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barter away

To swap or trade something, often for an item of lesser value. I can't believe you bartered away your car in exchange for a few old records.
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barter for

To swap or trade items with another person, rather than exchanging money. A noun or pronoun can be used between "barter" and "for." I bartered some old records for a futon, so now I have a place to sleep, at least. I'm going to try to barter for that antique chair. Should I offer my Tiffany lamp?
See also: barter, for

barter off

To relinquish ownership of an item by trading it to another person. A noun or pronoun can be used between "barter" and "off." I didn't need that old piece of junk, so I bartered it off. I can't believe you bartered off your car in exchange for a few old records.
See also: barter, off

barter over (something)

To engage in a trade or exchange for something, rather than paying for it with money. After bartering over the antique sofa, he agreed to let me have it in exchange for my vinyl collection. Please don't barter over the things in your lunchbox with the kids at school. Just eat what I pack for you!
See also: barter, over

barter with

To swap or trade items with another person, rather than exchanging money. I bartered with some guy at the flea market for a futon, so now I have a place to sleep, at least. I don't have any cash right now—will you barter with me?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

barter for something

 and barter over something
to trade [something] for something else; to acquire something by exchanging goods or services, not by using money. I want to barter for a large amount of cloth. Will you barter for this month's rent? We will not barter over what you owe us.
See also: barter, for

barter something away

to trade something away; to lose something of value in a trade. Don't barter my car away! Don't barter away anything of such high value.
See also: away, barter

barter (something) for (something else)

to trade something for something else. He sought to barter the car for a large computer. She bartered the piano for a settee.
See also: barter, for

barter something off

to get rid of something by trading it for something else. See if you can barter that old desk off. She bartered off the used bookshelf.
See also: barter, off

barter with someone

to enter into trading with someone without using money; to bargain with someone. Are you willing to barter with me, or is this strictly a cash transaction?
See also: barter
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This obligation leads some professionals, in an effort to serve as many clients as possible, to agree to enter into unorthodox bartering agreements with some clients who either cannot afford the professional's fees or whose cultural background emphasizes the use of barter transactions (Thomas, 2002; Zur, 2008).
The ACA's (2005) stance is that: Counselors may barter only if the relationship is not exploitive or harmful and does not place the counselor in an unfair advantage, if the client requests it, and if such arrangements are an accepted practice among professionals in the community.
When a taxpayer engages in a barter transaction, the transaction should be treated as if the taxpayer sold its own product or services at fair market value and then paid fair market value for the product or services of the other party.
Similarly, in Memorandum 200411042--published on March 12, 2004, by the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel--the IRS recognizes the deductibility of bartered services in exchange for bartered services:
In my opinion, there are better grounds for the opposing argument, which many doctors defend and is based on what we all know, which is that to barter does not refer to the barter pact but to the business of bartering itself which is only considered complete and finished once the mutual delivery of the goods has been carried out, just as mutuum (9) is not understood as a pact or agreement to lend but as the real business of lending itself.
And it does not make any difference if the individuals who are performing the barter decide among themselves to delay it in order to cancel out the pact if it so suits them, as they would be exercising their full rights and in no way would be failing in their duty toward the tax authorities.
According to the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA), an international organization that coordinates the many barter exchange networks around the world, the dollar value of domestic business-to-business barter transactions for the past 10 years has grown at an annual rate of more than 15%.
To understand how barter works, first consider a "direct" barter transaction: I perform a service for you and you pay me with your product or service.
2 corporate barter: large-scale brokered barter between U.S.
3 barter exchange: small-scale barter, by "clubs" of small retailers using negotiable trade credits issued by the barter company, which acts as banker.
I once bartered almost an entire party for 300 people.
Since my main commodity in the barter was publicity, I contacted a friend who owned a local restaurant and asked his chef to cook the three sucklings over a hurriedly dug pit, in return for a sign on the skewer promoting his restaurant.
(11-13) This happens through both direct barter between physician and patient and barter exchanges.
(7,8,17,19) Simon (18) argues that a stable fee policy is part of a proper therapeutic frame work, and money is "the only acceptable medium of exchange when receiving payment from patients." Emotional distress and the power differential inherent in treatment might prevent a patient from making an accurate assessment of the value of the bartered goods or services, (7,8,17,18,20) which could lead to future claims of undue influence from trading goods or services below market value.
If we waited around for government or bankers to provide that money, we'd wait for a long time." As renegade economist Hazel Henderson puts it, "Local barter systems and local currencies flourish when a country is managing its affairs inappropriately."