Bringing Back Barter, Bartering – the Smart Gadgets & Devices Exchange from Zeepla

Zeepla is providing the ultimate experience in the sale, buying, donation and exchange of used, pre-loved gadgets, Smartphones, Smartwatches, audios, eBooks, speakers, earphones, etc.

What does exchange really mean and what does it do for Participants? 

As economies recede, prices getting more challenging for the average person and our environment getting more stressed by pollution, there seems to be growing need and out carry to get back to basics, back to the original ways of doing deals and transacting and getting real trust, pleasure and satisfaction out of them. One of those ways is Barter, another name for Exchange.

It has been called, “trade by Barter”, others called it Bartering, the exchange of one type of good for other type of good or for a service without calling up the service of money in whatever form. In the present time,  money would include Bitcoins and the related variants. In history, barter has been carried out with various forms of goods or services. What all have in common is that money does not change hands and every participants is satisfied or presumed satisfied, pleased or happy, whichever way it is described. No contracts signed.

The barter system as a means of transaction is said to date back to the 1600 BC, having been introduced by the Mesopotamian tribes that spread through Western Asia, in the areas of the Tigris-Euphrates river,  the modern Iraq, western Iran, the Persian Gulf, south eastern Turkey, north eastern Syria and northern Kuwait.

Modern Persian Gulf Region where barter was famous

People in those regions travelled long distance and practiced barter along the way particularly with precious metal ores, timbers and agricultural produce, which were transported along the rivers by boats or carried over long distances by humans and animal. Goods were bartered or exchanged as they went. No written contracts, sales agreement or receipts. There were probably unwritten rules under pinned by tribal trust.

Various African communities practiced bartering for centuries, exchanging different items including food and services like organised farm helps. Trust was also important in these communities and agreements were said to be very often sealed with a hand shake and in some cultures with an embrace and / or a hug.

Modern exchange or barter transactions has been growing in proportion between nations particular between southern hemisphere countries and China. In 2018, Ghana was reported to have signed a $2 billion deal that involves China taking refined bauxite from the African nation with China paying or reciprocating by constructing some needed infrastructures in Ghana using Chinese personnel, knowhow and materials. Some have eyed such modern barter deals with deep suspicion. Unlike the good old days, such modern barters are shrouded in modern lengthy  legalities, often not accessible  and hard to understand by many.

Within the past ten years, Barter deals worth billions of dollars linked with Petroleum are also reported with several other African countries including Nigeria, Angola and South Sudan. Barter or exchange deals in commodities have been known to be precarious for the producer nations in times of price slump.  Hence, there is the risk of leaving some unhappy barters behind as the playing field may not be level. Of course, the converse should be equally through in times of higher prices. This may not be public knowledge.

Barter funding Capital Projects in Africa

Exchange between individuals participants like the one Zeepla is innovating will leave only happy participants, feeling good about what each has received in the conditions Zeepla is creating under our win/win technology driven innovations.  

Some advantages of exchanging your pre-loved, used gadgets or smart electronics include:

  • Giving an extend value by finding a new home and owner to care for it
  • Transaction is by mutual agreement, you exchange or barter what you have for what you need or want as the case may be, no external influences or interference
  • Importantly, no money is involved for the items (except for postage and a small exchange fee) so no hard feeling or guilt of pathing with money, reckless spending or overloading your credit cards
  • Promote feeling of sharing and community  (Esprit de partage!) with others
  • Reduces clutter through the principle of one-out, one-in, thus leaving a healthier, breathable space for you and / or family especially when faced with the ever increasing cost  of valuable space
  • Reduces manufacturing and other supply chain linked activities, thus leading to lower air particulates from transport, for example, lower carbon footprint and a healthier environment and residents
  • Reduce over use of both natural and synthetic materials and overall protect the environment
  • Giving you the satisfaction of having what you need for your self or the family – without spending money –  and not just selling of the personal or family treasure.
Premium quality pre-owned or second-hand Ear-Pod , Great value for money!

Before embarking on an exchange, it is important to consider certain points to assists with the decision to exchange or barter your premium, precious gadget or device:

  • Why do I want to exchange the gadget or smart device:
    • Need an update?
    • Get another object of more personal importance? Depending on individual circumstance.
    • Just out-of-love with the device, stopped liking it,  and do not want to keep it anymore?
    • Exchange will provide better value for my smart gadget?
    • Simply both the wrong item and no return option?
    • Want to save the big carbon footprint and ultimate environmental impact of returned items? Returned items may travel long round trips by road and air before getting  back on the shelves for resale,  in unlucky cases to the dump for destruction.
  • What is the level of  emotional attachment to the gadget or device e.g. iPhone, an expensive earphone, etc?
    •  Can I let it go? A high emotional attachment may be an indication of one not yet ready to let go and exchange.
    • Is there any historical reason why it should be kept? For example, has it been handed down the family tree for generation but you do not mind the buck stopping under your watch?
  • An overwhelming or important economic reason that make the exchange necessary? It may be easier to find somebody who will take it from you than to sell it. Just the satisfaction of not selling may be good enough reason to exchange. The feeling from exchanging items is certainly different from selling the same item.

All things consider, Zeepla is committed to promoting and providing an open community platform exchange experience that is second to none, where every step is taken for your happiness and satisfaction during and after the exchange process. Zeepla provides an open technology platform for participants to exchange their used devices ranging from i-phones, Smartwatches, earphones, microphones for any of many personal communication gadgets. To exchange is easy and each participant only pays for the postal and a small participatory fee per item exchanged.

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