The Art of Bartering Successfully
The art of bartering is as ancient as human civilization and is rapidly gaining in popularity once again;
ordinary people are now learning how to barter items to save lots of money.
By creating their own barter systems based on goods and services, these people are able to get
around money entirely: securing what their families need most without spending a cent. The amount of
money you can save by learning the art of bartering is limited only by your imagination and your
Here we explain how to barter successfully with the following bartering tips and tricks:
# 1 ~~Be Specific About What You Have and What You Want
Don’t say you are looking for a dog walker in exchange for legal services. That’s too vague. Say you will
prepare a simple will in exchange for 10 hours of dog walking instead. The more specific you are about
exactly what you want to get and exactly what you are willing to give in exchange for it, the less likely
you are to encounter problems or be dissatisfied with the result.
# 2 ~~Work Out the Details in Advance
Leave as little room for negotiation as possible in order to seal a quick deal. If you are exchanging
goods, decide on who pays for postage and packaging and include that in your ad. If you exchanging
services, nail down the dates, the time (if applicable), and precisely what you are going to do and for
how long. Don’t say, “I’ll help you plant your garden if you help me fix my sink.” Say, “I’ll weed your
garden from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM this Saturday if you’ll help me install a sink from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
this Sunday, and we’ll each bring our own tools and gloves.”
# 3 ~~Assign Fair Value
Many people who have ‘barter parties’ at their homes create a system of points for assigning value. So,
for instance, if it’s a barter party for kid’s clothes, a designer jacket worn by a single child once gets
assigned more points than a pair of discount jeans on its sixth round of swaps. This comes down to
creating your own money system. Instead of trading the items directly, each person gets an amount of
‘points’ to spend on items that are priced according to points assigned.
# 4 ~~Be Creative
The Art of Bartering can be whatever you make it. With money scarce, many people are swapping
homes as a way of visiting other cities without paying for hotels. Some people who are having trouble
selling their home in this difficult real estate market have found ways to trade them instead, (Check out
the site Online House Trading for more details). Professional services is another area where bartering
is rapidly gaining ground. Use your imagination. If you need a service and can’t afford it, make an offer.
The worst that can happen is you’ll get a ‘no’ answer.
# 5 ~~Set Up a Service Bank With Like-Minded Friends and Neighbors
Why hire expensive contractors for projects that are mostly simple labor? Painting, putting up pole
barns, gardening, quilting, canning, sewing, accounting, bookkeeping, web design, tutoring, essay
writing, babysitting: all of these services can be more easily traded or bartered than bought, and you
can save enormous amounts of money this way. Check with your insurance company before bartering
construction services to make certain whoever is helping you will be covered in the event of an
accident in your home. Everyone has a skill that other people don’t have to the same degree. By
bartering your special skill, you can get things done you might not otherwise have been able to afford.
# 6 ~~Conclusion and Further Resources
The Art of Bartering is a great way to get what you need in hard times and make friends while doing it.
In addition to the new bartering sites that are springing up online every day, you can also find great
resources and tips for arranging regular barter events in your own home.
Check out Wiki how and Info for basic tips and tricks on organizing home swap parties by typing in
‘swap party’ in the search box. You can organize a home party barter system for everything from kid’s
clothing, to office wear, to electronic equipment, to small appliances; saving yourself and your friends
thousands of dollars of unnecessary expenses in the process.
Home barter parties can also be good fun. Many people enjoy swapping books and DVDs informally.
You can even simply hold an open ‘swap meet’ that rotates among the homes of a group of friends and
neighbors. Everyone brings a box or items and browses; kind of like ‘white elephant day’ at the office.
It’s amazing what you can find this way, and if you also include snacks and drinks it’s a great way to
keep in touch with friends and network in other helpful ways.