September 04, 2013
The Pros and Cons of Bartering for Survival - 2
by Tim MacWelch
Could you live off the barter system? It makes an interesting hypothetical scenario. Bartering for necessities can be traced back to pre-literate cultures at least 6,000 years ago, and it still exists today through various web-based systems and networking organizations. But could you really survive off that system if you were out of cash, or if cash had lost its value, or if the electronic payment systems went down?
You’d have to muddle through the same problems with the barter system that our ancestors faced, and all of this is assuming that everyone plays nice and acts civil (which is a hell of a presupposition if we’re talking about an emergency situation). Still, if it works, the benefits are plentiful.
The Benefits of Bartering
It’s an interesting situation to consider — bartering for your needs and even for your wants. If a good trade works out correctly, each person walks away with both something valuable and the willingness to trade with that partner again.
If forced to, would you trade with your neighbors and friends? If so, what would you trade? What goods and services could you provide that would be most valuable? Let’s hear it in the comments.