I've always been a big fan of bartering and have been paid in the past in many different ways. Usually my bartering has been limited to small DIY jobs for friends, but I'm more than happy to accept barter payments for products on this website, too.

How It Works

Bartering is pretty simple; it’s just paying for goods or services with other goods or services. You just “pay” what you deem to be an equal value of one, for the other. Here’s how bartering works for my products:

  1. Choose what you want from the website, or if it’s a building job, get in touch for a quote.
  2. Check if you can provide a product or service that I need to barter with (see list below).
  3. Make an offer by email to me and we can discuss it further.

Stuff to Barter

I’m open to suggestions for bartering, but here’s a general list of what you can barter with me:

  • Food items – home grown veg, meat, jams, baking etc.
  • Materials – got a stash of nice timber left over from a job, I can use most things, especially interesting reclaimed timber. Obviously only suitable if you are local.
  • Trees, plants and self-saved seeds – home grown and preferably native, or for food
  • Tools – I’m always looking for tools and usually buy second hand anyway, so let me know what you have.
  • Labour – Plenty of work on the croft and if you have a tractor/digger etc then even better!
  • Money Vouchers for “useful” stuff. If you own a shop or web business then we can just exchange products of the same value, if it’s something I need.

Why Barter?

We live in a capitalist society that is quite odd in that everything you trade is transformed into a monetary value. For it to work you need to place a monetary value on everything, and that’s where it can go wrong as we’ve neglected things like nature, wildlife and quality of life, all things we’ve never managed to put a pound sign to (although we’ve tried and it makes things worse!!)

So bartering is a way to get around this system. It’s nothing new. Not that long ago it was perfectly normal in remote areas of the UK where money was rare – only people with wealth had it, everyone else paid with products and services. Crofters paid landlords with sheep and produce, for example

I don’t like the way we have become 100% reliant on a very flawed system, and so this is just a tiny way of side-stepping it and also making people think differently about what something is worth.

All that said, I’ve still got to pay the mortgage, put fuel in the van and buy electricity for our house and my workshop so this is certainly not me saying that I don’t need money!

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