About Me

First, let me start off by saying that I am a 100% normal guy.  I have a wife, very young daughter  and a house with a white picket fence.   Ok, I don’t have a white picket fence it’s more like a brown ugly leaning far enough where I’m starting to get worried it’s going to fall over, fence.  I own my own company which keeps me very busy, but I love what I’m doing.  I’m about as average as average gets.  Sure I know about websites, blogs and that sort of stuff, but it’s because that what I do for a living.  Trust me, it doesn’t give me any sort of head start when it comes to bartering.  Craigslist is just a simple platform that allows people to post things.   So when I say, If I can do it so can you, I mean it.

So now let me tell you where this all got started.  I saw the new show “Barter Kings” on A&E.  I know, I know it’s probably partially scripted, but what reality show isn’t nowadays?  With that being said the basic concept seems to make sense to me.  You start with one item and trade up for something that is more valuable.  It doesn’t take rocket science to do and it doesn’t take days and/or months of research to start.  So I  found something of some sort of value that was under $125, post it to craigslist and crossed my fingers waiting to see what I would get for responses.  The offers starting coming in so fast it was hard to keep up.  I was shocked but how easy this bartering thing really was.  I started a blog called Watch Me Barter where I posted all the offers I would get and the trades I would make.

So long story short, since I began bartering here is a list of SOME of the things I’ve traded so far:

  • iPhone 4
  • 2 iPad 2′s
  • Beats by Dre.
  • 3 ATVs
  • 3 Motorcycles (including a Harley)
  • Jetski
  • 4 Snowmobiles
  • 2 Trailers
  • Snap-on Toolbox worth about $4,000
  • Hot Dog concession cart
  • 1 ct diamond earrings
  • 20″ Chrome rims
  • Honda Enduro scooter
  • Electric Scooter
  • Chainsaw
  • 2 Watches

There is a decent amount more, but I just can’t think of everything off the top of my head.

During my time bartering with people I have come up A LOT of dos and don’t.   I wish I had a place to come that would teach me instead of making these mistakes, such as driving an hour and a half (each way) out of the way to do a deal with a guy who wasn’t interested in the first place.  That’s what I’m here to do for you guys and gals.  I’m always open to help so please don’t be afraid to comment on this blog or send me a email personally.

Lastly, I don’t pretend to be a great writer.  I can promise you you’ll find spelling and grammar errors all over.  Also, I write like I talk so if you are looking for scholarly writing you’ve come to the wrong place.  I hate reading articles that are boring, stuffy and use big words so it’s my mission to make this blog entertaining as well as educational.

I hope you like it!

 

 

Leave A Reply (4 comments so far)


  1. Ian
    1708 days ago

    I agree that barter is a great way for people to get the items they want. With the economy in the toilet educating people about barter is the way to go. Great site, Thanks

    • Sean
      Sean
      1707 days ago

      Thanks! I totally agree bartering is the way to go nowadays. I want to make it so people know they can get what the want without having to spend much of anything. Thanks for the comment!


  2. Grant
    1616 days ago

    I started selling on eBay years ago. I got to the point where I was paying $1,600.00 per month in fees. Returns – refunds and complaining buyers every day. Every second of my life was consumed.

    When I first watched Barter Kings, I was hooked. Sean is 100% correct. Who gives if Barter Kings is scripted. The system of progressing up in value is real world realistic. 95% Of the many trades I have made were easy. No burned brain cells.

    People give you extra quality items just to get the stuff out of their lives. I bought a 1937 Ford tailgate for $25.00. I traded it for a vintage telephone booth. The guy threw in a full size truck tool box and two decent car seats just to get the stuff out of his garage. This is only one example of many.

    The one thing I believe I am doing wrong is selling higher dollar items for cash when the value gets around $1,000.00. I am trying to trade up to $1,000.00 as many times as I can in a year so I can quit my day job. It would be faster if I was trading up to $5,000.00 or more and cashing out.


  3. Austin
    1587 days ago

    Hi I like your site and your help I have already improved my skills with your tips. Thankyou

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"Sean helped me get started and make my first trade. He really went above and beyond to make sure I understood every step of the process. Thanks again, Sean!" -Tyler L Orlando, FL

"I honestly didn't think trading up was possible. Sean said to email him if I had any questions so I figured I might as well. He not only convinced me how possible it is he walked me through step by step until I made my first trade up. I am so happy I found this blog and emailed Sean." -Dave R. Raleigh, NC