Origin barter the beginning of bartering is mark by the Neolithic when a man manage to produce a ‘surplus’ or excess of goods to consume after dominating agriculture and livestock. With these surplus goods, such as making ceramics or other objects that they later exchanged with the farmer for a portion

What Is Barter?

Barter is any system exchanging material goods and services in which money does not intervene as a mediator. Still, the exchange is carried out directly and agree upon between the interest parties. Likewise. The contract establish between two people who carry out a barter is called a swap.

The concept of ‘Labor Division’ would be born, which is nothing more than the internalization of Neolithic man that was unnecessary for everyone to dedicate themselves to agriculture and livestock. Still, it was feasible to distribute the work to generate other types of assets. With the appearance of the first markets, bartering facilitated the exchange of tools made of flint, spears, shoes, and necklaces, among others.

Advantages Of Barter

  • Not using the currency is not subject to economic fluctuations or devaluations, so it keeps the value of assets stable.
  • It eliminates the intermediation of money so that goods or services given and receive directly.
  • It generally involves direct producers, not intermediaries who seek to enrich themselves through trade.

Disadvantages Of Barter

  • There is no established scale, so exchanging goods of very different values is difficult.
  • It depends on the request for goods among those intricate so that if we have an interest that is not in order, we will not be able to get what we want.
  • Since it does not promote the accumulation of inventories, nor does it translate them into lasting money

History Of Origin barter


Following the speculations of the Scottish philosopher and economist. It was thought that barter had  the first allocation method of goods of the primitive community in the remotest antiquity.

However, various experiences with tribes seem to contradict that bartering is natural or characteristic of human beings. On the contrary, it is estimate that in the ancestral eras, goods tended to be administer in a common way, without private property.

Alternative Barter Systems

Some initiatives use local barter systems to strengthen the local economy and reduce a community’s dependence. However, a group of people in the economy based on the national currency does not guarantee the flow of resources to many localities, pushing its inhabitants to emigrate or live in poverty.

In many cases, alternative barter systems are use to help boost the local economy, promoting the circulation of goods. And services that either cease to be produce as a (probably unintentional) consequence of external subsidies


whose value is recognize only locally, reducing the need to use conventional money. It gives people reasons to cooperate on joint development projects and a significant proportion of the resources needed to implement other development programs within communities or organizations.