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May 1, 2007

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...05/01/07

E-Bay Has It All...

According to eBay expert Greg Kusch, the site has more than 212 million registered users:

  • There are over 1.3 million users who use it as their primary or secondary source of income;

  • At any given time 50 million items are available worldwide;

  • Over 5 million items are added every day;

  • A digital camera sells every minute;

  • The most expensive item sold on its site was a Gulf Stream II Jet for $4.9 million;

  • Only 8%-10% of its users are sellers.

Google Signs With Nation�s Largest Radio Station

Google and Clear Channel Communications have signed a long-term agreement that will allow the Internet search leader to place advertising for its online customers on more than 675 radio stations.

�This partnership with Clear Channel is a pretty big statement that Google is in the radio industry to stay and have a big impact,� noted Drew Hilles, Google Audio�s national sales director. �Our advertisers that had not relied on radio, will have direct access to Clear Channel�s national distribution through easy-to-use interface.�

Although the majority of Google�s $10.6 billion in revenue for 2006 came from internet ads, the firm has made previous ventures into print, radio and television advertising.

Executive Housing 101

Century 21 of Canada did a survey of executive quality housing in major cities around the globe. The survey found that the following were the 10 most expensive housing markets for executive homebuyers on a per-square-foot basis:

London - $2,683, Paris - $989, Seoul - $932, Calgary - $680, Sydney - $614, Taipei - $521, Vancouver - $488, Athens - $417, New York - $480, and Tokyo - $327.

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Bartercard Expanding Again

Bartercard will soon be welcoming the latest member of its ever-growing international family � South Africa. According to the corporate office, an agreement has been signed, a deposit secured and contracts are nearing completion.

South Africa�s foundation team is expected to arrive in Australia for training, in late July, with a view to having the operation underway in October 2007.

With a culture of accepting the age-old concept of barter, coupled with its modern business mentality, Bartercard is confident that South Africa has the potential to become one of the company�s largest generators of trade volume.

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Preferred Hotel Group Selects Active International As Partner

Active International, a global marketing and business solutions firm, has been selected as a new partner by Preferred Hotel Group, a multi-brand organization that delivers cutting-edge sales, marketing and service solutions, to more than 350 of the finest luxury hotels and resorts in the world.

Preferred Hotel Group (PHG) selected Active as a Preferred Alliance Partner because of its ability to deliver innovative solutions and services. Active will provide media placement services and purchasing of televisions and renovation construction materials.

�Active�s ability to connect the relationships they have with media channels, other service providers, and their list of clients with the marketing and business needs of our member hotels is quite unique,� declared John Ueberroth, Preferred Hotel Group CEO. �As a company that focuses on providing a superior experience, we select just a few companies (as Partners) that can deliver that same level of service."

In addition, Active will be booking room nights and corporate meetings for their Fortune 500 clients at PHG properties. As one of the top ten media specialists worldwide, Active�s global buying power will help increase brand awareness for PHG and its member properties, as well as provide value-added solutions.

Preferred Hotel Group is the latest addition to Active�s growing roster of travel partners. Preferred Hotel Group is designed for a new era in travel � an era in which travelers embrace the individuality of distinctive hotels and resorts yet desire a consistent commitment to excellence.

For information see and

TeleTrade int�l Reports Progress On Different Fronts

TeleTrade int�l (TTi) announced that trade exchanges within the platform have seen an increase of over $1.34 million. Volume stands at $15.2 million, reflecting an increase of over 10% in combined transactional processing over 2006�s activity.

The total on worldwide platform servicing also saw an increase of 10%, a new benchmark for the first quarter of 2007. First quarter totals now stand at $32.3 million. Total of all online activity, since 1999 when TTi went online with its technology, now exceeds $485.6 million.

The firm is taking steps to bring its proprietary swipe-card terminal technology to all U.S. based exchanges. The new program will combine the ability for merchants to process all credit, debit, discount, and barter programs from one terminal.

TTi has been able to secure a relationship with the country�s fourth largest, private-merchant service provider to offer participating businesses the �guaranteed lowest credit and debit processing rates� in the nation. Merchants will have to upgrade or replace their existing terminal hardware to become compliant with the Visa/MasterCard fraud and security requirements.

For further information, contact CEO Gary Lasater at (303) 840-7172 ext 1, or

Community Barter Conference Scheduled

On May 31, 2007, an all day conference will be held at UC Berkeley titled �Money For Local Living Economies - Lessons From The Global Field.� Co-sponsored by Current Innovations and BALLE, the price of the event which includes lunch is $125.00 for pre-registration and $150.00 at the door.

Practitioners from around the world in the field of complementary currencies will represent diverse efforts and best practices. It will be a day of learning, collaborating and practical application, in support of current or anticipated developmental efforts.

Special attention will be given to proven, working models covering a wide range of specific implementations. There will be opportunities to address in a practical and realistic manner the challenges that have been faced, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various system types.

This conference will be participatory and experiential, intended to provide attendees with new ideas, tools, and the information needed to be successful in one�s own community or just understand this fast growing field.

On Wednesday evening (May 30) at the Caf� De La Paz in Berkeley, there will be a special presentation by Professor Heloisa Primavera from the University of Buenos Aires.

She will be speaking about the economic collapse in Argentina and the subsequent emergence of 6 million people embracing currencies based on barter systems...the success, the pitfalls, lessons learned, and what has emerged and appears sustainable for the long term.

This event, hosted by Current Innovations, is from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with light dinner fare and cash bar. There is no additional charge.

For more details on the conference visit

Scientists Discover Why Mega-Cities Create Innovation & Wealth

Dr. Geoffrey West, President and Distinguished Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, recently led a team of scientists from various institutions that has found the key to understand and quantify seemingly contradictory features of urbanization.

(For many, cities are viewed as the principal source of our social and environmental problems such as crime, pollution, poverty and, often, incidence of disease. But cities have also always been disproportionately the birthplaces for most of human prosperity, innovation, and culture.)

(This story here.)

Universal Law-Of-Reciprocity Key To Trade Exchange Success

Every trade exchange owner in the world should not only be aware of the law-of-reciprocity, but using it, in the operation of their business.

Trade exchange owners are invited to e-mail for more information on how you can become �the exchange of choice� in your area. When e-mailing Bob Meyer, put �Law of Reciprocity� in the subject line.

Hotel General Managers

Here�s The Easiest $100,000 You�ll Ever
Bring To The Bottomline!

Collect cash, as usual, from the guest accounts staying at your facility that require the use of professional AV services. And rather than shouldering your ongoing employee costs, or your current vendor�s cash agreement for AV services, here�s a much better alternative:

Work with a proven national vendor (a sterling 25-year track record) who will provide all of the AV services for your hotel on a 100% TRADE BASIS! (Payment to be in the form of hotel rooms and/or trade dollars.)

Your hotel�s annual AV billings must be a minimum of $200,000, and this offer is available only in the continental United States.

For a confidential introduction contact Bob Meyer via e-mail: (Please type in AV Services On Trade in the subject line of your e-mail.)

Attention Trade Exchange Owners:

If your member hotel(s) have a minimum of 10,000 sq. feet of meeting space and annual billings of at least $200,000 for AV services this is a great opportunity to earn substantial cash service fees on the hundreds of thousands of trade dollars your hotel member will be paying the vendor. Contact Bob Meyer at the above e-mail.


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