posted on Feb, 26 2011 @ 08:01 AM
Any "thing" that you have that is in excess of your own need is barterable, so it doesn't much matter what you pick. Aside from this, maybe harder
to anticipate, are the weirder, almost goofy sounding things that people haven't thought of. Here again, you could just pick just about
anything and just have vast quantities on hand. Ideally, it might be something that doesn't have an expiration date, is relatively portable and easy
to store. Copper, rubber, or any other kind of wire or tubing, aluminum foil, pens, knives, reading glasses, duct tape, solar blankets, batteries and
battery chargers, gloves, socks, glue, candles or candle wicks, scalpels, rubbing alcohol, lime, bleach, nail files, flint, steel wool, chocolate,
hypodermic syringes. water purification pills, sewing needles, thread. Anything easy to stockpile.
But the best things to barter might be those that don't run out or leave your possession. As many have said, there's your energy (work) and your
skills (soap or candle or medicine making, baking, cooking, and so on), If these involve special supplies, you might want to make sure to stock up on
those or learn how to get or make them. There's also the service angle you can leverage from your tools or equipment setups. Things you can lend to
someone or let them use without them taking it away from you and where in exchange for their use, you might be able to get a portion of what they
produce. Think moonshine stills, wine making, or beer brewing equipment; chain saws, gristmills, garden tools, welding torches. So again, if this is
your angle, stock up on the supplies you might need to keep them running.
Anyhow, just some not-quite-awake-yet thoughts.