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I was think about what others will be bringing to the trading table for the future. Personally I'll be bringing flasks filled with various types of rums and liquers, feminine products (side note on that, I heard you can us a tampon to help with bullet wounds, not sure about whether that is true but kinda a neat idea) I will also be getting some survival straws (or life straws, same thing just different companies) Water is very important and many might benifit from them. I will also be adding a few (3) to my bug out bag for me and to have 2 to trade should I need to.

So what aremyou guys (and girls) bringing to trade?
 
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Im not looking at trade, im more focused on survival. I will be bugging out, deep into the Bush.

Should the SHTF scenario be a long time scenario. I will eventually do re-con and scout for future items.

My first plan is to get my family out. Everything i take will be for a reason .
 

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As of right now my plan is to be moving out of this area and closer to an "urban" area.

Might sound like a bad plan but I think I'll be ok at the range out I'll be.
 

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just like hunter..my main concern will be survival..and that means getting out while the getting out is good..and that means haveing what i actully need only when i do bug out..and once i get to where im going to..then and only then start looking for things that i can use for barter..even if it means makeing diffrent things by hand for barter...my reason for that.is i might have to go at least some distance on foot.and i dont want to be carrying more whight then i have to.simply because more whight there is,the slower i move away from any dangers..
 

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Survival will be a big thing for me, but it might come up where trading might be a good idea for survival (such as running low on food durring a bug out.)
 

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I have no guns, ammo, water, food, TP, or other essentials anyone will know about or need. I don't run a store or a bartering company. The way I look at it if anyone even THINKS I have anything they will just come back for more. People can not keep their mouth shut. If one person is traded for anything, 100 more will be on your doorstep. If you don't hand it over it will be taken by force. I prep for my needs not for what someone else may want. Also, if your planning on bugging out how are you going to carry all your essentials and still have room for barter items???
 

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I'm good at making do with less :p my bug out bag contains (as of today) sleeping bag, rain poncho, 4 boxes of matchs in warter proof containers, knives, food for 5 days, water for 3 days, 100 water purifier tablets, cotton balls, spare cloths for 2 days, life straws (expecting delivery), first aid kit, tarp, premade snares (making them ahead of time), fishing gear (tackle, line ect.) multiple martial weapons (supports my bag too and acts as a walking stick) sun glasses, 50 foot of paracord and rain poncho
 

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Not a business and I don't cotton to strangers walking up to my lines with their hands out. If someone doesn't have their shit together, that's not my problem, but it will be a bigger problem for them if they attempt my lines.

That being said, when it comes to those I know and trust, let's say Trapper for instance. I may send word to him that I have 2 sitting hens and a rooster to trade for say.... 10 pounds of nails. I'm not going to show up at his place unannounced and expect him to be willing to trade. Mind you, this is after the dust settles and we've picked off most of the squatters, looters, ne'er do wells, and just general riff raff.
 

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My plan is quiet unique in the sorta sense because of where I am. A lot (and I mean like 90%) are retired. I see that as an advantage as the thing I prepping for is TEOTWAWKI situation. My plan is not to walk up to people and ask to trade, far from it, my plan is if they come to my offering an item/s that I want/need then I want some thing to trade with them
 

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Look at it from their perspective. They're going to be waking into what could easily be a trap that would leave others at home unprotected.

This is just my opinion, but if you are determined to go the trade route, go about it like the old time tinkermen. Have a cart and go from area to area, let them know that you are coming and they can meet with you in the relative safety of the farm yard or road. You'd need a few outriders as protection, but it could be done.
 

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not wanting to sound rude or cold harted.but whats the chance of at least 5 of them haveing what you need/want?and how long will that last untill they run of your needs and wants?then they'll be begging from you after that.and all the others will prolly be begging from get go..
 

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If you are as far away from people as you can get, then that will make it all the harder for those desperate to trade. A parent with a very sick child can only travel so far before the child succumbs and what happens if they do manage to get to you and you actually have what they need to save their child, but they don't have anything you want. Can you look that parent in the eyes and say no?
 

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If I have something that can save a life I'll use it to do so. I'm not heartless :p my plan is to get away from the death and looking people in the eyes to say no. I don't want to do anything by force but should it come to that I will. Medical suppiles are the one thing that I have up for trade permenently, I can always find more.
 

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Medical supplies are the one thing my parents let me stock up on as much as I want :p so I'm not doing too bad with them. Half my BOB is medical
 

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I think its a good idea to have some trade items. Remember a very important rule of war: no plan survives first contact. Sure, they won't be in your BOB but at your Bug out place, you have one right? You're not just going to bug out without a place to go? What do you do if your bug out place is ground zero? or flooded out, or burnt? what if the path of the giant meteorite or deadly weather destroys your place? Or your BOB is taken or destroyed? Then you become that person who may have to ask for items. Don't be so against trading, but don't go about it haphazardly. Like my lifelong motto says: Be Prepared
 

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