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14-11-2014
1222170.  Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:06 am Reply with quote

Wikipedia wrote:
The website One red paperclip was created by Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald, who bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of fourteen online trades over the course of a year.

Bad Q: Did this actually happen?

Obvious K: Yes.

A: No. Like several identical projects, people know what you're trying to do, and costs are excluded. If I count the number of people with a Wikipedia page, excluding businesses, then Wikipedia-celebrities were involved four out of fourteen times. The costs of the first transactions would exceed the gain of those transactions, and the value of the publicity is left out.

A house often is the end of the line. Buying and selling businesses could be a next step, but the former owner of a business will want real money instead of expensive publicity.

The first transaction was propably the worst transaction, because now the value of the original One red paperclip should exceed the value of a fish-shaped pen.

In another case a company of eBay was involved. eBay's offer was the right to select one item (the man selected the first house of his story), "because eBay liked the idea". In other words, eBay wanted the publicity.

 
Alexander Howard
1222223.  Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:48 pm Reply with quote

You're aware of course of the Norse tale of Gave-Ref ("Gift-Ref"). Ref gave King Gautrek a little whetstone, and in return received a gold ring, with which he visited other kings, giving and receiving new gifts, until he become a wealthy man and received the hand of King Gautrek's daughter in marriage.

He did this without the benefit of a wiki site or even (Harold) Bluetooth connection.

 
Dix
1222234.  Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:30 pm Reply with quote

And surely you are aware of the H C Andersen version: The woman with the eggs.
Woman carrying a basket of eggs to market, imagining all the swaps up to the point where she's a wealthy land-owners wife, does a proud movement with her head and sends the egg basket crashing to the ground.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1222625.  Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:30 am Reply with quote

The German version is Hans im Glück. I guess the trope is quite universal.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
dr bartolo
1238832.  Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:31 am Reply with quote

Or the Japanese version: "Straw millionaire"

Poor peasant prays to Goddess Kannon to help him. Goddess advises him to pick up the first thing he sees outside temple. The thing is a piece of straw. Swaps are made (almost always making use of thing swapped to save another's life) till said peasant is a millionaire.

 

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