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Originally posted by Chiiru
Situation X: Runaway Deflation
found that thread last night perousing the survival forum. Might prove to be very helpful in case of a crash or rapid destabilization of the economy/stock market.
Originally posted by runetang
Have stuff on hand you can Barter to your neighbors for what they've got and don't necessarily need that much.
So keep your extra, seemingly pointless medicine prescriptions, especially antibiotics, always fill an antiobiotic prescription even if you arent going to take them!!! Valuable in a pinch, save lives too.
You could theoreticly barter medicine you dont need for medicine you do need.
Onto vices. Keep alot of cigarettes, people will trade like crazy for these. I saw this when a Hurricane knocked my area out for about a week. People were paying $10 for a pack of smokes since they couldnt get em at any stores. your boy runetang was sitting on a couple cartons. And yes he profited.
Keep Liquor alcohols. There are many closet alcoholics in our society who will go NUTS as soon as the booze dries up, or access does. Then they'll start withdrawling .. and things will get messy, potential for stroke/seizure or death as well in some cases. Theyll pay anything for this stuff..
If its looking to be a long term issue, think of something you can create in the home that your neighbors and the people would need. Now make alot of them and trade/sell for what you need.
Grow your own herbs. If you smoke (tobacco/herb), keep a stockpile of seeds. If you use any other medicinal plants, keep a stockpile of seeds. If something Catastrophic happens to this country, you'll find me out in the Appalachian Mts of Virginia living Taliban style with a Poppy & Cannabis fields in my "backyard". These will barter EXCELLENT.. one is Morphine base (Poppy), the other .. a national past-time.