posted on Dec, 8 2014 @ 09:32 AM
I think canned food would be the only thing you could barter with that would be universally accepted as valuable by everyone in the event of a
collapse. Everyone would need it, and it would be in increasingly short supply the longer after the collapse happened. If you are stocking up on
tobacco or coffee, it's not worth anything to people who don't smoke or drink coffee (addictions would be a liability in such a scenario, anyway).
Medicine is hard to stock up for, which I will explain later. Gold and silver are only worth something if society eventually recovers from the
collapse and banking systems are started up again. To the individual it's as useless as rocks from a survival standpoint. So gold and silver aren't
something you can barter with.
I would definitely have to say canned food. It lasts for years at room temperature, which is a key thing since there would be no electricity for
refrigeration. It will only increase in value too, since it will get more and more scarce the longer after the collapse. The first concern for
everyone after the collapse will be feeding themselves and their families. All other concerns are either secondary, or will arise from that single
primary need. The need to defend yourself will arise from the problem of having food, when your neighbors don't. The same problem gives rise to the
need for medical care.
As for medicine - we would all need to learn how to function in a world with no modern medicine. It's illegal to stock up on prescription meds - I
don't get people who say they are "stocking up" on antibiotics - and it won't be made anymore after society collapses. After a collapse medicine
will be bandages, salves, herbal remedies that you can grow or make at home. Just like the pilgrims did it back in the 1600's. Also I don't think
most people would trade away their food for something they aren't in immediate and urgent need of. If you happen to have heart meds for someone
who's having a heart attack right that second, sure you could get something for it. Otherwise it's better to have food.
If someone tried to barter wooden coins with me, I would laugh in their face. And then tell them to get the hell off my property.