Originally Posted by bittersweety
Silly question, and NO i haven't done this, but have any of you ever traded a pricey cake for a service? And before you get the wrong idea (wink wink) the only reason i mentioned this is because my husband and I will be building our own house starting this spring, so in order to save money we have been trading some work (my husband is an electrician) and I had thought if a couple came in for a wedding tasting or something and during chit chat, should it happen to come up that one of them had a beneficial skill, like a hardwood floor installer, or a brick layer or something, i wonder if i could trade them for their cake... ? :) i doubt i will do this, it just crossed my mind and it got me thinking :) so.....anyone?
All the time! (...but only with friends - not strangers). To be fair Northern Ireland is a bit stuck in the past and there's a lot of 'favour owing' about so maybe that's why the behaviour persists....
but on a purely economics front it's win-win: providing a service (making a cake) is a cost (time, ingredients, gas, electric...), normally you accept mney to compensate you for that cost, this money is then taxed and the remainder you spend on hiring a builder.....
However if you receive another service in return (builder), that service will 'cost' the builder less than you could hire them for. So long as the time you spent making the cake is worth less to you than the money it would cost you to hire a builder you both win.
Contractually it would be a nightmare as 'freeloader theory' expects your builder never to 'pay up' or to do a terrible job since they're losing out on 'real' money (which is why I only trade with trusted friends - plus it stops the beggers asking for discount! )
'''''''''''''bbbrrring'''''''''''''''''' ooh that's the scool bell - lesson over - except you vgcea - its detention for you for pulling faces.........
Didn't mean to lecture lol - hope it helps you understand the pros and cons tho!!