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The return of the barter economy, swapping eggs for toilet paper

Eggs sit in collection baskets at a certified organic family run farm in Illinois. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Daniel Acker.

In normal times, the roughly 200 barter exchanges in the U.S. let roofers fix leaks and get paid in restaurant takeouts or accounting services. With tens of millions of Americans under lockdowns, those cash-free trade systems are seeing an influx in participants.

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