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December 16, 2008

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...12/16/2008

TIME magazine Looks At Alternative Currencies

TIME has published an extensive article on alternative currencies. Read about the growth of these currencies and their growing popularity...  Click here

Research Group Says Consumer Bartering Doubled In One Year

According to the American Research Group, a think-tank that talks to thousands of consumers every week to assay their spending habits and how they feel about the state of the economy, barter’s use is booming! The research group says 67% of consumers have bartered this year, compared to 33% in the fall of 2997.

Craigslist Barter Queries Growing

Craigslist reported that more than 150,000 barter queries pervade Northern California listings on the popular classifieds web site at http://www.craigslist.org.

Match-Value One-On-One Trading

Cynthia Eakin, an associate professor at Stockton’s University of the Pacific, says its legal to have matched-value trades without documenting anything. However the IRS requires barterers to list any profit made as taxable income. Eakin frequently gives lectures about bartering to her students.

Column On “The Daily Paul Blog” Looks At ITEX

A blog that is produced by Ron Paul devotees authored an article about ITEX CEO Steve White’s comments during his appearance on the Fox Business show. The blog writer was “given hope” because, as he stated, the use of barter and trade currencies will be desired by people, especially in these trying times, and will be very hard to control by the government.

SBA’s Loan Programs Changing

The U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs are being dramatically changed. Previously they were demographic-based, but now are geographic-based programs. Applicants are now being required to provide more information as well as mandatory attendance at technical and financial-assistance classes.

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IMS Online Barter Marketplace Product Postings Reach Record Levels

In step with the growing popularity of online barter sites for individuals such as Craigslist, International Monetary Systems (OTCBB: INLM), a worldwide leader in business-to-business barter services, recently announced that their online barter marketplace has reached a record high of $10 million in product postings.

This is in addition to the more than $150 million dollars of products and services available in the entire IMS nationwide network. IMS launched the first nationwide online barter marketplace for members earlier this year. Members are able to shop and purchase products with their IMS trade dollars all online.

Dale Mardak, IMS’ senior vice president, reflected, “We anticipated that the new marketplace would be welcome since a few of our markets maintained showrooms that offered limited online capabilities. We didn’t realize that such an enormous amount of product would be posted in such a short time. Since September, postings of available products have soared to $10 million and the number of members visiting the marketplace has doubled.”

CEO Don Mardak affirmed, “I believe the popularity of our new barter marketplace is fueled in part by the current economic crisis. Members are doing everything they can to keep their businesses viable. They are finding that the online marketplace opens incredible possibilities to increase selling channels while earning valuable IMS trade dollars.”

John Strabley, IMS’ executive vice president, stated, “Our trade broker network is reporting numerous success stories from our online marketplace: A member in California with infrequent sales because of her specialized product has made 70 sales on the national barter marketplace in the last 180 days.

“Another member in New York with an average of $2500 per year in sales has sold over $9K on the marketplace in the last 90 days. An auto accessory distributor in Colorado — brand new to IMS barter — has completed over $12K in sales in 180 days. Clearly, the timing of our marketplace launch was ideal for members who, because of the economy, are looking for ways to keep their businesses humming.”

For more information on IMS see www.imsbarter.com.


ITEX Corporation Announces Fiscal 2009 First-Quarter Results

ITEX Corporation (OTCBB:ITEX), a leading marketplace for cashless business transactions in North America, has filed its Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission and announced results for its fiscal 2009 first quarter ended October 31, 2008.

“Even with the continuing economic instability and a weakened business climate, we are pleased to report a profit for the quarter,” noted Steven White, Chairman and CEO. “We recognized a modest revenue increase for the first quarter compared to the same quarter last year, and our net cash from operations remained strong.”

White explained, “In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, we increased staffing in our sales department and continued to invest in our technology infrastructure to further strengthen our foundation for future revenue growth. We are building in areas we believe will generate positive returns without exposing the company to significant risk. As a result, corporate salaries, wages, and employee benefits increased over last year due to strategic hires.

“We expanded our staff in our broker support team, including a senior management position, sales specialists for our new media services sector in connection with our August 2008 acquisition of the media services company assets, and additional staff in our technology department in order to pursue our Software as a Service (SaaS) initiatives.

“SG&A (selling, general & administrative) expense also increased over last year primarily due to an increase in professional consulting expenses for investor relations and investment banking, and to a lesser extent, outsourced development of our technology platform.

“For the remainder of this fiscal year we expect to continue to invest in our future; to be aggressive in investing our cash flow and earnings, and utilizing ITEX Marketplace resources to build market share, grow our business and capitalize on opportunities that arise in difficult economic conditions.

“During recent months we have had several positive news stories providing us with great media exposure, which can be viewed in the News section of our website at www.itex.com,” he concluded.

First Quarter 2009 Highlights

·         Revenue of $3,899,000, compared to $3,853,000 in the same period last year.

·         Net income of $45,000, compared to $156,000 in 2008.

·         Net cash provided from operations of $706,000, compared to $803,000 in 2008.

·         Cash at end-of-period was $1,282,000, compared to $1,061,000 at July 31, 2008.

·         ITEX Media Services was launched with the August 1, 2008 acquisition of a media trading platform and media and travel clients.

·        Created a new business development department tasked with creating relationships with companies that have a national presence to assist with our growth on the local level.

·         Signed a partnership agreement with iCare, a division of SYSCO, Inc., an enterprise-level supplier of products and services to the food service and hospitality industries.

Subsequent Events

·         In November, entered into an agreement with U.S. Bank to increase the maximum loan amount under our revolving credit facility from $1.0 million to $1.5 million, to lower the interest rate of the facility, to remove certain borrowing base limitations, and to extend the maturity date to November 30, 2009.

·         In November, paid off the remaining balance of our Promissory Note due to The Intagio Group for the recently acquired media services assets.

ITEX Corporation’s report on Form 10-Q can be found at www.sec.gov.


Attention Trade Exchange Owners. . .It’s GROW OR GO!

The magic bullet for growth is sales, always has been and always will be...yet the industry’s overall growth is anemic. Why? Maybe it’s because we’re not providing on-going education about our unique way of doing business. Knowledge is always a pre-requisite to taking sustained action.

And for those newcomers, the lifeblood of an exchange, awareness of and understanding about the value of trading is even more important.

If you expect prospects to come aboard and your members to be more active traders, but you are perplexed when the results are less than you desire...there’s a good reason. You must continually educate and motivate every month--month after month after month!

Such action is necessary because, let’s face it, more cash business, not trade, is of paramount importance to your members. You must break through this “cash only” focus and redirect their thinking toward barter. Although most exchanges don’t see the importance of doing so, many industry leaders are taking action and so can you.

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What’s Happening In Today’s Marketplace...The Use Of Trade Exchanges & Corporate Barter Companies

Bakery Does 30% Of Annual Sales Through Barter

The prevailing advice to business owners, when asked how much barter they should do, is 5% to 10% of sales. The better answer should be: “Whatever percentage makes financial sense for your company.”

Case in point: Michael Garzouri, owner of the Killer Baking Company in Northern California, says he does 30% of annual business in trade. Garzouri acquired his ovens on trade, through the IMS Barter system. He says he’s always looking to barter, because “I’m paying for the acquired products or services with my brownies — at my cost.” It’s impossible to buy at a better price.

Florist’s Gift Baskets Filled With Acquired Barter Product

Richard Salome, a Florist in New York, maximizes his profits by acquiring gourmet chocolates on trade...and then uses the chocolates in his gift baskets. He also looks for other products useful in the operation of his florist business, like hotel rooms when attending flower auctions, shipping labels, and dental care for all of his employees and family.

Barter Takes On New Prominence In Corporate Marketplace

A recent story on AdWeek.com reinforces the changes taking place in today’s marketplace. Manufacturers and wholesalers, faced with slower sales, are experiencing excess inventory headaches.

Result: They’re becoming pro-active and talking openly to their ad agencies about solutions that include barter — even incorporating it into the RFP (request for proposal) process.

When it comes to the spend-down of trade credits, traditional media is still the core offering. But we are beginning to see digital media requests for a company’s use of trade credits, which is sure to grow in the future.

And globally, larger multi-national clients are wanting to apply trade credits accrued in one region of the world to be transferred and used in another part of the globe.

U.S. Retailers Bartering To Move Overseas Products

Unsold inventory acquired “on the cheap” from China — everything from clothes, jewelry, TVs and furniture — is quickly being moved out by U.S. merchants into countries where they are not bound by contract restrictions. That way retailers will often receive a higher price for the products, than if selling to domestic close-out firms and liquidators.

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Looking Back — Barter Happenings From Past Tuesday Reports

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“What We Can Look Forward To In 2008.”  Click here

Two Years Ago—

“Money Is Not The Only Medium Of Exchange.”  Click here

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“Barter’s Use Grows Among Corporate America.”  Click here


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