Q: What initially inspired the idea to do what you are doing?
A: A game called Bigger or Better. You start with a small object and trade it for a bigger or better object. Repeat. Usually a kids game. More knocking on doors, less internet.
Q:How did people find your website in the beginning, before it got media attention?
A: www.craigslist.org - barter section
Q: How far will you travel to make a trade? Will you go anywhere?
A: Yes, I will go anywhere in the world to make a trade...especially Yahk, British Columbia Canada.
Q: Is this a joke?
Q: Is this real?
Q: How much money do you spend for the objects you get?
A: Nothing. It is strictly barter. No money is involved in the trades.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A1: Why not?
A2: I pay rent but I'd like to own a house. I didn't have enough money for a house - but I did have one red paperclip.
Q: Can you please tell me more about who you are?
A: Please see my bio page.
Q: I am a journalist and I'd like to ask you a few questions - how can I contact you?
A: Please see the contact page
Q: Dude! What's up with that light blue 'Ricky' shirt you're always wearing? Is some sort of ironic-that-it's-not-your-name emo punk thing?
A: No. The shirt belongs to Ricky Hebert, my cousin's husband, and former quarterback of the the Arena Football Arkansas Twisters. Ricky gave it to me as a joke on the day I posted the original one red paperclip on the web and for some reason I wore it for the first two trades. When I went to make the third trade, in Amherst MA, Shawn Sparks refused to trade with me until I put on my "lucky trading shirt". It's has inadvertedly become my trademark trading shirt. I think it's funny. Ricky does too. I'd like to give it back to him when he comes to visit me in my house - it doesn't quite fit - it's a little too big.
Q: It must cost a fortune to ship these objects - how can you afford it?
A: I make each trade in person, so I usually bring the objects with me in my car or on the plane. I have not spent a cent on the one red paperclip project.
Q: Will you stop when you get to a house or will you continue to make more trades?
A: The plan is to stop at a house, but...
Q: Where is the house you traded for?
A: 503 Main Street, Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Q: Does your Mom still cut your hair?
Q: Do you like pickles?