Moving beyond the obvious is considered being creative. The
following are two examples of such thinking.
Collection from a firm facing bankruptcy.
The president of a distribution company turned to a trade exchange
to collect a bad debt from a client, who not only owed him $35,000
but also was facing bankruptcy.
Instead of writing off the receivable, the president accepted as
payment $35,000 worth of baseball cards. He then offered the cards
to a trade exchange member owning a baseball card shop, in exchange
for trade dollars.
With $20,000 trade dollars received, he turned around and bought
concert tickets from another member, which he consequently sold for
cash to his employees and some close friends.
Second retail outlet opened.
The owner of a leather sportswear store turned to his trade
exchange, instead of his banker, when deciding to open a second
To finance the $30,000 expansion costs in his credit-tight market,
he bartered $25,000 in leather goods through the exchange and its
The store owner then used those trade dollars to pay for the
electricians, carpenters, and installers of a security system needed
in his new store. Plus, he obtained 30 radio spots for the promotion
of the new outlet�s grand opening!