Morning Money Matters: Bartering is back!

News 12 This Morning: February 16, 2009

Forget cash, checks, credit cards, and debit cards. In this economy, it seems people are willing to return to their elementary school lunchroom roots.

"I'll trade you."

Yes, bartering is back and in a big way.

Craigslist is essentially the internet's version of the classified ads.
Mostly, you see things like cars and furniture for cash, but now, you can barter.

Here are some deals I found in our area.

One guy needs a septic tank installed, and he wants to give you his 1995 GMC truck as payment. Another person says they have 22 inch chrome rims in excellent condition. They would trade for a small dog, specifically a female teacup Yorkie or a Chiuaua. I found another ad for a housekeeper. The poster is willing to trade baby items. An artist will do some custom work for you in exchange for a bedroom set, and someone else has a brand new vacuum -and would like to switch it out for your kayak. One man really doesn't want his boat anymore; he'd rather have a Glock 21.

This is very random, I know, but these are just a few of the postings I found. There are more, and it looks like these folks are willing to negotiate.
So, take a look around your house, and see what you're willing to part with.

Who knows what it could get you. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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