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Goods to Trade

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posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 09:54 AM
Which goods would you purchase for the sole purpose of trading in times of crisis? I am going to Eastern Europe in two weeks and thinking of buying cigarettes while being there anyway (which are way less expensive there).

Alcoholic beverages could be used as such too, would you prefer light or strong alcoholic products? (Also considering that you have a limited amount of space).
Personnaly, I would only trade products such as toilet paper in case of emergency.

Which other products can you think of you would only purchase with the purpose of trading them for products you lack yourself?


posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 10:38 AM
cigarettes, any distilled alcohol,(bourbon, rye, vodka, rum. It doesn't matter, it will ease the pain.) Extra food stuffs.

posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 10:57 AM
I remember that people here in Holland were really happy with the chocolate the American braught in when they liberated the country during the 2nd World War. The problem is, chocolate cannot be stored for a very long time.

posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 05:20 AM
reply to post by Mdv2

Although you don't have to travel overseas to get it I would suggest a first aid kit and the likes of pain killers thrown in as well . Just make sure that in the case of medical supplies that you put your own needs ahead of that of total strangers . Make sure you have medical supplies for yourself and those you care about before you any bartering .

Cheers xpert11 .

posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 05:56 AM
Below is a list of 100 items that crops up in various formats on other survival forums.

Top 100

1. Generators

2. Water Filters/Purifiers

3. Portable Toilets

4. Seasoned Firewood (About $100+ per cord; wood takes 6 - 12 mos. to
become dried, for home uses.)

5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps

6. Coleman Fuel

7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots

8. Hand-Can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks.

9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugars

10. Rice - Beans - Wheat

11. Vegetable oil (for cooking)

12. Charcoal & Lighter fluid

13. Water containers

14. Mini Heater head (Propane)

15. Grain Grinder (hand-operated, Non-electric)

16. Propane Cylinders

17. Survival Guides

18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term
lighting is difficult.)

19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc

20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)

21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)

22. Vitamins

23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder

24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products

25. Thermal underwear (Tops and bottoms)

26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets & Wedges (also, honing oil)

27. Aluminum foil Reg. & Hvy. Duty

28. Gasoline containers (Plastic or Metal)

29. Garbage bags (Impossible to have too many.)

30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towels (Also impossible to have too much).

31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)

32. Garden seeds (Non-hybrid)

33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)

34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit: 1(800) 835-3278

35. Tuna Fish

36. Fire extinguishers

37. First aid kits

38. Batteries

39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies

40. BIG DOGS (and plenty of dog food)

41. Flour, yeast & salt

42. Matches "Strike Anywhere" are best. Boxed, wooden matches will go

43. Writing paper/pads/pencils/solar calculators

44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in

45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts

46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches.

47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (Jot down ideas, feelings,
experiences, preserve Historic times!)

48. Garbage cans, Plastic

49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail

50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)

51. Fishing supplies/tools

52. Mosquito coils/repellent sprays/creams

53. Duct tape

54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes

55. Candles

56. Laundry detergent (Liquid)

57. Backpacks & Duffle bags

58. Garden tools & supplies

59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies

60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

61. Bleach

62. Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)

63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel

64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc.

65. Sleeping bags & blankets/pillows/mats

66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)

67. Board Games Cards, Dice

68. d-Con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer

69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets

70. Paper plates/cups/utensils

71. Baby Wipes, oils, waterless & Anti-bacterial soap.

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.

73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)

74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

75. Soysauce, vinegar, boullions/gravy/soup base

76. Reading glasses

77. Hot Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)

78. "Survival-in-a-Can" type kits.

79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens

80. Boy Scout Handbook (also, Leader's Catalog)

81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kits

82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky

83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts

84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)

85. Lumber (all types)

86. Wagons & carts (for transport to & from open Flea markets)

87. Cots & Inflatable mattresses (for extra guests)

88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.

89. Lantern Hangers

90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts

91. Teas

92. Coffee

93. Cigarettes

94. Wine/Liquors

95. Paraffin wax

96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

97. Chewing gum/candies

98. Atomizers & spray bottles (for cooling/bathing)

99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs

100. Goats/chickens

posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 06:07 AM
Cigarettes, always cigarettes.

Theres a reason why cigarettes are used as currency in hard times (PoW camps in WW2, prison in modern day). Its because someone who smokes has a chemical dependency, you can extract a highly imbalanced trade from them. You could probably trade a couple of packets of cigarettes for a knife or something like that.

posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 06:19 AM
reply to post by Mdv2

The chocolat being brought by the soldiers in wwII was bitter chocolate, the most pure form. It can be stored ages! Bitter chocolate can still be bought and to store it well I recommend a tin.

Reply to the OP:

I recommend stroh rum, you will find it were you are going. It has 80% alcohol and will do for easing pain as well as desinfecting wounds or tools. Next to that it can be found in a stone flask which if empty can serve as a vessel for keeping things cool and out of light.

Unfortunatly I still smoke and my experience with overaged cigarettes (which I had to resort too when I didn't have the money) is that they fall apart. So I wouldn't concentrate on tobacco.

Meds on the other hand are excellent for trading (especially painkillers and antibiotics). As well as tools (a leatherman or something like that) and food or seeds.

posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 06:42 AM
Missing from the list of 100 are rubbers and lube for sex and birth control.And barter.Also I would have several wind proof lighters and spare fuel.AA batteries,ni cads with solar chargers,too.Learn to be a bone setter and you can barter adjustments.When sit down job people find themselves laboring a lotta backs will be hurting.A good magnifying fresnel lens starts fire as well.Tweezers and the skill to pull splinters ought to be worth something in barter world.Ever been to a Rainbow Gathering?That trip is all you need to observe how middle class people rough it.Little prep goes a long way.More batteries.

posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 08:09 PM
Spice/Pepper, any luxury import that can store indefinitely that you can not obtain locally. Regular black pepper was at one time more valuable than gold.

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