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Shannon Lee Simmons: Absolutely. I didn't realize when I first started that I was on the cusp of this big movement. It was pretty cool. I became part of the 
bartering community, which was so much bigger than I ever thought. As the economy stumbles along and we get pulled tighter and tighter, people get really excited about ways they can stretch their dollars further.

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It provides a basis for the re-definition of money and economics. Some people believe that bartering is a philosophical challenge to our money-based economic system. These people create barter clubs which are decentralized, operated by members of the community, and guided by idealistic motives. Some of them try to transform economic values by making all labor equal: Your hour of work equals mine, even though you are a doctor and I am a window-washer. Paul Fink of the Community Skills Exchange in Olympia, Washington, expressed a far-reaching philosophy on bartering in a letter to me. He said: "I find barter books much too apolitical. Our Community Skills Exchange is based on an end to: the monetary system, hierarchy of wages, an unequal social employer/employee relationship, centralization of production and service, specialization of individuals, and labor as merely an 'economic' exchange. Our organization attempts to teach people how to take charge of their own lives and once again feel powerful. As far as we're concerned, empowerment is the focal issue." The idealistic barterers are presenting interesting ideas about commerce and money. They give their organizations names like "Skills Bank" and even "Energy Bank," as though assets and money are taking on a different meaning to these people. The skills and energy of the community are indeed stored there -- in a form which can be more real and directly usable than cash.

For instance, each time Apple releases a new version of the iPhone, the second-hand market for older versions of the iPhone enjoys a flurry of activity. However, you do have to be as careful with the barter of used goods as you would be with the purchase of used goods. Be sure everything is in working order and shows no signs of significant damage.
Deciding to become a BarterPay member was a huge a step forward for our company. As we were just starting out when we joined, it gave us many advertising and opportunities which we wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise. We were also able to network with other companies in BarterPay which really helped get our name out to non trade clients. I believe that because of BarterPay our company is years ahead of where it would be without having decided to join.

In 2010, Shannon Lee Simmons had it easy. Though the economy was two years into its recessionary lurch, she had a secure job at Phillips, Hager and North, a boutique Bay Street investment firm. She was 25 years old and earning $55,000 a year, plus bonuses. She had no debt, no kids, and enough disposable income to jet off to Europe with her boyfriend and pay her credit card bills on time. Simmons is driven and effervescent, and has the charming tendency to slip into club-kid slang. Speaking of her time back then, she says: “I was ballin’.”
Bartering allows businesses to sell goods and services to cash-poor customers. We can see barter's influence wherever a barterer is placing an extra order for farm supplies, filling an empty table at a restaurant, or joining a telephone-answering service which had been going broke. Bob Murley of Full Circle Marketing explained that some excess production capacity can as good as money: ''Everybody who produces something has a greater capacity to produce more of the same thing than to get something new or to create something new. So if a man is manufacturing tennis rackets, he can produce another thousand tennis rackets easier than he could go out and create a cruise for himself or advertising space for himself or travel credits for himself. So excess production is a tradable, barterable commodity."
Other anthropologists have questioned whether barter is typically between "total" strangers, a form of barter known as "silent trade". Silent trade, also called silent barter, dumb barter ("dumb" here used in its old meaning of "mute"), or depot trade, is a method by which traders who cannot speak each other's language can trade without talking. However, Benjamin Orlove has shown that while barter occurs through "silent trade" (between strangers), it also occurs in commercial markets as well. "Because barter is a difficult way of conducting trade, it will occur only where there are strong institutional constraints on the use of money or where the barter symbolically denotes a special social relationship and is used in well-defined conditions. To sum up, multipurpose money in markets is like lubrication for machines - necessary for the most efficient function, but not necessary for the existence of the market itself."[12]
Yet Simmons was irked by the overwhelming lack of diversity among her clientele: “I realized it was the same people every time: Rich couples over 55. Where was everyone else?” She realized that one-on-one financial advice was a luxury few could afford, and after conducting a year’s worth of research, discovered it was young women who were the most underserved by financial advisors — and arguably the most in need of advice. “I found that women had more fear surrounding financial planning, a bigger sense of impending doom, and a huge amount of guilt around spending money,” Simmons explains.
People often require some encouragement to give bartering a shot. Debbie Lombardi, president and founder of Barter Business Unlimited, a Connecticut-based exchange network, says that despite her company’s track record and 4,000-plus registered members, she still regularly encounters resistance and confusion from prospective customers. “Nobody comes to me and says, ‘I’ve always wanted to try bartering,’ ” she admits. “It’s more like, ‘I don’t get it. Is this some kind of scam?’”
Dave Evans, a Barter Business Unlimited member who operates an online ticket reseller in Plainville, Conn., called EasySeat, was first attracted to bartering as a means to sell distressed inventory. “Our inventory is 100 percent speculative,” he says. “Bartering is a way for us to liquidate inventory that we might not be able to sell for cash.” He’s bartered tickets to New York Yankees championship games and Lady Gaga concerts, and in exchange he’s received everything from a fresh paint job at a company building to an overhauled office alarm service. Sometimes, though, he’s bartered for services that weren’t exactly essential to his business. “I used some of the barter money to get Lasik surgery for myself,” he says. “I guess that’s a little counterintuitive.”
Indeed, everyone I meet says something to this effect: that bartering is both a natural extension of Portland’s off-kilter ethos and, as the city has become more polished and pricier with the influx of tech companies a means of preserving it. It was that instinct that lead Kevin Fiske and Josh Fitz to create the PDX Barter Market, a seasonal get together where locals trade just about anything and everything. “Artisanal bread for hypnotherapy – that sort of thing,” Fitz says with a laugh as he walks me through the art gallery where the market is held.
Countertraders accept payment in the form of goods or services. The countertraders must not only sell their own goods, but they must accept and sell someone else's too. Countertrade is therefore also known as "triangulation" because it requires at least 3 parties: buyer, seller and customers. A conservative estimate developed by Business International of New York suggests that 10% of world trade is affected by countertrade, although other estimates range from 1% to 40%.
In trade, barter (derived from baretor[1]) is a system of exchange where participants in a transaction directly exchange goods or services for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money.[2] Economists distinguish barter from gift economies in many ways; barter, for example, features immediate reciprocal exchange, not delayed in time. Barter usually takes place on a bilateral basis, but may be multilateral (i.e., mediated through a trade exchange). In most developed countries, barter usually only exists parallel to monetary systems to a very limited extent. Market actors use barter as a replacement for money as the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, such as when currency becomes unstable (e.g., hyperinflation or a deflationary spiral) or simply unavailable for conducting commerce.

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Search for bartering partners. After you know what you have to offer and exactly what you need/want in a barter situation, find a bartering partner. If you don't have a specific person or business in mind, try word of mouth. Let your friends, colleagues and social network know about your specific need and what you want in a barter situation. Use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
In fact, there are entire zones of the country where alternatives like these have become commonplace. Portland, for example, has an entire underground ecosystem of local bartering, that relies on consumers and business owners identifying alternative forms of payment like volunteer hours, services, or additional goods. Similarly, Burning Man is known to have a unique gift based economy where people simply gift each other with what they need.

Yet Simmons was irked by the overwhelming lack of diversity among her clientele: “I realized it was the same people every time: Rich couples over 55. Where was everyone else?” She realized that one-on-one financial advice was a luxury few could afford, and after conducting a year’s worth of research, discovered it was young women who were the most underserved by financial advisors — and arguably the most in need of advice. “I found that women had more fear surrounding financial planning, a bigger sense of impending doom, and a huge amount of guilt around spending money,” Simmons explains.
Tina Traster, writing in Crain's New York Business provides some valuable tips for those wishing to participate. She points out that barter transactions take more time; those in a hurry had better use cash. It is best to investigate, in advance, if the exchange has what the would-be participant needs. She reminds the would-be trader that taxes are due on all barter exchanges and the exchange will report them to the IRS on Form 1099B. She suggests that bartering is potentially a way of networking with new customers and should not be viewed as a one-time transaction.
^ Homenatge A Catalunya II (Motion Picture). Spain, Catalonia: IN3, Universita Oberta de Catalunya, Creative Commons Licence. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-15. A documentary, a research, a story of stories about the construction of a sustainable, solidarity economics and decentralized weaving nets that overcome the individualization and the hierarchical division of the work, 2011.

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With nearly 10 years in the business of bartering and facilitating a network of hosts and guests, Barter Week’s organisers say no problems have been reported, from either side: “We constantly monitor offers and requests and we’ve sometimes noticed unusual or peculiar offers or requests – innocent ones, however, not illegal or inappropriate ones so far.” A new version of the site will launch shortly after Barter Week, with requests searchable by category and properties that accept bartering all year round.
But how about incentives or bonuses like sporting event tickets, a dinner, an overnight stay at a B&B, golf passes or a day at a spa or even a lovely gift basket? We appreciate that some may need a root canal and we have got some great dentists who can assist. But we know our members employees love that their company is a valued BNL member and it is not for the root canals.
I did my first trade within a week, swapping a pair of my own too-small shorts for coffee. Since then, I’ve swapped barely worn Doc Martens for a week’s worth of fruit and veg and a cat bed that my orange tabby used exactly two times for a jar of unpasteurized honey; I traded a gift card to a restaurant I’d probably never frequent for 15 subway tokens. Most of my summer wardrobe was the result of trades for wine, cheese or clothing of my own that I no longer wear. And — full disclosure — I have on more than one occasion traded unsolicited media swag for snacks.
Revenue Canada says workers must report the value of the room as income and pay the appropriate taxes. Doug Shackell is with the tax department, he says there's a downside for someone working under the barter system. " Because there is no actual cash changing hands, the employment would not be insurable nor would it be pensionable. You wouldn't be able to collect employment insurance benefits."

How does the provider determine the value of the cryptocurrency at the precise moment of sale, particularly when cryptocurrencies are traded in non-traditional marketplaces and the value can swing wildly from day-to-day (possibly minute-by-minute)? What record-keeping is required by the service provider to justify the amount upon which it charged sales tax?
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In his analysis of barter between coastal and inland villages in the Trobriand Islands, Keith Hart highlighted the difference between highly ceremonial gift exchange between community leaders, and the barter that occurs between individual households. The haggling that takes place between strangers is possible because of the larger temporary political order established by the gift exchanges of leaders. From this he concludes that barter is "an atomized interaction predicated upon the presence of society" (i.e. that social order established by gift exchange), and not typical between complete strangers.[13]
As Orlove noted, barter may occur in commercial economies, usually during periods of monetary crisis. During such a crisis, currency may be in short supply, or highly devalued through hyperinflation. In such cases, money ceases to be the universal medium of exchange or standard of value. Money may be in such short supply that it becomes an item of barter itself rather than the means of exchange. Barter may also occur when people cannot afford to keep money (as when hyperinflation quickly devalues it).[15]
Record Keeping: Exchanges serve as the bookkeeper for barter transactions, which is helpful to the members. Exchanges use their own trade dollars, to bank (keep) money for businesses that don't have an immediate place to spend it. For example, let's say someone wants to barter with you for your consulting services. You can bank the barter dollars you receive, but you don't have to spend them immediately. If later you find you need a website done, you can use the barter dollars you earned earlier. 
So, there's going to be a tax implication when you barter. CRA's view is that giving up a good or providing a service as part of a barter transaction should be treated as though you have received a payment for that good or service you've given away. What's the value of this "payment" that you are deemed to have received? It's the fair market value of the good or service you've provided to the other party.
But, since the advent of money-based systems, bartering is an option that most of us dismiss as soon as we get that first paycheck or allowance. Not so for a guy named Kyle MacDonald. He drew a media frenzy when, in a matter of one year and 14 trades, he bartered his way from a paper clip to a house [source: NPR]. Although he had a lot of help from his local government and some people in show business, his story offers dramatic evidence of today's existing market for bartering. MacDonald is one of many people who have taken advantage of the growing phenomenon of bartering over the Internet. This ancient practice is also alive and well in services that facilitate bartering and companies that swap favors.
Surprisingly, it isn’t the weirdest way that Simmons has been paid in the last year. Since leaving a full-time job at investment management firm Phillips, Hager & North in 2010 and embarking on a year-long experiment as a barter-only financial consultant, she’s been compensated with a tutorial in butter-churning, a large bag of toiletries, and a chance to perform with the University of Toronto cheerleaders. “I had a guy come up to me once and say, ‘I’m a fire-breather and I’d like to barter with you,’ ” Simmons says. “I was like, ‘I don’t think I can say no to that.’ ”
Traditional bartering took the form of simple exchanges: I mow your lawn, you cut my hair. Modern bartering is much more complex. A company wishing to barter first joins a trading exchange. Sign-up fees ranging from $200 to $600 and monthly membership costs are usually involved. A broker may be assigned to the company. The goods or services to be bartered are priced by negotiation. In exchange for these the company receives trading credits. These credits work exactly like money but must be exchanged for goods/services available through the exchange the company has joined or other exchanges with which that exchange is affiliated. Each transaction has its own costs (10 to 15 percent of the transaction's face value)—in addition to the assessed membership fees. Bartering exchanges, in effect, "make a new market" and also maintain a "currency" (the trading credits) to be used within that market.
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