THE TOP 10 BARTER ITEMS FOR A POST COLLAPSE WORLD

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  1. JP in MT says:

    Interesting take on preps. It is an “entry level” discussion, but we are getting more people who are just starting out every day.

    If you are new, my advise is to get your self/family geared up for 2 full growing seasons before you truly start to worry about major barter/PM items. The first season will be a learning experience for most of us, and probably a failure.

    • PrepperDoc says:

      We finally succeeded on our THIRD try. Not enuf water 1st; too much rain – mold on 2nd; bumper crop 3rd, part of which the raccoons got! Hybrid much much more successful than heirloom. Will stock MUCH more seed than previously planned.

      Got good measurements of actual yield per row for 4 crops. Getting my feet wet at this!!!

      • people forget about the fact that some things are flush every other year–if the year is a good one–for example, acorns and apples.

        i have read here that if you save actual potato seed there is a process involved.

        it is so important to have experience, not only book knowledge.

        that is why, if God provides a bumper crop, it is necessary to preserve it somehow no matter how tired we get.

        many freeze the bounty and can as time permits, so as not to be dependent on electricity, which can always fail.

  2. TXgalatheart says:

    This has got me thinking of things we take for granted now and how much trouble it would be if we could not replace it. Barter would work.
    I have stocked up a couple of items that I think would be needed like sewing supplies, house keeping stuff (broom, dust pan, mops) personal items – especially for a woman.

    Great topic that needs to be explored more.

  3. ar jones says:

    My friend posted that utube vidio months ago I believe , he has done prep list before on items to stock , we have made list of items that won’t break the bank that could cone in handy in an event. Simple items that can be picked up at dollar stores such as figernail clippers , latex / nitral gloves , gaze -maxie pads , bandaids , reading glasss , etc… finding 10 for 10 deals at the grocery store is another good way to stock items so you have extra you could trade with neighbors family or friends. We tell folks that even if nothing major happens ( there’s still flooding , snow storms , etc. Plus prices go up and you don’t have to pay 1.59 for that can of beans that you caught on sale a couple months back fo 50 cents acan. There are many ways to prep cheaply but you also have to put ttogether a basic fire , water , food , shelter & protection plan first. MD has posted many great list including the fundamentals needed but you also need to be able to use the items…

    • PrepperDoc says:

      Better have enuf food to make it clear to end of spring growing season from fall collapse….

      • spring=the hunger time

        try to learn foraging for your area. that is how my dad’s mother kept them from starving in spring. she knew the plants of appalachia in her area.

  4. You know the two Preps almost nobody mentions? Books and salt.

    Books, especially how to’s are self explanatory. But many people don’t realize we need salt to live. Yet we take it completely for granted. It’s plentiful and very cheap. In addition to it’s value for trade it doesn’t go bad so long as it’s kept dry and it’s useful for salting fish and other foods to convert them into long term supplies.

    Roman soldiers were paid in salt. That alone should give you a pretty good indication of its value should TSHTF.

    • Ray; Salt was one of the first things I really started building up. Even now, I still buy salt every time I go to the store.

      People don’t pay much mind to cornstarch either. Yet it is a multi useful product. Good for minor burns, flea repellent, jock itch, etc. And if people get down to only pine needle soup, at least you can thicken it up. 🙂

    • poorman says:

      Salt is cheap to stock up on. 25 lb bags at costco are about 5.00. I am sure they are as cheap at Sam’s. Sugar is another thing cheap to stock and will last forever. 50 lb bags at about 8.00.

      • Those are some good prices poorman. I don’t live close to a Sam’s or Costco so I do my best to hit the sales.

    • There’s a VERY important distinction that needs to be made about salt though. The salt that ancient cultures, especially the Romans, used and the modern table salt are two VERY different substances. Today’s table salt is very nutrient-deficient because it goes through a heavy processing method, which includes irradiation. Ostensibly, this is done for the sake of shelf life and safety standards, but as the video warns, one of the worst things we can do is to stock up on food items only to find out the hard way that we are feeding ourselves junk or even poison. I would suggest investigating alternative forms of sea salts or rock salts. While all salts are still sodium chloride (except salt substitutes which are usually potassium chloride), there are varying degrees of nutrients that stay in the salt with the different preparations of salt.

  5. mom of three says:

    I agree with the salt, it’s cheaper to buy bulk too. Also canning salt, if your a canner for pickles, and other recipes that call for canning salt. I usually buy a new box each canning season.

  6. Chuck Findlay says:

    One of the items he talks about is power (he calls it 12-volt power) and it’s important but I don’t know that power is realistically a barterable thing.

    To barter with power you are going to have to give people portable power they can take home, and that means batteries. I use to store alkaline batteries but I find that in a year or so a few batteries ALWAYS leak and it effects the whole package of batteries. You can’t store them for long term use because they don’t store well. I don’t understand why a battery can’t be made that won’t leak? It seems to me that if they encased them in injected plastic there would be no way foe acid to leak out. But it may be a cost thing?

    But to trade charging batteries people would have to have rechargeable batteries and few people have them. And I’m not going to barter my Sanyo Eneloop batteries to anyone. I don’t see it as wise to buy rechargeable batteries to loan out to people to bring back to you to charge. You have to expect that once a person gets a set of batteries you may never see them again. And even low quality rechargeable batteries are $8.00 for 4 AA size ones. Too much to barter away.

    The only way I see bartering power as a realistic thing is for people to bring auto batteries to someone to charge for them. But lugging a car battery around is going to get old fast. They are heavy and if you brush up against them you can get acid burns and if dropped (a common thing with heavy items) the thin case may break.

    • JP in MT says:

      Chuck:

      I think he is talking about the ability to recharge batteries as a barter item (like in “The Book of Eli”). I agree, I would not trade off any of my batteries.

      I also don’t have a real “warm and fuzzy” about ammo being a barter item. I would have to be someone I know, something I don’t need, and for a real good reason. I have a few “odd” type of ammo stored, mostly because it cam in a trade. What I buy now is what I want to have on hand.

  7. Montana Rancher says:

    Anything that is useful and consumed would make a great barter item, I would take pm’s and gear off his list and add any of the following:
    Canning lids
    Disposable lighters
    Chap stick
    Salt and other seasonings
    Lye (for making soap)
    Soap
    Dry bleach
    Lard, oils, butter (frozen)
    Mouse traps
    Hard candy
    TP
    Feminine hygiene products
    Para cord, string, shoelaces
    Leather treatment for water proofing shoes
    Things like that.

    Also “medical supplies” in the video is very vague so flesh it out:
    Lice treatments
    Fish antibiotics
    Sutures
    Alcohol and iodine
    Bag Balm and Lysol with fix almost any open sore
    Pain killers
    Scours treatments
    Zinc Oxide and clove oil to make tooth filings
    Beach again

  8. Grain alcohol is both useful for making medical items (tinctures & such) but might be a barter item.
    Vacuum packing pipe tobacco (buy in bulk) and buying some rolling papers might be useful barter items as well. I’ve seen folks with begging signs who are smoking. That tells you where the money goes.

  9. Walter Millsap says:

    North West Montana man says, I’m looking to put together a group of like minded people to help me further explore and develop alternative energy systems [bio gas, wood gas, hydrogen,next generation wind and water power systems ] and Vortec natural water purification systems [ Victor Schauberger ]as well as “Rife” orgone ” generators to neutralize the harmful effects of chemtrail spraying and EMF from cell towers and WiFi and the smart meters that have and are now a source of more harmful EMF into the living space, I have a back ground in the study and development of natural alternative systems that should be on every prepers list as another tool in the box to make a bad day a lot better. I think that it’s important to study , develop and teach out of the box technologies and systems that are simple and more earth friendly for even greater independence and self reliance. [email protected]

    • rebdcca says:

      Hi,
      that is a great idea we have been toying with those ideas to as we are getting ready to go off the grid for safety. I don’t know about you but all of this really concerns me I think it’s really going to happen and happen sooner and more unexpected than we thought. our US is in so much trouble, my heart cries both with fear and a deep sadness. I would love to hear your updates and info and what you have we have some good ideas as well.
      Rebecca

  10. Walter Millsap says:

    North West Montana man says, I’m looking to put together a group of like minded people to help me further explore and develop alternative energy systems [bio gas, wood gas, hydrogen,next generation wind and water power systems ] and Vortec natural water purification systems [ Victor Schauberger ]as well as “Rife” orgone ” generators to neutralize the harmful effects of chemtrail spraying and EMF from cell towers and WiFi and the smart meters that have and are now a source of more harmful EMF into the living space, I have a long back ground in the study and development of natural alternative systems that should be on every prepers list as another tool in the box to make a bad day a lot better. I think that it’s important to study , develop and teach out of the box technologies and systems that are simple and more earth friendly for even greater independence and self reliance. [email protected]

  11. Chuck Findlay says:

    Bees wax and olive oil would be a good items to have in bulk, they very handy for making herbal salves. And while bees wax and olive oil may not in itself be barterable, the herbal salves sure will be.

    Almost everyone agrees medical supplies will be in short supply and if you can make them you will be a popular person. Bees wax and olive oil will allow you to help others and yourself.

    Vodka is another handy thing for herbal tinctures, storing it would also pay off.

    • In the classes I have taken thus far in naturalistic medicine, we use vodka to enhance and extend the shelf life of just about any liquid herbal or essential oil product we make. Beeswax is an incredible emulsifier and, as Chuck mentions, works great for salves. Olive oil and coconut oil are the premier carrier oils for essential oils, so they are essential to have as part of a “natural first-aid kit.”

  12. If you have a place to store such items as boots and jeans, they will be good barter items. People will need sturdy foot wear and sturdy trousers. I also stored up on winter coats. I bet I don’t have have more than $20-$30 invested. Buy on $1 a bag day and stuff it tight. Shoes/boots are always 50 cents a pair. Community thrift stores hold a font of prepper items.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      But the problem is just like you said. “If you have a place to store items.”

      I find I have to be selective when deciding what to put up as space is limited.

      • Fortunately I do have the space Chuck. I have a full attic that is partially finished. Too hot for food or medical supplies, but holds a lot of everything else including my extra lumber and such. Talk about figuring weight disbursement…..ugh.

  13. I’ve watched a lot of these videos, mostly to see what items I may need to work on. I’m new to all this, our first purchase a few years ago was a good pressure caner, dehydrator, and recently a food sealer.

    This is one of the better videos I’ve seen, focusing on usable items, So tired of videos telling people to store silver and gold. Those items value is based on what the government says they are worth. But even in a natural disaster scenario, most people want items they can use to live. I like the comment about books, we constantly visit any book sale we can. grabbing books on everything from gardening, building, repair, alternative medicines etc. It through these books we learn how people use to survive. It’s amazing how Farming was the backbone of this country (USA) and now it’s almost illegal for the common person to have a small backyard farm to live off of.

    Ok rambling done. Thanks for reading 🙂

  14. JohnWayne says:

    I frequently read posts like this and often feel a wave of panic as I realize I’m totally unprepared in some particular area–some area of vulnerability. That fact alone makes me VERY AWARE of the REAL and DANGEROUS PANIC that will set in to millions of people if anything (even minor) happens in our country. I hate feeling panicked—-and life is EASY AND CHEAP right now! Message to self: WAKE UP and GET READY! Anyone who visits Costco or other major retailer should be overwhelmed by the ridiculous abundance of cheap food—-we have it really good, folks, but that can change 180 overnight……

    • JP in MT says:

      JW:

      Whatever you do, just don’t panic. Make your plan based upon you needs and finances, then work your plan.

      I have a friend who he and I have been discussing “prep” type stuff for years. We are meeting on Friday to start putting some action to his plan. He is ready, but scared. That’s when you buy things you shouldn’t, and don’t get things you should.

  15. shortcake says:

    A very important prep that I have not seen mentioned here and which would also be a great barter item is TOILET PAPER! Yes, it’s bulky to store, but think about what it would be like not to have it!

    • JP in MT says:

      shortcake:

      And you want to make sure the weather can’t get to your TP. I keep mine in large Rubbermaid-type tubs. Had to rearrange the closet to put it.

      But for me, for now, TP is like ammo. If they stop making it, I’m not sure how much I’ll want to barter. The alternatives are not necessarily what I want to go with for a while (read: as long as possible).

      Also get the type you will need. We store regular TP and camping TP. The latter is nore expensive, but if you have limited sewage treatment, may be better in the long run.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Mice absolutely LOVE toilet paper, you need to protect it from them.

        I saw a video of how a guy did this, he made PVC tubes 10 feet (however long it comes in) with end caps and filled them up and stored them in the rafters in his garage. I guess he had mice get into his tp stash and this was his way of solving it.

  16. Chuck Findlay says:

    Canning lids are another item to store that can benefit you and may be good for trades.

    They are inexpensive, take up little space and are tolerant as far as storage conditions.

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