Lately I've been thinking a lot about bartering. As many of you ladies know, i love to barter. as do you. it's what we do best. it is so logical, so simple, so mutually beneficial, and no one is drained. it is, i think, an extremely positive exchange.
however, i've noticed that often times a barter exchange is guided by the monetary/retail value of said items. i.e., "i would sell this for $20, so i can trade it for something worth $20." i know this is not always the case - but i do experience it a lot. perhaps i should speak only for myself. but in any case, even in speaking only for myself, how do we break this habit? how do we determine the worth of an item or service outside of its cash retail value? are some things more valuable than others? based on how long they last, how hard they were to create?
what are your thoughts on this? is it possible to remove bartering from the cash guidelines entirely? if so, what do we have to unlearn? perhaps this is a simple question and i am overlooking the answer. i would love to hear your thoughts on this. or stories. or memories, histories, ideas.
and yes, i'm talking to all you brilliant, crafty, bartering babes who read this blog.