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It would sure be nice to be able to trade for items you really need.

I would stock up items like:
Cigarrettes
Matches
Ammo
Painkillers


More ideas....
 

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I'm no longer convinced that gold/silver will be of much use in a TEOTWAWKI scenario. Since virtually no one has the ability to test for purity (or even authenticity) the only ones who might accept gold would be professional dealers. And they would only offer you pennies on the dollar - take it or leave it.
 

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It would sure be nice to be able to trade for items you really need.

I would stock up items like:
Cigarrettes
Matches
Ammo
Painkillers


More ideas....
Those ARE all things I really need.
 

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Will gold be attractive in a survival situation? When your freezing, how much is a box of matches worth to you? Or a snickersbar if your starving?
 

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I'm no longer convinced that gold/silver will be of much use in a TEOTWAWKI scenario. Since virtually no one has the ability to test for purity (or even authenticity) the only ones who might accept gold would be professional dealers. And they would only offer you pennies on the dollar - take it or leave it.
Thats not what FerFAL's blog says and hes gone thru a SHTF incident when Argentinas economy collapsed. Check these to sites for the real story of what happens.

http://www.frugalsquirrels.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=044387;p=1

http://www.ferfal.blogspot.com/

He's the one that recommended jewlery (junky jewlery at that)
 

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Some of what I'm acquiring for barter:

Scales to get agreed upon weights of items
commercial scale (±500#)
commercial scale (±100#)
commercial scale (±10#)
commercial scale (±16oz)

1.0 oz gold coins
0.1 oz gold coins
40 count rolls silver quarters
50 count rolls silver dimes
blank barter slips

200ml bottles 190 proof Everclear
smokeless tobacco
2 oz boxes tobacco
booklets cigarette papers
smoking pipes
small boxes matches
butane lighter fuel
Zippo lighter fuel
lighter flints
lighter wicks
disposable lighters
straight razors w/strop, soap, & cup
shaving soap
Q-tips

playing cards
dice

lengths candle/oil lamp wick
Coleman lantern mantles

multi-vitamins
2 oz jars instant coffee
16 count boxes teabags
2 oz jars bouillon cubes
tubs add-water-only drink mix

1 pound boxes sugar
2 oz boxes salt
2 oz cans pepper
5 oz cans milk
4 oz cans cocoa
2 oz bars chocolate candy
8 oz bags hard candy (individually wrapped)

4 oz cans Vienna sausage/potted meat
12 oz cans roast beef
7 oz cans Spam (or 12oz)(or Treet)
6 oz cans tuna
10 oz cans soup (heavy on the meat types)

16 oz bags rice
16 oz bags beans

aspirin pain killer
acetaminophen pain killer
multi-vitamin
OTC reading glasses
OTC UVA/UVB resistant sunglasses
Cheap wide-brimmed straw hats

small boxes tampons/sanitary napkins
reusable sanitary napkins

reusable cotton diapers
diaper pins

clothes pins

wooden pencils/ink pens
small note books
legal pads

50 count bottles water purification tablets

6”-12” candles
boxes strike anywhere kitchen matches

rolls toilet paper
bars soap
hair combs/brushes
disposable razors
toothbrushes
boxes baking soda

packets safety pins
packets of sewing needles
spools of thread

mousetraps
rat traps
fly swatters

jersey gloves
cotton/leather work gloves
insulated gloves

tubes silicone sealant
tubes Shoe Goo/Goop
tubes JB Weld
duct tape
mechanic’s wire
electrical tape
friction tape
rubber tape
sheet plastic
divided buckets with a variety of nails, screws, bolts, nuts, and washers
sealed cans of welding rods (6011 and/or 7018 1/8”)
variety of brazing rods
cans of brazing flux

regular canning lids
wide mouth canning lids
P-38/P-51 can openers

1-b propane cylinders
10-lb bags charcoal briquettes

solar 12-volt battery chargers
solar AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt battery charger
rechargeable batteries 20 each AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt


#10 cans heirloom seeds

500-round bricks .22 LR RF cartridges
5-round boxes .410/20 GA shells
single units M6 Scout/Savage 24/Remington SPR-94 O/U .22 RF/.410 or 20 gauge combos
 

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The advice I gave was taking from an individual who has actual experience in a SHTF senerio.

Thedishdoc, Unfortunately a lot of people on this site seem to have no interest in actual SHTF situations, ignoring them in favour of fantasy scenarios:rolleyes:

Thank you for the extremely interesting link, it is EXACTLY the kind of information i am looking for, first hand experience of a genuine SHFT situation and how to survive it. (and not immature rubbish about pimping or turning into Rambo;) )
 

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I believe that I posted someting about this elsewhere..........

In a real SHTF situation you DON'T want anyone to know that you have anything..........like playing Texas Hold Them you will have to bluff and act like if you had NOTHING.

Once they know that you have something they will either come as a group and take it from you or will hound you for ever till you have nothing left.

DO NOT trade wisky and bullets because they will drink the wisky and return the bullets back to you by air mail.

If you want to trade anything (specially PM) do it at least five miles away from your home and make sure that no one is following you on your way back.

The TSHTF has lasted in Cuba for over 46 years and I am sorry to say this but here in the states it will last a lot longer........for many reasons.

I know, I know........that won't be possible because THIS IS AMERICA, you believe what you will and I what I want........we shall see.

Just got back from the Thrift Store with 3 more full bags......wonderfull things to trade with later on :thumb:
 
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