Reno, NV - If you've ever needed something, but not been able to afford it, you may want to give bartering a try.
A local company, ITEX, is helping their clients trade their time and services. Their slogan is "The Cashless Marketplace." If you have goods or services, you can use this company to barter those for something else you want or need.
It's a way of making and spending money with what you can do, and what you have.
"People still want to spend cash, and they don't have the cash," said Linda Rubendall, who works at ITEX in Nevada on Vesta Street. "So, if they take the barter dollar, they're able to spend the barter dollar for things maybe they wouldn't be able to have."
If you walk into our local ITEX branch in Reno, you will see dozens of brochures and business cards on the shelves. They belong to some of ITEX's clients, whose services are available for barter.
ITEX works to bring people and businesses together to barter.
"If you're a dentist, and you have excess time during the week, you might as well spend them taking in barter or trade dollars that you can then turn around and spend on things, like vacations for your family, or office cleaning, or window cleaning, or an attorney, or travel," said Rubendall.
ITEX works on a points system, where each point is worth one dollar.
Their network includes more than 300 clients in Northern Nevada, and more than 24,000 clients nationwide.
It costs $20 a month to be part of the network, and they also charge a percentage of each bartering transaction they facilitate.
The Reno branch is located at 136 Vesta Street in Reno. For more information, you can call ITEX's offices at 775-829-2990.