Value Subjective, Not
Objective...Thatís Why Barter Is So Exciting!
millions of people have heard about the story of Kyle
MacDonald, a 26-year-old fellow from Montreal (Canada) who
had an internet connection and one big red paper clip. His
story has been written up in virtually every North American
major newspaper, as well as others around the world.
Business Week and other prominent business
publications have covered the news, too.
story goes, this young visionary dreamed of using the
community power of the Internet to barter that paper clip
for something better, and then trade again for something
else, and so on until he had obtained a house. MacDonald is
getting closer to his goal, as his trading has resulted in
acquiring one yearís free rent on a house in Phoenix.
story began last July...and the trades have gone as follows:
Paper clip for a
Fish-shaped pen for
a clay doorknob with a funny face on it.
Clay doorknob for a
Camping stove for a
Generator for an
Instant party for a
Snowmobile for an
all-expenses-paid trip to Yahk, British Columbia.
Yahk trip for a
Van for a recording
for the year of free rent in Phoenix.
latter trade was with Jody Gnant,
www.jodygnant.com, who says
is an amazing energy going on with this project. She admits
the value of the rental property far exceeds that of the
recording contract, but she says such calculations are of no
concern to her.
her actions say that such calculations are really only part
of the equation. And her trade reinforces the fact that the
true value of anything is what someone else will pay you for
it. Most of us have experienced this factóthat the value
placed on various goods and services depends on what itís
worth to the person who wants it.
the real story here, and itís the magic of barter. Itís also
why there is enormous opportunities when one is bartering!
People donít just live off ones and zeroes. They live with
their dreams, aspirations, and what is important to them.
The life experience Jody Gnant will derive from this barter
effort will be with her for the rest of her life, and very
well could be life-altering.
Needless to say, Kyle MacDonaldís life has forever been
changed. Hollywood has already called about making a movie
of his story. Pretty heady stuff for a guy who was
delivering pizzas and working other part-time jobs to make
Trading takes place on many levels, as MacDonaldís amazing
accomplishment has shown the world. To follow Kyle
MacDonaldís venture check our
story reinforces what weíve been preaching for
decades...wealth is not limited to just what you have in
your bank account.