Part of your IPB was to identify local sources for anything you use.
Then do some business with them to develop rapport, at least enough so they recognize you. Always better to know who your dealing with.
Bartering goods is very possible right now, assuming you have what they need.
Bartering a service you have is more difficult unless you are truly known, but this maybe more common if things get worse.
I recently acquired 1000 rounds of 12ga 2 3/4″ #4 buck and 2000 rounds of 9mm in exchange for some of my storage goods. It was a comparable trade at current prices, however my barter goods were purchased on sale quite some time ago.
At its core, bartering is between individuals trading goods/services for goods/services.
As Joe said, it’s all about networking. In the middle of the DFW metroplex (~7 million people), I personally know of IT guys swapping services for dental work for family, medical providers swapping a calf for prenatal and delivery services.
You never know unless you ask. I saved ~ a hundred dollars several years ago on tires. The shop didn’t charge extra for using a credit card that I know charged them 3%. I paid cash, with them knocking 2% off (my suggestion) my total – they made extra (1%) and I saved (2%), win-win. (Not a true barter but did require negotiating).
Knowledge is power in life.
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