July 22, 2003
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
Gets Creative...Exchange Advertising For Police Cars!
has learned that several municipalities will be leasing cruisers
(police cars) for $1 a year, in exchange for allowing the cars' hoods,
trunks and sides to be used for advertising purposes—from companies
such as supermarket chains, insurance firms, and hospitals.
- We've talked
about the incredible growth of frequent flyer miles as a currency,
and then eBay's pushing its new currency—Anything Points. Here's
the latest one...Starbucks is teaming up with Visa USA and Bank One
launching the first-ever dual-purpose credit card for a retailer.
It will function both as a prepaid cash card at Starbucks outlets,
and as a standard credit card anywhere else. And users will accrue
every time a card holder spends money somewhere else, Starbucks will
benefit. And the card holders won't have to wait long before their
coffee credits kick in either, given that the price of a cup of coffee
is far different than an airline ticket!
- A television
show filmed in Hawaii is busy looking to partner with an airlines
to fly their cast and crew to Hawaii, in exchange the show promises
to provide tremendous exposure for the "partner."
- Fred Detwiler,
President of Trade Exchange of America, a barter company founded in
1978 in Detroit, recently was written up in the Detroit News.
- Don Mardak, CEO
of International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:INLM) was interviewed by
- Xraymedia continues
to announce new media contracts. We first reported on their offering
"barter blends" in the Tuesday Report about six
- The fight over
media ownership (increasing and allowing TV ownership to reach 45%
of the national audience, from the current 35%) isn't over yet. A
House panel voted to block federal regulators from relaxing the limit
on how many local stations a television network can own, by taking
the action of wrapping an amendment into a $41.2 billion bill.
- Shipping of wine
directly to consumers continues to make progress as UPS and FedEx
expand services to many more states. UPS now makes deliveries to 31
states, up from 11, and FedEx now reaches 39 states.
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Larry Bell Trades Artwork For Rent
In early issues
of BarterNews we reported on artist Michael Whipple's trading
endeavors. Later on, we related how hotelier and art collector Arnold
Ashkenazy had amassed a 20,000 piece collection, valued at $20 million,
through the astute use of barter. (Complete details are found in FastStart
Barter Program I.)
We now take a look
at artist Larry Bell, who has returned to Los Angeles after 30 years
in New Mexico...he's tired of the commute. Rather than buying a house,
Bell has decided to make a hotel in Venice his home. His "rent"
will be paid the old-fashioned way—with his works of art.
Bell, a 64-year-old
artist, was a key player in the groundbreaking 1960s movement dubbed
Finish Fetish or Light & Space. He was among the first to have the
tag "L.A. Look" attached to his work.
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- Nearly eight
of ten U.S. lawyers surveyed by the International Bar Association
believe the legal profession would benefit from the convergence of
numerous laws across international borders. Money transmission and
money laundering topped the list of legal areas that should be standardized,
trade and investment, environmental protection, and terrorism and
security also were picked by a majority of lawyers as areas that should
be regulated globally.
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- Small investors
coming back into the stock market? Don't hold your breath. Retail
activity is down over 50% in terms of volume. And if the past is any
indication (the 1987 stock market crash) it will be awhile before
the masses are investing again. Stock prices started rebounding after
four quarters back in 1987, but the individual investor's activity
didn't return to pre-crash levels for 17 quarters.
But for the U.S. market
to recover from the recent $8.4 trillion carnage, and get
back to its total value of $17 trillion valuation in March 2000,
it's expected to take nine years or more.
Jagadeesh Gokhale, a
recent consultant to the U.S. Treasury, and Kent Smetters, a professor
at Wharton and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research,
wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal article that Medicare
faces an imbalance exceeding $36 trillion and Social Security's
imbalance exceeds $7 trillion. Both of these imbalances, totaling
$43 trillion, dwarf the $3.5 trillion that the government officially
reports as its current level of debt held by the public.
India is a vast country
with a billion people, but its economy is very small. Consider that
its annual gross domestic product (GDP) is around $550 billion,
which is less than the annual economic output of Los Angeles and
Orange Counties in California.
The Milken Institute,
a nonprofit independent economic think tank, reports that the most
downloaded report from its web site for 2003 is about creating capital.
The American Legacy
Foundation reports that 44.3 million people have quit smoking, no
time parameters were given, however!