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Friday, December 02, 2005

One Red Paperclip

In the "wish I'd thought of it first" department comes this guy, who set out, in a series of trades, to a barter a red paperclip and wind up with a house.

So far, he's up to a snowmobile.

To summarize, he traded the red paperclip for a fish pen, which he traded for a funky doorknob, which he traded for a Coleman stove, which he traded for a small generator, which he traded for an "instant party" (a keg of beer and a beer sign), which he traded for the snowmobile.

He already has a slew of offers for the snowmobile, including cars and other interesting stuff. Of course, it has taken him 4-and-a-half months just to get to this point, and a lot of work, but what the hell. It's just sort of interesting to show how a series of trades, in which all the other people are happy with what they got, can turn a paperclip into a snowmobile.

Or a car. Or a house.

Plus the guy's blog is very readable. And yeah, if he pulls it off, someone will probably turn it into a movie.


At 11:24 AM, Blogger Shawna said...

That is brilliant. Maybe you should e-mail him and option it.

If you don't, I will. :-)

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Fun Joel said...

That's awesome! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Matt Waggoner said...

Heh, that's a neat way to manipulate people's perceptions of economic value. It would have been interesting if he had done it all before telling anyone about it; because as it is now, people will give him things that they KNOW are more valuable than what they get, just so that they can be part of the chain of trades.

But of course, this means the act of participating in one of these well-publicized trades has value to people, so maybe they're figuring that in when they get an item of lesser value than what they're parting with...

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Not to steal this guy's thunder (because he has promised to do something interesting with the house if he gets it), but the perfect ending to this whole thing would be his winding up with the house, and then giving it to a needy family -- in exchange for a red paperclip.

Just saying.

I'm not sure what the tax implications of any of this are, though.

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a lovely pair of coconuts?

At 12:23 AM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I found this blog surfing.

The paper clip story is so brilliant, my brain hurts.


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