Bartering has become a big trend which has become a way of life for many. I call it the save and trade method. I don’t always have money to buy the things that I want or need so I will settle for something used it may not be new but it is however new to me. I don’t need things to always be new they just have to work and serve their purpose. When you don’t have a lot of money but you have a lot of needs then this is a good way to get things.
Bartering is fairly easy to do. The great thing about bartering or trading is that you don’t need money. All you need is to have something of equal value that someone else may want or need. I needed a printer and I had a brand new stroller that was purchased for my youngest child that I did not use need or want. That was my bartering chip. I went on to craigslist and used the search engine to narrow down the search. I entered the item I had and it brought up every ad that had that item in the add. Then I went through the ads one by one. I eliminated all the ones that had a stroller obviously they wouldn’t want one if they already have one. Once I got rid of them I got to the ones that wanted a stroller.
When you have gotten the list of people who have a need for what you want you begin to check and see what they have to trade. Then I make sure that what they have to trade is of equal value. When you are bartering you don’t want to get the short end of the stick so to speak so make sure that you check the item. Look up the value of the item. For example in my case the stroller was worth at least $100 I was not going to trade that for a printer that was only worth $30. Check the condition of the items as well. Just because somethings retail value is high doesn’t necessarily mean that the item is worth the money. You can have as printer that retails for $100 but if the printer doesn’t work because of a broken part that needs to be replaced that lowers the items value because it is money that you now have to invest to get it fixed. Not all fixes are cheap it could potentially be something that cost more than what the item is worth and that makes it a bad trade.
Long story short I found a person in the ads who was in need of the stroller I had and the person had a printer. The problem then was the printer had no chord which means I have to buy one which takes away from its value because it is considered to be incomplete. I had a stroller that was brand new and never used in the box. So I talk to the person and they understood to compensate the difference in value the person offered another item to trade as well. So I ended up trading my brand new stroller for a used vacuum which retailed $40 and the printer without the chord which retailed $60. The replacement chord retailed for $20. In the end this was a good fair trade I got a working printer and a vacuum which totaled close to the value of the brand new stroller. It was a win win for everyone. It takes time and patience and a little know how but it is not impossible. It is a great way to help you get buy in hard times when you have little to no money and you need or want things. If you are willing to accept that not everything you will get is new.
Another thing to keep in mind also is that if you have an item that you are going to trade. You will not get what you want in value for a used item. If you brought it brand new for $100 and you used it it isn’t worth $100 anymore. A good example is to treat it as if it like a brand new car when you buy it on the lot it is worth thousands of dollars once you get in it and drive it off the lot it loses value. When you are trading apply the same idea to your merchandise that you wish to trade. Happy trading.