Health, Wealth and Wisdom

Daily Prompt: Barter System

July 8, 2013

If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?

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Since I was a kid (especially when I was a kid, rather) I was enthralled by the idea of the barter system. I thought it was almost a game, setting values for a particular item with respect to each and every other thing.


one horse = two cows

                      = two goats and a kid (the goat kind)

                      = 4 bales of hay

                      =5 bushels of corn

…or something like that, at any rate.

As I got older though, I realized that that’s not so much different from what we do now with money. For example, if a t-shirt is $10, and a pair of jeans is $30 , then you’re technically saying: 1 pair of jeans = 3 t-shirts. BAM. Barter System.

Not being a born bargainer, I think I’d probably be a bad barter-er. I have a hard time even understanding the simple

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