To trade or not to trade

Barter trading is not something new.

In fact, the trading of goods and services without the use of cash has been around for centuries.

The internet has seen more and more neighbourhood barter communities developing through the aid of social media and community sites like Facebook and Craig’s List.

It’s not surprising to see an ad posted to Gum Tree or Craig’s List asking to swap something of value for another product or service.

Barter trading is all about the transfer of goods & services from vendor to vendor in exchange for payment of  goods and services received.

It is quite reasonable to assume that participants will not always be in a position to make direct trades for one reason or another. For example, these may include low inventory, excessive demand for their service or product in the cash economy.

An offer to trade using barter is a reciprocal arrangement between the parties involved which should be respected at all times.