What's It Worth to You?
April 23, 2010
Everyone’s heard of eBay and Craigslist, but have you heard
of www.baarter.com? Instead of online auctions or classified ads, this site is
set up strictly for bartering. You make a post that lists what you have and
then describe what you’re hoping to trade it for. While it sounds a bit like
another Cragislist knock-off, my interest was piqued by this post from a guy in
“I will trade my 25 years experience in HVAC work, new
furnace or AC installs, duct work, etc. for a late model cruiser motorcycle.
750cc – 1300cc. Must be in excellent condition. I am fully insured and provide
So, he’s willing to trade 25 years of HVAC expertise for a bike?
I have to wonder exactly how that will work out. It sounds like it could be a
bit messy to arrange this to both parties’ satisfaction, and I’m afraid
someone’s going to get ripped off.
Say, for instance, that somebody calls Mr. Will-Work-for-Motorcycle
and offers him his dream cruiser in return for working on a small home project.
But what if that little project spirals out of control and ends up costing him
more time and effort than the motorcycle is worth?
Have you ever bartered your skills
and services for something other than money? And was it worth it?
Maybe I’m too pessimistic. Maybe bartering is the way to go
in the current economy, and this guy’s going to get a great bike in exchange
for a few hours of work.
Or maybe this guy is willing to barter his skills and services
for a motorcycle so when his wife sees it in the driveway, he can say, “Sorry,
honey, they didn’t have any money, so they offered to pay me with a bike.”
Because right now that’s the only way my husband’s
going to get one.