Barter Continues to Compete with Money as a Viable Form of Currency in a Modern Age

Barter Continues to Compete with Money as a Viable Form of Currency in a Modern Age In today’s economy, barter is considered by many individuals and businesses alike, to be the new cash. Los Angeles, CA – November 18, 2014 /MM-LC/ — Investopedia states: “Money, in and of itself, is nothing. It can be a shell, a metal coin, or a piece of paper…  The value that people place on it has nothing to do with the physical value of the money. Money derives its value by being a medium of exchange, a unit of measurement and a storehouse for wealth. Money allows people to trade goods and services indirectly,.. and provides a way to save for larger purchases in the future.” Unlike today, money was not always the normal, everyday currency of America.  A year before enactment of the U.S. Constitution, an angry mob in New Hampshire marched on the state assembly demanding that the state print paper money to enable the state’s debtors to pay off their creditors and be rid of them. The creditors then fled the state to avoid payment. If caught, they were forced at the point of a gun to acknowledge payment in full. Long before money, there was barter.  “Bartering is a direct trade of goods and services – Here’s a stone ax in exchange for help killing this mammoth – but such arrangements take time. The premise was to find someone who thinks an axe is a fair trade for having to face the 12-foot tusks on a beast that doesn’t take kindly to being hunted. If that didn’t work, an individual...

Barter Befriends Victims of Domestic Violence Year Round

Barter Befriends Victims of Domestic Violence Year Round By jdesmarais  |  Posted 11 hours ago  |  Los Angeles, California 4  Share October is domestic violence month, but domestic violence does not end with Halloween. “On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year,” reports the National Violence Hotline.Recently domestic violence took a national stage when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell uttered indicated to the world that he “got it wrong.” Remorse flooded the tv screen for the manner in which the situation was handled – or mishandled – allegations that NFL football players Ray Rice and Adrian Petersen had committed domestic violence. Sadly, it took an NFL headline to draw attention to what is clearly an epidemic. Ana Hawk, outspoken founder of InstantBarter.com, the fastest growing barter company in the world, has committed herself and her company to spread the message year round. “It is our intention that our regular posts on social media and elsewhere, will help educate and remind everyone – victims, perpetrators, would-be perpetrators and the public – that domestic violence is unacceptable and that there are places victims can go when every door to them seems closed.” One of those places is the Red Paperclip Center, a nonprofit Center (address withheld) providing refuge for those in need of help. Take for example Sarah and her two children, Tony and Patty. Her husband hit her and the children saw it. She found the Center, but they needed new clothes and...

Why Rolex, Mercedes, PepsiCo and Small Businesses Are Using Barter to Grow Without Cash

  There is a great article on Ana Hawk and Instant Barter on I-report CNN called Why Rolex, Mercedes, PepsiCo and Small Businesses Are Using Barter to Grow Without Cash.Ana’ replay how barter works.When launching, sustaining or expanding a business in today’s tough economy, capital is the name of the game. You’ve got to be smart with every dollar you spend. Legal and accounting services, company websites and social media marketing, software, bookkeeping, and office supplies – all are essential to a start-up or expanding small business, and all cost money… or do they?   What if you didn’t have to eat up valuable cash or credit for any of these items? “You don’t,” says Ana Hawk, founder and CEO of one the fastest growing barter organizations in the world, InstantBarter.com. “Everything you need, want or desire for business can be bartered. Barter is the oldest method of exchange in the world. Before money food, tea, weapons, spices and even human skulls formed the basis for everyday trades.” “Barter is not just for small businesses. Mercedes Benz negotiated a barter deal of their buses for bananas in a deal worth $65m. And PepsiCo had a longtime Russian barter arrangement where it traded cola for Stolichnaya vodka. Donald Trump has used it. Staples trades excess furniture they can’t. Hertz barters use of their vehicles with Rolex as an employee retention strategy. After 10 years of service Hertz employees have been rewarded with a Rolex. Hertz gets those watches without cash in exchange for Rolex’ use of their fleet.” continues Hawk. In the 1960’s many Americans started joining barter groups that...