What to expect your first year as a New Member of MerchanTrade?

Written by Shawn Armstrong on .

The Sign-up Period 

  • When you join, you set your trade terms.
  • What you choose to trade & whether you offer full trade or part cash/part trade is up to you.
  • We can assist you with this if you need help.

The Introductory FREE Period

  • Your business will be listed in our barter program as a member.
  • Your business will be listed on our website & featured on the homepage as a new member.
  • Your business will be featured in our weekly email.
  • All of the above is FREE!

How do I start trading?

  • Give and you shall receive: Provide a service or product to one of our members to build your barter fund.
  • When you're ready to trade, review our trader categories (or call our office at 254 776-5552 or 800 867-5552) & contact members you’re interested in trading with.
  • Let them know you’re a MerchanTrade member & start trading!

What if I don’t find anything I can use?

  • If you get no benefit, you owe nothing. However we recommend contacting businesses you need & ask them to consider joining MerchanTrade.
  • If they sign up, you'll get a $100 cash referral bonus & you'll be able to pay them barter dollars instead of cash.

What do I do when contacted by a MerchanTrade member? 

  • Get the member’s card info & let them know your trade terms.
  • Once your transaction is complete, contact our office @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & provide the amount, business name or MerchanTrade card #.
  • The MerchanTrade office will provide you with an auth. # to verify the purchase that's just been made

OK, I’m starting to love this.  When does the Intro Period end??

  • After you receive the first $1000.00 in trade in new business, we will bill a $200.00 cash membership fee and after that has been paid, we credit your trade account $200.00 - nontaxable. How cool is that? You get $200 to apply to your next trade!
  • You are issued a membership card w/ your business & personal name, acct # and expiration based upon when you joined.

What fees can I expect?

  • 10% cash & 2% trade on any purchase, which is only billed to you after you have benefited by using your trade dollars.

How do I keep up with my balance?

  • You will be mailed a monthly statement.

What happens the rest of the year?

  • You continue to be promoted in our weekly email, website & receive monthly statements throughout your first year and following.
  • There is an annual renewal fee of $150.00 due each calendar year. If you choose to continue and pay this fee, your trade balance, etc. moves to the next year.
  • If you choose to close your acct., you simply prepay your cash fee on your balance and spend this down before your renewal date and your membership cards expire. This way, you would not owe your renewal fee, but still benefit by using your accrued trade dollars.

That's It!  If you have any additional questions, please contact our office 254 776-5552 or 800 867-5552.  Thanks & happy bartering!!  MerchanTrade