Barter & Beer: What a Trade!

April 7th, 2014

Warning: This will make your Monday even better.

National Beer Day, trade

Believe it or not, today is National Beer Day. No, I swear I am not making this up- I read it on the Internet!  This unofficial holiday was created in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who on April 7th, 1933 signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law. So what is the big deal about this law, you ask? It ended the 13 year long prohibition of alcohol in the United States. Basically, today is the day so many years ago that beer became legal to buy and sell. Beer enthusiasts around the United States rejoiced, as you can imagine.

In honor of today’s ‘holiday’ why not celebrate by visiting a restaurant available on trade?

Here are some ideas:

You can use your new and improved New England Trade membership card at Sports Grille Boston, Sports, Spirits & Steaks, and Fat Cactus! Otherwise, call the office at 781-388-9200 or visit the Marketplace to order some scrip. Have it mailed, or come say hi at the office and pick up some scrip. Then go out tonight, all on trade and enjoy this one of a kind holiday! And do not forget to raise a glass to President Roosevelt for his act of duty.


New England Trade Membership Cards

March 25th, 2014

Attention New England Trade Members:

Have You Seen Me?

New England Trade Membership Card

Last Seen: With Your Company’s 1099

It has come to our attention that some members do not know about their NEW membership cards. The new membership cards went out at the end of January with the 1099s. If your business did not receive a 1099 from New England Trade, the membership cards still went out at the same time.

The newly designed membership card features a sleek look, with swipe technology and scanning capabilities. In conjunction with our app, members can scan the back of fellow members’ card when making an authorization. The buyer’s account number will be inputted into the corresponding field upon scanning. Haven’t downloaded the app yet? What are you waiting for?! It is available on iTunes and Google Play. After downloading the app, sign in using your Marketplace username and password.

Use your membership card, equipped with swipe technology, at various member locations. Within the next few weeks, ten more swipe terminals will be added – so keep checking the Marketplace for an updated list of members accepting your membership card instead of scrip!

Until next time!

Happy Pi Day Barterers!

March 14th, 2014

And no, I do not mean pie as in the delicious baked dessert or as in a big pizza pie, which actually sounds pretty good for lunch right now…

I am talking about the Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, 3.14159 …and that is all I can name off the top of my head.

Why celebrate you ask? Well it is a national holiday that is why! Perplexed? No need. On March 9, 2009, Congress may March 14th a national holiday in order to show support for the National Science Foundation and to encourage the study of mathematics.

Pi DaySo what should you do in order to celebrate this one-of-a-kind holiday? Well you can crack some jokes and puns such as ‘Did you know that 3.14% of Sailors are Pi Rates’. Get it? If that just  made you roar with laughter, there are a 101 more jokes where that came from.

How does a Friday night, movie night sound? You could watch the ‘Life of Pi’, ‘American Pie’, or if you are looking for a psychological thriller, there is the movie ‘Pi‘.

Feeling poetic? Create a Pi-ku! No, not a haiku with the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic pattern, this type has a 3-1-4 syllabic pattern, of course!

Take advantage of the deals this holiday has to offer! Starbucks is offering a free Grande brewed coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich. It may not be a pie, but who could pass up a free cup of coffee? Pizza Hut, between 1 and 4 PM (get it, 3 hours, between 1 and 4 PM is 3.14!), will be giving away 140 $10 gift cards when you tweet using the hashtag #PizzaHutPiDay.

Lastly, if all else fails bake a pie! For some  inspiration, check out these recipes for some great ideas. To rationalize baking the scrumptious dessert even more so – it is Albert Einstein’s birthday! Whether it be apple, blueberry, banana cream or whatever your heart desires, grab yourself a slice and sing happy birthday to the Father of Modern Physics. And remember, if you need any taste testers, you know where New England Trade’s office is located.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Did you know?

March 3rd, 2014

There is more than one way to obtain authorizations.

Most members are aware of the ability to call the New England Trade office to receive an authorization number.  But did you know there is an automated phone number, a website and an app that does the same? These three alternative ways to obtain an authorization are available to you 24/7!

  • Automated Line:
    • Allows you to make authorizations or to check your account balance simply by dialing 888-784-4888. Have your account number ready, along with the buyer’s account number and the amount.
  • Online:
    • Besides calling the automated line, members can go to to submit a transaction for authorization. All you need is your account number, the buyer’s account number, the amount, and a short optional, but recommended, description. Also, if you are logged into the Marketplace, there is a link at the top of the page that directs you bartherauth website.
  • App:
    • Ifauthorizations you own a smartphone, go to iTunes or Google Play and download the free New England Trade barter app! Currently, the app only allows for authorizations, however there are big plans for the future- so be on the look out! To log in to the app, simply use your Marketplace username and password. To obtain an authorization, simply have the same information needed as any other form. Your account number will already be displayed in the Seller’s Account field.  Fill in the other necessary information, have the buyer sign at the bottom with their finger, and off you go! But wait! There is one additional feature to the app. Instead of typing in the buyer’s account number, you may scan the barcode on the back of the buyers New England Trade membership card simply buy pressing the camera icon next to the Buyer Account field. Upon scanning the card, the buyer’s account number will automatically be imputed. An email will be sent to both the buyer and seller account’s primary contact with the confirmation of the authorization for your records.

We are consistently trying to make your trading experience as simple as ever. If you have any comments or suggestions about the New England Trade app, please let us know! Email Your feedback is important to us and will aid in making barter transactions and authorizations quick and easy as possible!

Until next time!

Policy Update: Time Sensitive Orders

February 24th, 2014

 Happy Monday New England Trade Members!

Sending Mail

After a short hiatus, New England Trade’s blog is back and up and running!

To start off, we would like to inform everyone of an updated policy regarding time sensitive orders.

If an order is placed and is time sensitive (for instance, tickets to a show that will occur within 3-4 days from the day mailed), there will be three options for mailing:

  1. Members can pick up your orders at the New England Trade office in Malden, MA
  2. The order can be shipped UPS or FedEx. Simply provide your UPS or FedEx shipping number for billing.
  3. The order can be shipped USPS Priority Mail, and the tracking number will be provided for your convenience. Priority mail is NOT guaranteed. Per your request, your order may be mailed out by USPS Express Mail, which is guaranteed delivery, for an additional fee.

For more information, please talk to your broker!

Until next time!

All Asia Cambridge Has Closed

July 26th, 2013

All Asia in Cambridge has closed as of July 26, 2013

As stated in our Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy, Certificates dated April 1, 2013 to July 26, 2013 may be returned for credit.

Scrip must be returned to New England Trade by September 1, 2013 for credit.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Call New England Trade 781-388-9200 if you have any questions.

Fat Cactus Randolph Location Closed

May 1st, 2013

Fat Cactus Randolph  has closed as of May 1, 2013

As stated in our Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy, Certificates dated February 1, 2013 to May 1, 2013 may be returned for credit.

Scrip must be returned to New England Trade by July 1, 2013 for credit.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Call New England Trade 781-388-9200 if you have any questions.


Please Note: Certificates are Valid at Fat Cactus in Lynnfield, MA


Sign Up Your Boys & Girls for Summer Camp without Breaking the Bank

April 9th, 2013

Register for Camp Half Moon on Trade

Send Your Kids to Camp with Your New England Trade Dollars

Camp Half Moon on TradeCamp Half Moon located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts offers a traditional sleepover camp experience as well as a day camp program for local campers ages 3-15. Their sleep away camp in the Berkshires is an engaging and rewarding experience for children ages 6-16. The essence of this experience enhances a child’s self esteem, independence and social values in addition to providing wonderful memories which often last a life time.

It is Half Moon’s belief that children gain the most from their camp experience during a minimum stay of three weeks. This allows time for each camper to develop a sense of accomplishment through the development of new activity skills and to cultivate special friendships and enhance personal growth and independence, which is the essence of the summer camp experience. Thus they only accept a limited number of one and two week enrolments in order to maintain continuity within their program.

Learn more about their camp, philosophy & traditions! >

More Summer Activities Available on Trade:

Bass River Kayak Rentals >

Balls 2 the Wall Paintball >

Newburyport Whale Watch >

Adventure Chatham >

Bass River Cruises >

Cape Escape – The Ultimate Adventure Golf >

Pirates Cove Mini Golf >

Great Marsh Kayak Tours >

The Little Capistrano Bike Shop Rentals >

Earn $100 Trade for FREE

March 26th, 2013

Refer Your Fellow Business Associates to New England Trade!

Earn New England Trade DollarsWe appreciate your referral of quality businesses! Over 70% of your fellow traders have come from companies like yourself referring members to New England Trade. We appreciate your support in growing your barter company.

For every member that you refer that becomes a New England Trade Member, we will credit your account $100 trade dollars!

We Are Looking For:

Advertising · Golf Course · Restaurants · Auto Repair · Granite Company · Retail Store · Chimney Sweep · Irrigation Company · Shredding Company · Dry Cleaners · Locksmith · Vacation Homes · Florist · Printing Company · Veterinary Clinic

Our Definition of “Referral”:

When you have directly talked about and gone over the barter concept with a business owner leaving them to ask for someone to contact them about signing up!

A lead does NOT qualify as a referral. If you contact us about a project or service you enjoy and ask us to contact them directly about joining our company, without direct communication first, this is known as a lead, not a referral, and is not qualified.

Refer a Member >


Travel Cape Cod on Barter

March 20th, 2013

Regardless of what the weather feels like, Spring is officially here! This means there are blue skies ahead and here at New England Trade we believe there is no better place in Massachusetts to enjoy the warm weather than Cape Cod.  We have numerous getaway options available all over the Cape for our members (Not a member? Join now).

The Corsair & Cross Rip Oceanfront ResortsDennisport

Corsair and Cross Rip Oceanfront Resort Cape CodOne of Cape Cod’s superior waterfront properties – The Corsair Resort. This oceanfront family resort is situated on a private beach facing Nantucket Sound. Watch the sunrise or sunset from our private beach. All accommodations include a deluxe room in the Corsair building with two queen beds, kids single sleeper couch & galley kitchenette. Breakfast buffet for two is included with your stay during off-season only. There is an indoor pool with game room and an outdoor pool overlooking the beach. Also, outdoor grills, shuffleboard area, and showers to wash the sand and salt away.
Make a Reservation >

Mattapoisett Property – Nantucket

Mattapoisett Property LLC Cape CodOcean views from an amazing deck, steps from Cisco beach on a path by the house, this house is the last house on a dead end street with a large yard. Five bedrooms with four full baths and a great room and gourmet kitchen upstairs for perfect entertaining. Amazing decks with ocean views. Sleeps 10 with 4.5 baths. 3 Queen bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and 1 bunk bedroom. 4 miles from downtown.
Make a Reservation >

Brewster Green Resort – Brewster

Brewster Green Resort Cape CodNestled on 17 acres of manicured property, Brewster Green Resort offers owners and guests the ideal setting for a wonderful vacation experience. The 56, two and three bedroom, condominiums range in size from 1,100 to 1,600 square feet. Each condominium is tastefully decorated and includes a full kitchen, dining room, living room with fireplace, 42 inch flat screen TV’s, VCR/DVD players and CD stereo systems, one to two bathrooms, master bedroom with king size bed, washer and dryer, and more. The resort amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, hot tub, two tennis courts, two racquetball courts, shuffleboard, exercise room and more.
Make a Reservation >

Craigville Beach Home RentalHyannisport

Craigville Beach Home Rental Cape CodEnjoy Cape Cod in comfort and privacy in this private home. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms. Beautiful fully equipped kitchen with granite counter-tops. Family dining room opens to two decks & formal dining room is great for entertaining. The home is a short walk (about 9 minutes) or bike ride to Craigville Beach, one of Cape’s premiere white sand beaches. Downtown Hyannis is 5 minutes by car, close enough to be convenient yet far enough to be removed from the noise and crowds.
Make a Reservation >

See More Cape Cod Travel Options Available on Trade >

Travel Tip: When making travel reservations please do not contact the property direct. Contact your trade broker and fill out a travel request form.