This is a repost from the Hawaii Preppers Network, by Aloha2U
Bartering has been around for centuries and it has proven time and time again an excellent way of trading or swapping services in exchange for unwanted goods or other services such as fixing cars or cleaning homes. Typically you can barter just about anything of value or use to another that you no longer need or have use for. I have noticed that bartering has been picking up some steam lately with bartering groups on the internet as well as companies that have a certain level of bartering incorporated in their businesses. Our newspapers in our state has ads in the classifieds that offer people to trade things and or give away for free.
Family and friends are a great way to start out bartering with and as you build your bartering connections you will begin to see it expand. Co-workers are another avenue that can be utilized and the company that you work for might find some interest in bartering on a larger scale with other companies in general. Your own community and neighbors gives you another extention creating bridges that can go above and beyond a major networking system based on bartering alone.
Facebook is also another wonderful way to start a barter group with friends because the friends part of facebook is endless and literally infinite. I can just see the barter effect take off on facebook alone. So, with that said I put the bug in the ears of others on my FB and I have gotten a few interested. I have done my first trade with a co-worker, I created a craft item in exchange for something she created and in doing this I am very excited for what the future will hold when it comes to bartering. And with this in mind, bartering will be the trend and widely spread given the nature and condition of our nations economy.