The basic group concept is for members of the Peoples Exchange to exchange goods of equal value. (no services as in bartering since that could be exploited or abused) This value has to be determined by those exchanging but should be of near value. Since value is sometimes in the eye of the beholder or the owner, value sometimes might have to be determined by the help of other members and their estimations if it is needed. However, the final estimation will be up to those who are exchanging goods. Any questions or suggestions, please post with applicable Title for topic.
The EXCHANGE wouldn't involve $$. Just an exchange of goods. This is how it differs from Co-Ops, Thrift Stores, Flea Markets, etc.
I have a lot of stuff cluttering up my apartment & even more in storage. I have little money in cash & checking & can't use a credit card athis time. I'd love to take some of my stuff to the store & exchange it for something I really need.
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You can start with just a get together at someones home, an Exchange Party. Californians have been doing this for years with jewelry, gift baskets, etc but you could do it with miscellaneous items brought by those invited to your party or keep it to a theme like food, clothing, toys, crafts, home decor, books, etc. Hey it's your party, plan it like you want it. You can also hold a potluck for refreshments, use your imagination. People used to hold Rent Parties years ago with an addmittance fee. You could utilize that at a few parties to raise rent for a store or workshop to house your Peoples Exchange.
there was a maine bartering club.
worked out so well, "the maine trade exchange" Every member was allowed to trade goods and services with any other member.
worked out nicely,because you got credit for retail,of your own,(net profit)
plus,you met people with all sorts of needs,filling each other's void's,without any change of money