What if you could trade a paperclip for a house? | Kyle MacDonald | TEDxVienna

  • Опубликовано: 20 ноя 2015
  • Kyle MacDonald details just exactly how he traded up from one red paperclip to a house, in only a year! It's an unlikely and amazing journey with lots of surprises along the way.
    More information on www.tedxvienna.at
    Kyle MacDonald started with a red paperclip and traded it for a pen. Then traded the pen for a doorknob. And so on!
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Комментарии • 7 399

  • Matthias Pal
    Matthias Pal 2 часа назад


  • Pro Roblox & More!
    Pro Roblox & More! 5 часов назад +1

    *It's Free Real Estate*

  • Duncan Wilsoun
    Duncan Wilsoun День назад +2

    Karen took everything, the house, the kids, and even the goddamn fish pen

  • house of Starks
    house of Starks День назад

    We need a movie on this

  • Vive La Baguette
    Vive La Baguette День назад +1

    This guy maxed out his luck stat

  • Walter Clements
    Walter Clements День назад

    When will ted really talk?

  • Douglas McLeod
    Douglas McLeod День назад

    im calling bs on the what, 10 or 15 trades to get to the house . he either has major connections or influence in some way that isn't seen up front .it was entertaining tho

    • Tortoise Lover
      Tortoise Lover День назад

      He already had major connections. That's why it worked so quickly

  • Kkqleb -
    Kkqleb - День назад

    The thumbnail tho

  • secretlyA melon
    secretlyA melon 2 дня назад +3

    Yea, this is impressive but once my friend game me a bad Pokémon card and I traded it up for a few bad Pokémon cards

  • potato queen
    potato queen 2 дня назад +2

    my friend and I did this but with an air freshener and so far we have a series of items worth $456 and still going

  • Ryan Kelly
    Ryan Kelly 3 дня назад

    Oh I've been to yahk

  • Adam Hasan
    Adam Hasan 4 дня назад


  • Alexander Parra
    Alexander Parra 5 дней назад

    This is the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals

  • Tony Falcon
    Tony Falcon 5 дней назад +1

    I really learnd a lot in the talk....

    don't waste your time. use the paperclip and pick and lock!

  • Beatriz Juarez
    Beatriz Juarez 7 дней назад +1

    Am I the only one that has that one episode from the office in the back of my mind throughout this video

  • DogeLoverCrazyBoy
    DogeLoverCrazyBoy 8 дней назад

    That's what I exactly thought my entire lifetime

  • zoë lettuce
    zoë lettuce 8 дней назад

    make a trade every time he says 'snowmobile'

  • Vijay Varghese
    Vijay Varghese 8 дней назад

    he traded a year of free rent for a weekend with alice cooper? thats a terrible trade

  • sou yumo
    sou yumo 9 дней назад +1

    This idea ia really famouse as a well-known old story in Japan and called "warashibe tyoujya"

  • Isabella Aguiar l-/
    Isabella Aguiar l-/ 9 дней назад

    He has two different shoes on

  • sandra nunez
    sandra nunez 9 дней назад

    Once I told someone give me 2 dollars for a paperclip he said no and I said you could pick locks

  • Chex
    Chex 9 дней назад

    he wearin 2 different shoes

  • Ion Alexandru Herban
    Ion Alexandru Herban 9 дней назад

    A paperclip gets a car.

  • iherb mop737
    iherb mop737 10 дней назад

    How much is the house worth? Some houses actually have a negative value.

  • bryan hall
    bryan hall 10 дней назад

    I want to know about the taxes. How did that work? Since it wasn't a purchase does it still fall under the same tax laws?

  • Brett Hansen
    Brett Hansen 11 дней назад

    and now he's selling ginsu knives in Costco- so he trading his Ted talk for a real job....

  • A Cappella Trudbol
    A Cappella Trudbol 12 дней назад

    Just beautiful

  • Riley Schamp
    Riley Schamp 12 дней назад

    I will

  • unpoptv
    unpoptv 12 дней назад +2

    Yeah but that fish pen tho

  • Hamza Tahir
    Hamza Tahir 13 дней назад

    Girl got swindled, that fish pen is worth millions

  • Rohan k
    Rohan k 13 дней назад

    next ted himself will talk

  • SwissCheese
    SwissCheese 13 дней назад

    I'd get that paperclip.

  • Alex
    Alex 14 дней назад


  • NOOB gaming
    NOOB gaming 14 дней назад +2


  • Lame Boy
    Lame Boy 14 дней назад

    im going go try this with a blue paper clip.

  • vicks
    vicks 14 дней назад +2

    So...he pulled a Dwight?

  • Xer
    Xer 15 дней назад

    He looks like young James Halliday from ready player one.

  • Sam Alaniz
    Sam Alaniz 15 дней назад

    He’s good at bartering but a terrible speaker.

  • Nursultan Naserbayev
    Nursultan Naserbayev 15 дней назад

    Bartering 100

  • Jesus
    Jesus 15 дней назад

    how to trade a necklace to a spike collar

  • tiz bit
    tiz bit 15 дней назад


  • Ringing Peace
    Ringing Peace 16 дней назад

    Why is he wearing different shoes? Otherwise this is a great idea that worked for him. I don't think this should be taken literally. I understood it as a motivation to act on your desires.

  • Cool Mojica 2
    Cool Mojica 2 16 дней назад

    Then he trades the house for the moon

    • Scenic
      Scenic 15 дней назад

      then he trades his house for a snowglobe

  • Jay Ferrier
    Jay Ferrier 16 дней назад

    damn this is like csgo trading

  • creative name
    creative name 16 дней назад

    im gonna startcwith a house and end with a paper clip

  • Dreadnaught 717
    Dreadnaught 717 17 дней назад +1

    *logic* left the chat

  • Themightyaqua
    Themightyaqua 17 дней назад

    if i could i would

  • Ninjacena GT
    Ninjacena GT 17 дней назад

    Ahh damn it, should've watched the whole video.
    Now I'm a laughing stock.

  • GlitchedLemon
    GlitchedLemon 18 дней назад

    How about a pink paper clip?

  • Satyam Goyal
    Satyam Goyal 19 дней назад +1

    I traded toaster in place of optimus prime

  • Ella Bilge
    Ella Bilge 19 дней назад


  • Demian Veiga Cabral
    Demian Veiga Cabral 20 дней назад

    Very interesting, find the connections, think outside the box, use all your skills to your advantage!

  • Linkmon99
    Linkmon99 20 дней назад +3


  • _ _
    _ _ 20 дней назад

    This guy must really like Fallout: 76.

  • yankoam0817
    yankoam0817 20 дней назад

    I would trade the house for 2 paper clips

  • Isaac Milbourn
    Isaac Milbourn 20 дней назад

    Why couldn't he go through yahk?

  • Mitchelll Limque
    Mitchelll Limque 21 день назад +1

    I’m doing this.

  • Alberto Alonso
    Alberto Alonso 22 дня назад

    and at 12:12 you can see a picture where everyone, but one guy thinks they got screwed over

  • Andykog
    Andykog 22 дня назад

    I've just lost my interest in Ted Talks. Really??

  • SereniaSaissa
    SereniaSaissa 22 дня назад

    I read his book way back in 2007!!!! Apparently this all started in 2005.

  • Coyote Gaming
    Coyote Gaming 22 дня назад

    Inspiring story

  • Dave Shaffer
    Dave Shaffer 22 дня назад

    Having a house would be like having the proverbial albatross around my neck. No, thanks...I'll keep my freedom.

  • Ducky McDuckFace
    Ducky McDuckFace 23 дня назад

    tbh he couldve done the movie to get way more money and a better house

  • Dwight K. Schrute
    Dwight K. Schrute 23 дня назад

    Follow up:
    I went from paper clip to house and now I have these magic legumes that my coworker got from a guy on a beach in Jamaica.

  • Kathleen Sarkeesian
    Kathleen Sarkeesian 23 дня назад


  • Dorjee Lama
    Dorjee Lama 23 дня назад

    Wonder wut he could do with an entire box of paper clips?


  • holden m
    holden m 23 дня назад

    best name ever.... Burt Roach

  • Vizals
    Vizals 23 дня назад

    He was so nervous

  • Dat Little Seagull
    Dat Little Seagull 23 дня назад +6

    I’ll give you a paperclip for that house

      BOWOW BOI 23 дня назад

      Bevon Swingler ill give you a crazy doorknob for the fish pen

    • Bevon Swingler
      Bevon Swingler 23 дня назад

      I’ll give you a fish pen for the paperclip

  • Mark Wang
    Mark Wang 24 дня назад

    Reminds me of the good ol' days when I was trading Pokemon cards in 1st grade

  • Why do I Exist
    Why do I Exist 24 дня назад +1

    My guy is named Mac.Donald buahahahaha



  • fawu
    fawu 24 дня назад +7

    I wouldn’t have traded my fish pen.

    • Eyeless Jack
      Eyeless Jack 19 дней назад

      Call me crazy but I see spongebob's comment right above yours and I guess I found it worthy of mentioning. Was this plotted?

  • KudosK
    KudosK 25 дней назад


  • burnt f1ames
    burnt f1ames 25 дней назад +1

    when csgo trading gets too boring for you

  • dherz108
    dherz108 26 дней назад

    Inspiring for his ability to appreciate opportunity and think outside the usual.

  • Hen. Jamz
    Hen. Jamz 26 дней назад +1

    make a trip to Staples

  • youtube youtube
    youtube youtube 26 дней назад

    Pen pineapple apple pen

  • highkey an army.
    highkey an army. 26 дней назад +1

    Just painted 5 🖇 red, tomorrow I’m going to an open house ... hope I can have the same success 🤞🏼

  • The Crusty Llama Goes Moo
    The Crusty Llama Goes Moo 26 дней назад

    Bro this is epic
    Edit: First

  • Benjamin Fluellen Jr
    Benjamin Fluellen Jr 26 дней назад

    I have a Nintendo switch I need a house can you help me

  • TheBladeRanger
    TheBladeRanger 27 дней назад

    Link for Bigger and Better?

  • Jack Schwartz
    Jack Schwartz 27 дней назад


    NFN PIASH 27 дней назад


  • Pablete Sans
    Pablete Sans 28 дней назад

    Well if he kept going he would have becomed the earth's owner

  • Lorenzo Fraboni
    Lorenzo Fraboni 28 дней назад

    Next step: trade the house for 2 paperclip and repeat.

    • burnt f1ames
      burnt f1ames 25 дней назад

      when trading in csgo gets too boring for you

  • Daelin Hulse
    Daelin Hulse 28 дней назад

    hahaha did anyone see how shook that lady was in the audience in the very last seconds

  • Fin is the greatest
    Fin is the greatest 28 дней назад

    when your in a game that has one million side quests

  • Noah A
    Noah A 28 дней назад

    Wanna pencil ?

  • Beni Horvath
    Beni Horvath 29 дней назад +1


  • Mark Kandie
    Mark Kandie 29 дней назад


  • Sagar Dolli
    Sagar Dolli 29 дней назад

    So Americans don't value money?

  • MyName'sThis
    MyName'sThis 29 дней назад

    Corinna Kopf?

  • Qi Zhang
    Qi Zhang 29 дней назад +1

    I got hundreds of paperclips in my drawer, when can I be a billionaire.

  • Top Ten Goat Edition
    Top Ten Goat Edition Месяц назад

    Seems like people knew about his project and they were just trading to be part of history. You can tell cause he takes pictures with everyone from the very beginning. Who does tht on Craigslist lmao

  • Andreas Patsalides
    Andreas Patsalides Месяц назад +1

    I dont understand if this guy is for real or not

  • Win2LinConvert
    Win2LinConvert Месяц назад

    Entertaining, no political, ideological, social, or racial, bias or agenda... One of the best Tedx Talks I've watched.

  • Rayhan Alam
    Rayhan Alam Месяц назад +1

    Anyone else confused as to who would trade a snow mobile for some beer?

  • Savage Content
    Savage Content Месяц назад


  • Random Account
    Random Account Месяц назад

    Anyone notice the TED editors didn’t put a photo of him standing with his arms up as the video thumbnail.
    They must have tried to take his advice!