While being better prepared involves stocking items for one’s own use, what other or additional items should you stock specifically for the purpose of barter?
In a SHTF world (you can define that however you wish) there will be value in things that people have taken for granted all this time. Some things will be ‘worth’ more than others due to the new circumstances of surviving in a post-collapse world (again, this does depend upon the extent of said collapse).
I’ll get the list started with a few ideas…
Paracord (parachute cord)
Duck (Duct) Tape
Drinking water filter
Okay, your turn… keep in mind that I’m looking for potentially valuable barter items for trade. Keyword: barter.
One way to think of it is to imagine yourself as the proprietor of a barter-trade store. What things would you have on the shelves… And/or what would you take for it (them) when dollars are worthless?
Another way to think of it is to imagine what items or services might you yourself need in a post-collapse world and what might you trade for it (them)?
What are the ‘things’ that ‘most’ people would find valuable?
I think what I’ll do is after we get a number of comments with ideas, I’ll list them all in a Poll so that we can all discover how they rank in order of perceived ‘value’. Should be interesting…
Foods For Barter
Many of us know that grocery stores operate on ‘just in time’ inventory management; meaning that there is basically no back room storage. Everything that they have is out on the shelves and is replaced with deliveries to restock ‘just in time’ — all of which enables cost savings from essentially having zero back-room inventory.
If there is ever a major disruption to this (JIT) system, some say that within 3 days most grocery store shelves would be empty. Others argue that it may take a bit longer, depending – maybe a week.
With that in mind, imagine if the system was disrupted for not just weeks or even a month or two… but years… What are some of the foods that may be particularly good for barter?
Our absolute dependence upon food being on our grocery store shelves is an amazing thing… the assumption that it will always be there.
It is an assumption that quite literally is life dependent. We cannot survive without it. Period.
There are more and more people ‘waking up’ and mitigating that risk by growing more of their own food and storing/preserving it, and more people are building a food storage inventory of their own.
Rather than listing every food substance known to mankind, what foods do you believe would be particularly good for barter? To trade? Which foods might be of more value after TSHTF?
People will be craving for meat. I dare say 99% of meat that is consumed is sourced from ‘fresh’. Who is thinking about storing canned meat? This will be a very valuable barter item.
Although not packed with calories like other foods, it will provide a much needed source of fiber and nutritional balance.
Inexpensive. Easy to store. Simple to make a meal. If you can heat water, you can eat. Good barter.
Lots of people won’t think to store much extra dog food. Your pet will thank you. Great barter value.
Packed with calories and protein. Regarding calories per ounce, this one is high.
Few ‘non preppers’ will be thinking about stocking up on this item. Most people don’t like the taste, but if milk disappeared, this would be a treat.
They are packed with protein. Taste can be altered with whatever creativity you can imagine with the spices and sauces on hand. They do require a fair amount of cook time though, but provided you can heat water, you’re good to go. A ‘staple’ barter item. They do begin to get hard after ~5 years (soak and cook longer).
You need something to go with those beans. If packed properly, it will last for decades. Not as much cooking time required. Entire cultures survive on this stuff. Another ‘staple’ barter item.
Oil will go rancid however, so limited shelf life.
No expiration. Many uses.
Best to buy coffee already vacuum sealed in cans which will stay fresh longer (or vacuum seal it yourself). Consider Instant coffee. Green coffee beans last for decades, however they will need to be roasted for coffee (and then ground).
Sinful sweet-tooth treats…
This will be in high demand, as it always has been throughout human history.
Powdered milk and butter
Will last for decades in professionally packed vacuum sealed containers.
This will become in high demand, as bland (and aging) foods will benefit greatly from spices.
What do you think?
What are some other FOOD items that may be particularly good for barter?
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Pioneer Survival - Lessons We Should All Learn
Alive After The Fall (Advice onto handling crisis situations )
US Water Revolution (Have Plenty of Water when others don't have any!)
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Backyard Innovator (All Year Round Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)
Liberty Generator (Easy PND to build your own off-grid free energy device)
Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap PND Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)
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