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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!

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/

Bacon Barter

Is it worth to spend millions of dollars into a commercial for a new product? In times of Social Media – where it is rather easy to get attention of a huge community through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – a well known, traditional American company has the inspiration of barter!

Actually the proposal of “The Great American Bacon Barter” is not new: A man on his mission across the country without any cash and credit cards. In this case actor, comedian and writer Josh Sankey embarked his journey on Monday from New York to Los Angeles and all he has to barter is just a trailer full of 3,000 pounds of that new bacon! After four days on his road trip he bartered the bacon for food, lodging, football tickets and everything else he needed.

But is this project realistic? On the one hand the value of bacon is almost $20,000. So, Josh is able to spend approximately $1,430 a day to travel from the east to the west coast. It’s a large amount for two weeks – just for one person! The other aspect is about the camera team which comes along with him. A camera pays attention and you are focused on the person in front. As a result it makes it easier to get what you want. Nevertheless Josh had to learn how to barter: He didn’t complete his exchanges in the first pace. Step by step he traded his bacon for what he wanted. The actor could be glad that Americans have a fever for bacon!

Apart from that this campaign is a big promotion for the business, brand, product, Josh Sankey and also for barter! Everyone is currently talking about Josh’s expedition and for what he will barter bacon next.
BarterQuest likes his challenge, that he makes bartering more popular and our company will follow him for the next ten days!

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!

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

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?

Recent College Grads: Barter!

It’s the time of the year again: exams are over, and if you’re done with finals this means you’re finally done with school – for good! (or at least for the nearest future).
However, this event marks the transition into a new phase of your life. You’ll live independently from now on, you won’t just work for good grades but rather in order to receive something in exchange that allows you to maintain yourself (a salary and yes, possibly respect and appreciation).
You’re moving out of the dorm, possibly relocate to another city and you’re about to have your first “real” job. Your first salary will most likely impress you because you never earned money before or your previous jobs never paid that well. You might be tempted to splurge. But you should reconsider: you have so many expenses now. You have to pay a rent, insurance, food, etc. And very important too, you might most likely have to pay your student loans back.

It makes sense to take advantage of the frugal behavior you taught yourself during your college years and continue it. Once you get used to splurging every here and there it gets hard to get back to a more modest spending behavior.
A great way to save money is – bartering! Students are the perfect candidates because they’re usually on tight budgets but in need of expensive things like textbooks, clothes and so on. Barter is the perfect solution to the problem.
Someone is happy to finally get rid of unused stuff while someone else is happy to receive something they need. It’s a perfect win-win.
But it doesn’t end there. You don’t have to stop bartering just because you’ve graduated, actually it’s one of the best reasons to continue. You’re maintaining your frugal lifestyle and will be able to overcome your debts and even make some savings. Happy trading!

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails” ~Author Unknown

Bartering Children’s Gear

You might wonder why we decided to write about this specific category. Well, it’s very simple: children’s clothes, toys and other equipment are simply made to be swapped!
Have you ever wondered how fast your child is growing out of those shoes you just recently bought? This can really sum up. And at some point it might be argued that it’s wasted money if you’re buying new things just so your child can wear/use them for a couple of weeks or months.
But when it comes to children’s stuff it’s not only a matter of size. A newborn appreciates other toys than a 4-year old. And different 4-year olds may have different preferences (actually we’re absolutely sure they do!).

So what to do with all the useless toys your child once used to play with? What to do with all the toys and clothes you received as presents but never really used? Get rid of it, and get something you can actually use in exchange. And in order to do so you don’t even have to leave the house. In fact, you don’t have to move at all. Stay right where you are, comfortably seated and click yourself to the perfect trade. We know that being a mother is a full time job so you might appreciate the fact that you don’t have to leave the house to shop for children’s gear. It takes a couple of seconds to connect you to thousands of other mothers who are just as keen to swap and trade as you are. At BarterQuest we even dedicated a club to all mothers. It’s meant to connect you with like-minded women in order to increase your chances of a successful trade, connect you with other mothers, enable you to exchange advice, discuss problems and so on. It’s a platform created for you and meant to be customized by you.

Once your kids are in college, it’s definitely time to get rid of all the children’s stuff you kept “just in case”. Baby cribs, strollers, baby seats and so on. Why let this stuff taking up space in your home? And trust me: your children won’t want to use the same stuff for their children. Passing on baby cribs from generation to generation might seem like a somewhat nice tradition, but in the end it’s far from convenient. Times change and products improve.
So start bartering for children’s gear now and be amazed with how much money you will end up saving. Happy trading!