Trading What You Have for What You Need
Nowadays, in the world economical crisis’ atmosphere, people‘s purchasing power is decreasing. New ways of consumption have been developed since 2 years: Low coast, recycling, bartering … In that way, companies like easy jet, ebay, www.gotrocyourself.com , adapted their offer to this way of trading.
Bartering was the only exchange mode used by manyold economies, like Egypt of the Pharaons or the Amerindian people.
In an economical crisis’ climate, people are more and more aware of the need to save money.
In the article is mentioned that barter is more and more trendy, and a lot of web site makes profits on this tendency.
Nowadays, thanks to barter, consumers can exchange products that they don’t used anymore, or services between them.One service given for one service received. Some web site works with a credits system. One service given for a number of credits, then, consumers can exchange those credits with an other service or product.
More and more people equip their house with bartered furniture. Instead of going to the hairdresser, they swap a haircut against few hours of babysitting… These new idea of bartering isgoing to change the individualism way of leaving. In a crisis period, we can notice that people are more and more secured belong the others.
This new way of thinking will revolutionized the world of consumption. Saving money is more and more the first buying behaviour …
NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE
Trading What You Have for What You Need
Stephanie Diani for The New York TimesJane Heyman paints portraits — here of a client’s dogs — and sometimes trades them for goods or services.
By ALINA TUGEND
Published: February 13, 2009
MANY years ago, when my oldest son was a newborn, we did what many new parents do — we exchanged baby-sitting services with friends who also had an infant.
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It didn’t really work out. Irealized that while I was perfectly happy to leave my son with them, I wasn’t so eager, after a long day, to take on the chore of caring for someone else’s baby.
Times were pretty flush back then in the ’90s and it just seemed easier to pay a baby sitter. My first bartering experience, in other words, was a bust.
Fast-forward 12 years to my second, admittedly accidental, effort. Last year, I askeda friend, who used to be a professional photographer, to take some photos of our boys. She wouldn’t accept pay, so I was going to get her a present.
Instead, she asked if I could help edit some of her daughter’s college entrance essays. It was a perfect trade — we were both using our professional skills to offer something that otherwise would have cost a fair amount of money.
Little did I knowthen that I was part of a growing community — offline and online — that is enthusiastically embracing bartering, particularly in this economy, when it is often more palatable to spend time than money.
As we all know, exchanging goods and services goes back, well, forever. But being a neophyte barterer, I was surprised, once I started checking around, at the deals some friends, and friends offriends, have negotiated.
Jane Heyman, an artist in Los Angeles who paints portraits, has traded her work for top-of-the-line haircuts, legal services and even plastic surgery.
“I had a show, and the doctor liked my painting of Warhol, which I gave him and got a free nose,” Ms. Heyman said. “He liked my work, and I liked his work.”
She figured it was a good deal — the plastic surgery would havecost about $7,000, while her work sells for $3,000 to $5,000.
“I traded a portrait of an attorney’s son for legal services, and painted my pediatrician’s children for six months’ worth of pediatric care for my daughter,” she said.
But Ms. Heyman has also had some deals that didn’t work out as she hoped. She bartered a portrait for a personal trainer “but I wasn’t happy with him,” and regrets...
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