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Thinking of stocking some Vodka for barter

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by poodleshooter1, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. poodleshooter1


    May 3, 2005
    I drink it myself anyway, and it can be used for other things as well. For less than $90 I can get SIX 750ML bottles of decent vodka (I like it).

    Is that enough or should I get more? If more, how much more?
  2. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001

  3. Drunk looters would be easier to defend against.
  4. barbedwiresmile

    barbedwiresmile Unreconstructed

    Feb 3, 2008
    OP: personally I would suggest more. History suggests that things like booze and cigarettes are helpful barter items in SHTF and aftermath.
  5. Rogue

    Rogue X-MEN Millennium Member

    Aug 23, 1999
    How much bartering are you planning to do? I would get more if you are seriously considering this as a bartering tool in SHFT. 6 bottles has the bartering power of, umm, let's see, about $90 - maybe a little more if you're lucky. Whoopie. I would advocate the purchase of several cases if you are able. It will keep a long time, and will likely never go to waste. It will never get any cheaper either. Just sayin' . . .

  6. poodleshooter1


    May 3, 2005
    Alright, I'll pickup some more. I have other things to barter as well, just wanted to diversify...
  7. barbedwiresmile

    barbedwiresmile Unreconstructed

    Feb 3, 2008
    When planning for SHTF it is helpful to detach from dollar reconciliation of "price". Absent central planning, price discovery is more varied and takes place at point-of-transaction. For example, an individual has no vodka and regards it highly. This individual has an item "worth" more than $90 (ie: original FRN price tag exceeded $90). He may well be willing to trade it for one bottle of vodka if he has no other access to vodka and the item he possesses is of lesser value/utility to him (or if he has more than one of the item in question). An example of this would be the siege of Stalingrad where wealthy urbanites were trading jewels and furs to the peasants in the countryside for bags of potatoes. The relative value of given commodities changes dramatically in post-SHTF based on differing sets of price-discovery and utility mechanisms in a context of scarcity vs abundance. This is one of the chief arguments behind including alcohol and tobacco as part of one's preps. Small luxuries have historically proven to be of great barter value. Also included in this category are chocolate/cocoa, women's stockings, safety razors, canned/preserved fruit, etc. Preps should not be limited to what is purely utilitarian.
  8. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    I would buy the case of 6, just to keep for my own use. I've read that real life SHTF can be extremely boring, hot, uncomfortable, etc.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  9. Dexters


    May 3, 2004
    Maybe you'll should get some other types of booze and start a neighborhood bar. In the gold rush days a pinch of gold got you a drink.
  10. JFrame


    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A

    Great point, BWS -- totally sensible and reasonable, and well worth documenting for the record...

  11. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

    Nov 18, 2003
    Bad-Lands Ranch
    Here's how I answer my own" how much question".

    Do I use it?
    how long is shelf life?
    How much do I normally consume?

    Stock an amount close to your total use for the normal shelf life.

    Good luck.
  12. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Friend of mine single-hand sailing to French Polynesias. Guess what was the first thing the locals traded away from him? His Mexican tequila. They didn't want his money. They wanted his booze. He'd have been much better prepared if he'd stocked more liquor.

    Sorry to say he traded it for virtually nothing in return, being the typical American tourist. I think he got bananas and a home-made dictionary in return. Oof.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  13. Donn57

    Donn57 Just me

    Aug 11, 2006
    Sunny Florida
    Liquor is a great thing to stock for barter. Rather than stocking all vodka, tho, I'd stock other varieties. Sure, someone who really needs some liquor will probably settle for vodka, but if you have what they really want (e.g,. scotch or tequila), it will be worth more to them.
  14. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Alcohol is a high utility item period.

    external wound cleaning
    utensil cleaning
    fire starter (if high enough octane)
    improvised weapon
    and of course, good old personal entertainment value!
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  15. Rogue

    Rogue X-MEN Millennium Member

    Aug 23, 1999

    I agree with the above - and others who have said to diversify the collection. I still say more than 6 bottles if you can manage though. :)

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  16. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    Well, yeah, but it IS helpful to have a starting point. Then get whatever you can. Basic negotiating skills are a GREAT survival skill. For everyday or SHTF.