How to Swap and Trade in Tough Times

How to you swap and trade in tough times?

Have you ever wondered how to swap and trade in tough times.  Does it seem too hard or perhaps you’re scared about the negotiation practice or being knocked back,  Well, when you’re running out of cash it might be the best and only way for you to get what you need.

For hundreds of years swapping and trading in tough times has been a way for people to get what they need.  When we don’t have cash we use other items of value to trade and barter.  Cash isn’t always possible to find, especially when jobs become scarce.  Goods and skills on the other hand are easier to come by when your house is filled with excess items and you have extra time as you’re not working as much.  But how do you do it?

  1. What do you have to trade?

Go through what you own and see what you have that you don’t use.  Look for the items that are still in good condition and would be of use to someone else.

2. Think of value differently

So often we think of value through the medium of cash.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  When trading and swapping you want to acquire the item of the other person so it is an agreed value that you are after.  You might be able to agree to swap a table worth $100 with a chair worth $70 if the person with the chair really needs a table and the person with the table really needs a chair.

3.  Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate!

Maybe throw in a few items instead of one or offer to deliver the item to make the swap happen.  Remember that the person will also want your item so you’ll have some room to negotiate and to get a great outcome.

4.  Don’t give up if you’re not successful first time

Nobody wins them all.  If you don’t get what you need the first time keep trying.  You never know what’s around the corner.

And you can do all of this with SwapU!  SwapU is the app that makes swapping easy and helps you use what you have to get what you need.  And if you need more convincing that swapping and bartering are great then check out this post from Gary V in Barterscoop.  He’s a big fan of bartering and a smart guy.  I’m a big fan.

Stay healthy and keep swapping 🙂

Nic Robertson

 

 

 

 

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