How Barter Works


By joining Barter Systems, you will be part of one of the oldest barter exchanges in America. BSI and our staff of experienced trade brokers will help you make connections with some of our thousands of business owners so you can earn trade dollars. And then when it comes time to use your trade dollars, BSI can help you locate merchandise and services that you want and need.

After you join Barter Systems, you will be added to our Member Directory. You can be listed in  as many business categories that pertain to your business. This will help all our trade brokers and members find you.


Upon joining you will get an access to our Members Services section. This section is open exclusively to our members and provides an access to:

  Member Directory

The Member Directory contains information about all current Barter Systems’ members. The directory is equipped with a search functionality that allows you to search for a product or service of your choice by Business Name (full or partial), City, Zip Code, Phone number, and/or Category.

  Calendar of Events

Barter Systems holds quarterly networking events and an annual Holiday Show, where you can meet many of our members in person. The Calendar of Events allows you to access the event details online.

  Community Forum and Classifieds

Feel free to interact with other members anytime using our Community Forum. Forum is only available to our members and gives you an ability to discuss products and services, share experiences and interact with other members. Classifieds generally include topics like Barter Items Wanted, Barter Items Offered, Barter Systems Feedback & Suggestions, FAQ and General Barter Chat.

  Daily Constant Contact Email

Our daily email features promotions for our members’ products and services and any special promotions our members are currently offering. Once a month we email our newsletter and Dining Guide to our members attached to the monthly statement . You may submit email and newsletter ads to your broker or simply call and ask your trade broker to include your ad when you want to encourage business.


Account Summary

By logging into your personal account you will access your current trade dollar balance, your credit line, year-to-date activity and your recent trades and transactions. You can also view and print any of your previous statements. It works similar to an online savings account and lets you control your barter operations from virtually anywhere.

  Online Trade Authorization

When you sell something, you will have the ability to enter a transaction into our system. This will allow you to charge your buyer for the purchase so that trade dollars will transfer from the buyer’s account and go into your account; you will now have additional trade dollars to make purchases.


Individually Assigned Trade Broker

Your Trade Broker’s role is to help you find and facilitate trades (sales and purchases). You and your broker should stay in frequent contact. Keep your broker aware to promote you when you are looking for more trade business. Ask your broker to suggest what members may be best able to fill your needs when you are looking for products and services.


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Benefits of Barter For Businesses in MD, VA, and DC

In the U.S. over 500,000 businesses actively use organized trade to supplement their cash transactions. As a Barter Systems member, with our network your business is able to finance the purchases of things you need out of additional sales of your own product or service.

  • Increase Sales
  • Increase Cash Flow
  • Reduce Excess Inventory and Use Idle Capacity
  • Gain Advantages Over Your Competition
  • Build Customer Loyalty
  • Improve Your Bottom Line

Increase Sales

With thousands of business owners exposed to your business once you join BSI, and with constant exposure through our website, emails and brokers’ referrals, your sales will increase. BSI opens the door to a new group of potential customers, partners and allies who will bypass traditional ‘cash’ vendors to work with you through BSI.

Move Idle Inventory + Use Idle Capacity = Increase Productivity

BSI can help you sell off your excess inventory and idle capacity which you can then convert to something you need. This allows you to maximize productivity by staying busier and more profitable throughout the year.

Gain Advantages Over Your Competition

Through BSI you have access to more options and alternatives to help you compete in your market. You can advertise, market and promote yourself using BSI media company members: radio, magazine, online ads, etc. Have your brochures designed and printed and your websites developed, updated and hosted through barter. Your cash sales can increase, as well!