posted on Sep, 13 2009 @ 09:40 PM
Of course, we already have black markets for illegal stuff and things we aren't allowed to talk about on ATS. But I'm talking black markets for more
daily-use goods: tinned food, say, or freshly field-dressed racoon. Clothes, soap, tissue paper, you name it.
When there is no money in a community, people may begin informally swapping goods and services just to get by. Then eventually perhaps a dual currency
system evolves, with dollars being basically worthless and it being foolish to waste money on overpriced "officially sanctioned" goods. Then, if the
dollar continues its disasterous drop on world markets, there may come a time when certain goods are impossible to get -- because we've given up on
manufacturing them in the US and the foreigners who make them may not want to trade them for increasingly worthless dollars. And of course if the
gov't gets deeper involved we may see soviet-style people waiting lines for "ration coupon books" (most likely scanned onto a card of some kind,
say) or actual goods. "I hear they are giving out real pork-meat today! A shipment came in!" Instant two-hour line forms.
In such circumstances, black markets pop up. There's always a guy who "knows how to get stuff." ("My cousin just came back from china with a
suitcase full of saran-wrap and safety pins: are you interested? Hard currency only, please: I only take silver dimes, yen, euros, or yuan.")
This kind of thing may be a few years off but I expect to see it soon. People would have laughed at the idea of tent cities 5 years ago...now they are
everywhere. Think about it.