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Sunday, July 16, 2006

One bloody, red paperclip

Yes, you've probably heard it a thousand times, it's still all over the news and, yes, like some of you I'm getting sick and tired of hearing it day by day.

So, what exactly am I talking about? Apparently, this guy traded from a harmless, simple, red paperclip to an astounding, single-family, house at Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. He did this through a sequence of trades with the intention of always trading for something more than the former item. You may say he could be a marketing genius because he devised and flawlessly executed one hell of an ambitious plan. You may say he's definitely a genius because the plan worked, but the reason it worked ultimately revolves around the other person who traded for something less. This was especially true at the end when the face value of the items he traded easily exceeded 10 or 100 times that of the former items. Without these people who made the serious sacrifices he would have never had gotten to where he is at today.

So, what it comes down to is this. Now, with his fame and fortune, it is up to him to honour the people who brought him to what he is today. If I were him, I would at least give royalty to those whom traded something for less, especially after the earnings I would have made from publishing a book.

Now, where's my paperclip? Maybe I could turn it into something!

4 comments:

Kat said...

Wow. That's kinda freaky that you posted this. My work just finished a fundraiser using this method. We each were given a paperclip to trade up and then all of the items were raffled off. Pretty cool huh?

speed_demon said...

I'm not saying this is not right. I'm just saying he should appreciate the people who he's traded more for less, especially with the attention he's getting nowadays.

Kat said...

But more for less is sometimes a personal scale. Like the value of a pen vs a pencil or dvd vs vcr. What's it worth 'to you' I think is part of the point. Steak may cost more than lettuce but if you're a vegetarian than you ain't gonna care. Unless of course you're playing the game strictly for money...well then that could be different...but bartering is age old and still the weight of 'how much do you want it' will always factor in. No?

speed_demon said...

I guess you're right. We could always find something in our belongings which we value less and wouldn't mind to trade for anything. And, if you're the lucky one to whom I'll trade then ta da.

I think that's an alternate form of "garage sell". LOL