Most survivalists and preppers strive to be completely self-sufficient in the event of an emergency situation. However, have you considered including bartering as part of your overall plans, especially in anticipation of a possible unforeseeable and unavoidable event?
What if, regardless of all your efforts to remain self-reliant, you were to find yourself in a situation where bartering was your only real option to provide for your essential needs – where, if you don’t barter, you’ll likely die?
Ol’ Ben Franklin put it best when he said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
It seems only prudent that we should prepare in a way to include all possible options, including bartering.
Bartering — that is, exchanging goods or services without using money — has been used for centuries. However, in a disaster or crisis, a potentially dangerous environment may occur that would otherwise not be present during a normal bartering transaction.
Here are just a few ideas/suggestions to think about when preparing for the possible necessity to barter under extreme conditions:
1. Safety first. In extreme situations it would be wise to barter with others after you have exhausted all other safer possibilities. Have a friend nearby for safety, and don’t allow anyone into your main storage area when bartering. Conduct any bartering at a separate location away from your storage area(s).