RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Nov. 25, 2008 at 9:03pm

BarterTacoma.com and the Impending Collapse of the United States of America

global civilization's downward spiral

Last week something slipped in back page ads of the Weekly Volcano.  Enter:



from the website:

"This website is here to suggest TRADE instead of SPEND. Perhaps you have more than you need of something... a product or amenity. Perhaps you'd like to trade your service for an item.  This site is not a database site. no postings are actually on this site. What this site also suggests is familiarization with community, by encouraging foot traffic to local merchants to investigate their bulletin boards for barters, or posting your own barters. Each board will be different. investigating each board will be a treasure hunt."

Mary K. Linda, Maureen
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what is the significance of this paragraph?   Abandonment of national currency is nothing new.  Communists in rural communities have started the trend of 'printing their own money'  (see below)


of course after watching the video below. the local currency/barter idea seems very appealing. 

The End is Nigh

i almost forgot this important bit of information that could SAVE YOUR FAMILY FROM STARVATION!

International Year of the Potato


comments [8]  |  posted under activisim, community, politics, tacoma, the fall


by Mofo from the Hood on 11/25/2008 @ 10:36pm
Oh yeah, I remember that famous 1959 photo of the guy who bartered his son's desk and his wife for five sacks of arrowheads.

by Dave_L on 11/26/2008 @ 12:46am
Hey, is that Swarner in the yellow shirt?
And that's not Houston, is it?

by intacoma on 11/26/2008 @ 7:07am
Houston is black and asian get your facts straight, that might be swarner though

by Ron on 11/26/2008 @ 7:29am
Scored some sweet petrified wood that day my friends.

by Dave_L on 11/26/2008 @ 12:27pm
"Houston is black and asian get your facts straight"
Haha! - Houston's mother and my mother share the same heritage, so I can always get half of it right. Tobin keeps making up and changing the other half, though.

by Altered Chords on 11/26/2008 @ 2:14pm
Now that's an avatar Dave.

by NineInchNachos on 11/26/2008 @ 3:12pm
dave is my hero.

"The phrase is a self-refuting meta-reference, in that it falsifies itself by its very existence on the page in question."


by NineInchNachos on 12/1/2008 @ 9:02pm

new discovery in exit133 forum!

"What do we have?
What do we need?

Recently, a few of us put our heads together over a cup of tea and created this idea (based on a very old idea) of barter in Tacoma.

With the current economic climate, it makes sense to save our money, to spend it on necessity and basic needs. This time of year however, we're compelled to spend a bit extra on our loved ones, our friends and our fellow co-workers and business associates.

Part of what this barter idea entails is re-thinking the way in which we're going to source our gifts this year. We are going to work to get a chunk of change to spend on items that we think our gift receivers are going to want, or could use or we're just going to give them something as a token of our appreciation for them; or in some cases we're just going to give less.

What if we took something we have more of than we need, something we already have, put it up for trade and ask for general gifted items.

For example:

Steve just moved into a new home, and at his old home he's got a bunch of firewood. His new home doesn't have a fireplace, but he's got all this wood. It would be a shame to just leave it un-used at his old place.

Steve is also running a bit tight this year, but he wants to give his friends and family something. He doesn't have the funds to get the resources to craft his famous home-brewed beer this year, which he usually gives out in unique bottles tied in ribbons with labels he makes himself.

Steve sees this barter board up in a little tea shop on Commerce street, and thinks "Why not?", and fills out the form adjacent to the board.

What he has: about 3 pick-up loads of firewood.
What he needs: an assortment of unique bottles, various ribbon, hand-crafted paper, hopped malt extract, dry brewing yeast...

And then Frank begins to consider the value in the trade. Are the components for his gift of great enough value for 3 truckloads of wood?

He starts to think of other things he's had on a list of needs for his life, that he's just been waiting to put enough over-time in at work to get, but it hasn't been panning out.
Things like: heavier curtains for his old windows, a new mop, canned food, a water filtration system, more books on beer making, a replacement for his old record player... and so on.

He then adds the items to the form. The form is rather small however, so he takes the liberty of pulling out another sheet and adding the items to it, posting both on this bulletin board with his contact info and the best time to reach him.

A week later, he gets a call, a woman would like 1 truckload of wood, but only has curtains, bottles, a water filtration system that wasn't the right size for her faucet, and a cd player she hasn't used since she got her ipod. He decides the trade is fair, and they arrange to meet to exchange the items in a public place during daylight hours.

... you get the idea.

The challenge is this:
Shall we add more to our credit balance to show our love and appreciation for each other? Or should we expend our efforts differently and not spend a dime."


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