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March 16, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 03/16/2010

IMS Web Traffic Expanding

IMSBarter (OTCBB:ITNM) reports that in 2009, visits to its web site ( increased 35% over the prior year (2008). The traffic increase was fueled by the company�s nationwide membership accessing important account information, reviewing new offerings as well as shopping on their new online marketplace.

Independent Hoteliers Urged To Barter

Jody Merl, CEO of Innovative Travel Marketing, was interviewed last week by Merl explained in the interview how the hotel industry, particularly independent hotel operators, can barter for needed print media.

For more info on Innovative Travel Marketing click here.

Now This Is Growth!

Twenty-five years ago (March 15, 1985) a computer company in Cambridge (MA) registered the very first dot-com site. Today, about a hundred-thousand sites are registered daily!

Banks Write-Off Record Credit Card Debt

Recent articles in the financial papers reported how consumers were paying down their debts. Well, the actual figures paint a different story.

According to an analysis by Federal Reserve data, the bulk of 2009�s drop in consumer debt came about because banks were forced to write-off loans people failed to pay. Of the $93.2 billion drop in consumer card balances, $83.27 billion were the aforementioned required write-offs.

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ITEX Announces Second Quarter Filing � Fiscal 2010

ITEX (OTCBB:ITEX) has filed form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and have announced the results for its fiscal 2010 second quarter ended January 31, 2010.

Second quarter 2010 highlights:

         Income from operations of $526,000, compared to $235,000 in the same period last year;

         Revenue of $4,537,000, compared to $4,365,000 in the same period last year;

         Net income of $172,000, compared to $134,000 in the same period last year;

         Cash at end of period of $3,627,000, compared to $2,557,000 on July 31, 2009;

         Stockholder equity of $14,460,000, compared to $13,981,000 on July 31, 2009;

         Broker incentive expense of $79,000 for a computer upgrade initiative planned in conjunction with the upcoming launch of Office 2010.

(The ITEX report on Form 10-Q can be found at

ITEX Authorizes Stock Repurchases

On March 9, the ITEX Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $2 million of its outstanding common stock. The timing and actual number of share repurchases will depend on a variety of factors.

The repurchase program does not obligate ITEX to acquire any particular amount of common stock, and may be modified or discontinued at any time. ITEX currently has 18,051,248 shares of common stock outstanding

Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site receives heavy traffic � with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday Report,� and the �Contacts Section� of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company�s listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company�s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here�s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.

IMS Provides Needed Credit Lines To Business Community

International Monetary Systems Ltd. (OTCBB:ITNM) reports that it continues to make credit available to IMS member businesses, providing them with an assurance that if they are not able to get credit at the bank, they have an alternative payment system which still offers them lines of credit.

�The fundamentals of barter state that in a slow economy, business owners look to alternative means to stabilize cash flow and to keep new business coming in,� explains Don Mardak, CEO of IMS. �However, we have been somewhat surprised by the strong increase in requests for credit that we have seen recently.�

Currently, IMS Barter has issued credit lines totaling more than $48 million. The top members in the IMS network have seen their lines increased by more than $2 million.

 �If we as a country have learned anything from this current economic crisis,� Mardak reflected, �it is that any currency system must be operated prudently and responsibly, especially when issuing credit. IMS has a 24-year history of managing a healthy barter network. The opportunity to issue credit where credit is due is what we�re all about.

�We base our credit on the products and services that the member businesses have to offer,� he continued, �not on their cash accounts, such as receivables or future sales or how they look on paper. So, while the bank might not be able to issue credit our alternative currency system enables us to go about it differently, offering an alternative form of business financing.�

For more information on IMS see


25 Years Of BarterNews Issues Now In Digital Format

Welcome to the largest repository of barter contacts, strategies, and barter techniques in the world. All 64 issues of BarterNews now available in digital format at

         International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter Section. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed see the forms on the lower left of the page. (Click here.)

         Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click here.) 

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Valuable Money Alternative Awaits The Alert Entrepreneur

At the prestigious Wharton School of Finance, Ian MacMillan (professor of entrepreneurship) was known for suggesting his students amass as many credit cards as they could. �In the early stages of a growing business,� he affirmed, �you�re sort of starving in the midst of plenty, because even when orders are booming, an entrepreneur may not have sufficient income to pay suppliers. So credit cards can act as a stop-gap or a cushion.�

There�s no argument with the professor about the need for cash infusions in the early days of a new or expanding business. Last year there were nearly 1 million business start-ups in the United States. An incredible 50% of them opened their doors with $10,000 or less in capital.

However, the professor should have include in his curriculum another proven method of financing entrepreneurial startups � the use of trade dollars. Unknown to the professor and many others, too, are the merits of a good trade exchange with the many ways it can assist a fledgling operator.

A new owner who�s able to provide needed products and services to the exchange�s membership, can instantly borrow trade dollars against future sales. He then can immediately use those trade dollars to make necessary improvements or selected renovations, purchase a myriad of needed merchandise, acquire valuable advertising, even finance a gala grand opening promotion.

Maximum cash flow is retained because financing charges, the interest on the trade loan, is payable in trade dollars. The exchange provides another key benefit, that of greater cash flow which may be used for paying those necessities � salaries, utilities and phone bills, as well as suppliers.

Thanks to the trade exchange, cash at this critical time can be used to build the new enterprise rather than paying the banker. And the circle is completed when the new owner happily opens the door to the exchange members, so as to earn as many trade credits as possible to quickly pay off the trade loan.

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