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Craigslist Bartering

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 6:56pm

In these tough economic times, some folks are doing anything they can to stretch a dollar, including not using dollars at all. Our Emily Turner has more on a rise in internet bartering.

We all know of things that we’d like to have without ever having to pay for them. But some are actually taking this idea in order to get the things they really need. Tim Elsea is a web designer, hoping to trade his services for some basic dental work. “My wife says she’d prefer the money, but something is better than nothing.”

Elsea is just one of the many people looking to use bartering as a tool to help soften the blow of our struggling economy. In fact, if you look on craigslist, there’s a ton of people in the Baton Rouge area alone willing to make a deal. One person owns a flooring store and says he’ll exchange his service to get his roof fixed. Another is offering to install a patio cover for a flat screen TV. We even found someone who needs a cast for his arm that will fix your computer for one. Others have the stuff to trade and are willing to negotiate for payment. Short on cash, Camil Williams, an employee for Planet Beach, says she hopes bartering becomes more of an everyday thing. “If we could exchange spa services for lunch everyday, that would be great.”

On this morning’s edition of NBC’s “The Today Show,” Matt Lauer reported a 100% increase in bartering on craigslist, a classifieds website.