Teen trades phone for Porsche

2010-07-22 07:28

An American teenager, Steven Ortiz, recently became the proud owner of a Porsche Boxster – after trading it for an old phone.

Ortiz, from Glendora in California, started his scheme two years ago at the age of 15.

His plan was simple – trade on the ‘barter’ section of Craigslist until he could convert the value of a trade into a neat car.

The idea of starting off with an old cell phone and finishing with a silver Porsche Boxster (albeit a 2000 model one) would seem fundamentally ridiculous to most. Ortiz was determined though – and patient.

A total of 14 meticulously conceived trades saw Ortiz move from his original cell phone to a better phone, then an iPod Touch followed by a raft of off-road motorcycles.

The trade that enabled Ortiz to finally get into bartering with four-wheels was his final dirtbike – traded for a MacBook Pro which in turn was converted into a Toyota 4Runner.

Although Ortiz did not have a license to drive the 4Runner he kept it – waiting for the choice opportunity to trade-up to something he truly desired by the time he was licensed to drive.

Ortiz’s patience faltered a trifle at this point and he then traded his 4Runner for an off-road golf cart that was finally converted into a 1975 Ford Bronco.

As cool as his oversized Ford bakkie was, Ortiz knew he simply had to have the Porsche Boxster when it came up for another trade - his fourteenth since starting with the old cellphone back two years ago.

Curiously the Boxster was considered a trade down on his Bronco - valued at $9 000. 

All things considered, not bad going for car ownership at 17 – and an awesome display of the power of online trading.

  • Pikanien - 2010-07-22 09:52

    Very cool, albeit not original.

  • Pierre - 2010-07-22 10:26

    Lucky kid being in the States, for R70k a 10year old Boxter just ain't gonna happen in this country *sigh*

  • Mole - 2010-07-22 12:17

    @ Pierre - Yip, why are we still being ripped off with car prices???

  • Spoon - 2010-07-22 12:26

    This is getting so old now. Started a long time ago with "one red paperclip" where the guy started with a paperclip and ended up with a house. Since then everyone is trying it.

  • Clueless - 2010-07-22 13:22

    What is "trade on the ‘barter’ section of Craigslist"???????????

  • Duncan - 2010-07-22 13:27

    I've got a 5 year old Nokia with scratches and a 2 year old Samsung without a battery. I'll give this kid both so that he can trade them for a scratched 911 (from the Nokia) and a Cayman without a battery (from the Samsung). I'll even be kind enough to let him take take his pick first and give me what's left. I also have an old cordless fone I'd like to swap for a beach buggy and a tent with a broken zip I'd like to swap for a holliday home in Camps Bay.

  • rodney - 2010-07-22 19:16

    not impossible in a country where 2nd hand cars sell for realistic prices not sky high prices based on prices that "the market can take" dreamt up by who knows who!!!!

  • Phumulani Ncube - 2010-07-23 11:46

    @ pierre u right, looking at the fact that a 1988 bmw e30 325i is going for 40 thousand on average have seen some gor more than R70K.iwonder how much the same Boxter is here in RSA

  • Thabang - 2010-07-23 20:28

    Bartering has been around for ages, a very ancient system. But it is regaining fame online. I have come across a website (www.sell-n-barter.com) a South African based online trading system which also offers barter trading. It seems like it has just been launched as I did not find any listed items.

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