Matthews Living: Where Trade Makes Sense

Matthews Living: Carolina Trade Exchange; Where Trade Makes Sense
by: Nance Moore

Remember in grade school (and maybe even middle school) when you would bring your lunch and eagerly anticipate seeing what your friends had packed? You had chunky peanut butter and jelly while your friend had bologna. You really wanted bologna, but your friend didn’t want the chunky peanut butter. No trade. Another friend had chicken salad, which sounded good to you and that friend liked chunky peanut butter. Score! You traded sandwiches and everyone was happy. You were effectively bartering, establishing value, and providing a service.