Barter is simply trading one thing for another. And, in fact, it doesn't even have to be a thing. It can be a skill, a service, or even information. In a Beyond Peak world, barter could be essential. Currency may have little value, while the value (usefulness, desirability) of certain things could increase dramatically.
Dealing with Beyond Peak isn't about stocking up on stuff. It's about knowledge, and skills, and cooperation. It's about being able to create and produce your own goods, either yourself or within your community. Nevertheless, some stuff is useful, and it doesn't hurt, no matter how good or bad the times, to have available supplies of necessities around the house.
Remember that bartering doesn't have to be only a one-on-one relationship. A mutual bartering system can be even more effective at the neighborhood or even community level. Running a barter network could also be an excellent form of self-employment.
For related information, also see our Money and Work pages.
Barter Barter is often confused with systems such as community currency. The difference is that barter involves only goods and services. Community currency, or systems such as LETS, involves either locally-printed currency or a computerized system to keep track of exchanges.
For closely related information, see the Local Currency section of our Money page.
A Small Lodge, the Great Depression, and Christmas
Small Masonic lodge in rural Virginia established a barter system to help its community through the hard times of the 1930s.
Barter - Relevance and Relation to Money
Is barter still relevant in the modern world? Links and history.
Fledgling businesses preserve cash by swapping services, goods online
How to Barter
Advice for online bartering but useful for face-to-face bartering as well.
The surreptitious world of under-the-table trading
Here's a list of barter items, in no particular order, that circulated during Y2K days. They're items that are historically, or at least likely, to be difficult to find but very much needed during hard times. If you'd like to stock up on stuff, whether for your own use or for trade, you might find this list useful. And we're sure you can think of other things to add to the list appropriate to your specific needs and where you live.