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My thoughts on barter and trade
My thoughts and opinions on barter and trade

Never show more than necessary for a given trade. Never let on like you have more.
Only trade alcohol, weapons, and ammunition to those you know will not be a problem for you later.
Try to barter skills and knowledge rather than goods. They don’t run out.
Try to barter the information in books. Don’t let the books leave your control.
Try to barter the use of tools and equipment rather than trading them away.
Try to make trades in neutral areas or at a designated barter/trade meeting. Make sure you aren’t followed back home.
Not all the items/skills listed will be of much value early into the event. It could be three to five years or more for some of the items to become valuable.
Many of the items are only appropriate if one already has the items or skills involved. They aren’t something you would acquire just for barter. Listed simply as a reminder that many things might be in demand in the PAW, and various hobbies or existing businesses and skills can be the basis of trade goods or services.
Try to have most of your equipment and several months of consumables before you stockpile trade goods, including Precious Metals.
When it comes to PMs, unless you are wealthy, start slow. A few silver dimes & quarters at a time. When you feel it is time to get gold coins, stay with the small denominations. And remember that there will be some people that won’t trust or want them.

Some of what I'm acquiring for barter (No, I don’t have all of these items. Yet.)

Scales to get agreed upon weights of items
commercial scale (±500#)
commercial scale (±100#)
commercial scale (±10#)
commercial scale (±16oz)

small containers for measured out items (spices, meds, etc.)(really small zip-locks)

1.0 oz gold coins
0.1 oz gold coins
40 count rolls pre-1965 silver quarters
50 count rolls pre-1965 silver dimes
blank barter slips (pre-printed slips to record barter transaction – who, what, when, how much, etc.)

A large library of useful books (remember, trade the information, not the book)

200ml bottles 190 proof Everclear
smokeless tobacco
2 oz boxes tobacco
booklets cigarette papers
smoking pipes
small boxes matches
butane lighter fuel
Zippo lighter fuel
lighter flints
lighter wicks
disposable lighters
straight razors w/strop, soap, & cup
shaving soap

playing cards

candle/oil lamp wick
Coleman lantern mantles
Crank flashlights

Canned green coffee beans (with a roaster and grinder to use, not trade away)
2 oz jars instant coffee
16 count boxes teabags
2 oz jars bouillon cubes
tubs add-water-only drink mix

1 pound boxes sugar
various spices
small containers of cooking oil
2 oz boxes salt
2 oz cans pepper
5 oz cans milk
4 oz cans cocoa
2 oz bars chocolate candy
8 oz bags hard candy (individually wrapped)

4 oz cans Vienna sausage/potted meat
12 oz cans roast beef
7 oz cans Spam (or 12oz)(or Treet)
6 oz cans tuna
10 oz cans soup (heavy on the meat types)

16 oz bags rice
16 oz bags beans/lentils

aspirin pain killer
acetaminophen pain killer
OTC reading glasses
OTC UVA/UVB resistant sunglasses
Cheap wide-brimmed straw hats

small boxes tampons/sanitary napkins
reusable sanitary napkins

reusable cotton diapers
diaper pins
plastic/poly/nylon/rubber diaper cover pants

clothes pins

wooden pencils/ink pens
small note books
legal pads

50 count bottles water purification tablets

6”-12” candles
boxes strike anywhere kitchen matches

rolls toilet paper
bars soap (Ivory, Lava, Fels Naptha laundry soap)
hair combs/brushes
disposable razors
boxes baking soda
shoe and boot laces

packets safety pins
packets of sewing needles
spools of thread

rat traps
fly swatters

jersey gloves
cotton/leather work gloves
insulated gloves

tubes silicone sealant
tubes Shoe Goo/Goop
tubes JB Weld
duct tape
mechanic’s wire
electrical tape
friction tape
rubber tape
sheet plastic
divided buckets with a variety of nails, screws, bolts, nuts, and washers
sealed cans of welding rods (6011 and/or 7018 1/8”)
variety of brazing rods
cans of brazing flux

regular canning lids
wide mouth canning lids
Tattler reusable canning lids
Tattler reusable canning lid rubber rings
P-38/P-51 can openers

6-hour cans ECOFuelXB
1-lb propane cylinders
10-lb bags charcoal briquettes

solar 12-volt battery chargers
solar AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt battery charger
rechargeable batteries AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt

#10 cans heirloom seeds
Coffee plant seed
Tobacco plant seed
Tea plant seed
Poppy plant seed

Biodiesel production chemicals
Soap making chemicals

500-round bricks .22 LR RF cartridges
5-round boxes .410/20 GA shells
single units M6 Scout/Savage 24F/Remington SPR-94 O/U .22 RF/.410 or 20 gauge combos

Here are some examples of Tradesman’s Tools that could be stockpiled and either used and the product/service bartered, or their USE bartered out. One wouldn’t barter away the tools that bring in the food. (Again, I don’t have all the items or skills.)
±500# scale
±100# scale
±10# scale
±16oz scale

Tailor/Seamstress tools
  Sewing machine
  Sewing basket (needles, thimbles, thread, measuring tape,  seam ripper, scissors, shears, marking chalk, straight edge, pins, neck magnifying glass, etc.)
  bolts of cloth, patterns, spare needles, pins, chalk, thread, buttons, zippers, snaps, etc)
  Treadle type sewing machine (Janome 712T)
  weaving looms
  >1,000 watt generator

Food processing tools
  Grain grinders, solar dehydrators, butchering tools, manual meat slicer, manual meat grinder, sausage stuffer, stuffing tubes, jerky shooter, meat smoker, water purifier

barbers tools
  scissors, combs, hair brushes, dusting brush, broom, dust pan, chair, neck apron, razor, shaving cup, shaving soap, towels

ammunition re-loader’s tools
  Dillion progressive tool w/primary caliber dies
  RCBS press with common caliber dies
  Bullet casting equipment
  black powder making tools & screens

laundry tools
  Staber washing machine
  laundry soap
  clothes lines w/poles, stakes & clothes pins
  water heater (kettle w/tripod)
  water tank
  12v pump & battery
  drain line
  James washer w/wringer
  2+ washtubs
  >1,000 watt generator

entertainment tools
  band instruments
  projection TV
  TV projector
  Lap-top computer
  DVD disk player
  VHS tape player
  Karaoke machine w/cd-g’s
  Lighting system
  Sound system
  >1,500 watt generator
  Battery bank, solar panels, and inverter
  protective bullet resistant face for TV’s if used
  Classic books for storyteller to read

home canning equipment & supplies
firewood cutting tools
knife/edged tool sharpening tools
printer’s/newspaper publisher’s tools
butcher/meat cutter’s tools
meat processors tools (sausage, etc.)
tanner’s tools
milk processors tools (cheese, etc.)
baker’s tools & supplies
bath house/shower room tools
candle maker’s tools & supplies
gardener’s tools
mechanic’s tools
machinist’s tools - Smithy Granite 1340 Industrial Max metalworking all-in-one machine
woodworker’s tools – Smithy Supershop 220 woodworking all-in-one machine
blacksmith’s tools - Oxygen accumulator, acetylene generator
plumber’s tools
lumber making tools - portable sawmill
electrician’s tools
carpenter’s tools
roofer’s tools
stonemason’s tools
primitive building tools
cobbler/shoe maker’s tools
soap maker’s tools
brewer/wine maker’s tools
distillery tools
miller’s tools
spinner & weaver’s tools (looms)
teaching tools and supplies K-12
smelter/foundry/metal worker’s tools
sheep sheering tools
papermaking tools
rope, cordage, and net making tools
millwright’s tools
farm tools (prepare, sow, cultivate, harvest)
biodiesel equipment & supplies
wood gas generator equipment & supplies
charcoal making tools
black powder making tools
reference/do-it-yourself library (books/magazines/CD-ROMs/DVDs)(never let the media out of your control)

Here are the skill sets I think most likely to be needed. (I only have a few of them myself)

Alternative energy specialist
Alternative HVAC specialist
Ammunition re-loader
Appliance repairman
Basket maker
Bathhouse/shower room operator
Bicycle Repairman
Biodiesel maker
Blackpowder maker
Brew master
Brick maker
Bullet caster
Butcher/meat processor
Candle maker
Cartridge maker
Charcoal burner
Cheese maker
Chimney sweep
Cobbler/shoe maker
Coffin maker
Cooper (barrel maker)
Distiller, drinking alcohol
Distiller, fuel alcohol
Dog trainer
Electronics tech
Experienced barterer/flea market operator
Farm hand
Firewood purveyor
Food canner/processor
Furniture maker
Gatherer (wild plants, useful rocks and minerals)
Glass maker
Gunpowder maker
Gunsmith/gun maker
Heavy equipment operator
Horse trainer/wrangler
Ice purveyor/harvester/maker
Knife maker
Knife sharpener
Laundress/laundry room operator
Leather worker
Lumber maker
Metal worker
Milk maid
Milk processor
Mulcher/composter/manure collector
Net maker
Optician (eyeglass maker)
Paper maker
Peace Officer
Pedi-cab driver
Pest control specialist
Pottery maker
Primitive building specialist
Quilter/Quilt maker
Radio Operator
Ranch hand
Rope/cordage maker
Sail maker
Sailor (Boatswain)
Salt maker
Salvage specialist
Security guard
Shake/shingle maker
Sheep sheerer
Shipwright/boat builder
Skill At Arms instructor
Small engine mechanic
Soap maker
Spice purveyor
Stonemason/brick layer
Sugar maker
Tire repairman
Tool & die maker
Trade maker
Truck driver
Watch/clock repairman/maker
Well driller
Wood gas equipment maker

A few skills that won’t be in high demand, but would be a good secondary skill

Candy maker
Dye maker
Ink maker
Karaoke operator
Massage therapist
Toy & game maker

Some things I probably won’t get for barter for this reason: If there is a large die off the items will be available to pick up all sorts of places. If there isn’t one, they will still be available through normal channels.

Knives, especially ‘Cheap’ knives
Tools (Yes, have a really good set for yourself, and possibly one to barter the use of, but keep the tools)
Cooking equipment
Fishing gear
Wow, that is one comprehensive list! I'm gonna print this out, prioritize it, and work off it. Thanks so much for this awesome post!
Yeah Jerry D Young is da man. I have been trying to get him back on the board.
Offer an olive branch, be ready with an arrow.
Heck yeah! I'm going through dated threads that haven't been commented on lately, and Jerrys got some doozies! He must have posted them when there weren't many people here or something. Try try try to get him back!
Yeah Jerry was the third member on the forum. He is also responsible for the Acronyms page found in the SPECIAL PAGES menu on the left sidebar. I will do my best to get him back here.
Offer an olive branch, be ready with an arrow.
(05-07-2012, 12:49 PM)Hiker Wrote: Yeah Jerry was the third member on the forum. He is also responsible for the Acronyms page found in the SPECIAL PAGES menu on the left sidebar. I will do my best to get him back here.
Wow, so many threads I havn't even seen yet.
Like I have said before, if Mr. Young is in on it, you can feel safe. Good to see you.
I have to admit, as a kid, when it come to trading, I always ended up on the short end. Bartering is not my strong suit but is something I need to work on. Thanks for that list.
(05-07-2012, 01:41 PM)cletus Wrote: Like I have said before, if Mr. Young is in on it, you can feel safe. Good to see you.
I have to admit, as a kid, when it come to trading, I always ended up on the short end. Bartering is not my strong suit but is something I need to work on. Thanks for that list.
Yep it is an awesome list. And I do know how to barter. I've made a lot of money buying and selling and I love to haggle.
Thanks for all the kind words. Want to let everyone know it
wasn’t anything with the site that was keeping me away. My health took a turn
for the worst right after I finished a project that kept me away part of the
time. I just have several irons in the fire now, with my own site, and a few
other things going on.

I should be around more regularly now, though perhaps not
every day.

Thanks again.
(05-07-2012, 01:41 PM)cletus Wrote: Like I have said before, if Mr. Young is in on it, you can feel safe. Good to see you.
I have to admit, as a kid, when it come to trading, I always ended up on the short end. Bartering is not my strong suit but is something I need to work on. Thanks for that list.
Lol, me also. I am horrible at barter. Building the stock up though. I tend to be bad about giving things away. I love it though, but hope I have it in me when the need to barter comes around. Maybe when it comes to survival that well kick in(barter mentality/not just give it all away). Great thread Jerry!!!

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