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For-sale listings on Craigslist are almost double from a year ago, and the site's barter section has been blowing up just as much in recent months. Craigslist spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best explains, "When the economy turns unfriendly, Craigslist users become far more creative to get their everyday tasks done."

While bartering between businesses has been a long-standing tradition, bartering among individuals and businesses is experiencing new energy. One woman was able to trade her accounting skills and her husband's handyman skills for room and board at a Cape Cod bed and breakfast by posting on Craigslist. They agreed to five hours of work per day during their stay, and the low-cost arrangement allows them to do more on their vacation than if they had lodging expenses.


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itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
That's really clever! I have a friend who's a personal assistant and she wanted to start working out, so she found a licensed trainer to work with for free in exchange for personal assistant-ing (he had some other kind of full time job). It worked out really well!
thelorax thelorax 8 years
This is definitely a creative idea...but I think I would be kind of creeped out by entering into this kind of deal. The uncertainty of not knowing if the other party will come through with their side of the bargain probably wouldn't be worth it, to me. I feel safer just swiping that credit card.
emsmiley emsmiley 8 years
This is genius!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
haha I just learned ALL about this in school :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that people are really getting creative on things, and you'd be surprised about how easily things can work. i like that the couple was able to trade skills in order to get a stay at a B&B. that reminds me of the college student that got someone to pay some of their loans off from posting on ebay or something like that. for myself - i wish that i had something to offer that others would want so that either i could make $$ or i could get rid of stuff - but i don't think that i have any skills that are overly profitable.
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