Bartering is the process of obtaining goods or services by direct exchange without the use of currency. This can come in very handy following a disaster in which somebody needs supplies and you need services or vice versa. Both parties benefit from bartering so nobody goes without.
If you have all your preps in place for you and your family, it is time to start looking at gathering items now that you could barter with later. You don’t even need to wait for a disaster to start bartering, just look at 17 year old Steven Ortiz who bartered his way up from a cellphone to a porsche. Now, you won’t need a porsche following a disaster but you get the idea.
Let’s say that you raise chickens and have plenty of eggs that you could trade with. If you need help from a neighbour to rebuild a fence, you could trade some of your eggs for their services in helping you with the fence.
When gathering items that can be used for bartering after a disaster, think about what is easy to acquire now but may be harder to come by later on and be of more value.
Trade Only for What you Actually Need
Trade only for what you actually need. You may wish to make a trade just to help somebody out after a disaster but this really isn’t a good idea unless you truly need what they have to offer. If you really do want to help them then don’t be afraid to ask them for something else. If they offer to repair fences in exchange for some eggs but you need a door repairing for instance, providing they can do it, start working on that trade instead. At the same time, offer only what you can give easily. Don’t offer to trade your batteries if you don’t have a sufficient supply yourself.
Be Very Careful
Following a disaster, any time you are planning to make a trade, you must do so with caution. I wouldn’t recommend attempting to make the trade at your property. If the deal falls through, you now have somebody that knows exactly where you live and that you have the supplies that they need. You don’t want to give yourself any chance of becoming a victim as people are willing to do things that they usually wouldn’t when they are desperate.
Lay Out the Deal
It must be made clear what each party will be giving and receiving. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a deal if they are asking for more than you are willing to give. Chances are they will be willing to renegotiate as you still have what it is that they are wanting. Keep a cool head and stay in control.
Which Items Should You Store?
Visit ten different websites and more than likely you will get ten different sets of answers as to the best items to store for bartering. Here is what I believe should be at the top of the list.
- Soap – this can be either shop bought or homemade.
- Toilet paper – no reason as to why these can’t be purchased in bulk.
- Batteries – these are always going to be needed for powering flashlights, radios, etc. These can be incredible valuable following a disaster.
- Lighters and matches – fire is essential to survival.
- Food – always use caution when bartering food. Don’t become a target.
- Water – people won’t last long without a supply of water.
- Candles – for both warmth and light.
- Medical supplies – from first aid kits and supplies to medications.
- Tools – this includes a good stockpile of knives.
- Heirloom Seeds
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