Hello everyone, I am going to start making a semi-regular blog post in which I discuss things that I think are relevant to Tradenauts and trading in general. I wanted to start my first post with the titular question, Why Trade? If you have read the “About Tradenauts” page, then this might seem a bit familiar to you but here I try to go a bit more in depth. In order to answer the titular question, I will first try to step through the thought process that I myself went through when deciding to make Tradenauts.
I came up with the idea for Tradenauts from a dream, from using an app where you could trade gift cards. Once I woke up I realized that why limit it to gift cards and not just trade anything and everything you wanted? It really just started as simply as that, but the more I thought about it, the more it really stuck with me, and it wasn’t just because it was kind of unique, but it was the timing of the idea and how much I think it could resonate with others. I think it could resonate with others because of how we live today and how little we get for how much we put in.
It is no secret that today’s generation although making more money than their parents, do not have as much purchasing power as they did. This article shows that although wages have risen the purchasing power associated with them has remained stagnant. As things keep getting expensive our ability to obtain them has been getting worse. And it just isn’t that we are unable to purchase things, it’s the amount of things we also need to have. Things like an internet and a phone plan, which are very pricey, are things that are almost a necessity in today’s age, things that our parents probably didn’t have to worry about, but we need to account for when making ends meet. Not only that, but to add insult to injury, the average American worker works more now than the previous generation. So not only is the average American working more now, they make less than their parents did. So what is the point I am trying to make? Is it just to depress you? Well the answer is no.
Most of us work because we have to, because we need to pay the bills, pay rent, buy food, and have the necessities covered, and with whatever little money we have left over follow that passion we have. Whether it is music, or biking, or board games, or books, it is things like this that we look forward to, that makes every person an individual, where people spend the little they have left of their hard earned money, and it is where I want to help. I want to offer a place where you can pursue those nonessential things that you love, that are your passion, without having to break the bank. I know how frustrating it can be to be saving up for something you want, only for a last minute emergency to pop up and having start over again. It is an endless cycle, that is getting worse and we just ignore it. But there must be something else we can do about this, and I think that something else is trading. Because believe it or not, money is not the only thing that has value, our possessions have value too, and I want you to see that. I want you to see your possessions in a new light.
I’m not asking you to put up your prized clarinet up for trade because you really want to try out a guitar. I just know that Americans have a lot of stuff we don’t use, so instead of spending more money on things you probably won’t use, why not just trade for it. Sure you could sell it, make some money off of it, and then buy what you want, but most of the time when you sell something, you get pennies on the dollar back for what you paid for it. If you know what you own has real worth, then why not bargain with it as if it has the worth you know it has. That way you can get what you’ve been looking for without breaking the bank, and you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging yourself. And if you get a guitar cause you’ve always been dreaming of rocking out, and you realize it’s not really your thing, it’s not the end of the world, because you didn’t break the bank for it and you can just trade it again.
If you’re still not convinced the only thing I can say is, why not try it? Go through what you have, see what you don’t use anymore, and put it up for trade. I know someone out there is probably looking for that dusty old book you don’t read, or that music stand you don’t use, and see what they have. Maybe they have something you’ve thought about getting before, but haven’t been able to before, well now you can get it. And if you don’t like it, at least you tried. But now that there are alternatives out there, that you don’t have to pinch every penny just to pursue that thing you love, you can just trade for it, and not have to worry about making ends meet. If that sounds like it interests you, then you’ve come to the right place.