Can I Trade With Him?

Crazy, but true! A man named Kyle MacDonald started trading with one red paperclip and ended up with a house!

One Red Paperclip

He chronicled his trading experiences in a blog titled One Red Paperclip. He made a total of fourteen trades, and with every trade he got something “bigger or better”

One Red Paperclip

A list of the trades:

– 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.

– July 25, 2005, he travelled to Amherst, Massachusetts, with a friend to trade the doorknob for a Coleman camp stove (with fuel).

– September 24, 2005, he went to California, and traded the camp stove for a Honda generator.

– November 16, 2005, he made a second attempt, the first saw the generator confiscated by the New York City Fire Department. The second was 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 bearer’s choice, and a neon Budweiser sign.

– December 8, 2005, he traded the “instant party” to Quebec comedian and radio personality Michel Barrette for one Ski-Doo snowmobile.

– Within a week of that, he traded the snowmobile for a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia, scheduled for February 2006.

– January 7, 2006. He traded the second spot on the Yahk trip for a box truck.

– February 22, 2006. He traded the box truck for a recording contract with Metalworks in Mississauga, Ontario.

– April 11, 2006. He traded the recording contract to Jody Gnant for a year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona.

– April 26, 2006, he traded the one year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona, for one afternoon with Alice Cooper.

– May 26, 2006, he traded the one afternoon with Alice Cooper for a KISS motorized snow globe.

– June 2, 2006, he traded the KISS motorized snow globe to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.

– July 5, 2006, he traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan.


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