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What's Your Favorite (Best) WTSHTF Barter Item, $500 Or Less

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Aside from Bullion, or maybe even instead of, I'd choose a New in the box Remington 870 Shotgun. Sure to be a most sought after item by many, especially all of the pre-collapse, gun fearing Libtards. One of these with an ample supply of ammo is sure to be a "Name Your Price" barter item, WTSHTF. Wouldn't want to face the Zombies without one, personally.
 

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It depends on your location. In many areas, food will run out first. Deserts could see water and fuel exhausted even sooner than food.

IMHO, munitions are the last thing I'd provide a potentially hostile individual.
 

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Remember the post about the Serbian (?). Wish I could find that article to read again but it said bic lighters. Canned food, bic lighters, smokes, thread & needle, knife & sharpening stone.
 

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In my area, I think everyone has guns and ammo covered. I think good barter items would include things that most people would not think about ahead of time. Obviously, the basic needs for my family come first. After that comes things other people will want.

How about double-edge razor blades? I buy them from $7 to $11 per hundred off Amazon for Derby, Shark, Astra, and Personna. The premium blade, Feather, is $25 per hundred on sale. When people are just getting by and feeling grungy, a good shave might improve their mood a bit.

And about feeling grungy, how about soap? How do you feel about getting a shower after camping for a week? When people run out of soap, maybe they would like to do business with the "soap and razor guy."
 

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Nothing. I don't prep. I plan to depend upon the government to provide for me and my family.
 

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My second to top barter item: fishing hooks, mono filament line (keeps 'em coming back). I like consumables where the buyer's labor increased perceived value. In the case of hooks for example, they might trade 6 hooks for a good sized fish; if it takes an hour to catch said fish, it's a great return for me. In turn, they could catch 4-5 more fish and then come knocking again. Five customers would net me a fish a day. Since hooks only cost ~5 cents each right now, it's a pretty sweet prospect. That's roughly 30 cents a day to have sufficient resources for others to gather food for you.

Top barter item: knowledge. I lived two years in the mountains without heat. It's a challenge few would want to face without a bit of guidance. When really hard times come, knowledge and first hand experience are the most marketable commodities. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, who wouldn't pay for a mentor? And wouldn't there be great security in that role? Stuff can be stolen. Knowledge seems the safest of marketables.
 

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Food is a bad idea. When starving zombies find out you have a stash you won't be able to sleep at night.
 

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People traditionally turn to alcohol & tobacco in bad times.
So:
alcohol
smokes
toilet paper,
as starters.
I will keep my food, arms & ammo !!
 

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Bow and arrows or an air rifle would enable you to quietly hunt for food in the wilderness without drawing attention to you from afar.
 

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Vaginas. They're a non-consumable, renewable resource always in demand.
 

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Some good mentions here. I'd add RO water filtration system & non-frankenSeeds.
 

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I don't know about the seeds. Hungry people won't be thinking of 3+ months down the road. They'll be concerned with the day or perhaps the week. Immediate return will be key to barter if it's really rough.
 

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blood clotting bandages
mouse/rat poison
mosquito repellant
duct tape
toenail clippers

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Great ideas. However it will depend on where you live and the environment your in. I live in the middle of the boonies with my family and for us it would be:

Coffee
Salt
Tobacco
Whiskey
Sugar
First aid supplies

Just think along the lines of the wild west and or the miners of the western United States during the 1800's. Most people around us will have much of the resources to survive for awhile, but the luxury items will make great barter items. A bottle of Jack Daniels and two cartons of smokes will get me a side of beef when the time comes.
 

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Food is a bad idea. When starving zombies find out you have a stash you won't be able to sleep at night.

So is starving.....
 

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Food is a bad idea. When starving zombies find out you have a stash you won't be able to sleep at night.
So is starving.....
I think you misunderstand. We are talking about items for barter. Of course you will have food for your family. You just won't use it for barter. I think good barter items will be things that are valuable to others, but not something they would fight for. So you don't set yourself up as a target.
 

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Sanitary napkins. Women don't usually think like men in preparedness. Within 29 days they'll become a very marketable item even for the man who thought he thought about everything. Happy wife - happy life even in the post-apocalypse.
 

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...believe someone mentioned blood clotting bandages.

"Sorry sweetie, the world is ending, you'll hafta get by with something else even if it doesn't make you feel fresh as a spring shower."
 

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Whiskey will also go back to being the poor man's medicine once the aspirin get used up. When that toothache, backache, headache, arthritis, etc... Flares up people will want Jim, jack & Johnny to help ease the pain like they did a century ago.
 

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...believe someone mentioned blood clotting bandages.

"Sorry sweetie, the world is ending, you'll hafta get by with something else even if it doesn't make you feel fresh as a spring shower."
Yep! That will work. Just as sweetie sticks a knife in your back and sells all your stash for some Kotex.
 

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...that ungrateful beatch! lol

Meanwhile I hafta shave with a rusty pen knife.
 

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Whiskey will also go back to being the poor man's medicine once the aspirin get used up. When that toothache, backache, headache, arthritis, etc... Flares up people will want Jim, jack & Johnny to help ease the pain like they did a century ago.
Before I gave up sugar, my cold & flu remedy was whiskey and honey. The combination worked amazingly well. Try it sometime.
 

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Lots of BIC lighters.
WD40
A couple extra stout pocket knives
With no web I'm guessin' porno mags will have their place.
Maybe some ball point pens.
Cans of bug spray.
 
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Shovels. Great for hiding your stash and those who dared to find your stash. Plus those latrines won't dig themselves.
 

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Seriously, "vices" like alcohol and tobacco are not a bad choice IMHO.
This is what I always thought would be best to have extras of....tobacco (we have seeds so guess that would work? Could always grow it and then use to barter, never done it since we don't use it but was a thought) and then keep some cheap alcohol on hand. Though the ability to make it is just as good.
 

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Before I gave up sugar, my cold & flu remedy was whiskey and honey. The combination worked amazingly well. Try it sometime.
I am not a hard alcohol drinker but I heard once that for that awful wheezing/breathing annoyance you get in bed that can keep you up you should mix whiskey and honey(also add lemon juice). Each ingredient has a role. It does work pretty good.
 

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A Still would be a good thing to build to have a product to trade that would have wide appeal.

https://www.moonshine-still.com/still.pdf
Up here we don't bother with stills. We use winter. Just make your mash in the warm, and set it out in the cold. The water in the mash freezes and the liquor doesn't. The solids go to animal feed ... which you need in winter far more than summer. No fire hazard either.
 

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Stock a few boxes of Nicorette gum (or the store brand). Because you'll be providing an addict with the most addictive substance on earth while helping them wean off of it. Double the benefit.

Perfume. It's compact, stores forever, and there will always be a need to be attractive and to cover one's natural (stinky) scent. Travel-size mouthwash. Floss. Combs.

Laundry powder. Salt. Corks. Shoelaces. Sewing needles. Caffeine pills. Benadryl. Loperimide. Antacids. Ben-Gay. Pencils. Notepads. Crayons and coloring books. Baby powder. Condoms. Harmonicas. Zip ties. Condoms. Reading glasses. Sunglasses. Motor oil. Tire patches (both auto and bicycle). Baggies. Multivitamins and vitamin C. Knife sharpeners. Q-tips.

What do these all have in common? They're all cheap, most are compact, and all can be divided combined or bartered as the situation calls for (and the baggies can help with that).