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Posted: 10/25/2011 9:09:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2011 9:11:09 PM EDT by WildChild6]
I intend on stocking more bottles up for barter in the next few weeks. What brands do you believe will have the highest trade value?

Jack daniels

Vodka

Jim beam

Tequila

Thats what i have thus far.

Thoughs......


Captain morgan & so co are next on the list.
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 9:18:21 PM EDT
My opinion on this is that specific brands would be a more specific and specialized trade. I think if someone really wants booze, they won't be terribly concerned with it's taste and more concerned with it's effects.
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 9:20:45 PM EDT
The stuff in bottles with intact BATFE tax stamps on 'em.
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 9:44:40 PM EDT
Booze.
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 9:56:17 PM EDT
Something that can be watered down without too much notice. White lightning? 180 proof?
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 10:03:56 PM EDT
151, get drunk breath fire and fight infections
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 10:08:33 PM EDT
Vodka
Pure - not flavored.

Can be used as booze or an antiseptic.
Link Posted: 10/25/2011 10:38:52 PM EDT
Definitely vodka.

It's the most universal and popular.

Hell, buy Tito's and you're even gluten free.

Link Posted: 10/26/2011 12:51:37 AM EDT
Pure grain, like Everclear.

More bang for the buck in many ways. It takes less to get the effects people are likely paying for. It can be used for other applications like disinfecting, fuel for a soda can stove, light anesthetic, etc.

Maybe a bottle or two of expensive stuff for those with something useful to trade. My friends who are the pickiest (and spend the most) on alcohol are all mostly Scotch fans, so that may be a good place to start.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 2:45:50 AM EDT
I have been laying in el cheapo as shito vodka. Great for barter, antiseptic, and the occasional snake bite! I keep the good stuff (Maker's, Bushmills, Scotch, tequila) for an occasional snort.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 2:48:09 AM EDT
+1 on the ever clear and straight 80 proof vodka.

Link Posted: 10/26/2011 4:09:45 AM EDT
A still.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 4:11:44 AM EDT
Rum
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 4:27:11 AM EDT
I am on the vodka bandwagon as well. Many uses other than getting drunk. Same with everclear I suppose. I have a lot of other prepping areas to worry about after about a case of vodka, so I probably wouldnt go the high end stuff like scotch and other liquors.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 4:34:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By johnpfw:
Vodka
Pure - not flavored.

Can be used as booze or an antiseptic.


Another vote for this one.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 4:45:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2011 4:45:58 AM EDT by YaNi05]
Originally Posted By cycletool:
A still.


A still takes quite a bit of time and resources to keep running. I would think time spent making alky would better be used for more urgent matters after SHTF/TEOTWAWKI (atleast in the short term). Going with the idea of multiple uses for everything, you would want something that is >120 proof so it can be used as an antiseptic.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:05:08 AM EDT
Funny, I was thinking about htis the other day.

I think having a shitload of shooters of various brands would be
real good for barter. As mentioned, lots of everclear and vodka more
for medicinal purposes, and whiskeys and such for the drinkers.

Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:13:51 AM EDT
Everclear

Can be watered down
Can be used as an antiseptic
Can be used as fuel
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:17:18 AM EDT
I went with vodka, mid grade, something the snobs will still drink and not to expensive. I placed them in the bottom of our blanket chest lined up like little soldiers.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:23:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ColonelPanic:
Pure grain, like Everclear.

More bang for the buck in many ways. It takes less to get the effects people are likely paying for. It can be used for other applications like disinfecting, fuel for a soda can stove, light anesthetic, etc.

Maybe a bottle or two of expensive stuff for those with something useful to trade. My friends who are the pickiest (and spend the most) on alcohol are all mostly Scotch fans, so that may be a good place to start.


+1
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:49:07 AM EDT
I don't drink very often, but I've got a bit of JD and Capt. Morgan's put away for rainy nights. ymmv
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 6:14:54 AM EDT
Don't forget chocolate and coffee as barter items as well. I keep all three on hand even though I don't drink alcohol or coffee. Coffee is whole beans vacuum packed.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 6:15:16 AM EDT
I would imagine the liquor with the highest dollar value now would have the highest trade value later.

I wouldn't buy grain now at 10 dollars a gallon, Im sure as hell not going to be trading for it later.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 6:22:32 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 7:05:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2011 7:08:05 AM EDT by iNuhBaDNayburhood]
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 8:35:33 AM EDT

FTW
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 8:52:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Heuristic:
Funny, I was thinking about htis the other day.

I think having a shitload of shooters of various brands would be
real good for barter. As mentioned, lots of everclear and vodka more
for medicinal purposes, and whiskeys and such for the drinkers.



I was thinking about this the other day as well. Looks like Vodka is the way to go. However, for consumption, in my neck of the woods, whisky, Windsor Canadian to be exact, seems to be pretty popular amongst the hunters/shooters that I'm acquainted with.

Link Posted: 10/26/2011 9:41:14 AM EDT
Just buy a bunch of cheap liquor in smalller bottles.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 9:42:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 10:04:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 10:08:06 AM EDT
Lots of "airplane" bottles of vodka.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 10:23:08 AM EDT
I keep Jack Daniels, Bacardi Rum, Wild Turkey 101 and Smirnoff vodka in the 100ml bottles, and Everclear in 750's and pints. I have to buy the Everclear elsewhere, as Florida limits it to 150 proof here, as opposed to the 190 proof available in AL and GA.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 10:46:52 AM EDT
So thus far

Vodka seems to be in 1st place, as well as 151 grain alcohol.

Jack & Vodka seem to be the way go.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 2:22:55 PM EDT
it wont matter........Rot gut anything will be drinkable by those hard up for a fix........be advised an addict needing a fix is capable of just about anything
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 3:39:26 PM EDT
If it gets you drunk it will sell. (Or trade)


GM
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 4:05:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By arty6pd:
Booze.


This. And strong.....strong booze.

Link Posted: 10/26/2011 4:15:10 PM EDT
Wild Turkey.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:02:06 PM EDT
I rode up to N.H. State Liquor store to buy a load of cheap booze in small bottles. Comparing prices, brand, to volume. I couldn't justify the purchase. I ended up with big bottles of middle/top shelf.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:26:51 PM EDT
I would go with good stuff, someone will build a still, but a good Scotch or whisky.....you won't see that for a long time. And most is what we will drink, screw trade, only if I need something I do not have.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:32:16 PM EDT
Everclear, Vodka, and Rum are probably going to be the most sought after.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 5:47:56 PM EDT
I bought a case of Jack Daniels pints for trade stock . sealed and a recognizable product . I also bought some for me as well as Vodka.
Link Posted: 10/26/2011 6:05:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/27/2011 9:28:46 AM EDT by basp2005]
Anyone seen a vodka called KRU? It comes in metal bottles with plastic screw type tops. I can post a pic later.

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Comes with everything shown. comes in pint, 5th, and half gallon. seems better than plastic or glass. About the same quality as Smirnoff.

Link Posted: 10/26/2011 6:17:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2011 6:18:44 PM EDT by iwouldntknow]
I have everclear and Grey Goose for barter



And:
coffee
cigarettes
.22LR
medical equipment
some batteries
Link Posted: 10/27/2011 7:09:06 PM EDT
Vodka is the #1 response because this is a survival forum. If you want something for trade bait you can't go wrong with any cheap brand of Kentucky bourbon or sour mash. The people you trade it to are going to want to get drunk with it. Kentucky bourbon (even the cheap shit) tastes much better than vodka. You can buy decent bourbon for $10 a liter or the cheap stuff at the gas station for less than $7. Evan Williams green label is roughly $10 and is pretty decent.

Personally for trade bait I would buy the cheapest shit out there.
Link Posted: 10/27/2011 7:47:50 PM EDT
Good topic!


While everclear is good stuff for mixing and whatnot... I dont know a single person that will drink that stuff straight and in SHTF people arnt just going to have a can of coke or a gallon of fruit punch to mix it with. That being said.... If definitely lean towards vodkas and whiskeys. And not just 20 bottles of jack and 20 bottles of svedka... mix it up and get one or two of a wide variety of stuff! Hell.... even if you never trade it... at least you can drink/use it and itd be nice to have options. Lets face it.... even jack daniels gets old when its the only thing you get to sip on for a looooong time.

Personal ones for me:
Svekda Vodka
Ciroc Vodka
Makers Mark Whiskey
Knob Creek Whiskey
Sailor Jerry Rum
Captain Morgan
Jose Cuervo Patron Tequila
Peppermint schnapps (for the cold nights)
Link Posted: 10/27/2011 8:08:00 PM EDT
If cheap vodka is a hot trade item, it's value will never be higher then the cost to make it, and making moonshine and vodka isn't rocket science.

Gin and whiskey might be work more. So might premimum brands.
Link Posted: 10/28/2011 4:59:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By WildChild6:
I intend on stocking more bottles up for barter in the next few weeks. What brands do you believe will have the highest trade value?

Jack daniels

Vodka

Jim beam

Tequila

Thats what i have thus far.

Thoughs......


Captain morgan & so co are next on the list.

If you are near the northern edge of IL, Sconnies will be wanting Brandy.
Link Posted: 10/28/2011 5:10:32 AM EDT
The liquor that will have the highest trade value in SHTF is whatever I do not have.
sad, but true.
Link Posted: 10/28/2011 5:26:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Country_Boy:
If cheap vodka is a hot trade item, it's value will never be higher then the cost to make it, and making moonshine and vodka isn't rocket science.

Gin and whiskey might be work more. So might premimum brands.


Moonshine ain't cheap either....
Link Posted: 10/28/2011 5:35:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By click_bang:
151, get drunk breath fire and fight infections


Exactly. Less weight per effect. And I would stock the cheap stuff. As long as the buyers know it is factory made, that should be enough.

Link Posted: 10/28/2011 9:57:19 AM EDT
Stocking alcohol for barter "after the SHTF" is a fantasy. Instead of putting a cent into this or that that some nutjob swears will be worth a fortune ... "after SHTF" put that money into precious metals. That I guarantee you it will be worth what you paid for, or significantly more if the economy collapses.
Lets not even get into speculating about makign a killing selling it to somoene with an adiciton problem.
The only thing I'd store would be grain alcohol like the one pictured, not as "barter" but as something that has a number of uses including fuel for cooking and heating, wound cleaning and desinfection, maybe a stiff drink or two. Dangerous road that is, if you get used to going that way when there's problems you will be using that way too often during a crisis.
I know that like smokes, it has value in certain circumstances. Yes, it wil buy favors from ex soviet union militia, just like somkes are valuable among prisoners. Guess what? Warm pizza delivered to a police district in south America also buys you favors, and phone cards are even more valuable than smokes, do you plan on stocking up those too?
The barter value of ciggaretes or alcohol is limited to specific situations, usually ones where there's unnatural restricitons of trade and commerece like being imprisoned, a city under siege, and such. For an American to plan on getting these as barter items of great value its goign too much into fantasy land and not being realisitc about the things that are more likely to occur.
FerFAL
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