Gone are the days of milking cows.
At least in my life.
The majority no longer travels via train or horse.
Although we’ve departed much from the world, some things remain intact.
One of which, you may find hard to believe, is our simple dependence on bartering within our current social structure.
Memories from movies where the customer haggled with the butcher for a trade in dairy don’t exist in my life, but variations on bartering indeed exist.
Think about the many quotes you gathered from construction companies the last time you wanted to embark on a remodel? Or the price matching you brought to Wal-Mart? Maybe the bartering with phone companies to see whom would eat the least amount of money from your monthly budget?
Granted, the perfect definition of bartering is the exchange of goods and services without money, but bartering is often hidden beneath the surface. We scratch someone’s back here, they scratch ours; and even if money is being used, a portion of our transactions often go unnoticed beneath the barter table.
We exist in a world of barter much more than we initially realize.
The purpose in pointing this out?
Learn how to give to others, barter some deals, haggle here, and feel comfortable in what you’re giving and receiving in every business transaction.
Honesty and clear communication are key.