One Red Paperclip

Kyle, Macdonald,  a Canadian, is a blogger who bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year. 


Amazing? Isn’t it? Thats like exchanging homework for a home theater!


MacDonald made his first trade, a red paper clip for a fish-shaped pen, on July 14, 2005. He reached his goal of trading up to a house with the fourteenth transaction, trading a movie role for a house. This is the list of all transactions MacDonald made:
  • On July 14, 2005, he went to Vancouver and traded the paperclip for a fish-shaped pen.
  • He then traded the pen the same day for a hand-sculpted doorknob from Seattle, Washington, which he nicknamed “Knob-T”.
  • On July 25, 2005, he traveled to Amherst, Massachusetts, with a friend to trade the Knob-T for a Coleman camp stove (with fuel).
  • On September 24, 2005, he went to San Clemente, California, and traded the camp stove for a Honda generator.
  • On November 16, 2005, he made a second (and successful) attempt (after having the generator confiscated by the New York City Fire Department) in Maspeth, Queens, to trade the generator for an “instant party”: an empty keg, an IOU for filling the keg with the beer of the holder’s choice, and a neon Budweiser sign.

    Kyle MacDonald’s house

  • On December 8, 2005, he traded the “instant party” to Quebec comedian and radio personality Michel Barrette for a Ski-doo snowmobile.
  • Within a week of that, he traded the snowmobile for a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia, in February 2006.
  • On or about January 7, 2006, the second person on the trip to Yahk traded Kyle a cube van for the privilege.
  • On or about February 22, 2006, he traded the cube van for a recording contract with Metal Works in Toronto.
  • On or about April 11, 2006, he traded the recording contract to Jody Gnant for a year’s rent inPhoenix, Arizona.
  • On or about April 26, 2006, he traded the one year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona, for one afternoon with Alice Cooper.
  • On or about May 26, 2006, he traded the one afternoon with Alice Cooper for a KISS motorized snow globe.
  • On or about June 2, 2006, he traded the KISS motorized snow globe to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.
  • On or about July 5, 2006, he traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan.

And to think it all started from a simple paper clip! 



Source:Wikipedia

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