This post follows the Survival Financial Planning posts concerning possessing Gold, Silver and the various phases of Survival purchasing where very possibly paper cash and precious metals may not be as valuable or even accepted by many.
As a re-cap, we think that after a infrastructure collapse, we would go through several different periods of commerce where paper money, then precious metals, then material items (barter items) would be distinct. We can’t even begin to determine how long each period would last. Paper Money, in a Survival Situation, may only be good for two to three days,…maybe more, maybe less, but certainly no-good after the realization that things are not going to go back to normal hits the people square in the head.
Gold and Silver had traditionally and historically been of value. Their value based would fluctuate based on the increasing inflationary value of life saving material, e.g..food, water and material things during a Survival situation. Commerce using Gold and Silver may rebound if and when various segments of the population achieve some sort organized society. This may be based on locations and access to material goods than it is anything else.
Barter goods in a Survival Scenario will always be of value. Imagine negotiating with someone for 3 gallons of fuel: “Yeah, I got 3 gallons of fuel,…what do you have to trade?” “How about 4 Morgan Silver Dollars?” or “How about 6 cans of vegetables and a bag of rice?” What do you think this guy is going to want to trade for?
In a Survival environment where commodities are in very short supply, what products do you think would be of high value?
Obviously food such as high caloric/high carbohydrate items; Water and devices to carry water such as canteens are a sure bet; Alcohol may be a prime barter item; First Aid supplies especially anti-biotics pills and ointment, aspirin and other pain killers are also good Survival barter items; Lighters and/or butane fuel for lighters; firearms and ammunition would be high, may even be number one on the Survival item Barter List.
Plant seeds for vegetables are another good bet; clothing items such as socks, sweatshirts, sweat pants; backpacks may be another good Survival barter item.
The idea is not to try and stock a retail store, just realize that what may be important to your survival is also important of others facing the same commodities shortage.
The benefit to a total collapse of society as we know it, lapses us into a Survival mode, be it an Urban, Suburban or Rural environment is that your spouse may not be getting on your butt about getting rid of some things. The ‘Hey, maybe I can use that” excuse for all material things will take on a new meaning.