Survival Survey: Could you become a purveyor of vice?
A lot of survival and preparedness minded people stock up on items they intend to use for barter or, possibly, sale. I’ve stocked up on things like extra ibuprofen and toothbrushes, just in case, but for the most part have focused on things our own family needs. (Always prepare for yourself first before spending money acquiring things for barter. I’m not convinced bartering is always that effective anyway.)
An item commonly found on lists of barter-able items is alcohol, the adult beverage. I’m undecided on whether or not this is a good idea, and I’d like to hear your thoughts.
I’m not a tee-teetotaler and enjoy a frozen margarita or glass of sangria every once in a while. (I’m too cheap to pay the extra $6-8 at restaurants for a drink very often.)
However, I get a little queasy thinking of selling or trading a bottle of alcohol to someone who is in dire need in a worst case scenario. One report to come out of Greece, as their economy descends into a near-collapse, is that suicides and abuse have increased. I could not, with a clear conscience, hand a bottle of liquor to someone who may end up getting drunk and beating his/her kids.
I can definitely understand why alcohol would be a very popular item in an economic collapse and why people might want to escape reality for a while, but to get that “escape” from me? I’m not so sure.
How about you? Are you stocking up on alcohol or maybe planning on making it in order to have an item to sell or barter? Why or why not?
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