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Originally published: 2014-02-06 17:17:46
Last modified: 2014-02-06 17:18:32

Community Barter Exchange offers alternative way to trade

Caroline Harris / (

If you find yourself with too many chickens and in need of a tractor part, or have unwanted jewelry and want a vacation, a new bartering platform can help solve both problems at the same time.

High Country citizen Holly Palm is opening a Community Barter Exchange in Avery and Watauga counties. A Community Barter Exchange allows the selling of products or services to other exchange members using a barter clearinghouse. This clearinghouse facilitates trades with barter currency, rather than direct trading. Exchange members can then bank the credit generated from their business’ sales and use those credits to purchase products and services from other exchange members.

“So far I have about 20 businesses signed up and hope to open for trading very soon,” Palm said. “One-on-one bartering is common here in the High Country. Where our ancestors might have been trading chickens for cows, here in the High Country, business people will be bartering printing for landscaping, jewelry for computers, or hotel rooms for just about anything. All this through the help of our Community Barter Exchange.”

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