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Cell phone to Porche via trading

In Read on September 14, 2010 at 7:28 am

17-year-old Steven Ortiz used Craigslist to trade up from an old cell phone to a 2000 Porsche Boxter:

Steven started his lucrative journey when his friend gave him an old cell phone – the sort most people would throw away or shove into a junk drawer.  He traded that phone for a better phone, which he then traded for an i-Pod touch. He traded that for a series of dirt bikes, a MacBook Pro, and a 1987 Toyota 4Runner.

At the time, Steven was just 15 and unable to drive his new acquisition. So he quickly swapped it out for a souped-up off-road golf cart, another more valuable dirt bike, a streetbike, then a series of cars ending with a 1975 Ford Bronco. He spent a few months enjoying each acquisition before determining he was looking for something else.

Ortiz with his Boxter.  Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/Whittier Daily News.

Ortiz with his Boxter. Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/Whittier Daily News.

Steven made 14 swaps over two years.  The Bronco (his second-to-last item) was probably worth more than the Porsche.  Someone offered him a locksmith business in exchange for the Ford, but he turned it down to get the Boxter instead.

Via:  Neatorama

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  1. This reminds me of the red paperclip caper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE8b02EdZvw&feature=related
    Trading is the new saving?

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