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7 Killer Bartering Strategies

7 Killer Bartering Strategies

Bartering. It’s a survival skill that you absolutely must master post-SHTF, there’s no doubt about it. There’s only one problem, though: for most of us, it’s trivial to practice. If learning to shoot an arrow or making fire is something you just go out into the woods to try out, unless you’re working at the flea market, it’s very hard to practice negotiation.

Bartering

The bad news is, I can’t help you with that. You either find someone to practice with or get a job in sales. The good news is that I can give you a few killer strategies that will surely make you feel like one of the most advanced negotiators in your neighborhood. Just try them on your friends the next time you sell one of them your iPhone. Here they are…

Always Ask for More Than It’s Worth…

…and always expect the other guy to do the same. Don’t go the “oh, I want to be fair” route. When the world as we know it ends, your life and the life of your family could depend on you getting a good deal.

The “price” most decent people ask is way below what the others are willing to pay anyway… so be a little greedy and you’ll go back home with more than you hoped for. If it’s the other guy who’s asking, always assume he’s “overcharging” and start off with a really low counteroffer.

Bluff

When you assert things that you don’t know they are true, you make your opponent fee self-conscious for even thinking about him like this. And, for all you know, this might be the truth! …particularly when you’re dealing with a wise guy who thinks bartering with you is like taking candy from a baby.

Take Your Time

This works well when your partner is irresolute to your offer. The fact that you show no rush to make the exchange makes him more comfortable with you and leads him to believe you are trustworthy and not trying to screw him up.

The more you talk about the deal instead of saying “Let’s do this”, the more tension he will feel. At some point he will be the one wanting to go for it.

Ways to delay things include:

  • pausing a lot when you speak and before you answer
  • analyzing the object thoroughly, even if you’ve done it already
  • going to the bathroom, ordering another drink
  • calling someone to consult with
  • excusing yourself from the table to call someone for whatever reason (no need to tell him that)
  • asking lots of questions about the product

Be Pessimistic

This one is tougher to do but works like a charm. Say things like:

I can’t afford it…

I’m not sure it will work for me…

I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it…

I’m probably going to screw it up…

…these all ways of sharing doubts without saying you want a discount or a little bonus should the deal go through. It’s a less intrusive way of getting the other guy to say:

Ok, you can have these chickens as a bonus. Let’s just do this, all right?

Make Promises

If the other guy really wants what you promised him and you really intend to keep it, then why not? It’s a great way to get something cheaper. Just remember: a good, solid reputation is hard to acquire and easily destroyed. Since you’re looking for long-term bartering partners, the last thing you want is for one of them to be or even feel cheated. Always make sure they’re ok with the deal, no matter what you promised.

Make the Deal on Your Terms

You may not be able to control what or how much he’ll give you in exchange for your goods and services but you can always decide the little things, such as the meeting place, the date, time, even the kind of beer you’ll be serving (if that’s the case). This will show them who will be dominating the bartering process.

Use the “Take it or leave it” Technique

This may sound extreme but it all depends on how good a negotiator you are. Practice in front of the mirror if you have to. You’ll be surprised to see people agree to your terms simply because you told them this is a one-time offer and that they must take it or leave it.

Good luck!

This was a guest post from Dan “Survival” Sullivan who can be found at survivalsullivan.com where you can learn about everything survival; from urban survival skills to how to catch fish and everything in between. Don’t miss out on Dan’s free report, “Gun Factor” that is a great resource for anyone interested in firearms for survival and self defense.

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Survival Sunday – 4/12/2015

Survival Sunday

Another week has come and gone and I would imagine that most of us are still living a fairly normal life by most standards. My week was absorbed by work and not much more than that. One thing that I am very confident about is the fact that the world has not gotten any more stable than it was last week. In my opinion, things are looking worse this week than they were last. In all fairness, I base part of this conclusion on the fact that Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the presidency today. Does anyone really think that Hillary in the white house is a good idea?

Preparedness

Here is the week’s haul of my favorite finds in the preparedness world:

12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed – There are many ways that a person could be killed and sometimes it is a result of the decisions that we make. This is a scenario that some preppers may face if certain decisions are made. These are twelve potential things that might get a prepper killed and I have heard all of them before.

What Type Of Survivalist Are You? – I have heard several of the stereotypical types of preppers that are out there before, like those who prepare for peak oil and economic collapse but this is a very interesting list that includes several that I have not heard before.

Speaking of types of types of preppers…10 Reasons To Prepare For An Economic Collapse outlines some of the very real events that could happen in response to an economic collapse. They are also ten very real reasons that being a prepper makes sense.

18 Ways Owning A Bike Can Prepare You For Anything – There are many potential benefits to owning a bike. I have thought about the fact that I could use my bike in a disaster if I needed to but this list far exceeds the reasons that I have come up with up to this point.

Lesson’s Our Family Learned Before, During, And After A Hurricane – Anyone who has survived a natural disaster has a few takeaway lessons that they learned during the experience. Here is one family’s account of the experiences they went through during Hurricane Hugo. This is invaluable information because you will get the lessons without having to go through the experience. You will also be better prepared if you ever do find yourself in the same position.

That’s it from me for the week. If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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Survival Sunday – 4/5/2015

Survival Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday! I hope that you spent your time with family and had the chance to reflect on what today means for you. I am spending my time today with my wife and boys. As a matter of fact, technology is so handy that this post is being made while I am at church this morning.

As far as how things were last week, I battled a cold all week that really took a toll on me. It ended up being bad enough that I needed to stay home from work a couple of days so that I could get the rest that my body needed to get better.

Here is what I found last week that I feel is noteworthy:

How To Build A D.I.Y. Portable Solar Generator – This is a step-by-step article that was put together by Dale over at the Survivalist Prepper about how he put together a portable solar system. If you are interested in putting together a back-up power source, this is a must read.

Bartering Your Skills To Fill The Cupboard – Barter can be a great way to get something that you want or need without having to spend any money. Whether you barter for food for your cupboard like the example in the article or use your talents for something else, barter skills are handy now and will be vital in a survival situation.

17 Common Home Security Mistakes – As a prepper, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in all the gee-whiz gadgets and overlook the basics. When it comes to security, it is often the basic (and low cost) things that we can do that will make the most difference. These are some great points. One of my favorite and low cost home security items is the FakeTV.

A Green Beret’s Guide To Low -Budget Home-Defense Techniques 101: “Early Warning Systems And Fortifications” – The title kinda says it all but I will say that if you don’t get anything out of this, you didn’t read it close enough. Also make sure that you check out part two in the series; A Green Beret’s Guide To Low-Budget Home-Defense Techniques 102: “Defensive Positions”

10 D.I.Y. Projects From PVC Pipe For Your Homestead – Some of these projects might apply to you more than the rest, but they are all nifty in my opinion. I especially thought the PVC Snow Shoes were cool.

Docs To Build A Life On – What would you do if there was a huge disaster and you had to start your life all over again? Would you have all the documents that you need? Here is a great list of documents to organize now in the event that this unfortunate situation ever comes along.

How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears? – This hasn’t happened yet, but it does highlight the need to be prepared. It also brings up a scary subject…the possibility that there will be at least a segment of California that will have to relocate, a move that will place a strain on the resources in other parts of the country and transplant the political ideals that are synonymous with California.

I hope this last week has been great for you. If nothing else, hopefully you weren’t sick like I was. Keep preparing for tough times.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Things To Not Prepare For In America

Things To Not Prepare For In America

When it comes to survival and preparedness, we always talk about the different things to prepare for and how to prepare for them. Not today! I thought it might be interesting to examine some of the things that you likely won’t ever need to prepare for.

America

Here is my list of things that you’ll never need to prepare for in America:

  1. Free Assault Rifles Guns of Any Type – There is a loud enough segment of the country that unless something were to radically change, we will never have to worry about an entire country that believes in the right to bear arms. Of course, that also would require that people believe in the Constitution!
  1. A Debt-Free America – This just isn’t going to happen. We have a government that likes to spend money too much. If only the money we were borrowing was at least staying in the country…
  1. Unbiased Politicians – They all have an agenda. Plain and simple. It is the, what can I do to get re-elected or if I don’t, make at least as much money from my connections mentality that seems to rule Washington.
  1. Positive Changes to the Welfare System – We need a welfare system that requires beneficiaries to contribute labor or volunteer hours to the best of their abilities. Say what!?!? It might be a pipe dream but I believe that we all have something to contribute and just as I have to work for my pay, so should everyone else. Of course there is always the understanding that there will be some that have to be taken care of…but then again if everyone makes an effort, we can take care of one another.

FYI – I am not entitled to, nor do I get, more than someone else…even if I am a Caucasian male. I work for what I have and so can anyone else. If a person is not capable of working to support him or herself, then it is the responsibility of all of us to take care of them.

2Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 

Galatians 6:2-3

  1. Term Limits – I am pretty sure that giving politicians the option to make their public “service” a high profile and fiscally rewarding career results in a system where several career politicians turn into what would equate to criminal status…assuming that they were held to the same standards that us peasant folk are. Term limits could potentially curb this issue. We have a term limit for the president, why shouldn’t the same rules apply for everyone?
  1. Fair and Equal Representation – The restoration of public servants that represent the actual interests of the people who are accused of voting them into office would be great. I am not holding my breath.
  1. Equal Pay for Equal Work – I am not talking about women earning the same amount of money as men. People should be paid for results, not gender. This goes both ways. What I am talking about is that there is no need to pay our selected elected representatives for a full year to only show up to work in D.C. for a few months out of the entire year.
  1. Unbiased Media – Just like politicians, the media has an agenda and they all lean one way or the other. I am not saying that I don’t have my own belief system; I just don’t believe the media should be imparting theirs on me.
  1. A Secure Border – I have this crazy idea that if our nation’s military was not being watered down while simultaneously strewn about the world, we could actually secure the homeland. Currently, there are no plans that I have heard of to actually do this. I am sure that continuing to entice illegal immigrants with idea of amnesty is really slowing down the rates at which people are jumping across the border (between the actual border crossings of course).
  1. Respect – A society where people respect each other and decisions are made about people based on their character, talents, aptitude, and ethics would be a welcome change.
  1. Employment Based on Ability – It would be really great if there were employers who realize that just because I sat in class long enough to get a piece of paper, does not mean that I am the best person for the job. In the current setting, the associate’s degree of yesterday is the master’s degree of today. If things continue at this rate, a McDonald’s manager will need to have a doctorate.
  1. Objective Laws – When it comes to making policy, passing laws, and implementation of regulations, it seems like it would increase the chances of the sudden onset of everyone getting along if we all didn’t think that the deck was stacked against us.
  1. Generational Betterment – A generation that is all around better than the one that came before it. With each new generation, things continue to decline. The morals, values, ethics, beliefs, and pretty much everything that we once held dear continue to vaporize with every new birth.
  1. Homeland Security w/o the DHS – We should have a military that can actually stay home and protect our own country instead of someone else’s. I did mention this before but I feel that it is worth saying again.
  1. Tax Spending the Public Approves – A system that doesn’t use my tax dollars to fund ridiculous projects that only a very select group of people actually have an interest in. If so few people are interested in these projects then how is it that they get approved you ask? When one politician gets what they want in exchange for giving another politician what they want, pet projects get approved. This is how we end up with almost $400K of our tax dollars funding a study about how ducks continue to adapt to facilitate forced copulation (formerly called duck rape). Don’t believe me? Look it up. The study was titled, “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia” and was led by Patricia Brenner, an assistant biology professor at Yale. God forbid we wasted the same money on preventing the rape of humans. It makes me shudder just thinking about it!
  1. Actually Eating the Food We Grow – Would anybody be willing to say I was wrong if we used the corn we grow in America to eat instead of dilute our fuel? It might actually contribute to the reduction of the amount of people who go hungry every day.
  1. Acceptance of Personal Defense – There is always someone who thinks that the right to defend my family, or myself, against attackers is wrong. Don’t even bring up the fact that many of these same people think that I should have to be concerned with being sued by the people, or their family, who committed an invasive crime against us.
  1. The Absolute Right to Travel Freely – I am not asking for there to be no laws to regulate the way that people drive. I am talking about the right to travel without having to worry about having my bags searched and my body groped. I get anxiety just thinking about what I will have to go through if I actually am forced to fly somewhere.
  1. Getting Rid of Animal Abuse Ads – It would be great if those animal abuse ads with the celebrities in them would just go away. I am against animal abuse also! I just don’t think that people should be speaking out against animal abuse when some of these same people think that it is ok to kill unborn children.
  1. Teachers That Teach Subjects, Not Tests – In an ideal world, teachers in our education system would prepare their students for life long learning. Isn’t this more beneficial than teachers that only prepare their students for the end of the year standardized testing?
  1. Support for Law Enforcement – I will be the first to say that I don’t care for all of the laws in America and I am even less fond of the way that some law enforcement officers go about their duties. With that said, we need to accept the fact that in more cases than not, our police officers are just doing their job and are not taking race, or any other discriminating factor, into consideration when carrying out their defending themselves against imminent threat.
  1. Reasonable Compensation for Public Servants – Is it right that a professional athlete that doesn’t even play in the game and just sits on the bench gets paid more for one season that only lasts for part of the year than a fireman that works all year? A police officer should not have to take on additional work on his days off to support his family. We SHOULD advocate for better treatment and compensation for our civil servants who put their lives on the line every day for us instead of supporting multi-million dollar salaries for the gang bangers in the NFL.
  1. Common Sense Environmental Policy – Not every person that ever cut down a tree wanted to clear-cut the forest. And just like we should not allow clear cutting, we should not just let the forests overgrow. We need to understand that thinning our forests is not as detrimental to the environment as letting them grow so thick that when there are fires, they burn completely to the ground. There has to be balance; not just with the trees but with the environment as a whole.
  1. Redesign of Social Programs – We should redesign “social programs” (welfare) so they don’t reward irresponsible humans for having more children to get more money. The military used to pay service members based on how many children they have but realized this was a mistake, so they stopped. Why can’t we do that with welfare? It is not like anyone is working for the money.
  1. Guns Don’t Kill People – It would be great if there were an awakening that embraces the point that guns do not kill people, people use guns to kill other people. Oh yeah, advertising with a sign that no one in the immediate area has any sort of weapon does not make that place safer. Criminals tend to take notice of such signs and select those places as targets.
  1. Made in America – Let’s promote things made here! What if the government got on board too? If we want the economy to get better, we need to keep our money within our borders. How does sending all of our money to China help us?
  1. Support Our Troops – I would like to see politicians and/or hippies that will just support the military instead of questioning what is happening 7,000 miles away. This is especially applicable when they have not served in the military during combat themselves. The saying, “If you can’t stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them” definitely applies here.
  1. Privacy and Personal Liberty – We don’t have a government that respects the privacy and personal liberty of its citizens and that is not going to change. It seems like America is about 20 years behind our European friends. If you look at what kind of domestic spying is going on in Europe right now, you know what to expect in a few years in the United States.
  1. Stopping Moral Decay – We are experiencing worsening moral decay in America on an epic scale. Just like tooth decay, once moral decay happens, there is no way to take it back. If we don’t stop the slide now, I truly fear what may come in the future.
  1. Shrinking Federal Government – These United States are designed by our founders to be governed as states and not as one big state. Our federal government is too big and reaches too far. Something should actually be done to reduce the government to a reasonable size. And not by firing half of the military! One place to start might be the number of slaves aides that our politicians have at their beck and call.

Survival Sunday – 3/29/2015

Survival Sunday

This week was a continuation of my streak of busy weeks. Although not leaving a lot of time for leisure activities, I always find something to enjoy about my day. One of the most enjoyable experiences I had this week was hearing that Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion and endangering troops. I think he is lucky. He should be charged with murder for those who lost their lives looking for Bergdahl and terrorism related crimes for all that I am sure he told the Taliban as well as the fact that at least one of the prisoners that was released from Guantanamo has tried to reconnect with the Taliban.

As a veteran of the Iraq War, with three combat tours under my belt, it frustrates me that Bergdahl, identified early on as a probable deserter, was given a hero’s welcome while many service members have done far more and not received the recognition that they deserve. I guess we’ll see what happens over the next few months.

I would also like to make sure to say thank you all for taking the time to read what I write here. If you are interested in reading more of my writing, you can check out my work over at the Personal Liberty Digest as well as the Ghillie’s Corner blog on Black River Outpost.

Survival

Here are this weeks finds:

Keep Monsanto And GMO Out Of Your Home – Most anyone who is familiar with Monsanto gets chills when they hear the name. This is a good summary of some of the dangers of our modern food supply as a result of GMO’s and Monsanto’s work.

World Health Organization: Monsanto’s Roundup “Probably” Causes Cancer – Speaking of Monsanto, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that one of Monsanto’s products, the very popular Roundup, is as most of us suspected and is probably capable of causing cancer.

A Practical Look At The Economy And What You Can Do To Prepare - There is a lot of concern about the economy and there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the economy. When it comes to preparedness, finances play a big part of how prepared you are. The information contained here is valuable and will help you have a better grasp on finance and the economy and how you can prepare.

Revolvers In A Grid-Down Collapse Scenario – I am a big fan of revolvers. I have one and if my wife didn’t mind me buying guns all the time, I would actually have more. Unfortunately, my wife actually thinks that there is such a thing as too many guns. Regardless, this is a good article that makes some valuable points about the advantages of revolvers in a survival situation.

It wasn’t a ton that I found this week but I hope that you get some value out of these articles.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!