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Old 10-03-2012, 04:35 PM
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Old thread, but this is a cool idea. I remember a news story a year or two ago from, I think, the Pac NW, where a guy did the same thing. He started with a paper clip and bartered it around the office. Eventually, after a few weeks of buying and selling, he had, IIRC, $40K, and bought himself a foreclosed house. No lie.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:39 PM
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Ah yes, here it is. Kyle McDonald, 2005, and he blogged the whole thing.

http://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/

It's also on Wikipedia, with the entire timeline and list of items.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_red_paperclip

Paperclip, doorknob, camp stove, generator, on and on. Took him about a year before he traded for a house.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:32 AM
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I'm doing something that I've always wanted to do, and I decided to start with a $10 bill, just because that's what it cost me to play "the game"
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Looks like theres a Buick Roadmaster buried under there!
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That said, I'm at $100 plus this Bolens, a working chain saw, and 6 other saws all for a $15 investment. Not bad.
Okay, so I didn't see this thread before. Love the idea.... have a few questions / comments.......

1) The title "The great Kamakiri $10 experiment". Does that mean "the great Kamakiri", or "the great ..... experiment"?

2) How does starting with $10 equate to a $15 investment?

3) That is indeed a Buick under those chainsaws. 55 or 56 I'm guessing. I've never seen a chainsaw table like that before.

4) Love the Bolens with that snowblower attachment on the front! My fantasies are kicking in.....restored I could use a beast like that !!!

5) There aren't any recent updates on the thread. I'm hoping that doesn't mean the experiment fizzled. Do tell......

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:31 AM
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My guess.....By now, he is trying to move a Boeing 747-SP200 from that original $10

yeah sorry.....I finally used one of those dreadful banana things
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:11 PM
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Kam eventually had enough money for a mail-order bride. They took the Buick on their honeymoon.

Or something like that...sometimes I get the facts a little mixed up!
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Kam eventually had enough money for a mail-order bride. They took the Buick on their honeymoon.

Or something like that...sometimes I get the facts a little mixed up!
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To answer your questions :

1) The title "The great Kamakiri $10 experiment". Does that mean "the great Kamakiri", or "the great ..... experiment"?

Musta been great experiment, Kamakiri's just a working stiff

2) How does starting with $10 equate to a $15 investment?

C'mon, dammit, let me have my coffee before giving me any complicated math questions :P

3) That is indeed a Buick under those chainsaws. 55 or 56 I'm guessing. I've never seen a chainsaw table like that before.

Well, I didn't think I'd do much damage to the finish, as being in a valley in New Mexico for over 30 years didn't do it any favors. Be warned, asking about my '55 Buick Century can get lotsa pictures tossed at you

But here's one:



4) Love the Bolens with that snowblower attachment on the front! My fantasies are kicking in.....restored I could use a beast like that !!!

Ended up getting $150 for it I think, people drove all way way from Philly to pick it up. Toothless weirdos, but who am I to judge.....

5) There aren't any recent updates on the thread. I'm hoping that doesn't mean the experiment fizzled. Do tell......

It basically did what most of these things do.....as I recall, by the time I got to $300, I had to use it to pay a bill......
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To answer your questions :

1) The title "The great Kamakiri $10 experiment". Does that mean "the great Kamakiri", or "the great ..... experiment"?

Musta been great experiment, Kamakiri's just a working stiff

2) How does starting with $10 equate to a $15 investment?

C'mon, dammit, let me have my coffee before giving me any complicated math questions :P

3) That is indeed a Buick under those chainsaws. 55 or 56 I'm guessing. I've never seen a chainsaw table like that before.

Well, I didn't think I'd do much damage to the finish, as being in a valley in New Mexico for over 30 years didn't do it any favors. Be warned, asking about my '55 Buick Century can get lotsa pictures tossed at you

4) Love the Bolens with that snowblower attachment on the front! My fantasies are kicking in.....restored I could use a beast like that !!!

Ended up getting $150 for it I think, people drove all way way from Philly to pick it up. Toothless weirdos, but who am I to judge.....

5) There aren't any recent updates on the thread. I'm hoping that doesn't mean the experiment fizzled. Do tell......

It basically did what most of these things do.....as I recall, by the time I got to $300, I had to use it to pay a bill......
1) Well I figured as much. OTOH "The Great Kamakiri" has a ring to it. Sounds like a magician...

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3) Doesn't look like something did that windshield any favors.

I'm a picture hound. Bring 'em on.

4) Toothless weirdos that don't have to shovel snow...

5) Ugh.... bills....
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