PDT · by Stajack · 136 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2011 | Lisa Montgomery
    Now, Social Security is sucking money out of the Treasury. This year, it will add a projected $46 billion to the nation’s budget problems, according to projections by system trustees. Replacing cash lost to a one-year payroll tax holiday will require an additional $105 billion. If the payroll tax break is expanded next year, as President Obama has proposed, Social Security will need an extra $267 billion to pay promised benefits.
  • Obama: If We Lose in 2012, Government Will Tell People ‘You’re on Your Own’

    10/25/2011 8:08:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 25, 2011
    At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America. “The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel. “If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own....
  • Biden: Tea partiers like 'terrorists'

    08/01/2011 1:45:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 211 replies
    Politica ^ | 8/1/11 | JONATHAN ALLEN & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit. Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting. “We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists,” according to several sources in...
  • 'China, Iran discussing barter system to bypass sanctions'

    07/28/2011 6:23:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 25/07/2011
    'China, Iran discussing barter system to bypass sanctions' By REUTERS 25/07/2011 Sanctions forbid dealing with Iran in dollar trading; trading services, goods, softer currencies could undermine process, according to report. Iran and China are discussing using a barter system to exchange Iranian oil for Chinese goods and services, as US sanctions have blocked China from paying at least $20 billion for oil, the Financial Times said. The paper, citing people familiar with the problem, said US financial sanctions against Iran, which make it hard to conduct dollar-denominated business, meant China might owe the oil-rich country as much as $30 billion....
  • Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills

    06/10/2011 6:59:59 PM PDT · by blam · 87 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6-10-2011 | Brandon Smith
    Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills Brandon Smith June 10th, 2011 The concept of private barter and alternative economies has been so far removed from our daily existence here in America that the very idea of participating in commerce without the use of dollars or without the inclusion of corporate chains seems almost outlandish to many people.However, the fact remains that up until very recently (perhaps the last three to four decades) barter and independent trade was commonplace in this country. Without it, many families could not have survived. Whether we like it or not, such economic methods will...
  • Imagining a world without the dollar

    05/01/2011 12:20:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2011 | Barry Eichengreen
    The dollar doesn’t have much clout these days. The greenback has lost 12 percent of its value against foreign currencies since the chaotic period after the failure of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and nearly 5 percent since the end of 2010. Economists are debating the end of the era of the dollar, while news organizations paint it as a 98-pound weakling. Our so-called “fiat” currency, backed only by the full faith and credit of the government, no longer commands respect. So wouldn’t we be better off without it? Imagine you woke up tomorrow and the dollar had vanished. The Federal...
  • Liberty Dollar creator convicted in federal court

    03/22/2011 4:16:16 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 64 replies
    Asheville Citizen Times | March 19, 2011 | Clarke Morrison
    The leader of a group that marketed a fake currency called Liberty Dollars in the Asheville area and elsewhere has been found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy against the government in a case of “domestic terrorism.” Bernard von NotHaus was convicted Friday at the conclusion of an eight-day trial in U.S. District Court in Statesville. The jury deliberated less than two hours, according to the Department of Justice. Charges remain pending against William Kevin Innes, an Asheville man who authorities said recruited merchants in Western North Carolina willing to accept the “barter” currency, according to court records. Innes...
  • Alabama sex toy shop to trade guns off streets for fun between sheets

    02/08/2011 3:57:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 7 February, 2011 | Lee Roop
    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The same shop that made national headlines for opening America's first sex toy drive-thru is offering customers another tantalizing deal just in time for Valentine's Day: Trade your guns for "romance-inspiring gifts," aka vibrators and other intimate items. The handguns for hand toys and other items offer is good Feb. 8 through 15 at Pleasures, located at 4008 University Drive in Huntsville. Owner Sherri Williams promises gifts equal to the value of the guns as determined by licensed gun dealer David Smith of Blue Steel Gun Works, who will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m....
  • Nonprofit Creates Their Own Stimulus By Hiring People [Barter Programs]

    12/24/2010 8:49:36 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies · 1+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | Mon Dec 20, 11:22 am ET
    LANCASTER, Pa., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's declining economy creates ever increasing financial stress and pressures, causing a struggle to make ends meet. To help solve this problem, a new public service is making its debut nationwide. Community Clearinghouse Agency Inc. is sponsoring a Barter Trade Exchange Network forming a new type of barter service. The new program not only provides income but things people need without spending their money. The agency plans to create some 1500 jobs hiring in all fifty states pumping over $50 million into the economy.Bartering is thousands of years old, people traded vegetables for...
  • Rangel says no plea deal yet to ethics charges

    07/29/2010 11:03:42 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 2+ views
    AP via Chron ^ | 07/29/2010 | LARRY MARGASAK and LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON — Veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel said Thursday there's no deal yet to settle his ethics case and avoid an election-season trial on charges of violating House rules.
  • Breaking-FNC--Rangel has struck a deal

    07/29/2010 9:12:52 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 127 replies · 4+ views
    FNC | 7/29/10
    Per Foxnews, a local affiliate is reporting Rangel has struck a deal. FNC is working to confirm...
  • Gold Coin Sellers Angered by New Tax Law

    07/21/2010 8:25:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 88 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07/21/10 | RICH BLAKE
    Those already outraged by the president's health care legislation now have a new bone of contention -- a scarcely noticed tack-on provision to the law that puts gold coin buyers and sellers under closer government scrutiny. The issue is rising to the fore just as gold coin dealers are attracting attention over sales tactics. Section 9006 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will amend the Internal Revenue Code to expand the scope of Form 1099. Currently, 1099 forms are used to track and report the miscellaneous income associated with services rendered by independent contractors or self-employed individuals.
  • Bartering up as economy down: Businesses embrace trading for goods instead of laying out cash

    05/02/2010 8:28:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 737+ views
    The State ^ | April 25, 2010 | Kristy Epply Rupon
    Over the past 30 years, Columbia artist Jeff Donovan has bartered for artwork, tuition for his daughter's private school, a custom-made suit and, most recently, a couple of visits to the dentist. Bartering gives Donovan a way to use his talent - instead of having to pay cash - to get things he might never buy for himself. Bartering, trading goods or services rather than charging cash, is an ancient practice. But it has gained popularity during the economic meltdown that left many short on cash but rich in talent or treasures. The number of online barter ads has increased...
  • Bring a Chicken! (Lowden Suggests Bartering with Doctors"

    04/21/2010 10:20:33 AM PDT · by Rural_Jew · 17 replies · 738+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/21/10 | Ben Smith
    Republican Reid challenger suggested twice recently that people should barter with their doctors for services. She mentioned--seriously--paying with chickens. See video.
  • Bartering is Back in North Korea (regressed to barter economy)

    01/20/2010 5:10:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 553+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 01/20/10 | Yoo Gwan Hee
    Bartering is Back in North Korea By Yoo Gwan Hee, from South Pyongan in 2008 [2010-01-20 16:27 ] As predicted by experts on North Korea’s economy, since the authorities have yet to officially release state prices, the North Korean people are now surviving by bartering. A defector, who spoke with his family in North Hamkyung Province on Tuesday, reported the news to the Daily NK, “I called my family to send some money to them as I had heard they were in trouble, and they told me that the current situation is unspeakably terrible. They live only by bartering with...
  • Steve Bolles and MBE-barter featured on the Doug Stephan Good Day Show

    08/04/2009 10:17:31 AM PDT · by barrylong · 117+ views
    The Business Barter Blog ^ | 07.29.09 | MBE-Squad
    Amongst the other topics for discussion on his daily talk radio show (The Good Day Show) on Tuesday morning this week, Doug Stephan and one of his co-hosts, Roberta Facinelli, highlighted the benefits of putting MBE-barter to good use. Featured ‘live via phone’ was Merchants Barter Exchange (MBE) founder and President, Steve Bolles, as a guest and expert on barter.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - Craigslist (New Video)

    06/21/2009 4:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 2,227+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 15, 2009 | "Weird Al" Yankovic
    New video from Mr. Yankovic about the Internet site Craigslist in the style of Jim Morrison and the Doors. Enjoy!
  • Bartering makes a comeback for those short on cash

    02/26/2009 4:04:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 792+ views
    IHT ^ | 02/25/09
    Bartering makes a comeback for those short on cash The Associated Press Wednesday, February 25, 2009 BOISE, Idaho: Tired of her pink bathroom countertops but short on cash for a remodel, Rachel Alemany decided to get the work done the old-fashioned way: through bartering. Alemany has experience putting down flooring, so she and her husband traded flooring work with a neighbor who has tiling experience.
  • Is Recession Preparing a New Breed of Survivalist? [Survival Today - an On going Thread #2]

    02/09/2009 12:36:11 AM PST · by nw_arizona_granny · 10,007 replies · 114,278+ views
    May 05th,2008
    Yahoo ran an interesting article this morning indicating a rise in the number of survivalist communities cropping up around the country. I have been wondering myself how much of the recent energy crisis is causing people to do things like stockpile food and water, grow their own vegetables, etc. Could it be that there are many people out there stockpiling and their increased buying has caused food prices to increase? It’s an interesting theory, but I believe increased food prices have more to do with rising fuel prices as cost-to-market costs have increased and grocers are simply passing those increases...
  • Trading What You Have for What You Need

    02/14/2009 4:53:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,079+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 14, 2009 | Alina Tugend
    [A] growing community — offline and online — [] is enthusiastically embracing bartering, particularly in this economy, when it is often more palatable to spend time than money. As we all know, exchanging goods and services goes back, well, forever. But being a neophyte barterer, I was surprised, once I started checking around, at the deals some friends, and friends of friends, have negotiated. Jane Heyman, an artist in Los Angeles who paints portraits, has traded her work for top-of-the-line haircuts, legal services and even plastic surgery. “I had a show, and the doctor liked my painting of Warhol, which...
  • Lawyer suspended for accepting nude dances

    09/22/2008 8:15:57 AM PDT · by kennedy · 24 replies · 212+ views ^ | September 19, 2008 | AP
    CHICAGO - An attorney has been suspended for more than a year for accepting nude dances from a stripper as partial payment for the legal fees she owed him. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission on Thursday said Scott Robert Erwin will begin serving a 15-month suspension for misconduct next month. Erwin, who practices in the northern Illinois city of DeKalb, and his client mutually agreed that she'd perform nude dances for him in his office as a way to reduce her legal fees, the commission's report said. He credited her for $534 toward his bill for services of...
  • Court Declares Money Illegal

    05/29/2008 4:03:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies · 73+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 25 May 2008 | John Semmens
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that paper money illegally discriminates against the blind and ordered an immediate ban on its use. “Government services must be equally accessible to all Americans,” the Court wrote. “Since paper money is inaccessible to blind, it must be made inaccessible to everyone.” The Court rejected the demand that it was responsible for identifying a substitute for the now illegal currency, but suggested, unofficially, that “we might try bartering. Goods-for-goods exchange allows for tactile identification of the items in trade. This might pass muster in any future litigation of...
  • Weak dollar prompts record foreign buyouts of U.S. companies

    10/02/2007 1:16:48 PM PDT · by LM_Guy · 42 replies · 218+ views ^ | 10/02/2007 | Robert Weisman
    European, Asian and Canadian companies are taking advantage of the weaker dollar to buy their U.S. counterparts at a record pace, increasing investment in the United States but also raising fears about a potential loss of jobs and autonomy. "We could be looking at the world's largest tag sale if we continue to see declines in the dollar," said Donald Klepper-Smith, chief economist at DataCore Partners. In the latest large deal aided by a weak dollar, Commerce Bancorp, which is based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, agreed Tuesday to be acquired by Toronto-Dominion Bank of Canada in a cash-and-shares deal...
  • Man Trades Red Paper Clip for Desert Abode

    04/19/2006 2:06:41 PM PDT · by rawhide · 30 replies · 1,753+ views ^ | Tuesday, April 18, 2006 | Fox News
    Kyle MacDonald harnessed the power of the Internet to trade a red paper clip for something better, over and over again. Since last July, he’s managed to turn a red paper clip into a year’s free rent on a house in the desert, the Associated Press reports. "It's totally overwhelming; I'm not going to lie," he said by phone from Montreal, where he and his girlfriend, Dominique Dupuis, live with two roommates. "But I'm still trading for that house. It's this obsessive thing." MacDonald’s obsession started with an ad he placed in the barter section, saying he wanted something...
  • In Era of Credit Cards & ATMs, There's an Old Way to Get What You Want - Barter

    07/05/2005 2:03:44 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 359+ views
    AP ^ | 7-5-05 | Calvin Woodward
    FLOYD, Va. (AP) - They came to Floyd to get back to the land, to be alone, to find community, or to make music. They fit in here because they didn't quite fit in anywhere else. Here the counterculture met the mountain culture and something unique was born. The two lifestyles had something in common, lack of money. The locals wanted it but didn't have it. The newcomers with the tie-dyed shirts didn't care much about the dollar - some despised it - but, like everyone else, they had to pay the bills. So together they took something ancient and...
  • Interview with Bernard Lietaer -- Money, Community & Social Change

    06/04/2005 9:45:39 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 270+ views ^ | Bernard Lietaer and Ravi Dykema
    Money, Community & Social Change -------------------------------- An Interview with Bernard Lietaer By Ravi Dykema "Bernard Lietaer has been involved in the world of money systems for more than 25 years, and his experience in monetary matters ranges from multinational corporations to developing countries. He co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism to the single European currency system (the Euro), and served as president of the Electronic Payment System in his native Belgium. He also co-founded one of the largest and most successful currency funds. Lietaer is the author of nine books on money and finances, including "The Future of Money" (Random...