So Australia is pretty great, huh? Adorable animals with two thumbs, AC/DC, stunning landscapes, and, oh yeah, YOU CAN BUY AND SELL THINGS WITH BEER. Yes, I am shouting!
You mean to tell me this sort of thing isn’t ONLY for bribing your friends into helping you move? That I can equip my home with new appliances and dress myself in clothing I received from trading that leftover case some guy brought to the party I had that one time? BRILLIANT!
Leave it to the Australians to blaze yet another trail. From the land that brought the world refrigeration, notebooks (genius!), Wi-Fi, and that inflatable escape slide on airplanes that we all pray we never have to use comes an online community of beer barterers where you can trade beer (and other booze) for goods and services. Need some auto repairs done? That’ll cost you one case. In the market for new furniture? Three bottles of bourbon should cover it.
THE BEER ECONOMY
Known as a “beer economy” in Western Australia, I personally refer to this phenomenon as “Craigslist 24.0” – the ‘24’ referring to the number of beers in a case, obviously. These beerconomies exist primarily as secret or closed Facebook groups and, as with all of the classiest secret societies in the financial sector, to join you must be invited by a current member. I read that there are currently over 400 of these secret groups and I’ll have to take that as fact since I stopped counting at 20. Cut me some slack; the only math I care for is 2 hands + 2 beers = 1 happy blogger.
At the forefront of this movement is The Original Perth Beer Economy and, with almost 86,000 members at time of publishing, it appears the beerconomy is booming! The rules are few (No Cash!) and the trade requests are infinite, fascinating, and compatible with many a booze budget. A full set of golf clubs, a tire change, a box of prosthetic eyeballs – yes, you can trade almost anything here. But the trades don’t end with simple tasks and household items, my friend. On at least one occasion, a member traded a car for five cases of beer. Maybe you didn’t hear me… A CAR.
In today’s unpredictable economy, a beer economy makes perfect sense. The value of the dollar depreciates but beer? Beer never loses its worth and is always in high demand. This gives an all-new and wildly literal meaning to the term “liquid market.” No? Too much?
So the next time you’re in need of a collection of PVC pipes, a new cover for your boat, or someone to clean your house in a pinch, consider changing your asking price from dollars to bottles. From coins to cans. From cash to cases.
“Will work for beer!” It’s a hell of a lot better than working for peanuts, that’s for sure.
Wouldn’t it be funny, if beer was legal tender?