Bartering 2.0

Amidst economic uncertainty, consumers revisit an age-old method to obtain goods

Implications - Returning to old customs to obtain goods or services in a fiercely competitive market, bartering is seeing an increase across the spectrum of consumers looking for a deal to those seeking to offer services for life essentials. Using social media and smartphone apps to connect, the updated concept of bartering is introducing the act to younger generations and augmenting the traditionally cut-and-dry economy to be more community and consumer focused.
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May 13 - Jul 14
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Talent-Bartering E-Shops - The Merit Shop Trades Its Items in Exchange for Videos of Unique Talents
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Warm 8,030 Clicks Pub: Dec 19, 13
Talent-Bartering E-Shops
The Merit Shop Trades Its Items in Exchange for Videos of Unique Talents
There’s something unusual about The Merit Shop. Like any other online shop, it has an assortment of products that people can acquire, but what makes it interesting is how these items can be paid... [More]
Bartering Fitness Machines - The Nike FuelBox Dispenses Gear in Exchange for Nike FuelBand Points
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Warm 4,524 Clicks Pub: Jul 19, 14
Bartering Fitness Machines
The Nike FuelBox Dispenses Gear in Exchange for Nike FuelBand Points
A Nike FuelBox recently appeared and disappeared from New York City as quick as it came—you had to be fast to catch it. The special, secretive vending machine popped up and rather than in an... [More]
Fashion Bartering Apps - Swappi Helps Users Trade Clothes Via an App
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Warm 3,229 Clicks Pub: Dec 19, 13
Fashion Bartering Apps
Swappi Helps Users Trade Clothes Via an App
Swappi is an app that was developed by the students of Central Saint Martins during the Fashion Start Up Weekend at London’s Google headquarters. The app is described as “a clothing swapping... [More]
Bartering Biomass Teahouses - The Methane Cafe is an Eco Cafe in Japan That Trades Trash for Tea
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Warm 1,189 Clicks Pub: Jul 16, 14
Bartering Biomass Teahouses
The Methane Cafe is an Eco Cafe in Japan That Trades Trash for Tea
There are a ton of places that claim to be sustainable, but everything about Japan’s Methane Cafe, including its name, positions it as an eco cafe. It’s one thing to be conscious about... [More]
Mail-Able Book Barters  - Mailbooks for Good Encourages People to Share Their Old Books
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Mild 2,058 Clicks Pub: May 14, 13
Mail-Able Book Barters
Mailbooks for Good Encourages People to Share Their Old Books
Mailbooks For Good is an educational business model which encourages people to share their old books with people who can’t afford new ones. The inventive idea allows people to turn the cover of... [More]
Home-Cooked Meal Networks - Mealku Works to Let People Barter with Home-Cooked Meals
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Mild 4,140 Clicks Pub: Jun 29, 13
Home-Cooked Meal Networks
Mealku Works to Let People Barter with Home-Cooked Meals
Letting people share their home-cooked meals with each other, Mealku acts as a home cook network. The web service works to pickup and deliver home cooked food while awarding generous chefs with &#... [More]
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