The new ATX Community Barter site (www.atxbarter.com)
went live on Friday, February 1, 2013. After almost five years of
�semi-retirement� from the barter business, Anna and Tom McDowell
have developed an online barter program geared primarily to
consumers and businesses which sell to consumers.
�I can�t tell you how many times during the nearly 30 years of
owning American Trade Exchange, that we had to turn away people who
contacted us wanting to barter,� shared Anna McDowell, ATX
President. �Tom and I talked about the vast market that consumers
represent as potential barter clients, and how someone, someday,
needed to find a good way to get them involved. We think that day
has come with the ATX Community Barter program.�
While ATX is not the first to develop an online consumer barter
presence, they are the first to develop the program using �ATX Trade
Dollars� � the same type of barter currency successfully used by
commercial barter companies around the world. In addition to the
unique use of trade dollars to simplify transacting trades, ATX has
also gone through the legal process of being licensed to sell ATX
Barter franchises (www.barterfranchise.com).
�We are currently licensed in 37 states and will be adding more as
time goes on,� noted Tom McDowell, Director of Franchise Sales for
ATX. McDowell will call upon his 20+ years experience as the
BarterTrainer, to train franchisees on how to run, manage, and sell
the barter business.
According to McDowell, ATX will initially be offering franchise
territories (determined by zip codes) to many of those entrepreneurs
that he has trained in business-to-business (B2B) barter networks
over the years. They also plan to offer the consumer barter program
to select B2B trade exchange networks, ones in which their members
would benefit from access to a new nationwide consumer network.
�Creating a site that was user-friendly and fast was the easy part.
Developing the accounting and communication programs took more time
than we expected,� explained Anna. �If we hadn�t been designing and
developing barter software (Barter Solutions) for 30 years, I don�t
know if we could have created the right platform for the consumer
With CraigsList�s barter section getting over 250,000 listings a
week, now is the perfect time to teach the public how to take
advantage of all the opportunities barter provides.
more information, contact Tom or Anna via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 239-450-0816. (Complete details can
also be found at the web sites in the above article.)