First a warm welcome to Doo - a new follower, you are most welcome. I love the comment on your blog about stopping to smell the roses - how true doo - sorry !
Also I would like to thank all of you who leave comments and advice, it is very much appreciated.
Do you barter ? in theory it is an excellent idea, but has anyone ever had any success at it ?
LETS - the Daddy of them all, started out many years ago, actually I don't even know if it is still in existance, it had write ups in magazines and newspapers, extolling the virtue of exchanging goods and services, like for like. I tried LETS in several locations where I have lived, and none of them worked. I advertised what I had to offer, services, goods etc., there were plenty of 'takers' but when it came to getting something in return, the pot ran dry. This, I think, was mainly due to the introduction of the 'M' word i.e. money - as soon as the powers that be allowed people to start charging for their services/goods, then that sounded the death knoll, and no one would do anything for nothing.
I was thinking about bartering today, and looked up 'bartering websites', and have been disappointed. Most of them are very pretty, and again in theory, seem to be a good idea, but on looking at the lists of contributors, it's very thin indeed.
Other sites charge for membership, which I object too anyway, it's a contradiction in terms inviting people to join a site where they can 'barter' for cash free items and then ask payment to join. I have a sneaky feeling that there wouldn't much more bounty to be got from them anyway.
On top of all that, there is the security aspect of bartering isn't there ? I mean if you want someone to come and decorate your living room and you live alone, and you don't know that person, would you feel safe ? I wouldn't.
So my conclusion ? bartering is great, rewarding and satisfying IF you do it between relatives, friends or at the very least friends of friends. For example, I recently 'minded' my son's showrooms for a few days while he was out doing fittings (he has a kitchen/bathroom business), this was in return for him fixing my car and saving me a couple of hundred pounds. Mind you, I'd have done it for nothing anyway - but that's just an example.
We all know how to save money on food by searching out the yellow stickers, we can change our energy providers, take advantage of 0% interest balance transfers, and loads more, but paying for 'services' i.e. decorating, car mechanics, household repairs and general maintence has to be paid for at the going rate. Bartering would 'seem' to be the answer. I suppose it depends on what you can offer in return really, I mean no one is going to come and put up your fence if it has blow down for a bag of fairy cakes are they ? so it has to be a comparible deal.
Sadly, we live in a world where there are some people who will take advantage at any opportunity and you can end up just being used and losing time and effort. (I've been there and done that).
Freegle and Freecycle are excellent, I have had so much from them, and have given stuff away also, but 'services' are not allowed to be advertised on them. One or two do sometimes sneak into the listings but are always removed pretty quickly. I think it would be a good idea if these two were to add a 'services' section to their sites, I'm sure it would be well received.
Have you/do you barter ? I would love to hear if it works for you. Are you using a bartering website that is reputable or do you stick to family/friends.
Please post your thoughts.
take care peeps .............