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!
    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

Comments • 7 474

  • KitkatKate
    KitkatKate Hour ago


  • Manuel Rojas
    Manuel Rojas 2 hours ago


  • Julia Roberge
    Julia Roberge 3 hours ago +1

    Wow I am from Quebec, and I was just randomly looking a this video and then BAM!!! Michel Barrette appeared in my video...

  • jecthedude
    jecthedude 3 hours ago


  • AK The Human
    AK The Human 4 hours ago

    I watched this in class

  • Definitely Not jane
    Definitely Not jane 8 hours ago +1

    This is just like that episode of Phineas and Ferb

  • Definitely Not jane
    Definitely Not jane 8 hours ago +1

    I would have stopped right at the pen

  • HungTDD
    HungTDD 12 hours ago +1


  • James C
    James C 17 hours ago

    I've been training all my life I don't know you talk about trade my money for a car I trade my money for a house I trade my money for food I trade my money for weed I trade my money for everything I do

  • Shobe Productions
    Shobe Productions 20 hours ago

    TVclip channels be like

  • Longshot4230
    Longshot4230 Day ago

    Step one : Red paper clip
    Step two : Fish pen
    Step three : house

  • animegodguy ken
    animegodguy ken Day ago

    Anybody want to trade for my red piece of paper.

  • Jake Shoup
    Jake Shoup Day ago

    How to trade a paperclip for a house: Be famous

  • Liam Bedford
    Liam Bedford Day ago

    I tried doing the same thing in public, in one day...results on my channel.

  • Ogeenock
    Ogeenock Day ago

    Imagine how much that red paperclip is worth now. If you're lucky, you could probably trade it for a house in one go, lol.

  • Zaydan Peters
    Zaydan Peters Day ago

    Trades house for paperclip

  • Grillex
    Grillex Day ago +1

    You trade your work time for money which then you trade for house

  • albertosbeats
    albertosbeats Day ago

    Shits hard

  • TheSpeedy Hernandez

    Stop wearing the shirts

  • Joey Nakhle
    Joey Nakhle 2 days ago

    The art of the deal

  • Ariel Rozen
    Ariel Rozen 2 days ago

    Now trade the house for some miracle legumes

  • masusockvevo
    masusockvevo 2 days ago

    is it just me, or did you think that it was seth rogen in the thumbnail

  • itzmarcc
    itzmarcc 2 days ago

    He looks like Leonard from big bang theory

  • Asrar Rashid
    Asrar Rashid 2 days ago +1

    he so deserves that clap at the end

  • Derpity
    Derpity 2 days ago +1


  • Minecraft expert Pro skillz

    Did you do it
    What did it cost

  • AShiningPotato
    AShiningPotato 2 days ago +2


  • Shep Does Stuff
    Shep Does Stuff 2 days ago

    this entire video is just him talking about *stonks*

  • jevil the devil jester
    jevil the devil jester 2 days ago +1


  • Fanjohnholic John
    Fanjohnholic John 2 days ago +2


  • Bryan Diego
    Bryan Diego 2 days ago

    So lit

  • Pusheenosarous 328
    Pusheenosarous 328 2 days ago +1


  • megan rose
    megan rose 2 days ago

    About a year ago maybe in my class my teacher showed us this for a project/scavenger hunt thing we were gonna do and she had to mute the volume for like 2 or 3 parts because we cant hear it or it was inappropriate or something and I'm coming back and rewatching the video just to hear what he said...

  • Mancatstudios
    Mancatstudios 2 days ago

    trading a paperclip for a house. STONKS

  • Jeff Thompson
    Jeff Thompson 2 days ago


  • SirMo66
    SirMo66 3 days ago +1

    Personally I think the house is a downgrade

  • UselessCompanion
    UselessCompanion 3 days ago +4

    the guys with the fish pen are the real winners because they got the legendary red paperclip

  • Nils Johansson
    Nils Johansson 3 days ago


  • Randal Colling
    Randal Colling 3 days ago

    Best video of the week

  • Bennyclay661
    Bennyclay661 3 days ago

    i traded a paper clip for a pen then for $7 then i bought this beat "Crandamer - Balmain Club" does anyone want to swap something for this beat?

  • Tree3
    Tree3 3 days ago

    operation paperclip amiright?

  • Tweet Birb
    Tweet Birb 3 days ago

    Did anybody else notice his shoes where mismatched

  • Romeo Gabriel Tumabcao

    I traded my life for friends

  • no name x
    no name x 3 days ago +1


  • Lickidos
    Lickidos 4 days ago +2


  • fjsixhrjeodudis
    fjsixhrjeodudis 4 days ago

    My mate traded a paperclip to a laptop which was pretty cool

  • PixelMiners
    PixelMiners 4 days ago


  • Netson Eng
    Netson Eng 4 days ago

    I traded 30,000 dollars for a house

  • J.R. Lee
    J.R. Lee 4 days ago

    sounds like one small favour to me

  • J R
    J R 4 days ago

    Started with a video and I've ended up with somebody's red stapler. Any takers?

  • Cristiano 1344
    Cristiano 1344 4 days ago +25

    Starts with a Paperclips ends with a house
    STONKS 📈

    • Drake
      Drake 3 days ago

      Cristiano 1344 that was good

  • Wholesalers
    Wholesalers 4 days ago

    communism in a nutshell

  • ray eittastay
    ray eittastay 4 days ago

    The world's greatest side quest ever.

  • Destr0yed
    Destr0yed 4 days ago

    i live in austria ;o

  • Superpila
    Superpila 5 days ago

    one question: wheres your hairline?

  • Carlos Garcia
    Carlos Garcia 5 days ago

    What if he just traded that house for like a million red paper clips and just started the cycle over and over?

  • Raman Deep Vashisht
    Raman Deep Vashisht 5 days ago

    this will never ever happen in India.

  • Johann Alyosha Van Tassel

    how did he go from a truck to a snow globe

  • xXYeezyXx
    xXYeezyXx 5 days ago

    Honestly when I look for paper clips I can’t find any at all, I only find them randomly when at someone’s house or something

  • Bartekrabit
    Bartekrabit 5 days ago

    thanks for the lesson ted

  • wujidao
    wujidao 5 days ago

    So what you're saying is "banks are not necessary?". Commie, you have to be ahem stopped.

  • Poorna Venkata Krishna


  • Zhouuuw
    Zhouuuw 5 days ago +2

    I started with a fetus and now I'm in jail

  • RicoLord1
    RicoLord1 5 days ago

    growtopia in real life ;D

  • Austin Bruce
    Austin Bruce 5 days ago

    Round 2?

  • Mason :/
    Mason :/ 5 days ago +1


  • Eijiro Kirishima
    Eijiro Kirishima 5 days ago

    Well that escelated quickly

  • Maximilian Bennett
    Maximilian Bennett 6 days ago +3

    I traded from an Oreo to a bottle of Powerade once...

  • David Perevala
    David Perevala 6 days ago


  • a64750
    a64750 6 days ago

    Barter system is an old method of exchange. system has been used for centuries and long before money was invented

  • Lirian
    Lirian 6 days ago +1


  • Max2k -
    Max2k - 6 days ago +30

    So I have a paperclip. Does anybody have a house? Will also accept a fish pen

  • saditha benjamin
    saditha benjamin 6 days ago +4

    A 10 year old in my class told me about this video... 😊👍

  • Pers0nas
    Pers0nas 6 days ago +4

    Paperclip for house.

    *Trump, the art of the deal*

    • Rafa
      Rafa 4 days ago

      *S T O N K S*

  • Enderjora
    Enderjora 7 days ago

    It only took a guy two weeks to get two people to raise their hands?

  • luianimations
    luianimations 7 days ago

    i just realised hes wearing different shoes:))

  • nova_play xtream
    nova_play xtream 7 days ago

    Nope im never giving up my paperclip

  • kingboo344
    kingboo344 8 days ago


  • bee
    bee 8 days ago

    how has there not been one person who made an animal jam joke-- like, does anyone play animal jam here??

  • CeeeJ
    CeeeJ 8 days ago +1

    now from a house, let’s get a spaceship out of it

  • Conn Y
    Conn Y 8 days ago

    I'm struck...

  • Michael Hendrick
    Michael Hendrick 8 days ago

    So eloquently put lol

  • Erin McCarthy, MSW
    Erin McCarthy, MSW 8 days ago +1

    ahh yes. this internet phenomenon.

  • TheGodAidoneus
    TheGodAidoneus 8 days ago

    8:08 "This has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever"

  • Hunt.3r _
    Hunt.3r _ 9 days ago +1

    *S T O N K S*

  • Larsen Jennings
    Larsen Jennings 9 days ago +1

    this is a man who truly did something

    like yeah some guy named henry lin did a ted talk about distant galaxy clusters at the age of 19, but this guy actually did some here.

  • TinyPP
    TinyPP 9 days ago

    He just got lucky

  • Tanan Hurley
    Tanan Hurley 9 days ago +1

    This is the definition of the stonks meme

  • Milquetoast Eugenicist

    Fish pen beats it all.

  • Adam Kelly
    Adam Kelly 10 days ago +1

    He is wearing odd shoes

  • d0phyte
    d0phyte 10 days ago

    You traded a paperclip and a LOT of time for a house, and time is money my friend.

  • R P
    R P 11 days ago +1

    I traded a paperclip for TVclip. That's right, I own all your likes and this comment deserves to be on top.

    • R P
      R P 9 days ago

      @Virus this is sad, a true reflection of my life.

    • Virus
      Virus 9 days ago

      When you try your best but dont succeed

  • Bleckwater
    Bleckwater 12 days ago

    couldn't he have traded for a different shirt or something along the way

  • 5star
    5star 13 days ago

    Yoooo im from saskatchewan thats crazy how he ended up here

  • Jacob keyser
    Jacob keyser 13 days ago

    I once played this at a friends birthday party started with a paper clip ended 1 hour later we ended with a filing cabinet

  • Alexander Jones
    Alexander Jones 13 days ago +1

    Man..ted bullshits is getting annoying

  • Arcan Gel
    Arcan Gel 13 days ago

    What a great analogy... Even if you got only a paper clip, try to trade it , who knows what you might get in return.... Little by little but wonder....

  • Huntik Pro
    Huntik Pro 13 days ago +1

    Once someone said to me
    Read more

  • SBR Make Money Online
    SBR Make Money Online 13 days ago

    It's an unlikely and amazing journey with lots of surprises along the way.

  • SBR Make Money Online
    SBR Make Money Online 13 days ago

    It's an unlikely and amazing journey with lots of surprises along the way.