Hello my friend and welcome back! I recently wrote a post on bartering and received some very interesting feedback. While going over them, I tried to see where the differences of opinion came in and I finally decided that there were many opinions concerning when and where to barter. It is for this reason that I decided to layout my thought on the subject, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.
So why would you want to barter anyway? Well, what if you are a member of your family came down with something unexpected and you had no medicine for it. Would you simply throw your hand in the air and say “Oh well?” Of course not, you would do everything in your power to find a way to get the medicine from someone who has it.
Now what if that same person needed something you had? Would you say no or would you work out a trade with them? This type of trade is called “bartering” and it will quickly become the new way of getting what you need to survive in the new world. Of course, this is dependent on you having something they want or need, as bad as you do.
Now many of the comments I received from that post implied that if you let someone know what you have, then they will just follow you home and take what you have. While I will concede that this could happen, choosing the right time and place to barter will make all of the difference in the world.
You will want to keep many items on hand just for bartering. Alcohol will have many uses in the future. Some uses for it will include cleaning wounds, sterilizing medical instruments, as well as fuel for alcohol stoves, just to name a few. There are many other items like this that you could store up for just such an occasion. Of course this is the easy part. The hard part is to know when and how to actually barter for what you need.
Let me give you a few guidelines about how and when you should barter if possible. Now, don’t just go running out and setup a table in your front yard the day after SHTF hits, or you will probably get killed by the less fortunate and unprepared people around. OK, the first thing that you need to remember is the longer you can wait after SHTF hits to begin bartering, the safer it will be.. Many of the more desperate people will no longer be around.
Try to only barter with people you know and trust. This is the golden rule in bartering. If you deal with people you don’t know, you could wind up getting screwed and losing a lot of your bartering supplies with very little in return.
If at all possible, only barter with items you can replace and others can’t. Maybe you have cows that give more milk than you can use. Maybe you raise bees for Honey and you know how to harvest it. Natural medicines will be another great bartering item. Maybe you know how to grow something that others don’t or don’t want to grow. These are the items that you want to barter the most. Other items should be held in reserve, for when you need those items that you can’t get with your regularly bartering items. These barters should always be held in secret whenever possible.
In short you should always use sustainable items when you barter for the items you need. Here are a couple more items you might keep in mind and they are Livestock such as chickens and pigs. You could also barter any extra eggs that you may have. Just be smart about what you do barter and who you barter it with.
Yes, I know there is always a chance that someone could follow you home and try to take what you have. Unfortunately the same thing could happen when you are out hunting or visiting family members in town. That threat will always exist and in fact it even happens now, to many people, every day. It is just a fact of life and it will be more abundant in a post SHTF world.
To summarize, wait as long as you can to start bartering. Only barter with people you know when possible. Only use items that you can replace easily unless it is an emergency and then do it in secret if at all possible. Start stocking up now with items that you can use to barter with including things that you will need to create renewable items when the time comes. Just think about what items or skills you may have that other people may not and would want.
Well, I guess that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Until next time, please stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Save America!
PS: My wife and I have managed to locate a used rv to live in and I personally want to thank each and every one of you who sent Prayer or money to help us during this dark time. You will all be in my prayers as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 🙂