Bartering is the simple act of trading one product or service, for another.
Here’s the challenge: how do we find a common match of what we have for what we want? If we do, how do we find this match at a common time? And if we have a common match, at a common time, what are the odds that two parties will want, or have, or agree, on the equal value of their goods? It’s staggering to think that the exchange of goods and services to fulfill each others needs was ever able to take place! Common currency HAD to evolve.
Common currency evolved and created the flow of transactions among multiple parties…all managed by banking systems. But, as we’ve seen through recent economic times, sometimes currency is scarce, or limited, or hard to come by. Re-enter barter.
When currency is not available, it does not necessarily mean that goods and services are scarce. It only means that common currency is not available. Barter becomes a viable option toward facilitating transactions.
When barter transactions take place, The benefits are clear:
1. A sale of a product or service is consummated that may not have been if cash were required, and
2. Cash is conserved when a product or service is bartered for an expense that otherwise would have been paid for with cash.
Barter is an alternative. If you can make all the cash you need….do it! But…if you have the ability to do more, consider using a different method of payment. Using idle products and/or services, you can barter for something you can use, or for something that can be exchanged for something that you can use, all possible without using cash.
And, doing business through a barter method of payment does not mean that a product or service, nor the price or quality of a product or service, is diminished, or enhanced. Barter is, in fact, simply a method of payment……nothing more, and nothing less. The product or service has not changed. The value of the product or service has not changed. The timing of the transaction has not changed. And the motivation of a buyer and seller has not changed. The only thing that has changed in the implementation of a barter transaction is the accounting of the value of the transaction between two or more parties. Do we need the function of ‘accounting’? After all, this then created banks, and brokers, and ‘money changers’. Is this really what we need to work with each other in the fulfillment of our mutual needs or, do we simply need a ‘marker’ that’s accepted by both parties of a transaction?
Barter is an alternative. If you can make all the cash you need….do it! But…if you have the ability to do more, consider using a different method of payment. Using idle products and/or services, you can barter for something you can use, or for something that can be exchanged for something that you can use, all possible without using cash. To learn more, buy our book today
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