Best trader ever? lol

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Optionpro007, May 25, 2010.

  1. Man turns paper clip into house

    House in Kipling, SK

    See the trades
    If you dream of owning your own house, then trading a red paper clip over the internet might not be the obvious way of doing it.

    But Canadian Kyle MacDonald has achieved exactly that and will see his new home for the first time on Wednesday.

    It took Kyle exactly a year of 14 internet trades to move from the paper clip to a house on Main Street in the tiny town of Kipling in Saskatchewan province - a place he has never been to before.

    Now the 26-year-old is planning to write a book about the venture which saw him trade up through a novelty doorknob, a camping stove, a snowmobile, a recording contract, and an afternoon with rock star Alice Cooper.

    "I knew it was possible," he said on the BBC's Today programme. "You can do anything if you put your mind to it."

    Kyle MacDonald
    Kyle MacDonald started with just one paper clip
    He got the idea from a child's game called bigger and better, but created a website devoted to the project and promised to visit potential traders wherever they were.

    "My girlfriend and I paid rent for an apartment in Montreal and I'd always wanted to own my own house and this is how I decided to go about it. I think I may be the first to try it online," he told AFP news agency.

    Originally from Belcarra, British Columbia, Kyle describes himself as having planted more than 100,000 trees, delivered more than 1,000 pizzas but "eaten only one scorpion".

    Two Vancouver women first took on the challenge, snapping up the paper clip and swapping it for a pen shaped like a fish which had been found on a camping trip.

    One red paper clip
    Novelty pen
    Ceramic doorknob
    Camping stove
    1,000-watt generator
    Beer keg with neon sign
    Trip to Yakh
    A large van
    One recording contract
    One year rent-free in Phoenix
    Afternoon with Alice Cooper
    Snow globe
    Hollywood movie role
    House in Kipling

    A sculptor in Seattle wanted the pen and gave him a humorous, hand-made ceramic doorknob in return.

    The doorknob became a camping stove, which turned into a 1,000-watt generator that was swapped for a beer keg, which in turn was traded for a snow mobile.

    The website started to attract a loyal following, with one reader delighted by the trade for a snow mobile prompted to comment: "Woaa dude, nice trade. If I had something bigger or more pricey I would exchange."

    Film role

    But glee turned to astonished concern when Kyle opted to trade an afternoon with rock star Alice Cooper for a snow globe.

    One typical comment on the website said: "Kyle, man, what were you thinking? I personally think this is the craziest thing you have done."

    But his fans need not have worried. Hollywood director Corbin Bernsen collects snow globes and wanted it so much that he offered a paid, credited, speaking role in his next film Donna on Demand.

    Hey, what a neat planet. We're thinking of staying to see what happens next
    Heather and Dan
    Finally, the town of Kipling - population 1,140 - decided they would like a resident to get the part, so offered to trade a 1920s house for the movie role.

    Kyle told the BBC that the town would be holding auditions in the first week of September, which would coincide with a house party to celebrate the success of the mission.

    But he is still surprised by the level of interest the idea has sparked, saying on his website: "A lot of people have been asking how I've stirred up so much publicity around the project, and my simple answer is: 'I have no idea.'"

    The project has demonstrated the power of the internet and won an army of fans, including Heather and Dan who left a comment on Kyle's website saying: "Hey, what a neat planet. We're thinking of staying to see what happens next."
  2. S2007S


    I read this story years ago!
  3. I read it too. I have no idea how this story got to front page BBC, I thought he had 'finally' gotten the house after waiting for years for it but I guess

    my bad, mods please delete thanks.:)
  4. businessstaxes

    businessstaxes Guest

    don't believe everything you read in the newspapers

    fake news, fake market..that i have to say..b.s. news
    these news outlets get paid to publish b.s. news. fake financial news, fake financial statements etc. all b.s. paper gold, paper oil, virtual stocks. etc..worthless bonds etc. fake fiat money. fake jobs. welfare jobs. welfare state, fake bid, fake ask, fake market. all lies and all b.s. market. scam companies, scam analst et fake credit agencies. etc.

  5. Pretty sure that story is b.s.
  6. The media loves to sell B.S. story.

    Another time, I read a story about some book publisher paying a bus driver $1 million up front for the right to publish his book. Turns out, the bus driver was paid only something like $18k for his book, and the $1 M reported by the media was a lie to get the book to sell.

    You'd think J.K. Rowling netted $1 M for her first Harry Potter book when under the recommendation of her agent, she'd put the book up for auction to the publishers...
  7. jem


    just like I doubt howard stern of beckham -got the kind of money they advertised.