My older model jeep is a dependable workhorse, getting up hardscrabble mountain roads and through the deep snowdrifts of Montana winters. Because it is an older vehicle, I hesitate to invest a lot of money in up keep and repairs. However, after a long summer of aggressive use, a couple of chores could be put off no longer. “Jessie” the jeep required an oil change, fuel filer, and a tune-up and brake adjustment.
In Montana, barter and trade are a way of life. We trade horses, services, talent and time. I am not mechanical, so I searched for someone who was. Lucky me, my auto mechanic is planning to add a substantial addition to his shop. He knows what he wanted to accomplish and was armed with plans and prices. His only problem was that he was a bit intimidated by the bank loan application and needed help writing a business plan. We talked a bit and agreed to trade services. I would prepare, type and edit his business plan. He would repair my vehicle. We are both happy with our agreement. No money changed hands, but we both achieved our goals.
Barter has been a method of exchange of goods and services since the days of the cavemen. Today, the technology of the Internet enables barter between individuals and companies all across the country. BarterQuest.com, an online exchange site, helps save time and money. They advertise, “With Barter Quest, you can trade what you have for what you want.”
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TradeAway.com is another site where you can trade just about anything including real estate, furniture, automobiles, boats, books or other miscellaneous goods or services. Most items are for sale or trade. You can find some great buys here, but it takes a lot of searching to find exactly what you are looking for.
The Barter Company is another online company website that facilitates barter between businesses.
Investigate barter opportunities in your local community.
Barter Quest: Welcome
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United States Internal Revenue Service: Bartering