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The Secret Art Of Bartering

September 3, 2009 by  
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barterOver summer our office can sometimes get quite warm.

Okay, I’m exagerating a bit. It gets way too hot. I’m talking about 32+ degrees hot which can be quite uncomfortable to work in. We have fans but they just tend to recirculate the air around the office and push papers off the desk.

When it gets too unbearable, we all take a break and head out. The beach or the park is good.

Determined to solve the problem this year, we decided to invest in a state of the art inverter air conditioner. You know, one of those units that hang on the inside of the wall.

Depending on the size of the unit, they can be quite pricey, and unfortunately for us, our workspace area demands quite a powerful machine. The cost of getting the unit is one thing, but installing them is another. You can pay $1,000 or more to have the unit installed.

Rather than paying to get the unit installed, we decided we would barter our services with a company that needed something we could offer them. One of our sister companies is a website development agency, so we simply exchanged a website (for a company that was in need of one), for installing the air conditioner.

How easy!!!

Bartering is so easy, the only limit to what exactly you barter comes down to your imagination.

Keep in mind bartering existed a long time before money had ever been conceived. It’s the old “I’ll do this for you, if you’ll do this for me” mentality.

Some tips to keep in mind when you barter

  1. Make sure you are bartering like-for-like (you wouldn’t barter a car wash for a plasma tv!)
  2. Get it down on paper – have both parties sign and say what they are going to do in exchange for each other. People sometimes remember different things.
  3. It’s best to barter with someone that you instantly get along with, it’ll make the whole exchange friendlier.
  4. Have fun.

2 comments on “The Secret Art Of Bartering

  1. I have been bartering for years. I would like to expand on your #1 tip. When you put it in the way of like-for-like,I would like to share my experience. I work with the gift of giving/receiving./ When I needed a chook pen built, I bartered with the chickens eggs. When I did some counceling, I accepted the terms of bartering in my heart and left it open to receive that which the person was able/capable of giving/affording. I received a beautiful piece of artwork which to some has no $ value, but for me it was the fact that the energy of giving and receiving was honored.
    To this day I still barter with the different modalities that I have on offer. Why limit yourself to the monetary value…and trust that sometimes it’s just about “PAYING FORWARD”.
    Cheers

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