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Red Paper Clip Essays

To encourage you to think about the many everyday opportunities you have to persuade and negotiate with others, and to improve these skills, you are being asked to go out and negotiate a series of five or more trades over the course of two weeks starting with a paperclip and ending with something substantially more valuable. On November 1st you will be asked to submit an analysis of the project accompanied by this negotiation log, which is a record of your five transactions. |Item (Include Monetary Value) |Date of Trade |Name of Person You Traded With |Your Relationship with the person | |0.
Marker ($1) |October 4, 2012 |Mark Brown |Neighbor | | | | |Comments About the Trade: |I thought that I needed to get an item for the paperclip that was not as insignificant as the paperclip and| | |that I could trade up more easily.
When I saw Mark walk by my dorm room with a box of markers, I asked him | |(Example) |if he would give me one for my paperclip. He laughed and agreed to the trade. I guess having a specific | | |goal for my trade helped. | | | | | | |Item (Include Monetary Value) |Date of Trade |Name of Person You Traded With |Your Relationship with the person | |1. pencils ($1) |October 28, 2012 |Paris Davis |Fraternity Brother | | |My roomate actually asked if I had a paper clip or stapler, and then I instantly remembered about the | |Comments About the Trade: |project. I just casually asked for 2 pencils in return in which he was happily to trade with me.
After, I | | |felt that I could have got something better, but I was very eager to just start the projcet and did not | | |even think about a better deal since he really needed it. | | |Date of Trade |Name of Person You Traded With |Your Relationship with the person | |Item (Include Monetary Value) | | | | |2.
Tobacco[dip] ($3) |October 29, 2012 |Ben Ung |Fraternity Brother | | | | |Comments About the Trade: |He was on the way to class and needed a pencil. I asked if he had anything on him to trade for the pencils. | | |He told me he had some cans of dip on him. Since I figured one of those cost more than the 2 pencils, I | | |told him I would take the trade.
Pretty happy about it because I had increased my monetary value. | | | | | |Date of Trade |Name of Person You Traded With |Your Relationship with the person | |Item (Include Monetary Value) | | | | |3. beer ( $4) |October 30, 2012 |Kirk Hadley |Room mate 2 years ago | | |I was getting a ride from him, and he told me he was about to stop at gas station to get some dip. I saw | |Comments About the Trade: |some beer laying around in his back seat and offered him to trade with me. At first he said that is was a | | |“shitty” deal. I convinced him by telling him the beer is probably old and it was natural light.
It’s a | | |cheap brand of beer so it is worth it. He eventually said ok to the deal. | | | | | | | | |Date of Trade |Name of Person You Traded With |Your Relationship with the person | |Item (Include Monetary Value) | | | | |4.
Starbucks card ($12) |October 30, 2012 |Alex Salm |Fraternity Brother | | |He came to my room and asked for beer for beer pong. No one in the house had any and he doesn’t have a car | |Comments About the Trade: |to go get any. He was in desperate need because he had some girls with him that wanted to play. I basically| | |told him to give me his shirt. It actually was easy convincing him since he was slightly drunk. | | | | | | | | | | | |Item (Include Monetary Value) |Date of Trade |Name of Person You Traded With |Your Relationship with the person | | |October 30, 2012 |Phil Marcadis |Room mate | |5. Headphones($20) | | | | | |He lost his wallet a few nights ago and needed money for coffee. He was trying to pull an all nighter. He | |Comments About the Trade: |asked for money but instead I offered him a starbucks card. I told him to trade me for the headphones, in | | |which he thought it was an awful trade.
However, I managed to convince him that he needed to pull in all | | |nighter in order to have any chance at doing well. I also told him that if you do well on the test, would a| | |pair of headphones really be that much of trouble trading. He eventually traded me them. | | | | | | | | | |Item (Include Monetary Value) |Date of Trade |Name of Person You Traded With |Your Relationship with the person |

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