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In 2005, a blogger by the name of Kyle MacDonald set out to turn a red paperclip he owned into a new house through a series of trades. Not only did the Canadian Blogger reach his goal, he got a lot of publicity in the process.

I was still in college when this happened and my economics and marketing professors referenced it constantly… and continued to reference it for two years after. I envied the guy; I think everyone kind of did. It’s been a while since I thought about this story so I thought I would revisit and share. For those unfamiliar with the story, you can check out the entire firsthand account at MacDonald’s blog here; for everyone else, here’s a refresher of the trades that started with a fish shaped pen and ended with a house: