Funny, I was just having this conversation this past weekend while I was on holiday out in the country.
What came up was loose tobacco for rolling and ammunition.
On the tobacco side, loose canned tobacco is much cheaper than cigarettes, keeps longer and is therefore a better investment.
For the ammunition, we all agreed that it would be the new currency, broken up along the lines of: .22 = $/e.50/.75, .38 = $/e1.00/1.35, 12ga. =
$/e5.00/6.75, 7.62/30.06 = $/e10.00/13.50 and so on... Still you would need to be careful when trading ammo, don't want to provide it to somebody who
has none and then turn your back and get your head blown off
Skills are an excellent idea, but I feel that they would be worth more later in the game, after the major crisis has died down and the cities have
burnt to the ground. Until then, everyone is going to be running amok, shooting at anything that moves and there will be no time for rebuilding quite
Fresh water... We take it for granted, but when the tap doesn't put out anymore and the stores have been looted clean of their supply, it will be a
precious thing to come by, what with the possibility of bio/nuke warfare having taken out the reservoirs.
I've never seen the worth of gold in this scenario, yes it's rare, but you can't eat it, it's not really good for anything besides it's current
monetary worth, and after it all worked out there would be so much to go around that everyone could have some (Of course I'm talking -/+90% death
rate, Apocalyptic proportions here)
Stabilized petrol, it's already pricey enough, worth it's weight in gold after the fall. (Mad Max, anyone?)
A safe haven... Probably will be the most sought after commodity, my guess is you'll see people willing to do anything
for the feeling of
security and a peaceful night's sleep.
And it was about this time that we glanced down at our hands and hollered "Beers!!"
The list goes on and on, but what you have should always be proportionate to what you can defend.