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Best Results From Bartering Computer Services?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the money-for-nothing dept.

Technology 1022

silicon not in the v writes "Last night I was over at some friends' house. They had cable modem with no firewall and tons of spyware, etc. on their system. They complained about all the popups and how bad it was that they were afraid to let their kids on the computer, so I set them up with ZoneAlarm, Ad Aware, and Firefox to get it cleaned up. In return, the husband, who is a chiropractor, gave my wife and I a free adjustment. What other interesting services or benefits have people been able to get by bartering IT/programming services?"

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1022 comments

I'll take... (5, Funny)

ebh (116526) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240880)

I will fix your computer in return for one of these [thinkgeek.com] .

Re:I'll take... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241034)

best thang i ever got fixing a computer was a view up the users skirt.. no panties and all landing strip baby.. i would have stayed under that table for hours if id had more napkins... ;-)

Benefits. (5, Funny)

saintlupus (227599) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240888)

What other interesting services or benefits have people been able to get by bartering IT/programming services?

Beer. And lots of it.

--saint

Re:Benefits. (2)

Victor Tramp (5336) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240951)

totally.. i did 15 minutes worth of work on a server for someone once [they had run lilo without having mounted /boot [oops!]], and i said I'd take guiness extra stout as a payment..

I got six 6-packs!!! now that's what i call a good barter. =)

Re:Benefits. (4, Funny)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240976)

Beer. And lots of it.
Yes, and preferably while doing the work. Pizza/Chinese food afterwards.

Girlfriends and mothers get tech support for free, because one puts out and the other put me out. (Not in Soviet Russia)

Re:Benefits. (1)

caseydk (203763) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241019)


Uh.....

I've gotten paid in beer before. Throughout college, I did upgrades in return for other people's old stuff. I was able to do somewhat major upgrades every 18 months or so for almost nothing ( $100).

Re:Benefits. (4, Funny)

ChadAmberg (460099) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240996)

Kinda scary, but at one point I actually had too much beer. I was helping out a roommate who owned one of those movie theater/bars with the cute waitresses.
Lotsa free suds later I found myself playing the criminologist in the Rocky Horror Picture Show...

And someone out there even has pictures!

Re:Benefits. (1)

forevermore (582201) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241004)

Beer. And lots of it.

That reminds me of college. My freshman year, my RA needed some computer help, which I was happy to do for him. In return, he bought me a 6-pack of some decent microbrew. Nice to have role models like that.

The Geeks Dream (5, Funny)

cflorio (604840) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240894)

Isn't this the story line for some cheap porno film??

Re:The Geeks Dream (1)

UT'sKoldKilla (663809) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240920)

I was thinking along those lines myself.... Shame on me.

Re:The Geeks Dream (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240956)

No kidding. I was gonna say "come fix my computer so I can give your wife an 'adjustment' too."

Re:The Geeks Dream (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240944)

You couldn't be more correct. I got an incredible blow job followed by 2 hours of hip shaking, back breaking, freaky sick sex from this chick just because I recovered her hard drive.

Ain't life grand? :)

The most obvious danger of ... (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241031)

leaving a bunch of tech geeks alone to "adjust" your video equipment during the lunch break at your pr0n shoot.

"Oh, my retinas! MY RETINAS!"

I'm shuddering at the thought.

Will Work For Bandwidth. (4, Interesting)

karmatic (776420) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240899)

I do some work for an ISP, and I get a couple of servers hosted for free, including bandwidth.

I also have a nice thing going where I host his users (on my servers), and he sends people needing web design to me.

It works out nicely.

Adjustment (3, Funny)

JPM NICK (660664) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240901)

I have no problems fixing lady's computers for a return "adjustment"

taxes (5, Interesting)

dbizzle (603994) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240902)

I get my taxes done for free after setting up a Samba domain for a local accountant here in my area. Pretty nice if you ask me.

Sex! No really. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240904)

I actually got a blowjob from a stripper once for taking a virus off of her computer. I have a pic of her at my website here [kingsofchaos.com] Don't worry she is dressed :) Just click the number to proceed (it makes sure that websites don't directly link to the pic).

Re:Sex! No really. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240954)

Your web page is slow, and the chicks need bigger hoo-hoos!

Re:Sex! No really. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240981)

somehow i doubt that if you've been playing kings of chaos....

Bartering Services (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240905)

Can I barter my wife for a cam girl?

Slave and Master (4, Funny)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240906)

Well my comp sci teacher lied to me. Apparently, you can't barter computer skills for sex. Bastard!

Re:Slave and Master (5, Funny)

sndtech (738958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240992)

yes you can, you just need to know how to barter better

Re:Slave and Master (2, Informative)

jcm (4767) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240995)

Well, you can. You had just better make sure that the person's computer breaks right before a major paper (or deliverable in the real world) is due. Then fix it and save their butt. That'll generally ingratiate you to them and may even get you a wife... or a least a night of fun! The key is fixing it when they are desperate!

Re:Slave and Master (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240999)

I did. The girl was gorgeous, too. Of course, she was an ex-girlfriend at the time (and still is) so we already had ahem some experience.

She wanted Photoshop installed on her system. She didn't have the software. I offered a trade. :)

Re:Slave and Master (1)

SUB7IME (604466) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241015)

That's just not true...

Re:Slave and Master (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241041)

It's a lot! It's a lot. It's a lot! It's a lot... like life! Master and servant!

free nookie (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240908)

I once got laid for fixing a chick's computer

Re:free nookie (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240988)

You know this can't be true coming from Anonymous Coward.

Not to mention, if you are that proud... you'd give you full name and address and phone number to provide more service.

Re:free nookie (3, Funny)

Xandu (99419) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241022)

It's not /free/ if you had to fix her computer for it.

Blow Job (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240909)

Pareto Optimal!

Unwanted but favorable recommendations... (5, Funny)

mrwonton (456172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240910)

About all I've ever managed to get for helping my friends with their computer troubles is their recommendation to their friends to bug me to help them. A losing proposition all around.

Re:Unwanted but favorable recommendations... (5, Funny)

Grrr (16449) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240979)

Too true.
What are we doing wrong?

(I'd like to think that all of the time spent on my parents' computers would lead to the eventual "barter" of an inheritance, but it seems the casinos will keep that from ever happening.)

<grrr>

Way back in the early 1990s (5, Interesting)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240912)

When I was a student, I set up an old 8086 "XT" class machine with DOS and 8-in-1 office software for a small restaurant. Basically just duplicated their ledger in the spreadsheet. I ate breakfast there all summer for free.

Re:Way back in the early 1990s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241013)

That's called "a backdoor" and is considered a bug. We are talking about something different here.

Re:Way back in the early 1990s (0, Redundant)

croddy (659025) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241018)

8086 "XT"

I wouldn't be here today... (1)

Bryan Gividen (739949) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240914)

Well, it all takes me back to a time when Bill Gates said he would trade me my life for my new operating system DOS... Looking back on it, I still don't know if living using Windows is worth it...

Uh Oh! You've been had (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240915)

ChirQuacktor, eh?

Methinks you've been had.

Lodging in a foreign country! (5, Interesting)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240918)

Not direct bartering per se, but I have received number of creative offers from fans of my game [jardinains.com] .

My favorite thus far was an offer from a couple in Ireland who offered a night's lodging and a hearty Irish breakfast should we ever visit their fair country--in exchange for the bonus level pack.

Even though we probably won't hav ethe opportunity to take them up on the offer anytime soon, it was made in earnest, and I was happy to send them a copy of the level pack in return. Even though I can't buy beer 'n' pizza with it, this "barter" has proven far more memorable than the typical few bucks plonked in the PayPal account...

Re:Lodging in a foreign country! (1)

jardin (778043) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241029)

I like the name of that!

A coworker of mine.. (1)

Nu11.org (676686) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240919)

He gets some dental services that way doing stuff for his dentist. Null

Re:A coworker of mine.. (3, Funny)

RicoX9 (558353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241037)

Same deal here. All my dental work for free.

Of course the other side of that deal is that I married his daughter. I think he got the cheaper end of the deal...

re: barters (1)

mjolnir_ (115649) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240922)

Sushi, beer, dog walking services, beer, sex, logo design from a professional graphic designer, beer. Etc.

The barter rate for Mac support is usually a much better investment on the time spent compared to supporting Windows issues... "Format it and forget about it"

-mj

IRS (5, Insightful)

rawgod0122 (574065) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240924)

Better watch out for the IRS. You have to claim barter on your taxes!

Re:IRS (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240998)

What if you get sex for bartering computer skills? Would that be prostitution? Do you have to itemize? Can you deduct it? I'm intrigued.

Car Repair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240925)

Friend's dad is a mechanic. For setting up their shop's computer systems and maintaining them (which consists of a single computer most of the time), I get free car maintenance. :)

I am so tired of food... (2, Interesting)

eaddict (148006) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240926)

I want someone to come over and mow the lawn or power spray the deck. Minimal skill needed. I'll even supply the equipment! No downloading of a mower/sprayer needed. I'll even make sure they have gas! If I mention those as a 'trade' for my time and skill EVERYTIME they say they will find someone [historybuff.com] else.

Not sure how great of a deal it was... (5, Funny)

YodaToo (776221) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240928)

...I have this friend who is a proctologist and he was having computer problems and...

old gear (1)

manWorkSucks (745760) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240930)

i've often received old or semi-old equipment from people when i help them out patching their systems back together. often times it's so old all i can really do is rob jumpers off of the motherboard but occasionally a decent monitor or few year old systems will come my way. i usually just hold onto those systems/parts and use them when cobbling together other people's broken-down/in-need-of-upgrade boxes.

free as in beer -- a keg full (2, Interesting)

dbc (135354) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240932)

a friend is a partner in and the brewmeister of a local microbrewery -- i fixed network printing for his back office staff.

Cue the funky music (5, Funny)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240933)

"I'm here to fix the comptuer."

"It's in the bedroom."

"This is going to be a long, hard job."

"Maybe my roommate can help."

Mustang Ranch is gone, but . . . (1)

shystershep (643874) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240936)

Hmm. That makes me wonder who's doing the tech support for these fine instutions [nvbrothels.com] . . .

In college... (5, Funny)

djcreamy (729099) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240937)

I fixed computers for hundreds of women. I think one of them later smiled at me. Sure she was nailing my jock roomate, but I still think I came close to losing my virginity...

My Chiropractor... (1)

robochan (706488) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240938)

...and I trade services. He does adjustments for me, and when that's done, I make sure his machines are patched and up to date.

You got ripped... (1)

gleepskip (647848) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240940)

He offered you a single service whose effects last for one day maximum in exchange for a service that lasts months or years? I'd be looking for a lot more adjustments than that! You saved him a lot of grief and hassle.

Your technical expertise is worth just as much as his medical expertise, IMHO.

Depends on what they have to barter with... (1)

zamboni1138 (308944) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240942)

Money, haircuts, food, booozzz, drugs, lap dances...

Goods ... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240943)

Beer is a common one..

Hard to find in Southern California (1)

LittleLebowskiUrbanA (619114) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240945)

it being the gun-hating state it is, I got free access to a local 80 acre shooting range and discounted (at cost) ammunition.

Vodka (1)

MrRuslan (767128) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240948)

I work with russians alot so I get paid and I get drunk...can't go wrong there.

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240949)

i setup SuperHotWhoresWithHugeSexDrives.com... and those poor bastards were dumb enough to trade me a years supply of airline peanuts.. BUHAHAH, best dam trade i ever made, couldnt see it workin out any better!!

Dinner (1)

JPM NICK (660664) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240952)

My cousin will cook me dinner everytime I go to her house and fix her computer. Saves me 20 bucks for food and drink for the night, and never takes me longer than 45 minutes.

You took... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240955)

So you fixed something for them, and exchanged it for something that made both of you worse off in exchange?

Give me a call, I have some things that need fixing at my house. In return, I will supply free teeth kicking in, punches in the kidneys, and wrecking of your car.

maybe... (5, Funny)

Giganight (575263) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240957)

maybe if you gave them linux you could've gotten the "happy ending"

Beer! (2, Interesting)

Kutsal (514445) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240958)

I fix my neighbor's computer (which gets ruined by loads of spyware crap by his kids, almost every week) for beer, Heineken, of course... :)

computer fixing time in exchange for... (0, Redundant)

ultimind (656650) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240960)

sex....and lots of it

Oh, come on (5, Funny)

varjag (415848) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240962)

You could just name this story "I am a geek and married".

Wisconsin cheese.... (1, Interesting)

mobiux (118006) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240963)

I get free cheese curds, muenster, colbyjack, and juusto when I do work for the local cheese factory.

Works for me! (1)

moehoward (668736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240965)


I do this all the time. My most "profitable" is probably getting my taxes done for a fraction of the cost while I assist with their computer issues.

Free lunches are the most common.

Personal, um, favors, um, have been offered to me, but declined.

Re:Works for me! (2, Funny)

Kutsal (514445) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241008)

And why in God's name did you refuse those, uhm, services?... Are you crazy? Do you realize you've just alienated 85% of the /. crowd?

These newbies..

Plastic Surgery (5, Interesting)

hanssprudel (323035) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240966)

I had plastic surgery to my face (the removal of six ugly moles) in return for doing some SEO (nothing unethical, just getting the right search terms in the right places) to the surgeons homepage that brought it into the first place on most search engines when one searched for "breast enlargement" (in the local language).

I think that beats your bone bending...

Mother's love? (1)

sita (71217) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240967)

How's that for intangible benefit?

I've done work for- (1)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240968)

a call-girl.

The benefits are wonderful :-)

I've also done work for a pimp, and a crooked tax accountant.

Handy people to know.

Free adjustment? (0, Flamebait)

Big Toe (112240) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240975)

Granted, I've never been to a chiropractor, and probably never will...but still.

OOoooh, he cracked your back. Big whoop. Come clean my room and I'll sell you some magic beans.

Chiropracters == Quacks (1, Insightful)

cosmo7 (325616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240977)

You've bartered some useful systems support for some potentially dangerous new-age quackery. You might as well stock up on homeopathic medicine, have a tarot reading and schedule a phrenology consultation.

barter... (1)

jabella (91754) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240978)

in 1996, my girlfriend and i designed a website for a local sporting goods shop. all the coding, all of the images, all of the design.

we each got a big $$ mountain bike out of the deal, and store discounts on future purchases.

not a bad deal at all.

Free Beer for life (1)

beachr (167577) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240980)

I do the IT for a friends' beer store - we just put in a new POS system and camera's so he can wathc the store from home.

Now - It's free beer for life!!!

Will Code for Food (1)

supersmike (563905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240983)

I got a case of decent spaghetti sauce for installing a LinkSys.

Parts or food is always good... (1)

DroolArt (63002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240986)

I very often will fix computers for free provided the hardware that is borken is stil under warranty. A couple of years ago I did this very often with Hard Drives, I would then either use the Hard Drives or sell them to someone who needed one cheap.

I got to help my friends by fixing thier computers and by supplying cheap upgrades.

If it's not a hardware problem, dinner is always good.

weekend at a condo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9240990)

Weekend stay in a condo at a local lake in exchange for a very simple website advertising said condo.

Freeware Feedback... (1)

goMac2500 (741295) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240991)

I once got feedback on one of my pieces of software from a man who said if I were a woman he would sleep with me. Apparently my software was just that good... My parents, who like to check the feedback on download sites, found that one pretty funny...

Feed the IT worker (1)

Jim_Maryland (718224) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240993)

Most of the non-work related IT support I provide is compensated via food. Pizza and beer work best.

Other compensations include baby sitting and occasionally it keeps the inlaws from visiting (they are happy playing on the Internet and have less time to visit).

Chiropractor??? (1, Insightful)

Eros (6631) | more than 10 years ago | (#9240994)

Chiropractor?, if you'll take the services of a chiropractor, I'll give you a job in trade for some healing tonics, a deku leaf, and I'll read your future.

I'll start with the fortune telling. I see that you are very gullible and have resently been taken for a fool.

Beer.... (1)

SatanMat (757225) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241000)

Is there Anything else really? Beer, beer, beer... Stout, or a nice Lager...

hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241001)

I get a paycheck and in return my gf gets a cut and keeps me very happy and undistracted, it means I get to code more and still get some.

Who said you can't trade services for service ;-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241002)

gotten brain for my brain. Fixing two computers at a friends house.

Two words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241003)

"Fair Game" with Cindy Crawford...

Spyware for Spyware (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241005)

I have this neighbor who works at the NSA. He isn't really the bartering type. He, instead, prefers ominous threats.

Anyway, one day he walked over to my house, knocked on the door, and demanded that I help him get all the crap off his computer. Since he's never too nice to me, I asked him why I should do this. He said if I didn't he'd make me an NSA test case for subdermal tracking devices. Empty threat, I thought to myself.

Well, I was wrong. Now I have the black vans that seem to track me at a distance. They do a good job of staying out of sight, but I know they are following me. I guess I'm comforted by the fact that someone, somewhere knows my neighbors IP and what web sites he visits.

Scotch. (1)

MrWood (179426) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241006)

I set up a home network for a neighbour, and in return, I received a bottle of Glendronach 15 yr., sherry cask aged. MmMmMmmmm. Also had offers for Chiropractic and Optometrist appointments, Beer, Baileys + Coffee, "smokes", Free CDs, meals, etc.. Generally, friends and family have been friendly and thankful.

Mr_Wood, out.

I have gotten... (5, Insightful)

dlur (518696) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241010)

In return for my services in fixing friends and family's PCs and printers I have recieved:

Beer
Free labor on replacement of my water heater.
Free server hosting
A kitchen faucet (a nice lifetime warranty Moen one, but not the kitchen sink to go with it)
Discounted closing on my home mortgage
Supper
More Beer
Lots more food, including gift certificates to nice restaurants

Good Vibes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241011)

I once got a bongo drum from a guy from Grenada after I wiped AOL from his computer.

When dealing with many computers... (1)

nerd65536 (692353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241016)

Meters High School (where I am a student) got over a hundred, basically identical, donated computers. The only problem was that the hard drives are blank (and wiped). I volunteered to help. Since my method was of direct hard drive-to-hard drive copying was so superior to other method of installing the OS and software from CD's, the teacher in charge gave me a couple computers as payment.

Personal Experience (1)

NinjaPablo (246765) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241017)

In return for rebuilding and troubleshooting a computer for my accountant, he did my taxes for free. I've also had tune-ups done for working on a mechanic's PC.

Usually computer work results in free beer/pop/pizza though.

My eternal soul... (5, Funny)

ErnieD (19277) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241020)

I fixed up my pastor's PC, and in return he has saved my eternal soul. :)

Food of course (1)

jtwJGuevara (749094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241023)

My roomate in college always took me out to dinner anytime I "fixed" his windows computer. This normally involved the same thing as the parent poster, removing spyware/viruses and installing software firewalls etc etc.

I never bothered to try and install a Linux distro on his machine... because that would mean I would get fewer dinners :(

the trades (1)

k.ellsworth (692902) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241025)

in my time as geek, i have recived many services/goods in exchange of my help.

medical services (fixing a doctor's computer(also friend of mine)).
food (everytime i fix my aunt computer, she gaves me a cake or something.).
also some: car repairs, forniture, apliances, some semi-old computers...

actually a friend of mine (geek too), got sex in exchange...

a friend of mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241027)

told me story how he worked as it-support for this company another department had girl working there who was relatively hot from what I hear, so he came up with devious plan and set up program that would corrupt her work files 1-2 times per month on random occasions, so she'd call him for file retrieving job
this went on for about a year or so
after few eggnogs he ended up getting some at the christmas party for the brave work he did for rescuing her work all the time

Bartering is overrated. (2, Interesting)

dilweed (698689) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241033)

I've given up. Everyone seems to want my services for free, so now I tell them up front $60 an hour. I figure that's how much my time spent away from my wife and kids is worth.

Although I HAVE traded flight time in my uncles Cessna 172 once. That was a good deal.

yes it does happen even on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9241042)

sex, drugs, booze, a carton of smokes last week, and sometimes less interesting things like movie tickets etc.

the illicit substances and sex were obviously the best.

yes its slashdot, but guess what that stuff happens.

week's vacation (1)

241comp (535228) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241043)

I got a week for free in a timeshare owned by someone for whom I did a little web design. In fact, my trip to Grand Bahama Island (Freeport specifically) is only a very short while from now. I'd say that ~5 hours of web design in exchange for a week in a Freeport timeshare apartment (4 of us are going) that typically rents out for $850 is fair.

Bartering Gone Bad (1)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241044)

Folks, general advice is for something tangible. Cashage, hardware, caffeine, a trip to tahiti. :)

The main thing to consider here is bartering to begin with. If you're willing to do this for the love of the game, any kudos you receive is nothing more than a bonus whether it be tangible or just goodwill.

If you're not willing to do such things without some form of compensation, go for tangibles. Sticks and carrots suck. Case in point -- "maintain my web site and I'll refer clients over to you." The guy's maintenance needs can be too demanding for empty promises after a while.

In the end, bartering is a dangeous proposition. Love what you do and be willing to help friends out for nothing in return. Otherwise, there may be profits to be had doing consulting work.

Sex in exchange for a small perl script (4, Funny)

FictionPimp (712802) | more than 10 years ago | (#9241045)

Yep you heard me.

Actually, I was going to get the sex anyways, the small perl script was just what I did to prolong the sex.
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