Craigslist allows people to barter instead of buying what they need

By: Ashley Jeffery Email
By: Ashley Jeffery Email

News 12 @ 11 o'clock -- February 18, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- "Violin for cash or furniture, I'll take a nice violin," said Art Downs who trades on

Art Downs spends most of his days bartering and trading on the popular website Craigslist. He says now with this sour economy, people still have needs, but they just can't pay.

"People don't have money. They don't have any money. Everybody's broke, but they have assets," said Art.

Assets and services that other people need and may not be able to afford otherwise.

Thanks to Craigslist, at the click of a button, you can get what you need, through a trade. For instance, one man is willing to trade a truck, a tractor or a golf cart for a septic tank installation. And art, he's willing to trade this antique sword for something, or maybe a medieval breast-plate. But his biggest trade sits in his front yard.

"Yea, I used Craigslist to get the motor home. Everything, straight up trade," said Art.

That's right, Art used the website and bartered to get his new home.

"This is a perfect example. This motor home right here. I had a 2007 Ford Taurus and the people didn't have the money to buy it. Ok, he wanted me to trade for the motor home and we swapped out evenly," said Art.

It's an even trade that more people are logging onto and checking out to see what they can get for their stuff.

"We do business, we barter and everybody's happy. I've gotten what I need so we're all happy," said Art.

And with everything up for barter in his old home, Art will continue to log on to trade out.

As Art and his wife prepare to move, they plan to have an estate sale of all the items they don't trade. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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