SpyderEdgeForever wrote:I was talking with a friend who believes strongly that there will be a coming economic collapse in America and the Western world, in the next 1-10 years, and I told him about my love for Spyderco knives. He says people should purchase tangible material goods that have trade and barter value, such as toilet paper and knives, and he is an advocate of gold and silver.
Sounds like a sales pitch to me. Does he, perchance, sell gold and silver? Do you?
SpyderEdgeForever wrote:my question for all of you:
1 Is this idea of a coming economic collapse a real likelihood, or is this more "doomster fear" like critics of it say?
I'm 68 years old and can't remember a time when someone wasn't predicting that global thermonuclear war, economic collapse, or a combination of them, was right around the corner. Hasn't happened yet, so my money would be on those with "prepper" supplies to sell feeding the paranoid fears of the preppers for their own profit.
SpyderEdgeForever wrote:2 If it did happen like he said, would it be that easy or doable, to set up on the street or with your neighbors, friends, and other people, and trade Spydies and toilet paper for food or vice versa? (he advocates having alot of dried foods on hand, too, as well as water and even alcohol and cigarettes which he said are good trade items in such times)?
Or, would government just come in and seize/confiscate it, and, would there be a danger of roving gangs not wanting to trade with you, but rather, just steal from you at gun/weapon point?
"If" the economy were to truly collapse, then the rule of law would collapse very quickly thereafter. There would be no neat and tidy barter economy. Would you really want to sell a knife to someone who was larger, younger, and/or stronger than you? How often do you think that scenario would play out well for you?
Beyond that, despite your trying to weave Spyderco products into this, I'm pretty sure it's abut as OT as things get, and **** hard to keep apolitical.