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How to Upgrade an Old Phone into a Porsche

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by HoNeYBiRD, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. HoNeYBiRD

    HoNeYBiRD Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Most people throw away old cell phones without a second thought. Steven Ortiz is not like most teenagers. This 17-year-old Californian went on Craigslist to turn a used cell phone a friend gave him into a Porsche convertible. Harvard Business School, watch out for this guy.

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    Actually he made 14 swaps until he finally got the Porsche and the last one was a trade down, because he traded an 1975 Ford Bronco ($15.000) for the 2000 Porsche Boxter S ($9.000).

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    I assume every of us have at least one old cell phone at home. So what are you (we) waiting for, take action like the guy above! :)
     
  2. PlatinumPi4u

    PlatinumPi4u Junior Member

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    re: Harvard business school watch out? More like federal reserve watch out: The barter system is roaring back!

    I got an iphone 4 to barter.. :shifty:
     
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  3. erascal

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    Ahhh... the beauty of Craigslist...
     
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  4. auggie101

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    i read this on yahoo.. :)

    who want to trade with my phone?
     
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    A 1975 Ford Bronco for $15,000 WTF who would pay that for that kind of junk ???
     
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    err...and what did he exactly do?
     
  7. HoNeYBiRD

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    "Steven is part of a growing number of people who use the barter section of Craigslist to unload unwanted items and acquire desired goods, rather than just buying and selling them.
    But he does more than just make a casual posting to swap concert tickets or an old bike. He spends five to six hours a day on his i-Phone scouring the website for good deals.
    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.
    It didn't happen overnight, but with the help of the Craigslist website and a lot of patience, Steven made 14 online swaps over two years to get his 2000 Porsche Boxster S." - here ya go, if you're too lazy to read the article :p
     
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  8. danielgb123

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    Could of put the "five to six hours a day on his i-Phone scouring the website" to good use and made enough for that car within a few months.
     
  9. Basic

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    That's pretty ingenious, whichever way you look at it.

    I wonder if he will stay with Porshe or move onto getting something better still.
     
  10. Mr Allante

    Mr Allante Registered Member

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    Wait unil the IRS gets him... You have to pay taxes on barter income and an old cell phone to a porche is a lot of income... the kid should have kept his mouth shut.
     
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  11. RingRingMeow

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    I would do this... but I love my phone!