Bartering has been around since the beginning of civilizations. Cut out the medium of money and simply trade excess goods or services for something needed. It’s simple. That system has since gone out of fashion in many ways, to the point where negotiating prices and offering a trade has a bit of a stigma around it. We’re all used to items having a set price in stores that we often forget that bartering is even an option anymore. But bartering still has a place in the economy, and it looks to be making a strong return as people’s wallets grow thinner. Bartering is an easy way to save money, get rid of stuff that someone is done with which is still functional but is just taking up room, and to exchange that item for something that’s actually needed.
Why Use Bartering?
The bartering model has proven to be very effective over centuries upon centuries. In today’s world, people use bartering to save money and get rid of stuff, but also because it caters to a more sustainable lifestyle. A person could spend money to buy an item new, or they could pay nothing and trade something they already own or perform a service for someone and get the thing they needed used. Buying or trading for used items is a lot easier on the world’s resources, and almost all of the time it’s impossible for an outsider to tell that the item was used. It’s fairly easy to reduce waste by reusing items, and as a reward it can save people a lot of money.
How to Get Started
Knowing where to start is the hardest part. Luckily technology has made bartering a lot easier than it ever was before. By visiting barter sites, people can advertise the goods and services they want to get rid of and make offers on what they need. Once a fair trade has been found and both parties are happy with the exchange, they can meet up and make the trade. People are usually surprised by the great deals they can get for their stuff, and remember that services are up for trades too. If someone needs some repairs done on their car, they can trade something for that service. The possibilities are endless.
Some people are apprehensive about meeting up with people from the internet, but there are a few precautions that can be taken to stay safe. Agree to meet in a public place instead of at either person’s house, or make sure someone else is home if they are going to meet at a house (and don’t think it’s rude to not let the other person inside– it’s fine to do transactions outside the house). As long as people are cautious, making trades with people is perfectly safe and beneficial for both sides.