2 Girls 1 Podcast ONE RED PAPERCLIP

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How to trade a paperclip for a house in 14 easy steps

One man's trash...


Matt Silverman

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 7, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 2:04 am CDT

In 2005, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald traded a red paperclip for a fish-shaped pen. From there, he wanted to see how many times he could “trade up” for something bigger and better. After one year and 14 trades (facilitated by the internet, of course), he acquired a two-story farmhouse in Saskatchewan.

No money changed hands. The barter-only experiment became a viral sensation and presents deep thoughts about the nature of value.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk to MacDonald about his inspiration for the project, the amazing and strange people he met along the way, how the fame has affected his life, and the businesses that are still trying to cash in on Red Paperclip mania.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

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*First Published: Oct 7, 2019, 7:00 am CDT