Feb 162011

I decided to check out The Art of Barter: How to Trade for Almost Anything by Karen Hoffman and Shera Dalin after seeing it on the new book list at the library. Took a while until my turn came up, but it was worth the read.

Barter and trade isn’t as prevalent as it used to be, and I personally have never really thought about it. Cash is king, right? It is easy to forget that cash (or debit or credit) isn’t the only payment option.

This book is chock full of ideas and resources. There are a full 5 pages at the end that list various websites you can visit. While a lot of them are US based, there are still quite a few international ones as well.

Bartering is really about being open to ideas, and learning to communicate those ideas to others. Creativity is the key, along with good listening skills. I definitely learned a lot reading the book, and will try to put it to use and barter for something. What? I haven’t decided yet.
Rating: 5/5
Source: Local library

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