Barter System?

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Barter System?
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Sat, 01-18-2014 - 10:03am

As I just posted, on Elspeth's subject, I'm making robes for my Hairdresser. She'll pay for the fabric but rather than take money for the labour-I'd rather just have a couple free haircuts. And so-I'm employing the barter systerm, just as they used to long ago.

Do you know of a time when you were able to do that? When you did something you were good at in exchange for something other than money? Do you know someone around you well enough that it would work properly? I think the concept only works if the other person can see the same value in what YOU do -&you see the same value in what THEY do. I have a friend who goes to Florida every year-& because she doesn't have a work permit there-she uses the barter system quite freely (& legally) down there. Seems to be a win-win situation for her. I'm not sure I'd be that good at it.

Nora

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Sat, 01-18-2014 - 1:17pm

We do that within dh's family ALL the time (bartering).  He does all the electric work/fixes things, etc. His younger brother does plumbing (and woodworking; a few do that) .  His one sister paints and does drywall, and repairs to cracks, etc.

DH is one of those giving souls, MANY people come to him with all their broken stuff and he fixes for free.  I'm telling him it's about time he consider asking for at least money for parts, if not his labor.  One day we got a call and some guy we don't know said so-and-so said dh would fix his ham radio gear for him.  DH said um, no...I don't even know you...  The guy seemed affronted!  Sheesh.  (he enjoys fixing stuff; has always done that, but there are definitely some that it feels like they're taking advantage...)

One of my SIL's is a lawyer in Chicago - she helped my MIL's hairdresser patent some spice rubs she wanted to market, and because of that, when in town gets her hair cut free, as does MIL all the time!

Sue

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 01-19-2014 - 8:45pm

I can't recall ever bartering but I would be open to it.

I'm starting to think ahead to finding a "sharecropper" arrangement of sorts here in my yard---some energetic younger person with an interest and ability in gardening but no land; and my well amended soil plus my water, and maybe use of my tools if needed. Ideally we would agree on some crops that we would both enjoy, and I would get a share of the harvests (I'm not talking any money exchanging hands here). One of these years I'm not going to be able to do all of the work, and it would be nice to have somebody to water, weed, and harvest if I want to go out of town. 

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Mon, 01-20-2014 - 8:54am

Any local university kids doing anything for biology or agriculture that might benefit from that? Could even be free labor then!