A Phone for a Porsche anyone?

ou may not believe this but a 17 year old kid was able to get himself a porsche, in exchange for his old mobile phone. If you think this is unbelievable, how about a two story house for a paper clip?

In case you’re wondering what I am talking about? I am referring to Steven Ortiz, a 17 year old student who was able to trade his old cellphone to a Porsche via Craigslist. It took Steven two years, 14 trades to be exact to land that astounding deal.

Here’s how it happened:

A friend gave Steven an old mobile phone which let us say started the entire game. Steven went to the barter section of Craigslist and got a trade for a better phone. Then he traded the phone for an iPod Touch, the iPod Touch to a dirtbike, and a dirtbike to a better dirtbike. Steven then was able to trade his dirtbike to a Macbook Pro which opened the door to better deals for him, like a vehicle – a Toyota 4Runner.

That didn’t stop Steven, he continued to trade. This time, Steven got an old golf-cart for his Toyota 4Runner. Steven traded his golf cart to a more expensive dirtbike, then to a street bike, then to cars until he was able to get a 1975 Ford Bronco. And the Bronco for a Porsche.

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumes, and discussion forums. Craigslist is the brainchild of Craig Newmark, and has become one of the most popular sites on the Internet. The website is built around communities, and craigslist now offers sites in 450 cities and countries throughout the world.

Steven may be happy to get the Porsche but he is now planning to trade it for a Cadillac Escalade since as a student, Steven cannot afford the gas and the maintenance costs.

A similar achievement was made four years ago by Canadian Kyle MacDonald, who became famous for turning a single red paperclip into a two-storey farmhouse through a number of trades. In summary, Kyle traded his red paperclip to a fish-shaped pen, to a hand-sculpted doorknob, to a a Coleman camp stove, to a Honda generator, to an empty keg and a neon Budweiser sign, to a a Ski-doo snowmobile, to a a two-person trip to Yahk, British Columbia, to a a cube van, to a recording contract with Metal Works, to a year’s rent, to a one afternoon with Alice Cooper, to a KISS motorized snow globe, to a role in the film Donna on Demand, and finally to a two-story farmhouse.

Unbelievable? Believe it.


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