December 17th, 2013

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A Drawback of Barter

 ... is that sometimes people try to trade really, really inappropriate things.  

Remember how I keep saying that money only outcompetes barter if everyone has enough money to meet their basic needs?  Well, when they don't, shit like this happens.  It used to happen every damn market day.  You'd set up your wagon of wheat and people would bring whatever the hell they had, and sometimes it was completely insane, and with a few rare exceptions people hardly ever agreed on what things were worth.  Barter works, but money is a lot more convenient.

While we're on the topic, this is also how other people's money problems become YOUR money problems.  If your job involves selling any kind of good or service -- and that's almost everyone with a job -- then any customer who can't pay properly becomes a complication in your worklife.  If a lot of them can't pay, maybe the business bogs down, or maybe it even fails and you are out of a job too.

Can we please, please fix our fucked up economy before we are all up to our asses in alligators?
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Call for Prompts

 [personal profile] aldersprig is hosting a prompt call based on a card from the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.  Pick a prompt square and suggest an idea based on it.  First prompt gets written, others are a possibility.  First bingo gets posted free!  Other material will be available for sponsorship.

I think this is a great idea.  I've never had much luck getting people to prompt for bingo squares, so eventually I just started rolling them into my other prompt calls -- it's very helpful if there's a lull before I start getting themed prompts.  Has anyone else had any success using bingo cards for cyberfunded creativity?  If so, what did you do?