As some of you may have seen, I am writing a Post-Apocalyptic story (that can be found ). I am currently on Chapter 12 and soon enough I will need to barter for items to further the plot.
I was wondering, though, about how bartering and trading in a Post-Apocalyptic world would work. Yes, I put this thread in this forum as it's still a form of currency, albeit non conventional.
If, for example, I wanted to trade items for a pistol, what sort of items would I have to trade? I'm guessing it would be a mid-range price item in the "real world", between £150 and £300 (the pistol) so I would need the equivalent. Something to either offer a service for, or a (few) item(s) to trade for.
I was thinking that it could either be lots of low-value items (cigarettes, clothing, books and some form of communications device), a couple of mid-range items (fuel, alcohol or drugs) or an expensive item. This is in an early stage of Post-Apocalyptia, so things such as these are not that low in numbers or that desperately needed.
If anyone has any ideas, that'd be great. You'll benefit from it when I post the Chapter, but if people here have ever had experience trading items or the like, then I'd be grateful.