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If you’ve never bartered, you’re missing out!

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If you’ve never bartered, you’re missing out. Bartering allows you to acquire goods and services without the exchange of money. Here’s how it works. You’re a writer in need of a good laptop. Instead of purchasing one new or secondhand, you find one through BarterQuest, a cashless trading site. You complete your profile, list what you “WANT”, and add writing to the list of services what you “HAVE”.

People with laptops that need writing done for their businesses, can contact you through the site and make an offer. Once you’ve found a suitable laptop, you can make a counteroffer and agree on what you would be willing to write in exchange for the electronic. The other member then agrees to your counteroffer and accepts it. You then make your exchange.

Verify Your Account for Added Security

Every member must go through the verification process before trading. This ensures that everyone on the site has good intentions and will follow through with their exchanges. The onetime fee for verification is $9.99 which is a small price to pay for years and years of bartering. To learn more about the verification process, refer to the BarterQuest FAQ page.

Benefits of Bartering

In addition to being a useful way to acquire goods and utilize services without earning and exchanging money, bartering also offers the following benefits:

1. Provides you with warm sense of community and purpose.
2. Gives you the satisfaction of knowing that useful items are not going to the dump and winding up in the landfill.
3. Offers you the opportunity to build your skill set.
4. Allows you to make use your talents and encourages you to pursue interests that you might not otherwise be able to afford.

Regular barterers agree that a cashless system of exchange is not only better but more enjoyable.

When Bartering Becomes Taxable

Bartering becomes taxable in areas of the United States and Canada if the goods and services that you receive are worth $100 or more. You can refer to IRS.gov for more information about reporting bartering as “income” on your taxes.

Bartering is a great way to stretch your dollars. You acquire the goods and services that you need to make your life easier which frees up your income for other things. Bartering also supports the local economy, allows people to showcase their skills and talents, and keeps goods from the garbage. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.

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!

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!

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

Mark Your Labor Day as Barter Day

“Thank God it’s Friday!” nearly every one has that thought each Friday. This morning it was more heartfelt than usual because we have one more free day to enjoy: Monday, September 3rd we celebrate Labor Day!

But honestly, do you really know why we celebrate Labor Day?

Here are five historical, interesting (and unnecessary) things to know about this holiday:

1. Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.

2. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

3. The first Labor Day was held on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union in that city to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families.

4. Traditionally, people did not wear white clothes, particularly shoes, after Labor Day.

5. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

So why connect Labor Day with barter? Barter was the first form of commerce; before the introduction of currency the goods and services produced by workers was traded…what you have for what you want. It was a pure and direct bridge between the fruits of your labors and what you needed to improve the quality of your life. These days barter remains a great way to share what you have that is no longer of great value to you and get what is. It recycles our work products and preserves our environment. So if we can let’s find what we need through BarterQuest and barter to get back to our working roots appreciates the work of trade every day.

Mark your Labor Day as Barter Day!

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!