I recently read about a car parking lot in Argentina, which enables customers to pay for their parking with items they no longer need. The scheme, run by a guy called Ivan Caraganopulos, accepts any second hand items in return for parking. This simple bartering idea has proved very popular with drivers, and has developed into a profitable business.
I’m not suggesting that you rip the parking meter out of a UK car park and demand old tat by way of payment instead, but perhaps there’s a way that you can incorporate barter into your own business. Many people are cash-strapped these days but have old stuff they no longer need or want. If you can come up with a bartering system that works for you, you could find that you pull in a lot more customers and appeal to a whole new market.