A Saskatchewan man is hoping to trade away his Christmas present, a tin of beef bandages, for a farm. Ernie Pearce of Moose Jaw chuckled after he opened the weird Christmas gift that he had received from his wife Trina and stated, after a few minutes, recalling what Kyle MacDonald had done with one red paper clip in trading it up for a house with the town of Kipling, Saskatchewan, he would use his new gift to trade up for something much bigger; he would trade up his tin of beef bandages to a farm. Joking with Trina what he was now going to do, all she said was, “it had better be livable.” It’s not clear if she fully understood what would soon transpire, but as Ernie points out, “Her only stipulation was that it be livable. Before or after we move in, I didn’t bother to ask. I figure, why push the issue?” Only a week now after Christmas and a new blog, Beef Bandage, has been set up and Ernie is on his way to making his first trade towards a farm.
You may remember Ernie Pearce from a few of his weird eBay auctions, The Mystery Envelope, which he sold to Golden Palace Casino for $7,600.00. What was in the mysterious 19 cent envelope still hasn’t been revealed by either Ernie or Golden Palace. His second weird auction, which was also purchased by Golden Palace – advertising on a giant pumpkin – was shown world wide via the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the entire 2005 growing season of this monster vegetable. So as his wife will attest, Ernie is no stranger when it comes to not only coming up with some weird ideas, but also succeeding in carrying out his idea and reaching the end goal. While the idea of trading up one item for another is not new, his quest to reach his goal has already started off on a different foot. Yep, that’s right, he is seeking an official sponsor for this weird adventure. He wants publicity and exposure a sponsor can bring and in exchange will offer the sponsor name mentions both verbal and visual in all forms including media and use of anything associated with his trades. What’s the cost of this sponsorship? Well as Ernie puts it, “I don’t know, what have you got to trade? After all, that’s the name of the game. Go ahead: email me an offer I can’t refuse.”
Let the trading begin. I can’t wait to see who will be the first to make a reality television show out of this.
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