Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Reflecting on Barter Day...

Think you can't get anything by bartering but tacky knickknacks? Think again! A Canadan guy named Kyle MacDonald used bartering to go from a small red paperclip to a house. He worked his way across the country trading one thing for another without the use of money. I wonder if anyone will carry Barter Day that far...

Check out an article about him from the BBC News:
Man turns paper clip into house

 Here's the timeline of trading followed by Kyle MacDonald:
  • 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."
  • He then traveled to Amherst, Massachusetts, with a friend to trade the Knob-T for a Coleman camp stove (with fuel).
  • He went to San Clemente, California, and traded the camp stove for a Honda generator.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • The second person on the trip to Yahk traded Kyle a cube van for the privilege. 
  • He traded the cube van for a recording contract with Metal Works in Toronto.
  • He traded the recording contract to Jody Gnant for a year's rent in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • He traded the one year's rent in Phoenix, Arizona, for one afternoon with Alice Cooper.
  • He traded the one afternoon with Alice Cooper for a KISS motorized snow globe.
  • 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.

Don't forget your tacky knickknacks on Wednesday!


    1. Hey mr.G we did not learn about supply and demand so I cant answer those questions on the reflection sheet. I also can't' get to pg 132 in my textbook can you tell me where i can learn about supply and demand.


    2. Hey Kobes!

      The definitions of supply and demand can be found in the Blog entry called "Surplus and Scarcity, trading begins...It's about halfway down. Hope this helps!

    3. K Thanks Helped alot


    4. OMG thanks Kobes that totally helped me thanks for asking that question to mr.G and thanks mr.G for answering

      P.S. It is sick how that dude started with a paper clip and ended with a paper clip


    5. that is crazy, how he got a house over time and started out with a red paper clip


    6. thats so groose that they eat that ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww