Whether you’re an individual or a business, sometimes the way that we have come to handle commerce can seem tiresome. We provide goods or services to raise money that we can exchange for goods and services. Why can’t we just trade our goods and services for someone else’s goods and services and skip the middle-man?
Well, we can. Bartering was common in just about every culture before the specialization that came largely from the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century. Since the development of the internet, however, it has become much easier to make others aware of our goods and services and the services that we require. While this can be casually done through social media, it has also given rise to barter networks. This article will discuss some of our favourite barter networks that you can use to save time and money by trading goods and services directly for goods and services.
Barter Network Inc. is a company targeted explicitly at businesses trying to move unsold or overstocked product without taking a cut on profits. It does this by giving its member businesses access to a platform where they can trade their goods for those offered by another company. These goods can then be resold at your company, or used to defer expenses. There is a membership fee and monthly and barter fees, but the site provides you with great resources like your own broker to help you navigate the site and manage your exchanges.
Barter Only is aimed at individuals looking to trade unwanted goods. The website has lots of search filters to choose from but only lets you search for things that you want, not things that other people might want from you. It’s easy to navigate things that people have, but it is difficult to find other aspects of the site, like whether they charge for membership.
BarterQuest is a website that allows you to register as an individual or as a business to exchange goods, services, or real-estate. The site is easy to navigate and lets you filter searches by products, services, or real estate, as well as by whether you are looking for things you need or looking for people to supply. The major problem with this site is that it is too simple, so it is difficult to find information on the site, as their pricing structure.
BizExchange is another bartering website specifically for business to business goods transactions. The site works by allowing your business to buy and sell goods to other member businesses in exchange for a digital currency called “BizX Dollars”. The site tracks your usage and creates forms and records of transactions. Because all BizX Dollars are spent on costs of doing business, they don’t change the way that you report your taxes, which is good for larger businesses. The site is free to join and has no monthly fee, but the site pays overhead with a percentage of the value of each transaction, between 6 and 7.5 per cent.
Many people are aware of Craigslist.org, but may not know that the site is commonly used to barter goods and services. When you search something that you need, select “barter” in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. This will narrow the search to people who are willing to trade in exchange for goods and services. Using Craigslist is nice because of the size of the site and because it automatically narrows search results to your area. Because it is not intended for bartering, however, the site lacks some affordances of other bartering sites, like the ability to search for people who want what you offer rather than just people who are offering what you want. This can make it difficult to find someone who wants what you offer and is offering what you want.
International Monetary Systems has been a powerhouse in the finance and business worlds for over thirty years, and they move into bartering with IMSbarter. This site, specifically aimed at businesses, lets your business sell its unsold products or even spare time to other businesses on the network in exchange for their excess services or spare time. There’s a lot of information on the site about how it works, but it doesn’t tell you much about pricing until you contact the company.
Listia is meant for individuals rather than businesses and works for items but not for services. Users of the site post items that they want to be rid of, which other members bid on using “Ink” the site’s digital currency. Ink can also be earned, rather like the player points on popular video games, by using different aspects of the site. The site is very approachable, as it has both apple and android compatible apps, and it can be signed into using Facebook.
Shared Earth is not for bartering goods or services exactly, it is essential for sharecropping. You can register on the site as a landowner, or as someone looking for land. As a land-owner, you let other gardens on your land in exchange for some of their produce. As a land-use, you get access to land in exchange for some of your produce.
Simbi is for individuals looking to exchange services. You can perform services for someone else, who performs a service for you, but there’s another option. Suppose you give guitar lessons to someone who paints pottery. They want your lessons, but you don’t want their pottery. Instead of exchanging services, they can pay you for your service with the site’s digital currency which you can use on a service that you do want.
Swap.com isn’t a purely bargain-based site but instead markets itself as an online thrift store. You post items, which other people buy. You can then use that money to buy items from other users. The key advantage of using this site over a brick-and-mortar thrift store is the size of the selection. The site still uses real money, so it’s not as fun as some of the other sites discussed, but it also doesn’t have any membership fees.
SwapRight.com is meant for individuals to trade goods and services. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy features or an associated app, but it is entirely free, you can sign in with your Facebook, and it’s easy to use.
TradeAway allows you to post items to barter, but you can also simply buy items. The site has no fees and has an associated Apple and Android compatible app, but also works entirely on the browser page.
TradeMade is an app-based bartering app that lets you exchange goods and services for other goods and services. One unique thing about this site is that it lets you trade multiple goods or a combination of goods and services, allowing you to make very custom deals. The only downside is that the app is not currently available on Android devices.
TradeStuff is another site meant for individuals to trade goods. The site allows the trading different number of items, but it also allows you to trade through other users. For example, if the pottery painter wants your guitar but you want a bathroom sink, but someone with a bathroom sink wants pottery, you can all get what you want in the same transaction. The TradeStuff app is available on Apple and Android.
U-Exchange is an international website for exchanging goods and services. You can search by your area, or browse the whole site. Signing up is free and so are most trades, though trading larger items like real-estate or vehicles require a small fee.
Depending on your needs there are a lot of great bartering sites out there, each with its affordances and limitations. Hopefully, this article has started you off on your search for the right site for you.
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