Parents' Guide to

Barter Kings

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cashless trading show with savvy entrepreneurs, language.

TV A&E Reality TV 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Negotiation skills are important...

I personally really like the show because it uses an old concept: barter. Children should start to learn how to negotiate and guess the value of things as early as possible. I'm a barterer myself and I find it very rewarding. However, I prefer barterquest to craigslist because barterquest specializes in bartering.
age 18+

There's a sucker born every day!

It ought to be called how to screw people out of stuff and make them think it's their idea. Typical used car salesmen tactics, half truths and misrepresentations. The whole thrust of the program is "anyway you can make the deal." Typical "a little lie never hurt anybody" attitude...that is until they get stuck...which you'll never see.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The series offers an inside look at how people can make a living by skillfully bartering for items that have some kind of subjective value to them, rather than simply focusing on their cash value. It also shows some of the techniques that skilled traders use to get the best deal possible.

Watching how this trade team works is interesting, but it doesn't specifically show how their barter business is able to turn a profit in a cashless business. As a result, while folks may find process interesting, they may also be left questioning whether or not they are actually able to make a living do what they do.

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