reply to post by saralee
1) Ammo will be a big commodity since it is not replenishable. If industry is screeched to a halt, it'll be hard to make primers and gunpowder by
yourself. So when all primers and gunpowder are used up, ammo will be a huge bartered item.
2) I also have a lot of wine bottles and intend to expand with whiskey and vodka. But alcohol is a low priority. During rough times, you'll see
moonshines spring up every where.
3) We don't have that much jewelry. Never needed it. For use as bartering, the prices will be so inflated you'd be lucky to get much out of them.
Eventually, people would care less about shiny metals
4) We do have a lot of spices stored. That is something people would love to trade with. With people foraging food locally, the only thing that will
break the monotony of their daily food are spices. I suggest Indian spices. You use very little in cooking and they're very potent. You can make a
jar last for years. BTW, salt and sugar falls into this category. They are essential to living, especially salt.
5) Paper is another item you might want to stock up on -- from cardboard to newspapers to notepads. You'd be surprised how much a community relies
6) Books, books and more books. If power is scarce, what good would that DVD player be? Books will be a big source of entertainment. Collect as
much as you can. Collect novels, DIY, cookbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.
7) Medicine & vitamins. No need to explain why and how valuable they would be.
At my house, we've been stocking up on ammo, spices, paper, books and vitamins. Any one of those can be used to barter. Also, it wouldn't hurt to
get an extra air pump, generator, tire tubes, gasoline, and more.