The Advantages of Swapping
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Swapping / Bartering
“All government – indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act – is founded on compromise and barter.”
Swapping Puts Idle Stock Back in Play
Suppose you own a business and have extra inventory? Your company may be seasonal, which will mean that you have plenty of time on your hands to figure out how to swap items in your excess stock. Swap goods to allow yourself to take the excess stock which is gathering dust in the storage unit . Swap services which you my have on offer and turn them into bartering currency. You will receive what you need in the process, without paying any cash. It gives you the freedom to acquire anything you want, for your business or personal life, for no price at all.
Swapping Saves You Money
Cash is what makes the world go round. That includes your business or your personal life. Trading what you may not need, or may not use anymore will save you bundles of dollars. It is a clean and green alternative to spending your cash, and you still end up acquiring the thing you wanted most. Trade or swap your free time or excess inventory and turn it into a cashless gain. Push the boat out a little and save your money, it’s free and east to trade.
Swapping is International
Jordan E. Cohn and Steve Kaufman
Bob Meyer, editor of Barter News, a trade journal published in Mission Viejo, Calif., says that in 1990 more than 175,000 businesses completed swap transactions valued at almost a billion dollars, up from $200 million in 1980. It is now 2011, 21 years later and trading has become even more popular amongst businesses.
Online swapping has become a major part of business over the last 20 years. And it is still growing to this day. There is a trading revolution in the air.
A Role For Swapping
With firms under pressure to find new ways to cut costs, could a gain share model of procurement – a new form of swapping – be the solution?
What better way to cut your costs then swapping? You can use your excess inventory to acquire things that your company needs.
Turn Swapping into a Game
The Spirit Swap is modeled on the Yankee Swap, the gift-giving game in which each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and places it in a designated area (in this case, under the Christmas tree.) The participants then select numbers, and the person with the lowest number is allowed to select a gift first and unwrap it. The second person then selects a gift, and gets to decide whether to keep it, or exchange it with the first person. The rest of the gift selection process proceeds in numerical order; each person decides whether to keep their item, or exchange it for something selected in an earlier round. To be honest, I’d never done a Yankee swap before, and so this was all a bit of a mystery to me. But I caught on quickly.
This is a great little game invented for Christmas. It shows the flexibility of bartering and swapping items. It is extremely practical, as well as fun.
How Swapping Works
Remember back in school when kids would swap juice boxes for chips, or cookies for Twinkies? Even children have an innate sense that the comparable value of cookies to Twinkies is in the eye of the beholder. To the kid who gets cookies every day, the elusive cream-filled cake treat is worth more than a few, and he realizes his friend might feel differently.
It’s true, we do swap as children, and we don’t realise it. It is just a case of being aware of how swapping can change your life for the better.
“I’m providing financial advice to young women starting out one barter at a time,” she explains. “If I were to charge a fee, a lot of the people I want to help wouldn’t be able to afford me and I would either be out of clients or they would be right back where they started.”
This is the spirit of swapping! Young professionals can gain financial help from a professional adviser, by bartering something they have for her services. A splendid idea!