The Barter Value of Skills
by Tess Pennington
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talked about the necessity
of learning skills to aid us in a survival situation. Dont
underestimate the value of those skills for barter. If the grid
goes down, people may be left with no access to medical care, serious
gaps in their knowledge or the inability to repair vital items.
If you possess those abilities, your skills will be in high demand.
In the situation
of economic collapse, there will be a revival of the barter system.
To barter means to exchange your goods or services for someone elses
goods or services. To complete a satisfactory barter transaction,
each person must desire something from the other party. Despite
the potential of desperation, its morally imperative to be
fair to the party that is most in need. Remember that one day, that
person who is most in need may be you.
if something breaks, the replacement is only as far away as the
closest Wal-Mart. However, in the event of an economic collapse
or a disaster that causes the trucks to stop running, it wont
be easy to replace broken items. The ability to repair broken items
will be in very high demand. It will be a rare skill, because we
live in a world of planned obsolescence. Few people actually know
how to repair an item in a sturdy and long-lasting way.
of Alt-Market calls this about bringing back the American Tradesman:
you wish to survive after the destruction of the mainstream system
that has babied us for so long, he says, you must
be able to either make a necessary product, repair a necessary
product, or teach a necessary skill. A limited few have the capital
required to stockpile enough barter goods or gold and silver to
live indefinitely. The American Tradesman must return in full
force, not only for the sake of self preservation, but also for
the sake of our heritage at large.
Brandons excellent article on the barter system here.
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joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess
worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and
is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response.
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