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Old 13-03-2006, 13:56   #1
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Trade Goods

The Admiral and I are making the break from landlubber to liveaboard this summer. We are currently unloading a housefull of s**t so we can rent it out. I've read about people trading various stuff to forigen native people for goods and services. Please tell me what items(small) we should hang onto for barter. In one thread I read, 2 gimmie caps was worth a month's worth of bananas delivered to their boat when needed. I would like to hang on to some of the smaller s**t that might be usefull as trade items. The Carribean/Central america area is what I'm most interested in. Thanks T

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Old 13-03-2006, 14:39   #2
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At one time, I too fell for the "trade goods" myth. Generally, the concept of casual trading with the natives has, long since, run it's course (unless you want to be a professional 'smuggler').
Give-aways are always appreciated (by less affluent locals), but don't expect to trade caps, T's, lighters (etc) for bananas, or anything beyond a little good will.

Notwithstanding, I have traded gasoline for fish.

You might actually have more luck trading goods & services with other cruisers.

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I ran dive charters in the Bahamas off & on for 10 years and have traded fresh watermelon for conch or lobster, on most of my trips-so its not a complete myth- A med sized watermelon is worth about 5-10 pounds of fresh cleaned conch, it has also worked for lobster on many occations.

The trick is you need to find the factory boats that come from Nassua , in the late afternoon before they get done cleaning the days catch & putting it in the deep freeze- these boats stay out about a month at a time and after 10-12 days there out of everything fresh, so they are eger to deal- and will love to see you coming. Kinda like a delevery service in the out islands. A good fresh watermelon is worth about $25 in trade to the guys on the boats.
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Trading depends on the society and who you know. The Pukekohe pub in the South of Auckland is the place to go. Keep in mind that the purpose of the work week, is to earn money and make plans for the weekend. This is B4 the days when everyone had phones and computers. Mid week meetings would be scheduled the prior weekend for planning purposes. The pub became the trading post. You brought whatever you had and did your best to trade it for something you needed. My brother traded crayfish for meat. I traded upholstery jobs for whatever I could get. Either Friday night or Saturday morning the weekends mission started and would be carried out with more precision than an army unit. Those that screwed up the plans would not be included in future missions.
For cruising sailors in there is a need to carry freight to remote Islands. Items such as small televisions, generators, books and such would be well received in some places. Best to enquire what they might want first.
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