Very useful thing.
Neha Ahire from http://healthy-body-and-happy-mind.blogspot.com
The website One Red Paperclip was created by Kyle MacDonald, a Canadian 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.
Sadly, this Wikipedia article is actually more interesting than the website.
Wikipedia has just about everything now.
Reading this, there appear to be a series of big jumps between things being bartered and what they are bartered for; clearly this guy has got charisma (that and the media coverage, which may also have been as a result of charisma). He also seems to have done a lot and been to a lot of places all over the world, which is amazing considering his age at the time.
I'd have taken the afternoon with Alice Cooper.
Nothing too special. Just the accretion of value over time. Keep also in mind the time invested in it.
Pretty incredible- The website One red paperclip was created by Kyle MacDonald, a Canadian blogger who bartered his way from a single paperclip to a house in a series of trades spanning exactly one year.
This guy has been called an idiot, a genius, and a bunch of other stuff, but in my opinion, this is just the perfect example of what a man or woman (must be fair now!) with a mission can do. Now all humanity needs is a collective mission. Global warming just won't cut it until a few cities die from the heat, so we need something better than that. Anyone? Can anyone give humanity a mission? This guy found one, although in my opinion (no one asked me for my opinion, but I'm giving it anyways) it was quite the oddball mission.
Heard of it before. Yes it's true the coverage helped him make each trade-up, but it's still admirable. Brilliant idea with brilliant execution.
Obviously the media coverage fueled this, otherwise huge upgrades like the keg-to-snowmobile one wouldn't have happened. It's one of those things that's not going to work more than once, but we'll probably see a few people try.
Still, a fun story. It might work with more gradual trades over a much longer period of time.
I agree with Fatallight, I don't think he would have been able to do this without all the media coverage. It's a neat idea though. I wonder how much you could acquire without the publicity.
As said already, this only worked because of the media coverage. I'd be much more impressed had he actually completed his task without crazy trades like trading an empty keg for a snow mobile