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  • Wais Mom Bartered Old Items And Got A Play Tent, Slide, And Toy Car In Return!

    She exchanged it for grocery items, a stroller, and baby essentials!
    by Kitty Elicay .
Wais Mom Bartered Old Items And Got A Play Tent, Slide, And Toy Car In Return!
PHOTO BY courtesy of Shane Gaza
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     With everyone staying home for the foreseeable future, a lot of moms have taken the time to declutter and make over their spaces. But how do you deal with unused or preloved items that may still be worth some money? One mom has a solution: Go and barter it!

    Shane Gaza, 26, started bartering almost a year ago through the Carousell app, trading preloved stuff in exchange for clothes. “When the COVID-19 pandemic started, bartering started to ‘boom’ again so I decided to look for barter groups in my city,” she tells SmartParenting.com.ph in an interview via Facebook Messenger.

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    Mom Shane Gaza exchanged grocery items (canned goods, cookies, lotion, and tocino) for this play tent!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Shane Gaza

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    She found a Facebook group that was solely for bartering and immediately found something she wanted: a play tent for her 21-month-old son, Sean. “Someone posted a play tent with tunnel in exchange for some food like biscuits and canned goods and we made a deal! I was so happy,” she shares.

    From there she made two more “successful” trades. “A week after that, I posted my son’s preloved stroller and one mommy offered to trade it with her son’s preloved remote-controlled toy car. It was love at first sight when she showed me the photo of that red sports car!” Shane says.

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    Her 21-month-old son Seon outgrew his stroller, so Shane exchanged it for a remote-controlled sports car!
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    “Three days after, I posted baby essentials including lotion, baby wash, and wet wipes in exchange for a kiddie slide. When a mommy offered hers, I immediately closed our deal,” she adds.

    Shane got this wooden slide by bartering baby essentials!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Shane Gaza
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    How to make a successful and safe barter

    Shane with her son, Sean.
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    Shane says that most of the barter communities you’ll see online have specific rules you’ll need to follow. The most important is that no money should be involved.

    In the specific Facebook group she is a member of, the administrator encourages everyone to transact through comments. “Not by PM (private message). I was blocked for a week sa isang barter group kasi nakita nila ‘yung comment ko na ‘Ma’am, nag-PM po ako,’” Shane shares.

    She adds, “The purpose is to avoid din siguro ma-involve ang money. Sabi nila, ‘wag daw sana laging iconsider ‘yung worth nung item. Sana daw mag-base sa value ng item.”

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    The two parties will need to discuss how to get the items from each other. The first item Shane bartered was sent via courier while the kiddie slide and remote-controlled car were delivered to her by the people she transacted with. “I added extra items dun sa nag-deliver ng slide as shipping fee instead of money,” the stay-at-home mom shares.

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    If you’re interested to barter, keep in mind that there are also risks involved as with any online transaction. Shane shares a few reminders.

    • Make sure to ask the other party if the item he or she wants to trade has any issues.
    • Be nice!
    • Make sure to exercise caution! If you feel that the person you’re talking to or the item you want is not “legit,” you can always schedule a meet-up or ask them to pick up the items in person (keeping in mind social distancing rules, of course).

    Have you made successful barters, too? Share the items you got in the comments! If you're feeling inspired to declutter, click here for some tips from an expert!

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