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Old 11-08-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
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The good old Barter system .. time tested!

In times like this its time to bring back the good old barter system. Whats a dollar worth right now. Every business is trying to carve out some profit out of desparation.. i dont blame them.. just dont want to be part of it. Im a mechanic by trade. I posted an add on craigslist interested in finding someone that might have the skills to refinish the 32 cabinent / doors / drawers inside the airstream. I tried it and i dont like the way they are coming out. I found a nice guy that works for a cabinent business (verified and referenced) with a truck thats not running right. We talked about bartering our skills based on the time each of us will have into the job. I figure that if i took these somewhere i could easily have a $500.00 dollar bill. Im hoping that i can diagnose it and fix something that involves mostly labor. Im so excited to get the doors finished as it will really freshen up the interior..
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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I like the idea of bartering. I think of system of credits and debits on services or goods would be timely in this economic time.
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:12 PM   #4
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Oh.. you know i wont forget that! lol
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:57 PM   #5
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I like the idea of bartering. I think of system of credits and debits on services or goods would be timely in this economic time.
We have one of those, it's called dollars and cents I do work, you give me some dollars, and I can go trade those for something else I want done.

Bartering depends on both parties following through, and based on the deals I've done with people on CL, I wouldn't depend on that. Most of them are barely able to follow through on showing up to buy something!
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Yup.. I hear ya.. You just never know. This particular guy works at a cabinent shop and his boss told him that since times are slow if he wants to do a little side work through the shop then he can. He is handing over his car to me and i wont return it until the cabinents are ready to be picked up.
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He is handing over his car to me and i wont return it until the cabinents are ready to be picked up.
That should be good incentive to get them done
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I like that Idea.

Hi, vlamica. I like the barter system a lot.

(1.) I gave a good running 1976 Pinto to a friend of mine in exchange for some body work and a complete two tone paint job on my 1959 Ford Galaxie. [we were both happy]

(2.) I gave a new tool box to the same person above to align body parts and complete paint job on my 1951 Ford Custom. [he was a bodyman /painter and I was a Mac Tools distributor]

(3.) I gave a commercial size Air Compressor to a friend in exchange for an Air Conditioner system installed in my 1988 Ford Ranger. [My cost on the Air Compressor was cheaper than it would have cost me to pay for this job] ....[ His cost on the Air Conditioner was cheaper than it would have cost him for the Air Compressor] we both made out.

Note: these were people who I worked with at the Ford dealer before I became a Mac Tools distributor. [friends] Also this was many Moons ago.
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I agree. It takes more energy to put this together but i actually think because it becomes personal people try harder to please each other. Funny about the mac tool distributor.. i have mostly mac tools. Infact I have many of the 50 year anniversary "Gold sets" of tools. I dont even see Mac tools come around our dealership anymore. Im sure they are still out there...
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I do BARTER from time to time Depending.
One this year was a Carb clean and adjust and a complete service on a Yard tractor in return I received a none running JohnDeere 180 compelete. It runs now. Oh 1099 U BET CHA.
Craigs List has gobbs of BARTER items
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Best trade I made this year was a $1500 Plumbing job for a '74 Argosy 26 footer. Its painted a beige/tan color and my two adult daughters quickly named it "The Wiener Mobile". My biggest surprise was everything worked! I figured at least a replumbing job but no leaks, water heater works, refer is cold and the AC works great! When fall hit I tried the heater and it works fine! I figure I can't be that lucky so I'm waiting for some to fall off or go bad! Dave
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I love it when things go well. Good for you. I hope im as lucky.

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I work the barter system a good bit, The last was with my ex wife in the vet field, A spay and neuter on the cat and dog for some cabinet work. And before that a few built-ins for three full acsess passes to a Hannah Montana concert. Made my daughter very happy.
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The barter system is alive and working here in NC. I was able to trade off a SOB trailer and get a working electric golf cart to use in the campground.
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