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The Los Angeles Skills Pool
A part of the Los Angeles scene since 1975, has facilitated the free sharing of thousands of services on a member-to-member basis. What sets us apart from other organizations is that (1) all services are free, (2) members have unlimited access—no free samples, and (3) there's no balancing out of services given against services received (no quid pro quo).

For a brief history, click
here. For contact information, click here, or just phone (818) 240-SAVE. Frequently Asked Questions are here.'s founder and administrator is consumer advisor Richard Johnson, who hails from New York, and after living on the west side of Los Angeles and in the western San Fernando Valley now makes his home in Glendale, California.

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outright (with our 30-day guarantee), or with a two-week trial, or by paying in installments. The trial and installments options are explained here.

Through the years has been the subject of many press accounts, including articles in the
Los Angeles Times (about a dozen pieces), the Daily News, the Pasadena Star-News, Consumer Reports, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the UCLA Daily Bruin, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Mother Earth News, the Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle Magazine, the Los Angeles Reader, the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, Best Bargains, and many other publications. Some of these are quoted in the pop-up screen that will appear when you bring up the page of member reviews. (If you don't see the pop-up with the press quotes, use the link in the review page's second paragraph.)

In addition, has been cited by
The L.A. Bargain Book as one of the book's Ten Best Bargains; and it's been written up by The Conference Board, Inc., in their Across the Board magazine. Websites linking to us include Utne Reader, Get Rich Slowly,,, Sustainable Systems, Barter Planet, Open Café, Cityfeeds,, Black Voice Chat, Kaboodle, Omnipelagos, Avoo, and Translators Café, plus Ekopedia (Canada), (India), Startlap (Lapland), Baltic Sea (northern Europe), and many more. (Some of these sites and assessments refer to us by our former name of BEYOND BARTER.) subscribes to the
seven principles of business integrity. We have a complaint-free record with the Better Business Bureau, which has given us an A+ rating. Members are protected not only by our ironclad guarantee, but by a strict privacy policy.

The current photo of Richard Johnson was provided as a service
by photographer Chris Moscatiello (323) 665-6215
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