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

  • Published on Nov 20, 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.
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    Kyle MacDonald started with a red paperclip and traded it for a pen. Then traded the pen for a doorknob. And so on!
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  • Le Gushka
    Le Gushka 23 hours ago

    What if... we traded a paperclip for a house .😳.... haha jk... unless??

  • Bedwars God
    Bedwars God Day ago

    Long story short, he just scammed everyone and got bigger and better

  • Middle school Life

    Uh I would trade the house for the paper clip?

  • NubGaming
    NubGaming Day ago

    Yo anyone wanna trade ?
    I got 3 paperclips and I’d really like an estate on Mars or Moon

  • ShadowSwat GTV
    ShadowSwat GTV 2 days ago


  • OmniNullGaming
    OmniNullGaming 2 days ago +1

    It's like that one episode in "The Office"

  • Scott Arcement
    Scott Arcement 3 days ago +1


  • beth t
    beth t 3 days ago

    So does he live there now or did he trade the house?

  • Your Friendly Uncle
    Your Friendly Uncle 3 days ago +2

    *homeless people*
    _this guy: u need a red paper clip_

  • Matt
    Matt 3 days ago +1

    Is that Alexie from Stranger things?!

  • ThePerfected
    ThePerfected 3 days ago +1

    Well then,
    Trade your own house...

    End up with a multi b]million dollar mansion

  • Jalen Gauthier
    Jalen Gauthier 3 days ago +1

    so if he traded that house for 10000 paper clips.....

  • SuperStarGio!
    SuperStarGio! 3 days ago

    This only works for paper clips btw

  • Keagan Davidson
    Keagan Davidson 4 days ago +1

    Well he also is well known I doubt that anyone could do this

  • The Unclave
    The Unclave 4 days ago

    His parents didn't want to get copystriked so they named him MacDonald instead of McDonald

  • Een Kinker
    Een Kinker 4 days ago

    That are some serious STONKS📈

  • BigBirdInJapan
    BigBirdInJapan 4 days ago

    He had a piece of a house on trade number 2

  • Ed8806
    Ed8806 4 days ago

    I did this in pokemon for a legendary

  • rekany
    rekany 4 days ago

    truck to snowglobe?????????????????? thats a downgrade but ok

  • Jacsky
    Jacsky 4 days ago

    From house to snow globe

  • Corbin
    Corbin 4 days ago +1

    His shoes don't match.

  • Josh Yn
    Josh Yn 4 days ago +1


  • Ian Thomas
    Ian Thomas 4 days ago +2

    This guy is the real life dwight shrute

  • Felipe Angelucci
    Felipe Angelucci 5 days ago +1

    One word. 2 say. It’s

    StOnKs ;)

  • Ducky McCool
    Ducky McCool 5 days ago

    KOT4Q during 2k rebuilds be like

  • Big Jeff
    Big Jeff 5 days ago +1

    Anyone wanna trade me for an unused stick of axe deodorant

  • groszak1
    groszak1 5 days ago

    what's next, trading an oxygen atom for the entire solar system

  • Andrew
    Andrew 5 days ago

    This dude : gets a paperclip
    Also this dude : oh yeah, it’s all coming together

  • Kojot8
    Kojot8 5 days ago


  • some random person on the internet

    I traded £1 for £1

  • Ryan Potter
    Ryan Potter 5 days ago


  • Vs. Strange
    Vs. Strange 5 days ago

    Lol they changed the screen shot cuz of what he said😂

  • Cbring
    Cbring 5 days ago

    s t o n k s

  • damn daniel
    damn daniel 5 days ago

    dwight traded a paper clip all the way to some magic beans

  • Area 51 Raider
    Area 51 Raider 5 days ago

    Next video : trading a house for a whole town

  • Zany Vlogs by Sean
    Zany Vlogs by Sean 5 days ago +1

    I've seen this like 8 times and it's still cool

  • Matthew Baloga
    Matthew Baloga 5 days ago +1

    Shaggy from Scooby-doo: “are you challenging me?”

  • MaxDragonSoul
    MaxDragonSoul 5 days ago +6

    *And after all that, he traded his house for TWO red paper clips!*

    • Gucci Gaming
      Gucci Gaming 2 days ago

      Repeat the process until you have 32 paperclips, then trade for a yacht

  • AdamLęę
    AdamLęę 6 days ago +94

    Who the feck looks at a paper clip and is like yeah that’s what I’ve always wanted here’s a pen

    • Jorge Crawford
      Jorge Crawford 3 minutes ago

      “It wasn’t about the paper clip” ...

    • Ok
      Ok 21 hour ago

      M e. I d o

    • Banaynas
      Banaynas 3 days ago +9

      I swear I was so confused. But at the same time she prob did it for the lolz

  • Daniel Bronfenbrener
    Daniel Bronfenbrener 6 days ago +1

    They're called thumbnails

  • dragon21516
    dragon21516 6 days ago

    I don't want to think about the taxes involved here.

  • HowMeNoWorin whooey
    HowMeNoWorin whooey 6 days ago

    *Trades house for more paper clips*


  • xristos bou
    xristos bou 6 days ago

    O. G

  • Mr bubbles1812
    Mr bubbles1812 6 days ago +6

    The moment he’s the only one with a different thumb nail

  • kryptonite702
    kryptonite702 7 days ago

    I’ve done this but not to this scale. I had a cassette tape player I traded for baseball cards traded that for Pokémon cards then sold them for $180

  • Carnage SE
    Carnage SE 7 days ago


  • SM3_0verwatch
    SM3_0verwatch 7 days ago +1

    *Dwight Schrute has left the chat*

  • Charles J. Easley II

    Totally not clickbait.
    That wasn't a paperclip, it was an acting role.

  • Andrew Sullivan
    Andrew Sullivan 8 days ago

    It's shawns dad!

  • FullHalfCircle
    FullHalfCircle 8 days ago +3

    Red paper clip ➡️ pen shaped like a fish ➡️ doorknob with a crazy face on it ➡️ camping stove ➡️ electric generator ➡️ IOU empty beer keg ➡️ worst snowmobile ➡️ two trips for two to the Canadian rockies ➡️ van ➡️ recording contract ➡️ year of free rent in half a duplex ➡️ an afternoon with Alice Cooper ➡️ KISS snow globe ➡️ paid, speaking, credited role in a Hollywood movie ➡️ extra house in the town of Kipling.

  • MrMoosers
    MrMoosers 8 days ago

    My boy Kyle lookin like James Halliday

  • Landen Keller
    Landen Keller 8 days ago

    why are his shoes different

  • Hugo L
    Hugo L 8 days ago +1

    Shouldve kept the truck just sayin

  • Redux!
    Redux! 9 days ago


  • Jose DeJesus
    Jose DeJesus 10 days ago

    Asi q las estupidas fueron las primeras q le dieron el lapiz de pez por un estupido paper clip esta cabron uno q se jode trabajando para una casa y este cabron la tuvo de gratis me imagino la cara de las del lapiz

  • Adam
    Adam 11 days ago


  • Yes B.
    Yes B. 11 days ago

    Lowkey he look like alexei in stranger things

  • GalacticGamerX7
    GalacticGamerX7 12 days ago

    Thinking out of box

  • Dap
    Dap 15 days ago +1

    *What if you could trade a paperclip for a house?*
    Me, and intellectual: then I’d have unlimited housing

  • Afonso Vaz
    Afonso Vaz 18 days ago +1