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Fly Away with BarterQuest

I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly

I’d fly above the trees
Over the seas in all degrees
To anywhere I please

Oh I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah yeah yeah

Did you feel the groove and get the urge to escape? Sometimes I have that wish to leave everything behind as Lenny Kravitz describes in his song “Fly Away.”

Of course, there are too many causes which hold us back: Our debts, conscience, and the responsibility in the face of our job, family, partner, children, friends, or maybe we are not brave enough to dare this adventure! The list could be continual.

Apart from that money will be another aspect that keeps us back from the idea to buy a ticket to the Caribbean and enjoy the next two weeks at a turquoise ocean with a beach full of white sand you have ever dreamed of!

But to fly away doesn’t have to be expensive: Barter for it! Our user Paul is a private pilot and shows you New York from another point of view. Above all you can fly as a second pilot. Fly away with Paul!

Unfortunately Paul is the only pilot who offers his service. Therefore BarterQuest wants to increase this category. Do you know a pilot or are you a pilot and want to give away a special moment to our users? Register on our site and

Let your spirit fly
Where we are one
Just for a little fun!
Oh oh oh yeah!

I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah yeah yeah

BarterQueen swaps on BarterQuest

I visited my friends in Germany last fall. In addition to an exhausting sightseeing program, they took me to a special event, which was called “Swap in the City.”

My friends thought I would know that concept, because in their minds every new, fancy and hip happening starts in New York City. But in fact I’d never heard of it. They wondered why the “BarterQueen” (that’s their nickname for me) hadn’t.

The structure of “Swap in the City” turned out to be quite simple:
1. Buy a ticket.
2. Pick out three to eight pieces of clothing you don’t need anymore.
3. Drop off your clothes and pick up exchange coupons at the entrance.
4. Use your exchange coupons to acquire clothes you want…start swapping!

While the clothes were being prepared for swapping, we visited several booths which offered mock cover shoots, styling tips, hair, make up and all that “girly” stuff.

Then the swap started. The mood was a bit like when a famous designer is selling their collection at H&M; everyone stormed the clothes that were available to swap. To literally protect ourselves we waited a few minutes. The reality was disappointing. The apparel was not what I had expected. Not bad, but nothing special. There was nothing that would allow me to re-vamp my wardrobe, as the promoters had advertised.

My buddies picked up some t-shirts, and I went home with an empty bag! We weren’t very happy. The only good thing was that the clothes which weren’t swapped would be donated to charity.

The conclusion of this story: BarterQueen much prefers to swap on BarterQuest!

Here are some reasons which made my conclusion so easy:
1. Using BarterQuest is free!
2. Before you start to trade you can see what is available and whether you want it.
3. You don’t have to run to the clothes; once you have listed the clothes you may want to swap, offers can come to you.
4. You can swap your clothes for more than just clothes: all types of Goods, Services and Real Estate!
5. No crowds, no elbows. Trade what you have for what you want from anywhere!
6. Trade within your community by joining or creating a trading club for your friends and family or for people who have similar interests. For example, there is already a “Fashionistas Club” on BarterQuest.

Save Money for Your Business with BarterQuest

Every one of us has dreams: Some are just ideas; several are so crazy that they will never come to be; and then there is that one special dream we think about over and over again until we turn it into a reality.

The founders of BarterQuest had a dream six years ago that became a reality. It wasn’t easy, but they believed in it and persevered. Now BarterQuest can help to turn your business idea into a reality through business to business (B2B) barter.

1. Services or Goods You Have to Offer
Make a list of services or goods you have to offer. These are your HAVES.

2. Use BarterQuest
Become a business member and join our business trading network . Get an impression what other businesses HAVE and WANT.

3. Post your HAVES and WANTS
Post your HAVES and post your WANTS, the things you need for your business.

4. Save Your Money by Trading
Search or use our MATCH to find potential trades.

5. Join Club Communities -
You would like to find other businesses to trade locally, nationally or internationally? Join the New York, US, or World clubs to network with other businesses.

Each time you barter for what you need instead of buying, you can be (1) converting excess inventory (a cost) into things you use in your business (a benefit), increasing your profit margin, (2) conserving your cash (helping cash flow and management of personal finances), and (3) networking for new clients. Bring your dreams one step closer by being smart and bartering!

Swap Books!

I found this article yesterday:

“Brooklyn Bookstore Lets You Trade Paperbacks For Coffee”

Molasses Books in Bushwick, Brooklyn is a new bookstore that offers a change from the traditional retail model, letting customers trade their books for a coffee tab (or more books). The store owner, Matthew Winn, is also applying for a tavern license, which will allow you to swap for beer and wine in the future.
The small, curated store is light and open, with space for a dozen people to sit and read and plenty of room to browse. Lots of fiction titles cover one wall, while non-fiction, art, and photography can be found elsewhere. The average book is priced at $1-10. Brokelyn reports there isn’t an exact science for the buying and selling system just yet: “You’ll get about a third of the resale value in cash, or a little more for trade or a tab at the bar.”

(Originally on http://www.psfk.com/2012/08/bookstore-trade-swap-books.html)

I think their business model is interesting. They combine the concept of traditional barter with the opportunity to get something you would otherwise pay for every day, coffee. Conserve your cash and drink your coffee!

Now, BarterQuest can’t offer you coffee for your books. But you can get a lot of other things, including other books. Before your bookcase breaks or your patience breaks over continually dusting books you’ll never look at again, trade them on our site. In fact, if you would like to actually write a book or publish one, swap for it under “Services.”

Start swapping now. You never know what you might get for a book!

Barter for Transportation

“Write a blog about bartering,” that’s my challenge every Friday. Up to now we have discussed many topics about bartering: how to barter, BarterQuest and social media, swapping places to stay, and others.

Yesterday, I had no clue what I should talk about today. When I woke up this morning and looked at my chest of drawers, which was the first piece I bartered, I had still had no idea.

On my way to work, while I was sitting in the subway (lucky to have a seat, but not enough space to turn over the newspaper page) I got it: “Barter for transportation!”

In New York, to go to work by subway is like this: crowded, hot as hell when the A/C has broken down, a man with an unpleasant odor sits behind you on your left and to your right a sweating, noisy woman. That is everyday life and every New Yorker understands the challenge!

So I closed my eyes and thought about how wonderful it would be to own a car. Nobody around me, listening to the radio, getting a fresh breeze from the A/C, and, of course, having a seat. But then you’re subject to the traffic jams and expensive parking. To barter for a car, living in New York, won’t work for me.

A motorbike could be an option. I soon got more comfortable with this idea. At work I browsed for motorbikes on our site. In the last few months so many users have posted their motorbikes – it’s amazing! Thank you for using our category “Transportation.” Hopefully, all the motorbikes will find a new owner. As for me, I will be choosing one and bartering for it!

Say goodbye to the subway and barter for a car, motorbike, boat (if you are by the water) or trailer! You can find them all in “Transportation”!

Go for Gold! – Go for BarterQuest!

Today is the day we have all been waiting for! Today is the day that the London 2012 Olympic Games begin!

For the next three weeks, the world’s best athletes will compete to win medals, break world records, and create special moments to remember.

Mariel Zagunis, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist fencer, has been given the honor to carry the American flag and to lead the 529-member US Team at the Opening Ceremony.

Let the games begin! Stop being a couch potato, stand up and cheer for the US Team! “Go for Gold” – “Go for BarterQuest!” Be a member of our community, join our clubs and barter for a personal fitness trainer, a basketball, a bathing suit or a pair of athletic shoes to create YOUR own special moment and be your own hero!

Browse through our category of Sporting Goods here

PROJECT BARTER

Who doesn’t want a designer dress?

Our interest was aroused yesterday when we saw the first episode of the 10th season of “Project Runway.” Supermodel Heidi Klum and her fellow judges are searching for the next Marc Jacobs or Vivienne Westwood. Sixteen contestants, young to somewhat older (58) presented their dresses on the runway in Times Square. Awesome!

But you don’t have to dream of wearing a designer dress. It doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Start your own “Project Runway” by starting your own “Project Barter!” On our site users offer many high fashion products, both dresses and accessories! Be your own judge and barter for a one-of-a-kind piece!

Your “Project Barter” starts here

List your home on BarterQuest

BarterQuest offers users the possibility to trade Goods, Services, and Real Estate. In fact, the Real Estate section on BarterQuest is constantly growing.

Let’s not forget that on our website you can trade anything with a few clicks!
And if you are interested in trading Real Estate, BarterQuest offers a wide range of possibilities. This means you can swap apartments when you travel, barter a vacation home or a condo, trade timeshares, or offer your property in a permanent exchange for something you want.

On our website, you can barter real estate to make life more affordable (and interesting). Or you can trade Real Estate that can be used in a business or for commercial purposes.

Many types of Real Estate can be offered on BarterQuest. Listing is easy.
When you list your property, you will be provided with a check list for the specific things that come with it, for example, the number of bedrooms, its access to various activities, air conditioning, and others. When you offer a property for temporary use, a calendar will let you indicate when it will be available. Your trading partners will be able to find your property not only by its description, but by its location.

List your Real Estate. Become a member of the BarterQuest community. Take advantage of our trading clubs and forums. Meet people from all over the world who are interested in house swapping, bartering for holiday getaways or trading timeshares. Save money and have fun!

We’re running a Facebook Picture Contest!

I’m sure you’ve seen us promote this new contest on either facebook, twitter, or you read about it in our latest newsletter. Yes, we’re running a picture contest on facebook!

We’ve never done this before and we thought it might be a fun idea. Today’s world is a very visual place and all of us (or let’s say most of us) take a lot of pictures on a daily basis. You haven’t noticed? Check your album on your phone to see how many pictures you actually take – you might be surprised. It’s a good thing though because pictures allow us to capture special moments so we can remember them.

Also, pictures are a tool to communicate, and the good thing is there’s only one language everyone understands.
So why should you participate in our picture contest? There are in fact a few good reasons:
1. You’ll have the chance to win $100
2. You can be creative
3. It’s fun to think about previous trades and what you’ve bartered in the past
4. You can impress others

It really doesn’t matter whether you pose with an apple, a sandwich, a car or your dog. It just has to be something you’ve bartered in the past and you have to be in the picture with it. The more creative the photo the higher the chances for you to win. Submit your picture today! We’re looking forward to receiving many original entries.

Barter Kings?

We’re sure all of you passionate barterers have heard about this new series on A&E called “Barter Kings”. Of course we find the idea and the concept for the show very interesting, as we preach the same message: start bartering and save money!

But can this be real what they show on TV? Is it really possible to trade a record for a speed boat? You might be tempted to say yes, after we all heard about the story of this guy trading his way from a simple red paper clip to a house.
But here are some thoughts: bartering “your way up” only works when you constantly trade what you have for something of a higher value. Technically, this means you’re not engaging in an entirely fair trade. Unless of course, our counter party has a special interest in your item and is willing to invest something of a higher value.

Also, the barter kings find their deals on Craigslist. We love Craigslist as it’s an amazing platform for all kids of things – but not for bartering. The people who advertise on Craigslist might just want to sell their stuff in the end because they’re not entirely familiar with the concept. Also, Craigslist offers no guidelines on how to proceed in a trade. This can possibly be dangerous as you might come across many scammers. Again, this is not against Craigslist. We just believe it’s not the best platform if you are looking for interesting trades and like-minded people when it comes to the passion for trading.
In the end the show is very interesting and fun to watch. One might be tempted to go right outside and do just like how they do. We believe (or should I say we know?) it’s not as simple as that. No matter how good of a negotiator you are, not everything is swappable. In this regard the show might give you a wrong impression about what is possible and what not.

Our bottom line is that Barter Kings is a very interesting show indeed and we love watching it. However, be careful when you barter and make sure you find people who know how trading works. Why not find them at http://www.barterquest.com?