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Ok, so I've discussed this with mods and they have said it's ok to go ahead.

There was a book where a writer who was living off his girlfriend's income, decided he was going to start trading his way up with swaps, writing about his experiences along the way, the thing he saw right in front of him was one red paperclip, so that's what he started with. It's a great story and a great book and I thought I would try it.

This thread is where I will attempt my "red paperclip" challenge and record anything interesting that happens along the way, meeting up to swap wherever possible, though me living in mid Wales does mean I'm a million miles from anyone, so this might not always be possible.

Not going to use a red paperclip as that's been done, so I'm going to start it off with.....

A timing tool kit for V8 BMW engines, originally bought to use on a 2003 range rover....

Same as this:

 https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F222171379458

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22 minutes ago, sutty2006 said:

So what’s the plan then? Swap the tool for something of slightly higher value then continue doing that until you’ve got a faded red mk4 Astra diesel with no mot on your drive? 

Pretty much, just keep trading, not necessarily higher value but more swappable every time.

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I tried this once. I was given a Saab 93 convertible for free. Tidied it up and traded it for a grand Cherokee. Couldn’t sell that thing so I swapped that for a diesel Passat thinking it would swap/trade a lot better, nope. Ended up flogging it for 700 quid and blew the cash on car parts. 

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4 hours ago, TheDoctor said:

That sounds like a fun plan. I think that's a pretty obscure thing to start with though, maybe something more generic? 

I know but, he started with a paperclip, have been having this thought, I could always offer a ford P100 pin badge? Surely that's less obscure...

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4 hours ago, TataBobu said:

I guess that would be the end of it. Unless you're willing to trade it forward?

That's why I asked if he was pretty, figured the only way it wouldn't stop there would be to film it and trade on the movie...

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3 hours ago, andy18s said:

Will you be travelling overseas ala Mr Brewer?

I would happily travel overseas for the right swaps but not ala Mr brewer

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So a new one is £104 ? How much is a second hand one worth ?  I can't imagine what you would swap it for.   Let me think. Have I got anything i don't need that I'd swap for something I don't need? 

My mate, swapped a mini bonnet with rust (what I gave him) for a broken VHS recorder, which he fixed and swapped for a broken TR7, which he got going, but never MOT'd and swapped for a caravan, which he sold for £500, which he used as a deposit on a 3 year old AXGT 

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52 minutes ago, scdan4 said:

I’d offer to swap a pair of tyres for it,

but cannot see how logistics would work.

 

That's the spirit!, Unfortunately I'm not sure about the logistics either, will have a think and see if I will be able to get your way, is it Swindon area like on your profile?

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31 minutes ago, New POD said:

So a new one is £104 ? How much is a second hand one worth ?  I can't imagine what you would swap it for.   Let me think. Have I got anything i don't need that I'd swap for something I don't need? 

My mate, swapped a mini bonnet with rust (what I gave him) for a broken VHS recorder, which he fixed and swapped for a broken TR7, which he got going, but never MOT'd and swapped for a caravan, which he sold for £500, which he used as a deposit on a 3 year old AXGT 

It's worth whatever someone wants to swap for it I guess?!

See, your mate had the right idea! Brilliant

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On a more serious note though it is doable. I do it with vacuums, can quite easily turn 5 shit dysons into 5 slightly less shit ones and net £150. Spend £100 of that on 5 really good dysons and etc. 

Some of my very rare and valuable vacs have been trades for refurb work! 

Dunno how it works with car stuff though

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2 hours ago, New POD said:

So a new one is £104 ? How much is a second hand one worth ?  I can't imagine what you would swap it for.   Let me think. Have I got anything i don't need that I'd swap for something I don't need? 

My mate, swapped a mini bonnet with rust (what I gave him) for a broken VHS recorder, which he fixed and swapped for a broken TR7, which he got going, but never MOT'd and swapped for a caravan, which he sold for £500, which he used as a deposit on a 3 year old AXGT 

At first I read that as you had given him the rust on the bonnet lol

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