Do You Barter?

Winston Salem, North Carolina
April 9, 2017 8:57pm CST
My husband has an ongoing deal with our neighbours. He cuts down trees for them, and in exchange he gets the wood (so far that includes a significant amount of white oak that will become our great-room floor in the next few months) and they have given us household items that they would have otherwise sold. The best items we’ve scored so far have been a piano and a full set of wooden deck furniture. Over the years my husband has traded work as well; he’s done electrical work in exchange for heating/air conditioning work and more recently he’s traded a number of poplar beams (cut from a tree we brought down for our neighbour) for use of an industrial planer to process the wood for our soon-to-be-installed flooring. He’s good at that sort of thing, and has been doing it for years. I’ve never been much of a barterer myself, but that seems to be changing. Somehow in the last few hours I’ve managed to finagle piano lessons for my daughter in exchange for sewing lessons. Sewing is easy; playing the piano, not so much. I think I’m getting the better end of this particular deal. But at least we’ll be putting that piano to use! Bartering is a great way to get value without spending money. Do you barter?
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Apr 17
I dont think friendship counts as a barter item bu mkuy friend Dee Olson from te old Myl;ot just gave em a lkle new walker with seat that I c an st in if I have to be in line f or somethjing lol
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@UncleJoe (9753)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
10 Apr 17
Which is worse? Sticking piano keys or sticking your fingers with a needle?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
If I do this correctly I will be teaching her to stick her own fingers...mine won't be abused any more than they already are.
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@Morleyhunt (19723)
• Canada
10 Apr 17
When I can....I used to,barter eggs for milk....
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Apr 17
We barter a little. We do windows for several commercial customers in return for eye care for me and our family and some dentistry too. We have insurance that covers a portion of both but there's usually a larger portion that we still owe after the insurance does their part. For the eye doctor, we do the homes of both the senior and junior eye doctors in the same office and we do their office windows too. I make out a bill for them and they apply it to any past due amounts from all of us. We won't owe as much in the future because my daughter now has her own insurance through work. With our dentist we used to do his home, but a few years ago he downsized to a much smaller home although it's a good distance from town. His secretary told us we should clean his windows monthly to chip away at our bill. He doesn't mind, but his wife thinks it's silly to do it that often. Not sure what we'll do this coming year yet I also wash his mom's windows and apply that toward my bill too. Only problem I have with the barters I do is that I still owe my employees for the work and I don't make anything from those jobs, so I have to make sure that we have enough other work those weeks we do the barter work. We also clean windows for a hair salon and I used to barter that, but they decided to pay us and then me pay them since it's one person versus her and her partners. Lovely colors in that quilt you're working on there.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
That's actually my daughter and her quilt. She's been working on it for over a year, but it was quite a project to undertake as a first attempt at quilting.
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• Midland, Michigan
11 Apr 17
@Platespinner Well since her head is down it's hard to tell. Don't tell her I thought it was you. I know my girls wouldn't like others to think that. The quilt is very pretty.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
@MarshaMusselman She looks a lot like me and is used to people commenting on it.
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• United States
10 Apr 17
I do not barter, but that's only because I haven't had the opportunity to do so.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
I fell into this exchange entirely by accident.
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@allen0187 (33141)
• Philippines
10 Apr 17
I do not barter but reading your post makes me think that I should further look into it.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
I didn't intend to barter, I usually leave it to my husband, I just happened to talk to the right person at the right time.
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@allen0187 (33141)
• Philippines
11 Apr 17
@Platespinner good for you then. Your husband's bartering skills are clearly rubbing into you as well.
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@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
10 Apr 17
I have never been a barterer, my husband used to do something like this professionally, exchanging favors with his colleagues.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
I've never successfully bartered myself either, this piano for quilting trade happened almost entirely by accident.
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@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
11 Apr 17
@Platespinner I think that the day I should barter it will be by chance.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Apr 17
We've done some quite complicated bartering deals in our lifetime. I think it is a marvellous way for both parties to benefit. Your husband seems to have it down to fine art.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
My husband has been quite clever at connecting with the right people.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Apr 17
@Platespinner It's just a matter of finding a factor that can be traded. I might do a post on one of ours although I put it on Bubblews many moons ago.
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@dramagirl26 (3360)
• Ringgold, Virginia
10 Apr 17
I've never bartered, but I've heard other people do it.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
I didn't leave home yesterday intending to barter. I just ended up talking to the right person at the right time and realized that we both had a desire that the other could provide.
@DianneN (76154)
• United States
10 Apr 17
No, we never have bartered.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
I imagine there are a lot of things you've never done, just like there are a lot of things I've never done .
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• United States
10 Apr 17
I don't barter but wish I did. Seems like a great way to trade services without spending any money.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
It's a nice way to exchange things of value without having to declare any of it as income.
@Juliaacv (29682)
• Canada
10 Apr 17
I'm afraid that we don't really have any special skills that we could use to barter with. But I am a pretty good negotiator when it comes to the final price of something.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
I never really thought that either my husband or I had special skills either...you might be surprised at what you can do that other folks cannot.
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@andriaperry (48825)
• United States
10 Apr 17
Yes I usually trade veggies for pecans, or I get all the pears and apples from this man and all I have to do is give him one jar each apple butter and pear preserves. Last year Tony traded getting the field plowed for patching the mans roof.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
I miss having access to free pecans. Our neighbours in Montgomery had a couple of big pecan trees but never did anything with the pecans themselves, they were quite willing to let my kids pick them up by the bagful. In fact their own kids would help my kids pick them up.
@Mike197602 (13368)
• Worcester, England
10 Apr 17
I don't because I have no skills to offer in exchange It is something I'm interested in though and I think it is a great concept
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Apr 17
You might be surprised at the skills or knowledge that you have that someone else needs. As I've discovered the past few days, sometimes it's a matter of talking to the right person at the right time and realizing that you both have a desire that the other party can provide.
@dpk262006 (56104)
• Delhi, India
10 Apr 17
Getting oak wood in lieu of cutting trees sounds a great deal. You could use oak wood for furnishing your home. I do not mind barter but it happens at a small scale. I teach neighbor's children during weekends free of cost and whenever I need his help I would call for him and he won't shy away to give me any kind of help.
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@prinzcy (5060)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 17
Most of the time, we barter food. For example, my aunt would give glutinous rice and we give back the glutinous rice that been cook along with side dish. Then she send another side dish as thank you. We then send another to give back the plate. The same goes for other houses.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25400)
• United States
12 Apr 17
I would if the opportunity arose.
10 Apr 17
No, I don't barter.