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Liquid Tide: Black Market Money

Written by Gary North on March 23, 2012

Around the USA, thieves are stealing bottles of liquid Tide.

I did a Google search for these three words: liquid Tide theft. I got a lot of hits.

The thieves could steal anything. Why are they stealing Tide? Because Tide functions as a black market currency.

To function as currency, a commodity needs the following:

1. Wide demand

2. Recognizable

3. Transportable

4. Durable

5. Divisible

6. High value in relation to volume and weight

Tide qualifies on all six.It is weakest in #6. But it has a high enough value to be worth stealing.

People will develop alternative currencies when the economy gets tight. These currencies are not taxable. Profits are not taxable.

If people are looking for an item to store for preserving long-term value, Tide would be a good candidate. Gold is better, but Tide is good.

If someone thinks the economy is close to collapse — I don’t — liquid Tide would be a prime candidate for barter.

Even if you allergic to detergent — I am (the only thing I am allergic to) — Tide would be something you could swap for soap. It is easier to make soap than detergent.

This guy has the right attitude:

Whether this is all just a bizarre shoplifting trend that will soon pass or one of the weird ways in which the down economy is rearing its ugly head (most likely a combination of the two), I’m not going to worry until there’s a shady character on every other street corner pushing bars of Fels-Naptha. Psst. Hey buddy, I got something here for you — excellent price … even better stain pre-treating abilities. Soothes bug bites and poison ivy rashes, too. I’ll give you a good deal. Then, I’d know that something is really wrong.

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7 thoughts on “Liquid Tide: Black Market Money

  1. SEAN MURRY says:

    During the viet nam war powdertide was on the black market in viet nam.

  2. DoctorBob says:

    Home made laundry detergent is very, very simple. I can make a gallon of laundry detergent that cleans better than ANY bottle of Tide, and I can do it for about $1 per gallon. Been doing it for years, and washing my laundry in it. I wouldn't use a commercial detergent on a bet. Tide is a rip-off. Google "homemade laundry detergent." It's easy.

  3. I gotta laugh at the fact that there are two Tide Advertisements on this page under the article.

    Also, thanks for the tip Dr. Bob.

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  6. thedigitallense says:

    Thanks for the tip Doc. I will be trying this myself. Wife doesn't use Tide, but the detergent she does use costs an arm and a leg!

  7. Rev.BrewsterCalogna says:

    If I'm gonna be hoarding a liquid, it sure as hell ain't gonna be Tide…