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The Bacolod Barter Community is a new place to do business during this time of crisis.

Bacolod Barter Community: The New Normal in Trading

Since we were subjected to 45 days of no work, no pay, as well as restricted movements, we have to be creative in meeting our needs (and some wants). This is how the Bacolod Barter Community was born. It is now our new normal in business trading, which may continue for quite a long time.

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It is without a doubt that Covid-19 has not only changed our lifestyles—it changed us. We realized that many of the things that we used to value no longer matter now. Our priorities have shifted into what’s necessary for survival. Foremost is food. Since we were subjected to 45 days of no work, no pay, as well as restricted movements, we have to be creative in meeting our needs (and some wants). This is how the Bacolod Barter Community was born. It is now our new normal in business trading, which may continue for quite a long time.

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Beautiful flowering orchids are being bartered in the group.

What is Barter?

Barter is a kind of trading where people exchange goods and services without the use of money. Based on historical artifacts, systematic barter may have started as early as the 15th century. But people could have exchanged stuff much earlier than that.

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Brand new footwear like these were up for barter.

Whenever there is a monetary crisis, the barter system is also being used. And now that we are all facing the Covid-19 pandemic, the barter system has been reborn.

No Cash Allowed at the Bacolod Barter Community

The Bacolod Barter Community is a private Facebook group started by Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, whom I featured here last because of the KBL they cook. Read: House of KBL Sunday Habit by the Batapa-Sigue Family

During the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), most people stayed at home. At first it was okay, but then people started getting bored without seeing the end in sight.

Moreover, the supplies in the homes are running low so people need to get them somehow. There are also those who are raising funds in order to support some people during the Covid-19 crisis. But mostly, people missed their favorite food.

Then Atty. Jocelle had this brilliant idea of starting the Bacolod Barter Community. It’s a fun way to meet new friends but most of all, this place is all business. It is where you get rid of your white elephants in exchange for something you need or maybe want.

There was even one who just gave her stuff away simply for the process of letting go.

Fun Group

Indeed, it is fun to see the things up for barter. You would be surprised at the assortment of things that people post. There are household items, small appliances, beauty products, artworks, bags, even food. It’s like online shopping except that you cannot pay for them in cash. You have to barter. And the person who posted the item can choose the items they want to exchange with.

Amidst the crisis, many groups have been formed in order to raise funds and help frontliners. The bayanihan spirit has been championed at this time. In order to keep supporting their causes, some mobilizers have posted their personal items for barter.

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There’s even ice cream!

And all they are asking in return are items like rice, sardines, noodles, eggs, and cleaning solutions. If you see posts like this, please do help, them so that they can continue in their outreach programs.

Who are the Members?

The members of the Bacolod Barter Community are mostly based in Bacolod City. Both men and women are welcome, but I think that there are mostly mommies there.

Residents of neighboring cities in Negros Occidental are also welcome, as long as they can fulfill the barter system. It has been around for a few days but the membership is already close to 2,000 and is still growing.

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These are personal items of Atty. Jocelle that she traded in the group.

Sometimes, people do not have anything to barter but it is just fun to look at the items posted.

Mechanics for Bartering

In order to maintain order and system within the group, Atty. Jocelle came up with simple mechanics. Posting them below:

1. This is a place where our medium of exchange is items – No CASH allowed. Strictly no buying or selling in this group.

2. Just post the item you want to exchange with anyone, including a brief explanation or description. You can also post the estimated worth.

3. Then other members can offer an item and you can choose which one you like from the ones offered.

4. The offers can go on in the thread until the one who posted selects from the thread by replying to the choice.

5. Once the choice has been made, the barter is now deemed completed. Both parties must agree by saying DEAL!

6. We encourage food, ingredients, edibles, beauty products, or toiletries. No harmful, unlawful, expired, indecent, or unlicensed items please.

7. Then you may use Grab Delivery, Tapao, or Maid in Bacolod – Charge to Recipient or Sender, depending on what you have agreed upon.

8. Strictly no minors allowed.

9. Once the exchange is complete, edit your post and indicate: BARTER COMPLETED or Completed.

10. Let’s keep the group fun, dynamic, useful and inspiring in this time of Covid-19 pandemic.

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There’s a lot of imported toiletries posted.

Yes, the bottom line is having fun while trading. One person’s trash is another one’s treasure. In the end, we will remove so many items at home and bless other people in the process. It’s like spring cleaning time!

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1 thought on “Bacolod Barter Community: The New Normal in Trading

  1. This was a great idea! Although I have nothing to barter (yet!), it’s enjoyable to see people posting their items and others commenting their offers. 🙂
    Not only that it’s fun and helpful to the community, it’s also one way to build friendships and camaraderie in Bacolod City. 🙂 We need this during this difficult time.

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