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This Section Contains Commentary From Bob Meyer Which Has Appeared In Various Issues Of The Tuesday Barter Report.


From the desk of Bob Meyer.... 2012
December 18, 2012 Barter Deals Drive Silicon Valley�s Mobile App Economy
December 11, 2012 Airline Passengers� Most Annoying Habits
December 4, 2012 TAC Announces Annual Holiday Barter Expo
November 13, 2012 Americans Concerned That Nest Egg Not Enough
November 6, 2012 Thinking & Action � A Way To Develop Your Business
October 30, 2012 IRTA Pushing Social Media Movement
October 16, 2012 U.S. Households Pare Down Debt
October 9, 2012 NATE�s 2013 Convention Site Selected
October 2, 2012 Greco Begins Five-Week European Tour This Week
September 25, 2012 Quick Way To Keep �Em Happy
September 18, 2012 Bartering Of Bacon Fuels Cross-Country Trek
September 11, 2012 ZanderBoard Scheduled For Atlanta
September 4, 2012 Free World-Class Education For Anyone, Anywhere
August 28, 2012 Americans� Middle Class Feeling The Squeeze
August 21, 2012 U.S. Entrepreneurship Turning Downward
August 14, 2012 Australia�s Bartercard South Gold Coast Has Facebook Page
July 31, 2012 Charlie Sheen�s Huge Barter Deal
July 24, 2012 NATE Convention Registration Extended
July 17, 2012 Speakers At IRTA Annual Convention Announced
July 10, 2012 Inflation�s Effect On Earnings
June 26, 2012 Secure Communications Technologies Aiding Remote Work
June 19, 2012 NATE Convention Coming Up In August
June 12, 2012 IRTA Makes Unique Convention Offer
May 29, 2012 NATE Convention Details Announced
May 15, 2012 Bragging Is Fun & Pleasurable
May 1, 2012 Ideas � The Currency Of Success
April 17, 2012 Barter Exchange Software By NexTrade360
April 10, 2012 Barter Reality TV Show Rescheduled
April 3, 2012 Reality Show About Barter To Be Filmed In Atlanta 
March 27, 2012 Bartercard�s SGC Franchise Tops Australia�s Operations
March 20, 2012 A Quick Look At America�s Debt
March 13, 2012 American Consumers Improving Their Balance Sheets
March 6, 2012 America�s Wealthy Losing Their Homes
February 28, 2012 Manhattan Law Office Offers Different Bonuses
February 21, 2012 Jamaica Will Be Site For IRTA Convention
February 14, 2012 Attendees At �World Money Show� Learned About Barter
February 7, 2012 Barter Deal Provides Graffiti Artist Enormous Riches
January 3, 2012 U.S. Government Adds Barter Component To Property Sales
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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 12/18/2012

Barter Deals Drive Silicon Valley�s Mobile App Economy

A subset of app makers, disgruntled by the high cost of acquiring users on mobile networks, have created an informal barter economy to promote their products � they barter ad clicks with non-competitors (app developers). The deals are fueled by relationships: a handshake and trust.

Season Two Of Barter Kings Debuts In January

January 9 is the date for the return of A&E�s second television season of Barter Kings. The cable channel will be showing six one-hour episodes this year. The first year had 14 half-hour installments.

Friendliest Cities In The World

Trip advisor, in their 2012 survey of 75,000 respondents from a poll conducted by Brainbox Research, has announced the friendliest cities in the world. Also listed are the least friendly cities.

Friendliest Cities:

1)   Cancun
2)   Tokyo
3)   Lisbon
4)   Istanbul
5)   Cape Town
6)   Dubrovnik
7)   Bangkok
8)   Punta Cana
9)   Amsterdam
10) Copenhagen

Least Friendly Cities:

10) Mumbai
9)   Marrakech
8)   Paris
7)   Zurich
6)   Brussels
5)   Dubai
4)   Beijing
3)   Hong Kong
2)   London
1)   Moscow


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 12/11/2012

Airline Passengers� Most Annoying Habits

Here�s a quick look at the most annoying habits of airline habits, based on a recent survey of 700 airline workers in 85 countries. The top most hated passenger habits include:

1)   Clicking their fingers to get a flight attendant�s attention.

2)   Trying to get off the plane before the pilot gives the signal.

3)   Stuffing too much in the overhead compartment.

4)   Complaining about the lack of space in the overhead compartment.

5)   Talking through the safety demonstrations.

Are you guilty of any of these? Hopefully not!

Is the End Of The VC Industry Just Around The Corner?

Venture Capital firms have been the finance engines for most of the Silicon Valley startups. As a result, young twenty-somethings have become very rich when their ideas were (investor) backed and taken public by the venture capitalists. One of the fabled experts, Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins (one of the oldest and most respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley), says things are about to change � as recently announced in her annual Internet trends report.

In short, Meeker says the world will look completely different in five years due to startling innovations taking place, and the magnitude of upcoming changes will be stunning. Meeker notes that the Internet movement is still in spring training (a time period prior to the real season starting).

One of the most startling ideas she shares is that the entrepreneurs of the future will prefer to take money from a bunch of average-Joe investors through a kickstarter-type online platform, instead of the Kleiner Perkinses of the world. She contends that in five years there won�t be a VC industry left, as all the non big-name VC firms are folding. Their partners are retiring and they�re closing down. What�s ahead? New platforms and business models are being created to fill the void.

Reviews Turn Into Revenue

Travelocity, one of the world�s largest travel sites, found that if a hotel gets a one-star jump on the travel site�s five-star scale, the hotel can increase its price by 11.2% and keep the same occupancy rates. Additionally, more favorable reviews can have a bigger financial effect on economy and mid-scale hotels than on luxury brands.

Humorous Thoughts For The Week �

  A minor operation is one performed on another person.

  There�s another advantage of being poor, a doctor will cure you faster.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 12/4/2012

TAC Announces Annual Holiday Barter Expo

TradeAmericanCard has been staging their annual Barter Expo in Orange County (CA), for over three decades. This year�s event will be held at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim on Saturday, December 8, from 10am to 3pm.

For more information, contact TAC at (949) 225-6000.

ITEX Of San Diego Barter Fair Scheduled

On Sunday, December 16, from 10am to 2pm, the San Diego ITEX Barter Fair ( will be held at the California Fruit Wine Company building in Vista.

For more info, call Art Kaliel at (760) 613-6412.

$80 Billion In Incentives Offered For Relocating

According to the New York Times, states, counties and cities, are aggregately providing over $80 billion, annually, in incentives to companies that are willing to locate in their area. However, the actual benefits accrued aren�t known, because municipalities don�t often track how many jobs the firms bring into the area.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 11/13/2012

Americans Concerned That Nest Egg Not Enough

According to the fall 2012 Merrill Edge Report (compiled by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch), Americans with $50,000 to $250,000 in investable assets don�t feel they�ve saved enough for retirement. And, they�re planning on retiring later than they thought 12 months ago. The report also noted that Generation Y (18 to 34 years old) is the generation most concerned about meeting their financial goals.

Generation Y�s Organization Plans To Fight Back

A new group called the Can Kicks Back ( aims to give Americans age 19-to-34 years old a voice in the debate over tax hikes and budget cuts, looming next year if the U.S. Congress and the president cannot agree on a deficit reduction plan. As motivation for Generation Y to support this effort, the group is using the seriousness of the $71 trillion national debt � which includes not only the official national debt of $16 trillion, but the unfunded liabilities such as Social Security, Medicare, government pensions and military obligations.

The Can Kicks Back goal is to pressure Congress and the White House to a �bold, balanced and bipartisan �grand bargain� on fiscal issues� by the Fourth of July. To accomplish that, the group wants young people to commit to making a 30-second phone call each week to a member of Congress, pushing for a deficit reduction deal.

Restaurants Changing Strategy To Lure Diners

During the recession, offering deals on meals was the key to getting patrons into restaurants. With the economy improving, that�s no longer the attraction it once was. Now there�s an increased focus on healthful eating and premium options on more upscale foods. Young patrons are also more interested in ethnic foods and alcoholic drinks.

A Wise Man�s Insights Regarding Wealth �

"The art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeliness, in being at the right spot."

�Ralph Waldo Emerson (1830-1882)


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 11/06/2012

Thinking & Action � A Way To Develop Your Business

The owner of a small Chicago diner came up with a novel approach for developing personal contacts, to market and generate traffic to his establishment. He did so by standing outside his diner and hailing cabbies. Each time a taxi stopped he would literally hop inside and ride around the block, all the while extolling the virtues of his diner to the cab driver.

He would then tip them $5 and invite them in for a free lunch, handing them his restaurant scrip. Before long, he had a fleet of cabbies recommending his diner to all the tourists they picked up.

Allyson Ames � Ernst & Young Winner For Entrepreneurial Efforts

The daughter of long-time barter industry veterans Mike & Sondra Ames (TradeAmericanCard), Allyson Ames is one of eleven winners recognized nationwide by E&Ys prestigious 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women.

Ms. Ames founded Wonderland Bakery in 2005, and more recently

For more information on Wonderland Bakery, click here. Launched By Former Teacher

We always find it intriguing to happen upon a web-site that provides a need, as does It�s one of the largest web-sites for assisting teachers, not only to distribute their material but to learn ideas from other educators as well.

The site was embarked upon in 2006 by a former teacher in New York. There are presently about 300,000 items for sale, including more than 50,000 free items. Since its inception, more than one million teachers have bought or sold items on the site.

Roy Flis Passes

Long-time trade exchange owner Roy Flis passed away September 9, 2012, in Houston from diabetes complications at the age of 73. According to his widow Heidi, Roy had been in and out of the hospital numerous times during the past year as a result of his illness.

Flis entered the barter industry in 1980 by founding Empire Barter in New York. He later was the co-founder of National TradeBanc, headquartered in Houston (TX).


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 10/30/2012

IRTA Pushing Social Media Movement

The Marketing & Social Media Committee of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) is encouraging the worldwide barter community to embrace the social media arena by participating in various endeavors.

For more information or suggestions regarding this medium see, click here.

NATE�s 2013 Convention Site Selected

The National Association of Trade Exchange�s Board of Directors has announced that next year�s convention is scheduled for May 16 - 18, Thursday through Saturday. The venue will be the Wyndham Riverfront, located on the Arkansas River in North Little Rock. Southern Barter Exchange will host the annual convention.

For more information, click here.

Barter Expo�s Scheduled�

ITEX has chosen the Fairplex, located at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, for the location of this year�s Holiday Barter Fair. The all-day event is scheduled for November 18, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

For more details call 909-592-7727.

New England Trade will hold its 16th Annual Barter Expo on December 4 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts.

For more information call 781-388-9200.

TradeAmericanCard�s annual Barter Expo will be held December 8, from 10am to 8pm at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim, California.

For more details call 949-225-6000.

Massive Deleveraging Underway

Gary Shilling, president of A. Gary Shilling & Co. which analyzes the global economy and manages money, says a �massive deleveraging� is the source of the slowdown in the global economy. It began three years ago and will likely continue for another five to seven years, driving the global economy into a recession in 2013.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 10/16/2012

U.S. Households Pare Down Debt

Households today are paying less than 16% of after-tax income to cover debt payments and lease obligations, the smallest share since 1984, Federal Reserve data shows. And with less debt weighing them down, consumers are feeling more upbeat today than they have in five years, according to the University of Michigan survey of consumers this month. This could translate into a little more spending and risk taking.

Trade Exchange Member Says �Thanks For The Great Service!�

Here�s the copy of a letter from a member of the New Orleans-based Crescent City Trade Exchange (

�Just wanted to take a moment to say that I had incredible service from the CCTE staff in the last two weeks. I am sure I�m the first to complain when it�s not as I perceive it should. So, when the stars are all aligned and it�s perfect, it�s time for acknowledgment.� 

Coming Soon, Dining During Peak Hours Will Cost More

According to Hudson Riehle, Senior VP of research for the National Restaurant Association, in the next decade it will make perfect sense for some top-end restaurants to adjust pricing by not only time of day, but day of week, and even season of the year.

Micro Businesses � 28 Million Strong!

They�re called micro-businesses because they consist of ten or fewer employees. And a sweeping 95% of all USA businesses fall into that category. Even when counting only the firms that employ people other than their owner, micro-businesses still represent a whopping 80% of firms.

Companies with up to 49 employees have been responsible for 50% of added jobs overall. Oftentimes, those firms capacity for expanding is tied to their ability to access working capital. To that end, the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced it supported more than $30 billion in loan volume last year � the second largest total ever. Getting capital into the hands of small business owners is one way to facilitate digging out of the recession.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 10/09/2012

NATE�s 2013 Convention Site Selected

The National Association of Trade Exchange�s board of directors has announced that their 2013 convention is scheduled for May 16 -18 at the Wyndham Riverfront in Little Rock, overlooking the Arkansas River. Southern Barter Exchange will host the annual convention.

For more information, click here

Largest Southern California Barter Fair Slated For November 18

The Fairplex, at the LA County Fairgrounds in Pomona, will be the site for this year�s ITEX Holiday Barter Fair. It will take place November 18, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

For more details, call 909-592-7727.

�You Can�t Kiss All The Pretty Girls�

Steve Jillings, CEO of TeleSign (a California company that provides security to some of world�s largest consumer web sites), says the best business advice he ever received was from an older businessman when he was working in Canada. Jillings was trying to tackle several opportunities when told that he couldn�t kiss all the pretty girls. In other words a person must realize that instead of having too many �irons in the fire,� one has to choose one project to focus on.

Jillings feels that 2012 offers more opportunities (in this day and age) than there�s ever been in our history. But one must work smart, and not on a whim. He affirms that building a plan with the right strategic decisions will allow you to grow faster than your competitors. It is also beneficial to choose a field that�s about to take off.

New Real Estate App � HomeSnap

This new application allows you to take a smart-phone photo of just about any house (the company claims to have 90 million of them in its database) and the app�s GPS functions will supply you with complete details on current value, square footage, most recent sale price, taxes, schools and other information. 

It�s the creation of Sawbuck Realty, and is available for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, with an Android version coming soon.

Here�s What Your Representatives Are Worth �

Disclosure and public records for all U.S. Congressional members from 2004 to 2010 show the following:

By 2010, the median estimated wealth for members of the House of Representatives was $746,000, and for senators it was $2.6 million. There was virtually no difference between the wealth of Republicans and

Democrats in 2010. (However, the net worth of Republicans was 44% higher than the net worth of Democrats just six years earlier in 2004.)

Where Do The Wealthiest Expatriates Live?

Singapore is the most favored �expat� destination, for both making money and accumulating luxuries. Bermuda and Thailand followed Singapore, with three other Asian countries � Hong Kong, China and Vietnam � making the top ten.  


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 10/02/2012

Greco Begins Five-Week European Tour This Week

Monetary expert and author Thomas Greco, Jr., has begun a five-week tour this month to Switzerland, Greece and the UK. To stay abreast of Greco�s writings and speaking efforts go to: His latest book, �The End of Money and the Future of Civilization,� can be ordered from Chelsea Green Publishing, or your local bookstore.

Sponsorships For Pro Basketball Team Available On ITEX

The San Diego Surf � a pro basketball team in the American Basketball Association � is offering various sponsorship packages through ITEX on trade.

For further information contact Ramon Rodriquez at 619-472-2929


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 09/25/2012

Quick Way To Keep �Em Happy

When business slows, hiring a part-time worker will save a few needed dollars. But you don�t want to lessen productivity, so make the part-timer feel valued. What�s required to do so? Spending a focused five minutes with them every time they come to work, to bring them up to speed on anything that�s taken place over the past day.

Florida-Located Holiday Inn Adjusting With Barter

The director of sales at the Holiday Inn near St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport says bartering has �come to the forefront because of the economy.� The Inn recently accepted carpet cleaning in exchange for 6 nights � normally a $750 cash fee.

Meanwhile, Florida Barter ( reportedly did some $18 million in 2011 transactions.

In Case You Didn�t Know . . .

                     There are now 2,160 billionaires in the world.

                     The organic food purchases are experiencing three-to-four times the growth rate of the overall food market.

                     Farmland prices nationwide are topping $10,000 an acre. As an asset class, interest in owning and diversifying in farmland has been on the rise � especially since a 10-year Treasury Bond won�t even get you a measly 2% return. Because global demand for food and grains will only keep rising, farmland appears to be a sound long-term investment.

Finding The Perfect Cruise

For browsing (and booking, if desired) more than 20 cruise lines and 200 ships, go to Its CruiseFinder is a good source, and runs on Android, iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire.

Additional sources for finding the perfect cruise would include and

Do You Have A Phobia Of Being Without Technology?

Nomophobia, or the fear of being without mobile technology, is growing. Some two-thirds of the population is fearful of losing or being without their mobile phone, according to a Newport Beach (CA) Morningside Recovery Center.

For further information click here.   


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 09/18/2012

Bartering Of Bacon Fuels Cross-Country Trek

Oscar Mayer is sponsoring the cross-country trip of comedian and actor Josh Sankey. It�s a most unusual ad campaign as Sankey�s only currency � to pay for various goods and services � is 3,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer�s new Butcher Thick Cut bacon.

Back in 1984 BarterNews magazine sponsored a trip from Los Angeles up the West Coast into British Columbia, Canada, using a similar strategy using California-grown products. Several articles reported on the two-week trip in early editions of the magazine, highlighting the travelers experiences and how the products were traded for travel accommodations, fine meals, and other items.

Who Needs A Bank? Un-banked Population Grows To 17 Million

About 8.2% of the U.S. population (17 million people) manage their finances without checking or savings accounts at insured institutions. Instead, many of them are relying on non-banks, such as payday lenders and check-cashing stores.

(This information is from the FDIC�s National Survey of Un-banked and Under-banked Households.)

Correction On Last Week�s ZanderBoard Announcement

Our article about the 2-day ZanderBoard trading session of real estate and personal property, beginning October 1 in the Atlanta (GA) area, listed an incorrect phone number.

For further information please call Raye Turner at 404-680-9790.

Kayak � All-In-One Search Engine For Trip Planners

Planning a trip? This site is for trip planners in that it has prices and deals across all major hotel, airline and car-rental sites, plus online travel agents. The Kayak search engine ( runs on Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, and Windows Phone.

Strabley Pens Article

IMS Barter president John Strabley has authored an article on the merits of barter, specifically explaining how this business tool can assist a furniture business owner and increase sales production.

IMS Barter is one of the largest trade exchanges in the U.S., with membership of over 20,000 businesses nationwide.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 09/11/2012

ZanderBoard Scheduled For Atlanta

A ZanderBoard Trading Session is scheduled for two days in Conyers (GA), beginning October 1. Traders of real estate and/or personal property interested in more details should phone Raye Turner at 770-509-9790.

TransMediaBarter Makes Purchase

TransMediaBarter purchased the Vermont Barter Network. Leslie Swanson, founder and former owner, will continue working with her clients under the new TransMediaBarter management.

Clinton�s Take-Action Conference Meets Again

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton�s 8th Annual Philanthropic Summit is scheduled for September 23, 24, and 25 in New York City. The idea for the summit came from Clinton�s frustration (during his tenure as President 1993-2001), at attending conferences that prompted no action. So far the summit has produced more than 2,100 pledges valued at nearly $70 billion.

Who attends? Heads of state, business leaders, humanitarians and celebrities meet and make commitments to tackle the world�s woes. (Note: Both President Obama and Mitt Romney will be speaking on Thursday the 25th to the attendees.)

Travelers To Chicago Faced With Highest Taxes

Traveling costs to various cities can be quite revealing, given the tax burdens charged. These include sales taxes plus taxes charged to travelers each day for car rentals, hotel stays and meals.

Here�s a look at the highest average costs-per-day which are found in the following cities: Chicago $40.31, New York $37.98, Boston $34.84, Kansas City (MO) $34.58, and Seattle $34.43.

The three lowest average costs are found in Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach) at $22.21 per day. The next lowest cities are in California: Burbank $22.74, Orange County $22.79, and Ontario $24.08. The research for the taxes imposed on traveler costs was done by the GBTA Foundation (Global Business Travelers Association).


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 09/04/2012

Free World-Class Education For Anyone, Anywhere

A dramatic improvement with online education is now available worldwide via the Internet. Bill Gates� children are among those using it, as well as some 4 million other students (mostly Americans) taking advantage of the free, incredible services in the form of 10-minute educational sessions.

This movement, according to Gates and other experts, offers tremendous potential for a more efficient way of learning. This new opportunity promises the potential to make the world a better place through education for the masses.

Check this out at

Green Apple Trade Show

The 21st Annual Green-Apple Trade Show & Charity Gala is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

For more information call Diane Gasper at 412-821-0280.

Southwest Airlines Earns Big Money By Selling Frequent-Flier Miles

Airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany, says Southwest is among the top 10 airlines around the world that generate the most revenue from extra passenger charges. A big chunk of their extra $1.18 billion (money earned outside of ticket sales) comes from the sale of frequent-flier points to credit card companies.

More Money Spent On Vacations Suggests Times Getting Better

Americans are more interested in having a good time on vacation, than in saving money, according to a new survey by MMGY Global. The study found the average spent on vacations over the past twelve months has grown to $4,461 compared with $3,874 during the same period two years ago. Today more travelers are spending time to choose the destination of their trip versus first setting up a budget for the vacation.

Highest In 50 Years: Americans Over 65 Looking For Work

Many older workers are not claiming their Social Security benefits just yet. In fact, seniors claiming Social Security benefits fell last year to the lowest level since 1976. That�s because nearly 20% of Americans ages 65 and older are working or looking for jobs � the highest in half a century.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 08/28/2012

Americans� Middle Class Feeling The Squeeze

A Pew Research study reports that the middle-class share of America�s income is shrinking. The middle class is defined as those adults with annual household incomes ranging from $39,000 to $118,000, which is 50% of the population.

Some 85% of middle-class Americans say it�s more difficult to maintain their standard of living today, and 62% of them blame Congress for the difficult times. Median net worth for the middle class fell 28% over the last decade from $129,000 in 2001 to $93,000 today, wiping out two decades of gains.

RIP: Yellow Pages Publishers

Recently the last two significant public players in the struggling local-directories business merged � Dex One & SuperMedia. Little is left of this industry which previously had vast cash flows, that supported tens-of-billions in debt (loans) used to fund both buyouts and robust shareholder dividends.

A decade ago, four publishers plied this field, each owned by the big telephone companies. Just two large players remain today � At&T and the merged company as mentioned. Their demise: U.S. spending on print Yellow Pages advertisements last year was down 40% from its 2005 peak seven years ago.

Mind-boggling Technology Just Around The Corner

Harvard University molecular geneticist George Church is the senior researcher of a new project that is expected to produce data-storage devices with vastly more capacity for their size than today�s computer chips and drives. According to Church it will be �a device the size of your thumb that will be able to store as much information as the whole Internet.�


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 08/21/2012

U.S. Entrepreneurship Turning Downward

The non-profit New American Foundation says America is seriously in danger of losing its entrepreneurial spirit, because the number of small businesses created has been declining since the 1970s.

The entrepreneurial businesses of 30 or 40 years ago have been consolidated � specifically in the retail space. With the advent of big-box retailers like WalMart, Costco and Walgreen�s, as well as internet operators like Amazon, it�s very difficult to start a new retail business selling toasters and appliances.

Maybe we need a new definition of entrepreneurship, too. People used to start a business with the idea of building wealth and passing it on to their kids. Now, what�s considered a small business is more and more someone working on a contract for a company that may have laid them off recently.

Creativity Aids Small Business Marketing

Small businesses can save marketing costs through free marketing options such as speaking engagements, local networking events, and engagements in social media and business review sites. 

Writer-Actor Uses Barter In Directorial Debut

Actor Martin Papazian raised $50,000 through small loans from friends and family to fund his directorial feature-film debut, �Least Among Saints.� The film follows the unlikely friendship between a suicidal Marine sergeant, suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, back from two tours in Iraq and the 10-year-old boy next door who is being raised by his drug-addicted mother.

Papazian, who wrote the scrip and plays the protagonist, shot the story at a �breakneck speed,� wrapping up the photography in 19 days. And he bartered with the cast and crew for a profit participation wherein they all become investors and owners of a share of the movie.

To help get the word out, veteran groups and military families will see screening of the film and create a social-media presence concentrating on the armed forces.

IRTA Extends Convention Discount

The 33rd annual IRTA convention, to be held in September, has extended the convention discount through August 31.

For details and registration click here.

David Siegel, King of Timeshares, Updated

Fifteen years ago BarterNews interviewed the CFO of Central Florida Investments (CFI), parent company of Westgate Resorts, the largest privately held timeshare company in the world, and a company started in the garage of founder, CEO David Siegel. The interview showed how CFI astutely used barter to cover many of their on-going expenses.

Now, some 15 years later, a new film titled Queen of Versailles is in the movie theatres. It graphically illustrates how the housing balloon explosion of 2008 affected the Siegel family�s fortune, and the lives of some 7,000 Westgate Resort employees who were subsequently laid off. 

The title of the movie refers to the 90,000 square-foot home David and his wife Jackie were building (modeled after the famous French Versailles palace) prior to the real estate downturn. Hailed as the largest private residence in the U.S., their unfinished $100 million home is now in foreclosure.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 08/14/2012

Australia�s Bartercard South Gold Coast Has Facebook Page

The well-managed Bartercard South Gold Coast is led by Andrew Federowsky, one of the founders of Bartercard and a member of the International Reciprocal Trade Association�s Barter Hall of Fame. The Australian trade exchange has a most interesting Facebook page,

Hot-Dog Chain Founder Asks $25 Million For Colorado Property

John Galardi, founder of the hot dog chain Weinerschnitzel, has his Snowmass (CO) ranch on the market for $25 million. (Its location is about fifteen minutes from downtown Aspen.) Galardi, who worked at Taco Bell before he went out on his own, often appears in his company�s TV ads which promote 5 chili hot dogs for $5.

He is selling the 56-acre ranch which includes a 12,000-square-foot main house, a three-bedroom guest house, along with a 7,000-square-foot equestrian facility with a 12-stall barn, because his children are grown.

Immigrants Favor Opening Up Small Businesses

Immigrants coming to America are more inclined to own small businesses than native-born Americans. In doing so they�re energizing local economies and reshaping communities. Immigrants represent 13% of the population, but account for 19% of the country�s small businesses, according to the nonpartisan Fiscal Policy Institute. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 100 employees.

New Technology: Experimental Camera Boasts 1-Billion Pixels

Scientists at Duke University have built an experimental camera that allows the user � after a photo is taken � to zoom in on the image in extraordinary detail. Although a long way from becoming a salable product, the device, called Aware-2, could fundamentally alter the way images are captured and viewed.

The new camera collects more than 30 times as much picture data as today�s best consumer digital devices. Existing cameras can take photographs that have pixel counts in the tens of millions. The Duke device produces a still or video image with a billion pixels, that is five times as much detail as can be seen by a person with 20/20 vision. The $25 million project is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Small Business Suppliers Being Strong-Armed By Larger Firms

Small businesses are waiting longer for commercial customers to pay their bills, as many big companies continue to hoard cash to bolster their own working capital. Many small business owners say they�re seeing payments from larger firms stretching from 30 days to 60, and even 90 days after an invoice is issued. The longer wait is taking a toll on the small businesses, which often have to borrow at costly rates to fill their cash-flow gaps in between payments.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/31/2012

Charlie Sheen�s Huge Barter Deal

Actor Charlie Sheen�s barter deal, on his starring role in the comedy �Anger Management,� is very big bet on himself. If the show is purchased by the FX Network for an additional 90 episodes, which is expected, Sheen will be a far richer actor. That�s because Sheen took less salary per show in lieu of a 40% equity stake (bartering for an ownership position). His stake would be immensely valuable when the show is syndicated in both overseas and domestic markets.

Potential More Exciting Than Performance

It�s not what you have achieved, but what you might achieve, that�s most exciting. According to a new study by scholars at Stanford and Harvard, people get more excited about individuals with potential and promise than those with actual proven performance. Plus, they are more willing to hire and pay more for these high-potential candidates.

Time Your Purchases �

  The best time to book a cruise is January through March, known as the �wave season.� Because that�s when cruise lines unleash summer cruise deals to compete for customers.

  For airlines, found that Tuesday at 3 P.M. is the cheapest time to buy a ticket. And the cheapest day to fly is Wednesday.

  When buying a car, you�ll get the best deal with the best selection of options if you buy in August � but for a steal, wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Changing Attitudes Cause Another New Trend

More than 90% of colleges now offer some sort of programming for parents of incoming freshman, and 31% of colleges have a parent office on campus, according to data collected by the National Orientation Directors Association in 2011. Twenty years ago parent-specific programs were rare at colleges, according to Joyce Holl, executive director of the association.

Technology Affects Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service is likely to default on two upcoming payments of about $5.5 billion to its pension plan, although service will not be affected. The reason for the revenue shortfall? Internet technology. First-class mail volumes are down 25% since 2006, and are expected to fall another 30% in the next 5 years. A radical reshaping of the agency appears to be the only way out of this adverse situation.



From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/24/2012

NATE Convention Registration Extended

Registration for the annual NATE Convention, to be held August 16-18 in Atlanta at the Marriott Gwinnett Place and hosted by The Barter Company (, has been extended through August 1. An exceptional pricing offer is available for owners who wish to bring their top brokers to the national convention.

For information and registration click here.

BloombergBusinessWeek Writes About IMSBarter

The former magazine, BusinessWeek, now known as BloombergBusinessWeek after Bloomberg�s acquisition of the famed business magazine, has published an extensive article on the 16,000 member International Monetary Systems� IMSBarter trade exchange.

CEO John Strabley was interviewed for the article titled, �Using A Barter Exchange To Conserve Cash.� It was published under the heading �Small Business.�

Reshoring Interest Is Growing In USA

About 14% of U.S. companies surveyed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), definitely plan to move some of their manufacturing back home � the latest sign of growing interest among executives in a strategy known as �reshoring.�

Among the main reasons cited for reshoring: a desire to get products to market faster and respond rapidly to customer orders, savings from reduced transportation and warehousing, plus improved quality and protection of intellectual property.

What�s Larger Than Credit Card & Auto Loan Debt?

Would you believe that student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion and is now larger than auto and credit card debt combined? According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that is now the case. And, statistically, middle-aged Americans appear to be struggling the most with their debt payments. The delinquency rate �percentage of debt of which no payment has been made for 90 days � was 11.9% for debt held by borrowers aged 40 to 49, as of March. That compares with a rate of 8.7% for borrowers of all ages.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/17/2012

Speakers At IRTA Annual Convention Announced

Following welcome remarks by IRTA President Michael Mercier and Ron Whitney, IRTA�s Executive Director, the opening keynote address, titled �Barter 3.0 � 21st Century Credit Clearing and Beyond,� is scheduled at 9AM. on September 14 (Friday). The speaker, Chris Cook, is the former Director of the International Petroleum Exchange. He will be contrasting the various architectures of prior barter business models with today�s models, and present his vision of the industry in the 21st century and beyond. Cook is now Senior Research Fellow at University College London and a principal of Nordic Enterprise Trust.

On Saturday, September 15, the second keynote speaker will be Jason Richards, former Director of Marketing at BizX and the current owner of social media firm Project Bionic. Richards will talk about �Navigating In The Social Media Sphere In The Barter Industry � And Maximizing Linkedin.�

For more information and registration click here.

Financial Services Professionals Report Alarming Slide In Ethics

According to a survey from The Ethics Research Center, some 45% of Americans working in financial services think they may need to engage in unethical and illegal activities to get ahead in their careers. And 26% of the 500 survey respondents have observed or know first-hand of wrongdoing in the workplace.

Angel Investors Still Actively Prominent In Innovation Economy

Angels (investors putting money into young, growing companies) invested $22.5 billion in 2011, the Center for Venture Research reports. Angel investors, even in groups, make their own decisions about where to put their money, and most like to contribute expertise to their portfolio companies as well. (Seventy-five percent of angel groups co-invested with angels in other groups,)

The median angel investment was $700,000, and angel-funded firms have a median valuation of $2.5 million before receiving angel money. More than a third of the deals (35%) were in internet companies, 21% in software, and 11% in mobile/telecommunications. California accounted for 18.8% of the investments, followed by the New England states at 14.5% and the five-state Great Lakes region at 13.8%.

Looking Into The Future � It�s Amazing!

Someday Boeing will be making airplane wings without cutting or bending any metal. The wing would be formed, one razor thin layer at a time, by fusing powered metal or other materials with a device resembling a giant office printer.

Such technology, known as 3-D printing or additive manufacturing, has been around for 25 years. (It�s been used for making models, prototypes and smaller items from hearing aids to hip implants and jewelry. But now bigger manufacturers like Boeing, General Electric and Honeywell, are exploring ways to use it for making bigger pieces in higher volumes. (Boeing already makes about 300 different smaller aircraft parts using 3-D printing, including ducts that carry cool air to electronic equipment.)

Some makers of 3-D printing equipment believe that car-part stores eventually will keep their inventories in digital form � as software containing the instructions for making each item � and �print out� items on demand.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/10/2012

Inflation�s Effect On Earnings

Here�s an example on the effects of the gradual loss of purchasing power over time. To keep up with inflation, for example, on a $100,000 salary earned in 1990 you would have to earn $172,103.29 in 2011. And what would have cost you $100,000 in 1976 would cost you $381,000 today.

Anbell Trade Exchange Opens With Much Fanfare In Jamaica

The first trade exchange in the English speaking Caribbean, Anbell Trade Exchange, was launched on June 29 at the Wyndham Kingston hotel. Among the honored guests and speakers were the country�s prime minister, the minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, and the International Reciprocal Trade Association�s (IRTA) executive director. Anbell Trade Exchange is an IRTA member.

IRTA�s 33rd annual international convention will be held in Jamaica on September 13-15, at the all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios. A never before offer of $500 UC trade-dollar discount is being made by IRTA, if convention plans are made by August 1.

For more details on the first-ever offer click here.

Professional Advice Online

A new question-and-answer site offers professional advice to people willing to pay for it. On Pearlcom LLC�s web site, answers on legal and health topics will average about $30 apiece, and response times generally take 7.5 minutes. (Pearlcom raised $25 million in financing from investors.)

One Trillion Is A Staggering Number �

As a nation we spent $3.6 trillion last year on federal government services, and about 33% (one of every three dollars) of that was borrowed. That�s why our national debt stands at $15.8 trillion. But how do you get your mind around such numbers?

Consider this, if you stacked $100 bills on top of one another, the pile would be 678 miles high to reach $1 trillion. For our national debt, which is 15.8 times that amount, the stack would be 10,712 miles high!

NATE Convention Coming August 2012

The National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) convention on August 16 thru 18 is coming up soon. This year�s venue will be the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place, with special pricing available for early registration. Plus big discounts are offered for brokers who attend.

For more information on the convention and its activities check out or e-mail

Employee Training Programs Are Huge These Days

According to the American Society for Training and Development, companies are offering more employee training and leadership development than ever before to boost company efficiency and output. In 2010, the most recent year of data available, U.S. businesses spent $171.5 billion on training and education programs.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 06/26/2012

Secure Communications Technologies Aiding Remote Work

The number of full-time, non-self employed workers who work remotely (out of the office) has nearly doubled over the last decade, according to a recent study by the research group Conference Board. A rapid rise of cheap and secure communications technologies has sparked a quiet revolution. Despite the rise, only about 2% of the nation�s full-time employees work primarily from home.  

Are You Ready For Driverless Cars?

Google�s driverless cars have clocked more than 250,000 miles in America, and self-driving vehicles are being tested around the world.

And The World�s Busiest Airport Is ...

The world�s busiest airport is in Atlanta. Last year 92.4 million passengers traveled through Hartsfield-Jackson, nearly 15 million more than passed through Beijing, the world�s second-busiest airport.

Dwindling Estates

Just 55% of baby boomers said it was important to leave money to their children, according to a U.S. Trust survey of investors with at least $3 million in investable assets.

Immigrants Increasingly Becoming Entrepreneurs

Immigrants accounted for 18% of the country�s small business owners in 2010, a six-percent increase from two decades earlier. The study, from the nonpartisan Fiscal Policy Institute, confirms that business ownership remains a favored way to earn a living among immigrants.

What�s Better Than Muzak?

Scent marketing, which is the practice of enhancing an environment and boosting a brand with evocative scents, has become almost as ubiquitous as piped-in music from Muzak.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 06/19/2012

NATE Convention Coming Up In August

The National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) convention is just two months away. This year�s venue will be at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place, August 16-18. Special pricing is available for early registration, plus big discounts for brokers who attend.

For more information on this year�s convention plus activities click here or email

U.S. Worker-Training Programs Gaining Adherents

They�re big in Germany (nearly 2/3 of the country�s workers are trained through partnerships among companies, technical schools and trade guilds), and these worker training programs are expanding in the U.S. as manufacturers grapple with a paradox � though unemployment remains stuck at 8%, companies can�t find enough machinists, robotics specialists and other highly skilled workers to maintain their factory floors. Thus, an estimated 600,000 skilled, middle-class manufacturing jobs remain unfilled nationwide.

Time To Embrace People With Ideas

Both of our political parties claim to love entrepreneurs, yet America�s immigration system is strangely unwelcoming to foreign entrepreneurs, even as other nations are rolling out the red carpet. (Australia, for instance, grants 13 times as many permanent visas on the basis of skills as the U.S. does.)

All countries, however, need entrepreneurs to create new businesses, new products and new jobs. And migrants are usually likely to have the necessary get-up-and go. Fact: 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

American Real Estate Attractive To Foreigners

A property-buying binge by Asians, Canadians, Europeans and Latin Americans, is taking place nationwide. International buyers accounted for $82.5 billion, or 8.9%, of the $928 billion spent on residential U.S. real estate over the last 12 months, according to the National Association of Realtors. (That was up 24% from the previous 12 month period.)

Nearly 55% of all international buyers come from five countries: Canada, China, Mexico, India and the U.K., and 62% of them paid all cash for their purchases. The most popular locations for acquisitions were Florida, California, Texas, Arizona and New York.

On The Go More Than Ever

Americans are eating more on the go than anywhere else in the world, and the trend is growing. Drive-through orders at fast food restaurants now make up over 70% of all sales. And 17% of all meals ordered at restaurants in the U.S. are now eaten in cars, according to the NPD Group, a consumer research firm.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 06/12/2012

IRTA Makes Unique Convention Offer

IRTA�s upcoming 33rd annual international convention, scheduled for September 13-15, will be held at the all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. A never before discount of 500 UC trade-dollars is being offered by IRTA for members solidifying their convention plans by August 1.

For more details on the unique offer click here 

Check Your Local TV Listings For �Barter Kings�

Airing June 12, on the A&E channel (9pm PDT), is a new show on bartering that focuses on the fascinating technique of cashless trading. One example reports on the vintage Elvis memorabilia that was parlayed into a speedboat.

Financial Vulnerability Abounds In America

According to a 2011 poll by the Retirement Confidence Survey, published by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute, more than 50-percent of all workers or their spouses have less than $25,000 in household savings and investments.

Zillow Findings Are Staggering

About 6.2 million U.S. households � one in eight � owe at least 40% more than their homes are worth. While nearly 2.4 million households owe more than double what their homes are worth.

85 & Older, Fastest Growing Segment Of U.S. Population

Thanks to medical gains a 65-year-old man has a 60% chance of living to age 80, and a 40% chance of reaching 85. For women, the odds are 71% and 53% respectively.

Glut Of Attorneys Causes Law Schools To Apply Brakes

Nearly 45,000 (44,495 this year) law graduates enter the work force each year. However, the employment of these graduates is at an 18 year low. Consequently, of the 200 law schools accredited in the U.S., ten are planning a reduction in student enrollment. The suggestion of a new reality is beginning to sink in: The legal profession may never return to its pre-recession prosperity.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 05/29/2012

NATE Convention Details Announced

The National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) has announced the dates and location for their 2012 convention. This year�s venue will be at the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place, August 16-18. Special pricing is available for early registration, plus big discounts offered to brokers who attend.

For further details on this year�s convention, see or e-mail

Fraud Costs Comprise 5% Of Companies� Revenue

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, fraud costs companies 5% of annual revenues, regardless of the firm�s size. Most fraud � 43% � was exposed because of an informer�s tip. Internal audits caught 14.4% , management reviews uncovered 14.6%, 7% are caught by accident, 1.5% by the thief�s confession and 1.9% through surveillance.

Most Americans Don�t Trust Real Estate Market

Where do you put your money these days? Home-price tracker Zillow Inc. reports that 31% of borrowers remain �underwater� on their mortgages, thus are unable to sell. At the same time, there is a backlog of foreclosure homes that the banks have yet to put on the market. Additionally household income will have to rise when mortgage rates increase, from today�s artificially low levels, to keep affordability constant. So it is premature to predict a boom.

Meanwhile just 15% of Americans trust the stock market, according to a quarterly survey by the Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index.

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

Tired of meetings where no one contributes? Schedule a mandatory meeting and tell everyone their �admission ticket� will be an index card with an original idea written on it. Then, collect the tickets at the door and start the meeting by reading every person�s idea.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 05/15/2012

Bragging Is Fun & Pleasurable

Harvard University neuroscientists say that self-disclosure is extra rewarding. In fact, talking about ourselves � whether in a personal conversation or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter � triggers the same sensation of pleasure in the brain as food or money.

(About 40% of everyday speech is devoted to telling others about what we think or feel.)

Noted Financial Expert Defines Inflation

Noted monetary expert James Grant recently defined what deflation is and isn�t �

Deflation is a derangement of debt, a symptom of which is falling prices. In a credit crisis when inventories become unfinanceable, merchandise is thrown on the market and prices fall. That�s deflation.

Deflation is NOT a drop in prices caused by technology-enhanced decline in the cost of production. That�s called progress.

IRTA Pushes Social Media Program

The International Reciprocal Trade Association�s (IRTA) Board of Director�s has approved the launch of IRTA�s social media program. The expansive effort will include Facebook, Twitter and a web site blog, along with the Executive Director�s Linkedin profile.

Members are encouraged to go to IRTA�s web site ( and get involved, thereby increasing awareness of the barter industry to the general public.

Borrowing�s Up For Americans � Except For Mortgages

In last week�s issue we reported on the big increase of �renters� in America. Now new reports on consumer borrowing confirms the movement away from mortgages. Consumer�s borrowing shows that debt on credit cards, car loans and student loans, all rose at a seasonal adjusted annual rate of 10.2% with the exception of mortgages.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 05/01/2012

Ideas � The Currency Of Success

Ideas also separate you from your competition. So in today�s capricious marketplace you should continually ask yourself:  �What am I doing to incorporate barter � the world�s most innovative business tool � into my company�s plans?�

Postage Rates In Other Countries

The cost for a postage stamp to mail a first-class letter in the U.S. is 45-cents. Here�s a look at rates in some other countries:

  • Denmark $1.46

  • Norway $1.25

  • Liechtenstein $1.06;

  • Cyprus 46-cents

  • Israel 42-cents

  • Hong Kong 18-cents

  • Brunei 15-cents

  • Qatar 13-cents

Coca Cola, Quite An Investment

One share of Coca Cola stock purchased for $40 in 1919 would be worth about $9.8 million today, with all dividends reinvested annually, the company recently reported. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire, says Berkshire owns 200 million shares of Coke ($74 a share) and has never sold a single share.

Student Loans Approaching $1 Trillion

Outstanding student loans keep growing and the Federal Reserve of New York projects that there are 37 million Americans � 15% of the population � actively paying off this student debt. Approximately two-thirds of student loans are held by people under 30.

Women More Goal Oriented Than Men

According to Pew Research, young women who have already passed young men in education are now more career-driven as well. About two-thirds of women between ages 18 and 34 cited a high-paying career among their top priorities, compared with 59% of young men.

(About 44% of women age 18 to 24 were enrolled in college or a graduate program in October 2010, compared with 38% of men the same age.)

Rogers High On Food Commodities

Renowned commodities investor Jim Rogers says agriculture will be one of the most prosperous commodity of the world economy during the next several decades. He contends that countries will be scrambling to feed their growing populations, and all food commodities are set to rise in price.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 04/17/2012

Barter Exchange Software By NexTrade360

Kent Scrivener of NexTrade360, a management system of barter exchange software, invites trade exchange owners to view their offering of lower monthly user fees.

For more information click here

Scamming Of Timeshare Owners Thriving

When times are tough a lot of former timeshare buyers want to become sellers. And there are plenty of scam artists posing as timeshare owners wishing to sell. They will pocket the upfront fees, as much as $5,000 in some cases, but fail to provide anything in return.

Don�t be pressured into paying fees upfront. Structure it so the agreed upon fees are deducted from the actual sale. And remember, to finalize a timeshare sale requires a real estate broker licensed in the state where the timeshare is located.

Millionaire Ranks Expanding Worldwide With Asians Leading The Pack

Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. expects the number of rich people in Asia to rise 14% a year through 2015, compared with a 4% growth in Europe and a 5% growth in North America. Led by India and China, Asia�s millionaire ranks rose 10% to 3.3 million in 2011, just behind the 3.4 million in North America and ahead of Europe�s 3.1 million, according to the Merrill Lynch/Capgemini Asia-Pacific wealth report.

America�s Leading Export Is ... TRASH!

According to the Journal of Commerce, trash has become America�s leading export, i.e. mountains of waste paper, soiled cardboard, crushed beer cans and junked electronics. At 7.1 pounds of trash per day, each U.S. citizen is on track to produce a staggering 102 tons of waste in an average lifetime. (The average Dane generates four pounds of trash daily, and the Japanese produce 2.5 pounds per person.)

Small Business Owners Report More Stress

Some 47% of small business owners fear losing their companies altogether, according to a new survey by small business insurer Hiscox USA. Fear of losing a business is second only to fear of losing customers among entrepreneurs. A third of these owners say they�re averaging 10 hours of work per day.

Despite increased stress, 69% said they feel mentally prepared to tackle the businesses challenges of the year ahead, and 57% said they expect their businesses to grow in the coming year � even though only 15% think the economy is recovering.

Here & There �

         In June 2008, solar-panel manufacturers looked poised to conquer the world. The 12 largest companies had a combined market value of about $70 billion, according to Sanford C. Bernstein. Today they are worth about $6.4 billion. And front-runner companies don�t always end up dominating their field � First Solar was solely worth more than $20 billion in 2008, today they�re worth less than $2 billion.

         A driver�s license in Japan costs $2,000, one of the major reasons why Japan�s automobile-sales market is shrinking.

About 84% of gas stations in the U.S. (92,100) have convenience stores, with overall profit margins reportedly only 2% of all revenues. It is the major reason for a 30% increase in defaults in California, Arizona, and Nevada over the past two years, according to FedReceiver Inc., a Los Angeles firm that specializes in taking over distressed businesses.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 04/10/2012

Barter Reality TV Show Rescheduled

The filming of the Zander Board reality TV show has been rescheduled for April 30 (Monday) and May 1 (Tuesday), at the 4-star Hawthorne Suite Hotel. The facility, just outside Atlanta (GA), was built for the 1996 Olympic Games held in that city.

For further details and reservations contact Raye Turner, president of Rayedar Productions, at 678-661-1499.

China Now World�s Largest Art Market

Art auction house Sotheby�s is launching its own (15,000 sq.-foot) year-round gallery in one of Hong Kong�s prime commercial areas, the Admiralty Business District, in mid-May. China�s appetite for art is booming and now has surpassed the U.S. as the world�s largest art market.

Quick Cash For 1% If You Own Luxury Personal Assets

Do you own fine wines, art, diamond jewels or antique cars? If so, and you want to borrow money, it�s available to you at an interest rate of 1% through Typically they will lend 50% to 70% of the collateral�s value.

Donate Time To Experience �Time Affluence�

Are you feeling starved for time? Then it�s time to make a change, says researchers at the Harvard and Wharton Business Schools. Their studies show that people who donate time to others actually experienced a feeling of �time affluence,� i.e. a sense of having ample time to complete other tasks. While even small tasks can provide this sense of expanded time, the more accomplishment one feels the more time they feel they have.

Sales At Fast-Food Restaurants May Surprise You

The top three fast-food chains in America, McDonald�s, Wendy�s and Burger King, compete feverishly in the marketplace. Their average annual sales (per restaurant) are: McDonald�s $2.4 million, Wendy�s $1.5 million, and Burger King $1.2 million.

Delta�s �Out Of The Box� Business Plan

Delta Air Lines is buying an idle Pennsylvania oil refinery for $150 million, which is about the cost of a new wide-bodied aircraft. They would be the first U.S. airline to own a refinery. It�s estimated Delta could save up to $20 a barrel on some of its $140 a barrel fuel costs.

Inasmuch as they spent $11.7 billion for fuel last year, the world�s second largest airline likes the potential of the possibilities.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 04/03/2012

Reality Show About Barter To Be Filmed In Atlanta 

Television production company Rayedar Productions Inc., will be filming a two-day session for a reality TV show on the Zander Board. Zander Board is a unique way of trading in real-time using a bulletin board. The scheduled shoot will be in Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday, the last weekend in April.

More details as they become available.

Easter Spending Bodes Well For Economy

Easter is the third biggest holiday in the U.S., behind Christmas and Valentine�s Day, according to he National Retail Federation. This year the average person is expected to spend $145.28, up 11% from last year�s $131.04. All told, a record $16.8 billion is projected to go into Easter-related spending.

A Market With Great Growth Potential

Starbucks plans to triple the size of both its work force and network in China over the next three years. And why not, the Chinese consumer drinks an average of three cups of coffee per year, well below the world�s average of 240 cups, according to a 2011 study by the China Coffee Industry Association.

Restaurant Industry Expects More Business

Although about 1% of the restaurant industry�s 560,000 locations have closed so far this year. Restaurant sales are expected to increase 1.5% over the next three months.

Market research firm Mintel Group predicts that overall restaurant industry sales for all of 2012 will increase 2.8% to $416.4 billion, following just a 1.4% gain last year. (However, sales increases are expected to come from price increases rather than from additional customer visits.)


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 03/27/2012

Bartercard�s SGC Franchise Tops Australia�s Operations

In 1991, Andrew Federowsky and Wayne Sharpe � both members of IRTA�s Barter Hall of Fame � along with Brian Hall were the founders of Bartercard, which is now the world�s largest trade exchange.

Federowsky presently operates Bartercard�s South Gold Coast franchise, and is very proud of the operation. At the annual Bartercard Australia Franchise Conference, Bartercard South Gold Coast was named �Franchise Of The Year,� as well as earning �Top Trading & Sales in all of Australia.�

Their management team is comprised of Darryl Toreaux, who was named �Sales Manager of the Year,� and Renee Drew, who was runner up for the �Trading Manager of the Year.�

For more on Bartercard Australia click here.

Green Is Growing Dramatically

Hazel Henderson, futurist and president of Ethical Markets Media (, reports that over $3.3 trillion has been invested globally in green companies and technologies by the private sector since 2007.

Luxury-Fashions Market Booms In China

Sales of luxury fashion and accessories to Chinese buyers at home and abroad totaled $40 billion last year, up 33% from the year before, according to consulting firm Boston Consulting Group.

Luxury spending in Greater China, including Hong Kong and Macau, ranked third globally after the U.S. and Japan. Research by Bain & Co. reports that China is poised to become the #1 luxury market overall by 2020, with anticipated sales of $101 billion.

Predictions By Top Economist, Who�s Been Mostly Right

Gary Shilling of A. Gary Shilling & Co., is a low-key type of guy who has been remarkably correct in his statements on the economy. He was the first and only voice to predict the huge housing bubble months prior to the 5-year debacle. So what is Shilling saying these days about the economy?

He doesn�t have a reassuring message that the economy is recovering, like so many of the analysts do. He contends most analysts are much too optimistic about the stock market and earnings this year, believing that deflation is a bigger problem than inflation. Furthermore, he says housing prices have another 20% to fall before that market can turn around.

Wayne Sharpe Steps Down As CEO Of Bartercard

There will be a new management team for Bartercard � the world�s largest trade exchange. Pioneer Wayne Sharpe, after 21 years in the business, has sold his interest in the company and will be building a new carbon-trading company, Carbon Trade Exchange (CTE) based in Sydney.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 03/20/2012

A Quick Look At America�s Debt

U.S. household debt is $13.32 trillion in the fourth quarter, reports the Federal Reserve. Well off the peak reached in 2007, but historically it still looks awfully steep. (In the 1990s, the debt-to-income ratio averaged 85%, today it�s 113%, but better than the 2007 peak of 130%.)

The value of household assets, adjusted for inflation, is at 2005 levels. The value of real estate holdings � where most middle class wealth is tied up � is at 2001 levels, which leaves many families ten years closer to retirement, with little or nothing to show for it.

Trans Media Barter Opens Office In South Africa

Des Langkilde will be heading up the Trans Media Barter office in South Africa from Durban. Langkilde has a background in the publishing business.

For more information Trans Media Barter click here.

Tradebank Sponsors Car In NASCAR Series

Tradebank International celebrates its 25th year of business with a NASCAR sponsorship of a car and driver (Tommy Baldwin Racing) in the Sprint Cup Series. Tradebank is a privately-held trade exchange headquartered in Laurenceville, (GA).

For more information on Tradebank click here

Many Small Companies Are �Going It Alone�

The U.S. Census Bureau and IRS says there are more than 21 million businesses in the United States with no employees. Nationwide there are approximately 8 million companies with employees.

How To Quickly Ascertain �Fair Value� For A Home

To quickly measure if homes in your area are overpriced versus a fair value, simply multiply the nearby gross annual rents about 15 times. Real estate economists say when home prices are 15 times annual rents or lower, it makes more sense to buy than rent.

That�s now the case in about three-quarters of American cities. Here are some of the price-to-rent ratios in large urban areas:

  • Las Vegas 6

  • Sacramento 8

  • San Antonio 10

  • Miami 13

  • Chicago 15

  • San Francisco 24

  •  New York 36

Celebrity Endorsements Aren�t Done Quickly

A celebrity product endorsement is like a marriage, in that the relationship runs deep. A 360-degree package might include blog posts, tweets and attendance at sales calls. In return the celebrity can demand stock options or a percentage of sales, with a multi-year deal sometimes paying tens-of-millions of dollars. Of course, the not so fun part of the transaction is the approximately four months of negotiations with agents, publishers, as well as the record label and musicians, if the celebrity is a singer.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 03/13/2012

American Consumers Improving Their Balance Sheets

Americans are reducing their debts and increasing their incomes � either from working longer and saving, or by investing in the financial markets. U.S. households� net worth (the value of their homes, stocks and other investments minus debts and other liabilities) rose $1.2 trillion to $58.5 trillion from October through December. The increase came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied nearly 12%.

New Game For Sellers Of Businesses

Looking to sell your business? Don�t expect to throw the keys to the buyer, grab a check, and hit the exit. Today you�ll be asked to help finance the sale (typically 50% to 80%) and be paid in installments over time.

Plus many buyers will want you to continue working at the firm post sale, so they can more easily take over the managerial role without disrupting employee or customer relationships. The median sale price of a small business sold last year was $155,000, 18% less than in 2008.

Most Business Travelers Go It Alone

According to PhoCusWright research, some 30.7 million Americans or roughly 13% of the adult population, took at least one business trip last year. It was also noted that 70% of surveyed U.S. business travelers work for companies that had no policies on booking channels or supplier usage. Companies with managed travel programs were found most often to have 5,000 or more employees.

Plastic Surgeon Will Barter For A Video

Dr. Michael Salzhauer, leading Miami Plastic Surgeon at Bal Harbour PlasticSurgery Associates, recently announced �A Nose Job Love Song Giveaway.� Dr. Salzhauer�s contest involves creating your own video about needing a nose job to the newly released song �Nose Job Love� by the Groggers.

The contestant who gets the most views on YouTube will win a free Rhinoplasty, with free airfare to Miami and lodging.

For more information contact Kathryn Kelly at (508) 643-8000.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 03/06/2012

America�s Wealthy Losing Their Homes

Multi-million dollar homes are becoming more commonplace in America�s foreclosure pipeline. According to RealtyTrac, our nation�s wealthiest families are now losing their homes at a faster rate than the rest of the country.

Out of all foreclosure activity, the share of foreclosure activity on multi-million dollar properties � homes valued at more than $2 million � jumped by 273% ( almost triple) since 2007. Whereas more than 36,000 homes valued at $1 million or more were foreclosed on, or at least served with a notice of default, last year. RealtyTrac anticipates that number will rise in 2012.

Where To Find Cheapest Gas When Traveling

Before taking off on your next road trip, save cash by knowing where to gas up along the way. Consider these three web sites:,, and

You can also enter your start and finish address or city, and your car�s make and model, for the approximate cost of gas for the journey. Phone apps are available for both CostToDrive and GasBuddy.

All Areas Of The Country Showing Growth

Good news! The U.S. economy has started off the year with higher retail sales, more jobs and growth in home sales, in all 12 of its banking districts, as reported by the Federal Reserve.

Insiders Selling Stock

The people running America�s listed companies (those publicly-traded) are selling shares at the fastest pace since May 2011, TrimTabs Investment Research disclosed. Company insiders bought just $1 of stock for every $13 of selling.

(Company insiders sold $6.8 billion of their companies� shares in February.)


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 02/28/2012

Manhattan Law Office Offers Different Bonuses

Young lawyers in the law offices of Adam Leitman Bailey enjoy a different perk than most � new suits and shoes from Brooks Brothers as well as Saks. The goal, according to Mr. Bailey, the firm�s namesake, is to help his young lawyers step up their game in court. �It�s not about looking flashy, it�s about being credible.�

Small-Business Loans From Starbucks

Starbucks has raised $7 million, and that amount has been leveraged into $50 million in small business loans. A partnership between Create Jobs for USA (donations taken at Starbucks stores) and Opportunity Finance Network was launched last November. For a $5 donation, an individual receives an �Indivisible� wristband that is made in the USA. 

All money (100%) donated goes directly to community development financial institutions in economically distressed communities, according to a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner from Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz and Mark Pinsky of the Opportunity Finance Network.

Thus far, the Create Jobs for USA campaign has provided 278 loans to small businesses in 31 states. In March and April, the Create Jobs organization will introduce new corporate partners that will donate money, sponsoring awareness campaigns and outreach to their customers.

Who Do You Trust?

According to the public relations firm Edleman and their 2012 Trust Barometer, Americans trust technology the most (80%) and bankers the least (35%). Other most-trusted industries include: Food and beverage (72%), brewing/spirits (67%), consumer packaged goods (67%), automotive (64%), telecommunications (60%), energy (54%), pharmaceuticals (52%), media (44%), and financial services (39%).

IRTA Convention Scheduled � Jamaica Will Be The Site

September 13-16 will be the dates for the 33rd Annual International Reciprocal Trade Association�s (IRTA) worldwide convention. The all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa will he hosting the fall classic. More details on the convention will be coming.

TV Show About Barter Filmed

A 30-minute show on barter, with individuals trading products and services, has been made and recorded. It is now being presented to various entities with the objective of becoming a 13-week show. Further details will be reported here when they become available.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 02/21/2012

Jamaica Will Be Site For IRTA Convention

September 13 -16 will be the dates for the 33rd annual International Reciprocal Trade Association�s (IRTA) annual worldwide convention. The all-inclusive Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa will he hosting the fall classic.

More details on the convention expected next week.

TV Show About Barter Filmed

Our sources report that a 30-minute show on barter � individuals trading products and services � has been made, and is now being presented to various entities with the objective of becoming a 13-week show.

Further details will be reported here when they become available.

42 Million Freelancers In America

About 30% of the U.S. workforce, approximately 42 million Americans, are independent freelance workers. At nearly 1,000 positions are broken down by category.

Other sites for freelancers include:, and

Home Ads For Mortgage Payments

Would you allow your home to be painted and a large 9-foot-long sign be placed above the garage in exchange for your monthly mortgage payments?

Then check out or

Ames� Wonderland Bakery Creates Cookies For Obama

Allyson Ames, founder and owner of the Wonderland Bakery in Newport Beach (CA), is the daughter of Mike & Sondra Ames � long-time barter industry pioneers. (Mike Ames was the founder of TradeAmericanCard nearly 40 years ago.)

Most recently Wonderland Bakery provided cookies for a large fundraiser in Corona del Mar for President Obama�s visit.

For more information click here.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 02/14/2012

Attendees At �World Money Show� Learned About Barter

International Monetary System (OTCBB:ITNM) made their presence known at the 2012 World Money Show in Orlando (FL), February 9 through 11. Senior executives from IMS gave a 30-minute presentation and provided an exhibit booth for investors, fund managers, and investment bankers to learn more about the company�s investment opportunities.

For more information click here.

Sessions On Real Estate & Personal Property Barter Planned

The Barrett Exchange is holding a national marketing session real estate and personal property in Oklahoma City, March 2 to 4 at the Four Points Sheraton.

For more information click here.

Football Player Barters For 50% Ownership In Team

Terrell Owens, former NFL star, still wants to play in the NFL. But until that happens he�s staying in shape by taking his football services to the Allen Wranglers (Allen, TX) of the Indoor Football League.

As payment for his services Owens will receive a 50% ownership in the franchise.

Aging Population Forcing Big Worldwide Changes Ahead

A forthcoming book titled �Global Aging in the 21st Century� reports that the world�s supply of working-age people will soon be shrinking, causing a shift from surplus to scarcity. About 11% of the world�s people are over 60-years-of-age at the moment. In the next 25 years that will double, to almost a fifth, and 17% of those people will be over 80.

In China 12% of Chinese are now over 60, and in two decades there will be more than 29% I n that category. Brazil faces a similar blow. Experts say that it will be very difficult for countries that are just emerging from poverty to suddenly face huge elder-care costs.

Coming soon: Within two decades we will see an era where jobs compete for workers, rather than vice versa. If that happens cheap labor will vanish.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 02/07/2012

Barter Deal Provides Graffiti Artist Enormous Riches

David Choe, a graffiti artist, was hired to paint murals on the walls of Facebook�s Palo Alto office in 2005; instead of taking cash as a payment he accepted several hundred stock options. Due to Facebook�s coming IPO, those options when converted into shares could be worth more than $200 million, according to news reports.

Gallup Poll Finds 72% of Adults Worry About Worsening Economy

A recent Gallup poll showed that 72% of those surveyed (1,011 adults), fear the economy will get worse rather than better in the coming year. Some 57% worry they will outlive their money after they retire. And 51% believe the value of their homes will not increase. Gallup said American worries are at the highest levels in 20 years.

Staples Offering Small-Business Owners Advertising Money

Some 52% of small-business owners contend they would advertise if they had the money, according to a Staples led survey. Now Staples is taking action by offering five $50,000 awards in local TV advertising. Small-businesses can enter to win the contest by submitting a 15-second video about their company on

Other findings from the Staples survey:

         $2,000 is the average advertising budget for small businesses in 2012

         60% changed their sales and marketing efforts as a direct result of the U.S. economy

         29% use nontraditional media to advertise

More Barter Deals ...

Tiger Woods has bartered for equity in Fuse Science in exchange for his endorsement. (Fuse Sciences specializes in sports nutrition and energy categories.) Signage on Woods� golf bag will be emblazoned with the phrase, �Powered By Fuse Science.�

A similar barter agreement between rap artist Curtis Jackson, known as 50-Cent, and Vitaminwater took place a while ago. The stock he received subsequently made him a wealthy man � when he cashed out after Vitaminwater was sold to Coca Cola.


From the desk of Bob Meyer... 01/03/2012

U.S. Government Adds Barter Component To Property Sales

The government is selling a lot of property these days � namely, obsolete air bases around the country. Unfortunately, real estate markets  have shifted dramatically and values are below what they were several years ago, such as in 2006 and 2007.

In November the government announced a new program for handling the sales, embracing barter in the form of a profit-sharing type of agreement. Essentially, before this change, all-cash sales were required. But the new type of arrangement allows the government to sell land to real estate developers at a discounted price, and then share in the profits generated by the developers purchasing the land.

Online Barter Transactions Noted

International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:ITNM) reports that their online barter transactions increased 19% over last year�s efforts. The increase was a result of a large, cyber sales-event known as the �12 Days of Christmas� holiday promotion.

For more information click here.

It�s That Time For Opening A New Business

The first three months of the year are the most popular time to start a new business, according to a study by the National Federation of Independent Business and Wells Fargo bank. A two-year national study found that 34% of businesses start in the first quarter, 23% in second and fourth quarters, and 20% in the third quarter.

Turk Barter Moves Into Romania

Long time IRTA member Turk Barter opened a new office in Bucharest, Romania on December 7th, 2011. Turk Barter�s President and IRTA Global Board Member M. Sirri Simsek asserted, �We are delighted to open operations in Romania, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our friends there.�




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