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December 7, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 12/07/2010

Jack Schacht’s www.shopasyougive.com Is Up

Jack Schacht, former trade exchange owner located in Chicago, built one of the largest and finest independent trade exchanges in the United States. Since selling his operation to IMSBarter, back some five or so years ago, he has moved into another ambitious endeavor. You can see what that is by going to his web site (above) where over 10,000 products are available. A portion of every purchase one makes goes to your selected charity.

Many Americans Still Doing Fine

One in 106 Americans is a millionaire according to a recent article in Investopedia. And 31% of the world’s “high net worth individuals” with a million in assets beyond their home live on this continent. Experts say the key to building prosperity is to be patient, and pay yourself first by setting some money aside each month. Begin to save at a young age and set goals and realistic plans…you do need a road map.

Shredding The Plastic Continues

TransUnion, a Chicago-based credit researcher says 8 million Americans have cut up their plastic. The recession is the major factor. There are now 78 million U.S. consumers who do not have a credit card.

The average U.S. credit card debt fell by more than 11% over the past year, and delinquencies declined by nearly 25%. Both of which are good signs.

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IMS Barter’s Online Sales Hit New Records, Expansion Planned For 2011

International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:ITNM), a worldwide leader in business-to-business barter services, announced the kick-off of its first Cyber Holiday Season, entitled “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

John Strabley, Executive Vice President of IMS said, “This new online program, which was made possible through the implementation of our new software system, provides us with a much stronger platform as an e-tailer and has the potential to become one of the most successful promotions that we have ever done.

“IMS members already have a great advantage over their peers and competitors who are not involved in the trade exchange,” Strabley continued. “Our clients can fulfill their holiday shopping needs without cash, but also are able to purchase everything at the wholesale cost of their own products. This powerful economic tool of barter helps them move their excess inventory, conserve their cash, and be more profitable at the end of the year. Because of its success, we intend to expand our e-commerce platform in the coming year.”

“The Twelve Days of Christmas,” provides IMS members with a large selection of highly desirable items that are specifically offered only through the online marketplace. Each morning for the first twelve days of December, opt-in IMS clients receive an e-mailed marketing announcement listing that day's featured items, and an invitation to shop the entire inventory of merchandise presently available online.

Unlike traditional e-commerce sites, which are usually hosted by one retailer or are a collection of small sellers, the IMS marketplace currently lists products of more than 250 merchants whose average offerings total more than $48,000. On any given day, there are $12 million to $15 million worth of products available.

After just the first two days of implementation, online sales volume was up more than 700% over the same period last year, and the company’s overall Internet traffic has also set new records. In addition, the program has attracted several of IMS’ corporate barter clients who are making significant purchases to satisfy their corporate holiday shopping needs. The highest volume of buying has been done on merchandise such as jewelry, electronics, household products and other gift items.

For more info click here.


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company’s listing on BarterNews.com isn’t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com 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.


UC Monthly Trading Record Shattered As It Approaches $900,000

During the month of November, 2010, Universal Currency set a new monthly record of $868,318 in trade volume. The previous record of $699,654 was set in July of 2008. This new UC record represents a substantial $168,664 increase (and a 20% rise) in trade activity over the previous record breaking month.

“The UC Members’ participation in the Greenapple Pittsburgh Trade Show definitely impacted this huge monthly trade volume increase,” offered IRTA Executive Director Ron Whitney. “The addition of Patty Weston, an experienced barter broker, has elevated customer service to a new level. Industry members are realizing that UC is the most effective clearinghouse currency for trade exchanges.”

Universal Currency is the largest modern trade and barter industry-owned trading platform, providing services for nearly 100 of the world’s leading barter exchanges. UC will continue to expand its offerings on www.ucci.biz and grow its membership base both in the U.S. and internationally.

For more info call Ron Whitney at 757-393-2292, ron@irta.com or Patty Weston at 321-397-2050, patty@irta.com. Or visit www.irta.com.


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Change In Charitable Behaviors

The Harris Poll queried people on how the economy has changed charitable behavior between 2008 to 2010. Here are the results ...

Not changed:
42% — 2008
36% — 2010

Give smaller amounts:
28% — 2008
31% — 2010

Give to fewer organizations:
25% — 2008
19% — 2010

Not made any donations:
7% — 2008
12% — 2010

Volunteer more:
11% — 2008
11% — 2010

Volunteer less:
13% — 2008
4% — 2010


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