So, you like to shop, hmmm? Many people enjoy a stroll through the stores, looking at all the pretty little trinkets, seeing what’s new and fun. These little strolls can offer a pleasant distraction from the day-to-day life of working to make ends meet.
I rarely can afford to buy anything during these fun little excursions. I am basically a window shopper.
However, I’ve been doing some research lately about buying things without money – in other words, bartering. This is an ancient way of trading goods and services which has come around again with a vengeance thanks to the internet.
Scrolling around a few bartering sites has whet my appetite to shop again. The nice thing about using bartering internet sites is you can shop to your heart’s content from the comfort of your own chair.
Here are a few sites that I’ve found. Full disclosure – I have not actually bartered for anything yet; it seems I am still a window shopper at heart, but maybe some day…
BarterQuest.com – You can actually find a house on this site! But, besides the extremely unusual, there are real honest-to-goodness everyday things that you may be interested in trading for. I found everything from a lamp made out of antlers to an antique kitchen stove to a garden tractor to a vintage bottle of wine. If you feel like a little window shopping today, click on this bartering site and see what you can find.
BarterBee.com – This site is specifically for people who play games, watch movies, and listen to music. If you’ve got a closet full of cd’s or dvd’s that you just don’t pay attention to anymore, this is a great way to get rid of them… and get something in return! Take a minute to explore their site and see if you might be able to take advantage.
CraigsList.org – There has been unsavory publicity about this site, but the people in charge are very vigilant and have been aggressively cleaning things up. Overall, this site is a great way to connect with people who are legitimately bartering goods. If you’re interested in shopping around, just click on the site and choose your state. You’ll be able to tour your interests in your area of the country or world. I was discouraged somewhat to find many businesses using this site to sell their goods, so read carefully, but enjoy the window shopping.
If you like to shop, but don’t have the money to spend, you may want to try bartering, either on an internet site or in your local community. Many communities offer local store fronts where people can come and browse and barter away.
Bartering is a great way to get what you want without a huge outlay of cash. Be aware that bartering, the value of the goods and services traded, is under the IRS radar and is taxable income, so be sure to keep receipts for everything.
When you can shop and get fun goodies in exchange for something you didn’t want cluttering up your house anyway, that is definitely a fuzzy wuzzy feeling! Enjoy your day!
p.s. Want to learn the Art of Bartering? Check out this fun book that gives you the ins and outs to get you started. Click on here or the graphic to take a peek.