The news about bartering spreads far and quickly… like a summer fire out of control. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, residents of Provo, Utah caught the barter bug that is being made easy by technology in a culture that spawns a resurgence of the practice.
Exchanges being made on a popular site – U-Exchange.com are interesting and unusual – one artist traded custom portraits for a cell phone and a ring. According to the article, most people just don’t have the financial resources to cover their needs… in which case bartering is their way to adjust to the economy. Television shows have accelerated the awareness of bartering, as have internet platforms like U-Exchange and BarterQuest.
Bartering is fascinating – the exchange of services being distinctly different piques the interest. For example: According to the article a real estate broker wanting to exchange services for dental work; another woman offering party dresses and photo props for beauty services, music lessons and vacation rentals; used cars for personal training and residential construction!
The lists on these sites make it evident that while money is in short supply goods and services are not… a web designer needs a transmission rebuilt; a quarry owner offering stone for legal services; and a construction worker offering his trade for a place to live.
How unique would be the exchange you would post on one of these Bartering sites?
Don Wooldridge | Author of The Secrets of Clayton County Trilogy