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Bartering For Everything, Even Vacation Room and Board

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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