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From the desk
of Bob Meyer... 2/14/06
I received a note from Michael Touma,
Managing Director of BBX in Hornsby, Australia,
regarding our story last week on the availability of
automobile fuel in Australia.
Just read your latest Tuesday
Report, as always good reading. However, wanted
to let you know that BBX has for the past 7 years
offered fuel on full trade to select members.
BBX has currently over 100 Volume
Plus petrol stations offering members petrol, diesel
and other fuels on full trade.
I just wanted to set the record
BBX Head Office
BBX Holdings Ltd. was founded in 1993, serving more
than 4,500 customers representing 8,000 cardholders
in Australia and New Zealand. BBX is the first and
only publicly listed barter company on the
Australian Stock Exchange.
Starbucks Strikes Winning Barter
Starbucks is going Hollywood and a
barter deal promises to take their coffee to another
level. Teaming with film studio Lions Gate,
Starbucks will get product placement in an upcoming
movie as well as an ownership position in the film.
Although Starbucks won�t be making any financial
investment, they�ve agreed to barter their
distribution clout by offering the film DVDs at the
thousands of Starbuck locations across the country.
Google Uses SmartBarter Technology...
Following up on our article regarding
Google�s push to become a one-stop media ad-buying
platform (January 31 issue): The FTC has OK�d
Google�s purchase of dMarc Broadcasting, which
through their SmartBarter technology moves unsold
radio station inventory after the logs are closed
each day. Arbitron-rated stations can barter their
unsold advertising time to painlessly acquire new
equipment for the station from dMarc.
Through the SmartBarter program dMarc
determines, based on the stations ratings, the
number of daily spots needed to cover the purchase
of equipment over a three-year period. DMarc also
provides stations with a buyout option so they can
declare the equipment as an asset and depreciate it.
Congratulations to Bartercard...
It was fifteen years ago this month
that Wayne Sharpe, Andrew Federowsky, and Brian Hall
came together and formed Bartercard in Queensland,
Australia. What a remarkable journey it�s been as
they�ve ambitiously expanded around the globe
signing up client after client. Today the 70,000
cardholders are reportedly trading products and
services worth AUD$1.2 billion annually.
Bartercard has built an international
infrastructure which promises to pay large dividends
for the company as the global business community
increasingly continues its barter interactions.
Bartercard recently became a publicly-traded company
on the London Stock Exchange (BRTN LN).
Bartercard has just finalized the
sale of a license for Turkey, see below.
National Association of Trade
Exchanges Reports Banc
Thanks to David Powers of VIP Barter for providing
the following list of the top ten trade exchanges within NATE using
the Banc trade currency
for their reciprocal trading in 2005.
Trade Exch. Of
NCE - St.
member North Louisiana Trade Exchange has some offerings (builder�s
residential lots, medical supplies, mini-chopper motorcycle, etc.)
listed in The Barter MarketPlace, go to:
Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates
Unprecedented Wealth In Today�s New Age Of Possibility
There are many forms of secondary capital�which can be defined as
any financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a
common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many
forms of secondary capital?
We have 70 free,
informative and inspiring, articles for you in our �Secondary
Capital Section.� Check it out...
Record Growth Reported By
International Monetary Systems
Monetary Systems (OTCBB:INLM) processed more than $52 million worth
of trades in 2005, producing gross revenue of $6.2 million. The
figures represent increases of 40% and 31% respectively over the
year ending December 31, 2004. (The listed $52 million in trade
volume represents purchases only, just one side of each
The company now reports 9,200 members in 32
markets, and management believes that it will have more than 11,000 members by
the end of the year 2006. Don Mardak, President and CEO of IMS, commented, �2006
looks to be yet another blockbuster year for the company. Our stock price
continues to lag our core business fundamentals, and this is why I continue to
buy back shares in the open market.�
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Bartercard Sells Turkey License For $600,000
The sale of the license for Bartercard in Turkey,
which sold for US$600,000, has been completed and the final payment
collected for it. The majority shareholder of the new license is Mr.
Mose Elis, who will take on the role of CEO. He is founder and owner
of Endotec, one of Turkey�s major medical supply companies, which
he�ll be leaving to focus his efforts on this new project.
Training for the foundation management team is now
taking place in Australia, with beginning operations in Turkey
targeted for early April.
Bartercard International Chairman Wayne Sharpe was
enthusiastic. �This is an exciting expansion in the region, and the
team behind this license consists of talented individuals,� he
noted. �With licenses already operating in nearly Jordan, Lebanon,
Egypt, Cyprus, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE, the region is poised for
continued development and expansion.�
New Money-Making Ideas And Valuable Contacts!
You can obtain
useful, informative ideas and contacts in every available back-issue
Barter Success�Using Imagination And Red Paperclip
Kyle MacDonald, a 26-year-old from Belcarra, British
Columbia, shows the power of one�s ingenuity. His recent bartering
success also reinforces the allure of barter and its inherent
MacDonald, remembering the childhood game �Bigger &
Better,� started out with a single red paperclip�offering to barter
it on his blog site. He said the first barter offer came in a couple
of hours later. MacDonald, staying true to the principles of the
game, only makes an exchange in person. Trades have taken him as far
as California and New York.
Although his first trade occurred in Vancouver where
he traded his red paperclip for a pen, there were many more in his
series of trades including: swapping the pen into a door knob and
the door knob into a barbecue stove. A series of further trades
later�a generator, a keg of beer, a snowmobile, and a 3-day trip to
He�s currently the
owner of a Ford box van. By starting with the van, his ultimate goal
is to obtain a house or an island. For more on MacDonald�s bartering
barter company in the world is listed on our web site,
click through to our Global List
of Barter Companies.
Satellite Radio Faces Competition With Rival Technologies
To date, satellite radio stations have had one main
rival: traditional radio. Now, just five years after their debut and
still fighting to become profitable, XM Satellite Radio and Sirius
will be competing with far more than just themselves.
Wireless broadcasting networks, as well as services
that let you listen to radio on your PC or download radio
wirelessly, are rushing into the market. The big wild card is Apple
Computer, maker of the popular iPod digital music player.
Traditional radio stations, catering to some 219
million listeners in the U.S., are responding to satellite radio
with a major push into high definition (HD). The technology lets
broadcasters stream more channels with a better sound quality.
In December, the nation�s largest broadcasters formed
the HD Digital Radio Alliance to promote high definition. The
Alliance�s eleven members have committed more than $200 million
worth of airtime in 2006 to tell listeners how HD works, which
radios to buy, and where to get them. The U.S. has more than 650 HD
radio stations today, up form 200 a year ago, and their numbers
should reach 1,200 by the end of 2006.
will be forthcoming. Motorola, the world�s second-largest cell-phone
maker, plans to start offering a radio service, iRadio, in March.
Expected to cost between $7 and $10 a month, iRadio allows owners of
cell phones with various technical capabilities to record hours of
radio programming from 435 commercial-free channels. Users can
download programs from six of the channels by connecting their cell
phones to their computer�s USB ports.
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Your Bed & Breakfast Fantasy By Bartering
Who hasn�t, at one time or another, dreamed of owning
a bed-and-breakfast inn? It�s the perfect fantasy of leaving the
hectic life behind and being your own boss in an idyllic setting.
But like everything else, what you think the life of a b&b owner
might be, and what it truly entails, can be quite different. So
before taking the big leap into a business you know little about,
why not take the smarter road and find out what a b&b innkeeper
If you don�t have any experience in the field, you
will probably need to take a course to learn the basics. Courses are
available through Interim Innkeepers Network,
Then go out and strike an agreement to work with a
b&b owner, taking back as payment some inn script for your future
use or as a trading vehicle to acquire other needed
As an experienced
interim innkeeper you can earn $100 to $300 a day, depending on the
size of the facility and whether there�s staff to do the housework.