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Happy Holidays

Christmas time, time to share our love
Come and join the tidings to the world
Christmas time, the best time of the year
Yes, it’s Christmas time

A former boy group sang this song years ago. Indeed, there is something special about this time of year. The Christmas feeling is everywhere! At the latest you recognize it when you are on the packed streets and crowded shops to grab the most recent snip.

But why do you do this – all this stressful and hectic shopping marathon? Relax and swap this year’s presents from home! Go on BarterQuest and click yourself in five trouble-free steps to your Christmas gifts:

1. Register on BarterQuest.
2. Activate your account.
3. Post what you HAVE and WANT.
4. Browse in our categories Goods, Services and Real Estate for the perfect Christmas surprise.
5. Swap it!

The BarterQuest Team wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Swap To Apocalypse

The Mayan calendar is supposed to end next Friday on December 21st and that has led some to believe we’re on a countdown to a global apocalypse.

But doesn’t it happen every year that some calendar ends and it’s our end? It was the same around the Millennium and we are obviously still alive on earth.

While some folks are out buying at the grocery stores, sacking their bank accounts, writing alleged tips “How To Survive The Mayan Apocalypse” or posting equivalent notes on Facebook, I handle it like Jim Valvano, an American college basketball coach “Take time every day to laugh, to think, to cry – that’s a full day.”

However, it will be better to be prepared – just in case! Here are our five barter tips to get ready for the apocalypse.

Get dressed up and swap for a fashion stylist. You never know who you will run across in the hereafter!

Who compunction your last call on earth or your first one in heaven/hell?

Is Steven Spielberg your icon? You can be the next Steven Spielberg when you record the end of the world with a Digital Video Camcorder. But be aware and charge your battery!

Take a GPS system with you because finally you want to know where you are!

Last but not least it’s better to carry a baseball bat with you to defend yourself against the monsters or aliens. It could also be possible to meet a New York Yankee legend and then you are able to play baseball in the afterworld! Wouldn’t that be great?

Faces Behind BarterQuest

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell

We spent a lot of time in our business and learned it the hard way, but every day was and is worth it. It isn’t always easy to gain knowledge of your mistakes. Otherwise these are the circumstances you learn the most. At all times it is important to believe in yourself and your aims and never give up. You can make it. We made it!

Two of four faces behind BarterQuest: it’s me and Bianca!

Believe

After a magnificent Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa has taken up his annual residence at Macy’s.

“A Million Reasons to Believe” is Macy’s current Christmas slogan. I’m impressed every time I pass the eye-catching letters “Believe” at the front of the flagship store. It’s the same when I see the bright lights of their Christmas tree with a star at the top. It gets me in the right mood for Christmas.

Obviously, New York’s largest department store has a million reasons to believe: a million reasons for you to spend your money for Christmas gifts! The word “Believe” has become part of a clever marketing campaign. But it also raises the question, “What do you believe?”

Whatever you believe, Christmas time is a sentimental time of the year. While it makes it easier to open your wallet, it’s all the more easy to open your heart. And while we are on the subject of wallets and the gifts we would like to give to say “we are thinking of you,” you certainly don’t have to spend tons of dollars for your loved ones on Christmas presents. Swap instead!

As a member of the BarterQuest community of traders, you can believe in our products and services because you can trust in our verified users. So take this season as an opportunity to verify your account on BarterQuest:

• Verify once and trade as a user who others can trust.
• Verification enhances site security and helps assure that your trading partners will be who they say they are.
• Increase your visibility with the icon.
• Join the premier ‘Verified Users’ club to chat and trade with other verified users.
• You must be verified to use points, our onsite currency that is convertible to dollars.

Believe in BarterQuest, save money on your Christmas gifts and verify now!

Trading Tips

Suitable for Black Friday a few trading tips from the Barter Kings!

Antonio Palazzola’s Tips
1. Scan the trades. Keep an eye on [...] bartering sites for potential solid deals.
2. Always look over your shoulder. There are a lot of scammers out there. If something smells fishy, don’t go fishing.
3. Trading isn’t something you should just dive into. There are a lot of sharks out there that could take advantage of a novice. Start small either with lower cost items, or practice by trading with friends and using local papers.
4. You don’t have to be an appraiser, but you have to know your item. Your best strategy in a trade is your knowledge on the item. If you don’t know about it, don’t trade with it. If you know someone who appraises, bring them to your trade, if not, a smartphone works just as well. Just jump on eBay and you can get your answers. I use the site to check the prices that items are selling at. Retail and wholesale mean nothing in my world. I don’t deal with mall prices.
5. Always keep a good poker face. The less reaction you show in a trade, the more of a chance you have of gaining the upper hand and trading up.
6. Negotiating is learned through practice. Like anything else, the more you do it, the better you will be at it. Books like “The Art of Negotiation” help to get a good grasp on learning how to talk the talk.
7. Never bring cash to a trade.

Steve McHugh’s Tips
1. Decide if you are going to start a trade for a specific goal/item or just to see what you can accomplish. If you are just doing it to see what you can accomplish, than don’t put pressure on yourself and just have fun. You will be amazed at how far you can get.
2. The most popular and effective website is Craigslist. It just reaches more people than other sites. But you can use a search engine to find bartering websites for your location – a lot of these sites are great.
3. People always like to mention what their item sold for when it was brand new. Even if they got 50% off, they only mention what it was selling for at full retail price when it was new. You have to learn to address this issue quickly and effectively. If someone is willing to trade an item, they do not see a value in keeping it. You have to figure out that reason and justify the trade from there. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes not so easy.
4. If you want to take a trade string far, you can’t always worry about the exact value of an item. Trade value is way different than actual value. If I’m planning on making a trade string work, I like to start with items that people can’t shop a value for – unique items, rare items, or hard-to-get items. I want to trade to an item that I know could be hard to move because I can get it easier if the other trader has had a problem trading or selling the item. When I find the right person to trade it to and they can’t put an exact value on the item, it helps me make bigger value jumps and I can do less trades. But it is harder to do fast and takes patience.
5. When I post something for trade, I make sure to take good photos and be specific about details, but I leave out some information so that the person who is interested will call me. Then I can see where I can go with the trade.

Originally at http://www.aetv.com/barter-kings/trading-tips/

Happy Halloween

Friends of the night, it’s that time again, time for black and orange, our next holiday’s traditional colors. How will you celebrate Halloween this October 31st?

I usually get ready for Halloween last minute. But everything is different this year. Two months ago I got this great invitation from a friend for a costume party on the Upper East Side. So I made a decision to take pre-emptive action; I went shopping for my costume.

It was a bit stressful, but in the end it was worth the effort. I swapped for my outfit because I knew that it would be too expensive to buy (I need to keep whatever cash I can get my hands on). I traded intensively for two weeks and finally got it all: shorts, jersey, socks, black eye strips and shoulder pads. Yes, I decided to dress as a New York Giants football player. With the shoulder pads, and from just the right angle and in the right light, I looked like Victor Cruz.

I also bartered for my boyfriend’s costume. He doesn’t like to be seen wearing costumes, so I swapped for a one of a kind solution on our site. No one will be able to make him out wearing a horse’s head mask.

Victor Cruz rides again! Happy Halloween!

Anger Management

This time I want to open our blog with a quote from Ambrose Bierce:

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”

Probably you remembered the last situation when you said something in the heat of battle and in the next second you would have liked to put your hand in front of your month and bitten your tongue. This scenario was the subject of a recent episode of the TV series “Go On” (with former “Friends” star Matthew Perry). The group leader’s boyfriend called all the group members by their nicknames, which he could have only known because the group leader told him. Naturally, and is the norm for this series, the group freaked out.

We all know what anger is, and we deal with it from time to time. We hope that we have the tools to deal with it so we don’t do something we will regret.

Before you regret your next angry outburst, we suggest you please have a look at our category “Counseling:”

There are many professional life coaches listing their services. They can help you deal with anger. Moreover, they can work with you to improve your communication skills and motivate you to reach your life goals. Perhaps you will morph into Charlie Sheen in his series “Anger Management?” On second thought, that may not be your best goal. But you know what I mean…

Make A Barter Dream Come True (and Change the World)

Every one of us has heard about the Canadian, Kyle MacDonald, who bartered his way from a red paper clip to a house by way of 14 unique transactions. We think that it’s time for a new one of a kind barter story!

Daniel, a member of our site, barters on behalf of a non-profit that provides much needed aid to villages in Tanzania. Their current goal is to keep trading “up” for bigger and better items, until they can fund a water filtration system, valued at around $1500.

We want to accelerate this process and invite you to help Daniel and his non-profit to achieve their goal as soon as possible. Make a barter dream come true and be a life changer for kids in Tanzania.

What you can do:
1. Barter for Daniel’s Have, a Bamboo Pen & Touch USB Digital Tablet.
2. Promote his efforts on Social Media. Post his profile on your Facebook page, spread the word on Twitter and tell your friends about his mission.
3. Reach out and talk to him about your own experiences with bartering and give him practical tips.

Have you ever wanted to donate and give back but couldn’t find the right opportunity? Now’s your chance!

What BarterQuest will do:
1. Needless to say, write this blog and spread the word.
2. Promote Daniel on our Facebook and Google+ pages and in all Twitter accounts.
3. Send a newsletter about Daniel to our users.
4. Promote his trades on our home page.

We think if we can all work to get this done, we can feel a little better about our world, and about ourselves.

Barter for Communication

“It’s never too late to…” my grandmother told me all the time. In these days I thought about her words more than usual.

Our entire life deals with communication: Words are our expression to say who we are, what we feel and what we want. Even if we don’t speak we communicate! But sometimes it is not enough to articulate in just one language. English is the most widely used language worldwide. But did you know that it is just the third most common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish?

I was wondering about that and it confirmed me in my resolution to learn one more language. So far I haven’t decide which one but BarterQuest offers you an amount of tutors and teachers who are pleased to broaden your horizon in verbal communication to a foreign language.

I don’t want to lose more words about it and say it with my grandmothers ones: It’s never too late to learn French, Japanese, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish or Hindi!

When Autumn Leaves Start To Fall

The season is changing: Fall begins tomorrow! This time of the year marks the transition from summer into winter, when the arrival of night becomes noticeable earlier.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz

Fall is a mosaic for me too and I would like to describe the five pieces of my fall 2012 mosaic.


Let’s start with music! “Autumn Leaves” from Nat King Cole is one of my favorite songs for this time of year. It reminds me of the old black and white movies of yesteryear. Get in the right mood for fall and swap for a collection of over 1,500 Vinyl LP’s.

“Love it or hate it” my boyfriend told me last Saturday while he watched football instead of helping me to put together our new kitchen unit. I realized that with fall, for better or worse, football season arrives! I have come to the decision that I suffer his favor for football. So if you, like me, have decided to make the best of it on fall weekends, you might as well get “extra points” and give your boyfriend a gift. Trade for an Autographed Earl Campbell Football. You may never have to build out your kitchen alone again.

In the end of October I always ask myself the same question: What will I wear on Halloween? During the year I have a couple of ideas, but if you’re anything like me you procrastinate until it’s last-ditch. To get ideas, you can go to BarterQuest and trade for a costume. You may want a Scream Costume. I guarantee that no one will know you!

I love my mother but every year on Thanksgiving it’s a disaster. She runs through the kitchen like a headless turkey. She drives not only herself, but also my father, my brother and me crazy. This year everything will be totally different. I am hosting Thanksgiving. My secret will be to arrange for a private chef! Barter for a Professional “Chopped” Champion Chef.

Last but not least, I love to walk through Central Park on Sunday afternoons in the fall. When the wind twists the colored leaves from the trees I dream of my own piece of land or be somewhere else!