Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Barter for the Services You Need

By: Jessie Bruyn

Camille Tominaro's vacation home near Hunter Mountain in New York could use some new floors and a good paint job, but she doesn't have the money to hire a professional to do the work.

So, to get the job done, she is using another form of currency: her house. In exchange for getting the home improvements done, Ms. Tominaro is offering painters and carpenters a free stay in the vacation home.

Cash-strapped consumers are increasingly bartering to get needed products and services. If you're considering bartering, here are a few things you should know:

Web sites that allow people to post ads for barters, such as and, can help you track down someone who provides a service or product that you want and needs what you have. You can place an ad detailing what you're looking for and what you have to offer in return. You also can respond to an ad you think would be a good fit.

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