How to successfully barter for a house

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A month or two ago, I wrote a post about , where a guy named Kyle MacDonald was attempting to get a house by trading up for things each week. Well, tomorrow, July 12th, he , having reached his goal exactly one year after his project began with a lowly paperclip.

I’d mentioned before that what Kyle’s doing might work because it’s part auctioning and part free advertising. Apparently, the little town of Kipling (who’s offering MacDonald the house), was looking for ways to attract businesses and tourism, and what better way was there than to be the one who fulfilled Macdonald’s increasingly high-profile quest? What’s more, the town plans on holding auditions to fill a role for Corbin Bernsen’s upcoming movie, which was the official item up for barter. If you believe the , it seems the town will continue get plenty of what it’s seeking: attention.

seems to be gaining strength these days. That’s funny, because money was created to serve as a proxy for bartering in order to facilitate the exchange of goods and services that would be hard to match up, especially over long distances. Now that we’re in the 21st century and have all this computer technology, more and more sites are appearing dedicated to bartering, too. The more things change, the more things stay the same.

(Thanks to my bro for following this story and sending me the link!)

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