Most “prepping” revolves around the Big Two: food and guns/ammo. It makes sense. You won’t survive very long if you starve to death or are so weak you can’t protect yourself, and likewise when SHTF the strong and armed will prey on the weak and unarmed. Hopefully most of my readers aren’t in that camp but there are definitely people who have as Plan A, B and C to steal or murder then steal needed supplies from anyone that can’t fight back. They call themselves “Werewolf Preppers”. See my post Who Is Afraid Of The Big Bad (Were)Wolf? for more about these POSs. Most of us understand that we will likely have to commit acts of violence to survive, but some people plan on acts of violence as sport.
But there is more to surviving than having freeze dried lasagna and a dozen AR-15s and chances are you don’t have everything you might need and better chance you run out of stuff, especially if we slow burn into something rather than a full on TEOTWAWKI. As is always the rule, you don’t know what you don’t know and that means you might need to barter/trade for stuff.
This was a very good post over on Gab….
Some good comments as well.
As I have mentioned a time or two, there is a wide spectrum of scenarios that the future might bring, from a full on collapse to a slow decline that sees basics services failing and people adapting to life without a functioning government. At the latter end of the spectrum having the ability to barter, especially skills, will be important.
I am a big fan of booze, not to drink as I rarely do and then only a beer maybe once every 4-6 months, but as a trade good for barter. It will be in demand and it keeps well if stored properly. I like the idea of having soap stocked up, that might be another cheap trade good. On the other hand, there is no way I would be trading weapons or ammo except to those who are already in my “circle”. Soap, booze, chewing tobaccy? Sure. But the means to shoot me? Hell naw.
Some food for thought.