I’ve been thinking a lot about bartering lately. It seems to be a bit of a lost art. You don’t hear much about bartering anymore, though it is certainly alive and well in some cultures and in various capacities. Have you ever considered bartering or how it might fit into your lifestyle?
What is bartering?
According to Wikipedia:
Barter is a system of exchange where goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money.
That’s simple enough. But, in our culture, I think we forget that bartering is even a possibility. We’re so used to spending money for goods and services.
Ian is studying Old World History this year, and he’s been learning about people groups such as the Phoenicians and the Babylonians. Way back in 6000 BC these people were bartering things like food, spices, and weapons. Salt was another popular item for bartering (as were human skulls! why?!) In fact, Roman soldiers were actually paid for their services in salt!
Bartering continued into the Middle Ages. Europeans traveled all over the globe to trade their furs and crafts for things like silk and perfume. Colonial Americans continued the tradition …read more