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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barter and Trade Exchanges by Tom Chmielewski, Jerry Howell

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Chapter 1
A History of Barter: I Have Water, You Have a Cow
In This Chapter
◆ Barter’s beginnings: filling basic needs
◆ Barter evolves into currency but never disappears
◆ When a cash economy falters, people turn to barter
◆ Trade exchanges bring in a new business model
◆ Countertrade enters a global economy
We have all bartered. We remember times when as a school kid, we were bored with the lunch our moms packed for us, but salivated over the lunch the geeky kid across the table had. But he was just as bored with his mom’s culinary choices. So, we traded.
No one had to teach us how to do trade. It just came naturally to us. In fact, it came naturally to all of humanity. At a time when humanity was just becoming, well, human, the idea of trading ...

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