Caroline - Pixies Pet Resort
30th April 2018
Initially, I didn't really think Bartercard was for me. Even after signing up, there were days when I was thinking it's not really for me. But how things changed! With the regular contact I had from my Trade Broker with details of different promos, all of a sudden I could afford turkey for the doggies, get frozen foods for the masses that make up my family, get facials for the girls (something we could never afford since all my foster kids came to live with us), and so I started to pay a little more attention to the listings that I was being sent. And then I was sent a promo about the possibility to go on holiday at a romantic resort in Fiji. Truthfully, I would have never even considered it as we just couldn't afford it. However, before I knew it I was on my way to Paradise Taveuni. I was soon snorkeling and diving - something I thought I'd never be able to do again. For that, I want to thank my Trade Broke, Joe, and Bartercard. But...as my good friend would say 'But wait, there's more!' While I was in Fiji enjoying myself, it suddenly became apparent the horrific abuse and neglect of the dogs on this very poor community and the Islanders. Thanks to this trip, I now have the charity, Animal Rehoming, on board to help send dog food out to these remote islanders. The shipping of the goods is still a bit of a headache but I'm sure we'll have that sorted in due course. Since this charity saw my postings of the dogs' plight, we've received huge donations and we longer have to buy our own pet food for the business. To date, $20,000 worth of dog food and supplies have been donated to us to pass on. Thanks to Bartercard and the power of the network we've hooked up with some fantastic people that, not only affect our business and income in a very very positive way but are helping communities in remote islands and I'm sure it's not going to end here. So we might not have loved Bartercard initially, but now we absolutely LOVE Bartercard. A huge thank you, Joe, for making me really fall in love with Bartercard.
1st February 2018
We are a big fan of Bartercard and turn over almost $200,000 a year between Australia and NZ. The only real negative is the constant cancellations from Hotels and Restaurant outlets. I cannot name many food outlets that last more than 6 months. Continually I am attempting reservations and being told in a cold voice "we don't take Bartercard anymore". I can think of various ways to curb your cancellations... as we have just been through the exercise in our own business bringing them down from 45% to less than 5% in 6 months using a combination of strategies. Most important is not only to listen to the client, but actually implement change. It Costs yes, but doesn't cost as much as losing that client altogether. We spend up to 75% of that clients payment pleasing them... but that is still 25% to us, and after some months they are settled in and we still enjoy 75% of what we were getting before - not Zero because they left altogether.
Venter & Hull Chartered Accountants Ltd
9th January 2018
We have found Bartercard to be a wonderful tool for our business and for our individual needs. It increases our turnover by encouraging new customers to use our services who may not otherwise have done so. The key is to maintain the balance between cash and trade to enable cash payments to certain suppliers. Our trade dollars are spent on business and personal spends; you just need to use your imagination or talk to your Trade Broker for specific items.
19th December 2017
Using Bartercard has opened up my business to a lot of nationwide customers. It has developed ongoing business which is a very positive situation. I regularly run Bartercard specials with our COmmercial Stamps which generates a lot of trade dollars. It allows me to use the Bartercard benefits with regards to paying for my accountant, Eftopos supplies, other business needs and the occasional personal gift, and even weekly massages - imperative for a busy business owner! It does work! Saving cash by using trade dollars makes good business sense.
12th December 2017
I attended an end-of-year networking evening and dinner hosted by the Wellington branch of Bartercard. It was a fantastic, fun and informal way to get to know some of the other Bartercard members. Always love hearing what other SMEs across the region are doing, it is sure to inspire!
10th December 2017
I have been a member for about 17 years and have never had any problems spending or accepting Bartercard. I get great satisfaction from hearing other Bartercard members say 'I don't know where to spend my dollars.' I then talk to them to ask them what do they use for cleaning products, holidays, meals, and the list goes on. I am sure I have convinced many of these members to stay on. For as long as I am in business, I will belong to Bartercard!
EM Fuge Ltd
6th December 2017
We've been a member since 2004. Bartercard has and continues to meet so many of our business and personal needs. Over the past 13 years, our Bartercard knowledge and usage has grown to the point that we always say 'let's check Bartercard first.' The Bartercard options just keep growing and we love it.
Cushla Tangaere Manuel - East Coast Rugby
6th December 2017
Being a rugby club, we travel quite extensively. Having partnered with Bartercard since 2014, the sponsorship has allowed us to increase out travel opportunities for our teenage grade teams, while continuing with our Heartland campaign. We use our trade dollars mainly for rental cars, meals and some accommodation. Bartercard really does offer something for everyone with their good range of products and services. The staff know what's available and are always on hand to help. We are very grateful for the Bartercard sponsorship opportunity they've given us over the past few years. Long may it continue!
22nd November 2017
Touch NZ has partnered with Bartercard for about nine years, and it's been nothing but beneficial, not only from the cash savings we've made through the subsidy sponsorship but more recently the trade dollar component. We've managed to strategically juggle the budget to receive cash savings in areas we expected to pay cash for, due to the trade sales we've made with equipment and merchandise that we've sold through trade. Our trade dollars don't go to waste. We use them to offset printing costs and this year, we're planning to use some of it for our staff Christmas event. We make it work for Touch NZ and I would encourage anything that is looking for subsidy sponsorship to give Bartercard serious consideration. IT's worth the time to make it work for you as you will benefit financially.
8th November 2017
Talk about get things done - issues with log-in sorted, questions re directory sorted, background on where to find what on the various websites sorted, APP for iphone sorted. 100% of queries addressed - thank you Alex you are a gem and a great asset to your company.