I’m having a barter Christmas around my house this year…kinda. As it was getting toward Thanksgiving my wife mentioned to me that we had a bunch of Christmas decorations that we don’t use any more and this would be an ideal time to post them on ebay. Of course this was a brilliant idea and over the next couple weeks I posted several hundred dollars worth of items. As they sold I directed people to pay me via paypal and the cash funneled in to our account.
On the opposite end of the spectrum I started shopping for some presents for my family and usually I find the best prices on ebay. When I found what I wanted I payed using the funds that were already in my paypal account. It was beautiful. Of course what I did wasn’t really barter, but it felt pretty close to me. What I did really is essentially what we do when we barter; we give someone else something that we don’t need and get something back that we want. Best of all I didn’t have to fork out any pre-existing cash for my gift purchases.