Trade deal completed… with GoPro!

18 04 2012

This is where it gets really interesting and fun for me being a gadget guy. I worked out a trade with the makers of the wildly popular HD Hero 2 action camera, GoPro!

Special thanks goes out to Kash and Katie @GoPro for making this trade happen.

I will announce details of the trade and the 9th item in my tradeup quest sometime after the 27th of April. So be the first to know by following me on Twitter and liking my page on Facebook. Retweets and Sharing is always allowed and encouraged. 🙂

In the meantime – feast your eyes on a great video demonstrating GoPro cameras in action. If your computer can handle it, do yourself a favor and crank up the resolution to 1080p .    😉

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Video call with Nerdbots – 8th item trade

6 02 2012

As promised – I was able to get a Skype call in with Nicholas and Angela from Nerdbots this weekend for the official face-to-face exchange of our trade items and here’s the video for all of you to enjoy! It was so fun to finally meet both of them face-to-face as all of our previous communications were made through email and telephone. They are both such nice people and I’d like to personally thank them for doing this call with me.

In the video we are calling out on Google as a targeted swap participant for my 8th item. Let’s make an Android Nerdbot a reality!

Check it out and make sure to share it through all the social networks to help me out! Hopefully the video will make it onto some Google employee’s monitors! 🙂

8th Item Announcement – Collaborate with Nerdbots to Design 2 Custom Robots!

31 01 2012

The 8th item in my trade up adventure  has been confirmed. Here’s your chance to collaborate with Nerdbots! Based in Kansas City, Nerdbots make robot sculptures made out of reclaimed gadgets and other materials. Green and geeky – the perfect match for my quest!

Owners Nicholas and Angela Snyder have offered me the chance to work with them in creating/designing *2* ultra nerdy custom robots in exchange for the Shopify credit. The Nerdbots store currently runs on the Shopify platform, so they will be using the 3000$ credit towards their monthly fees.

Here are the full details of the package:

– Full creative input into the project
– May send in your own parts (*including company logos*) to be included in the custom build (No wood or irreplaceble items please)
– Robots can measure up to and around 36 inches in height
– Shipping included!

You may contact Nicholas and Angela if you have any questions or special requests prior to making a trade offer at

Check out the robots that are currently available for adoption on the Nerdbot website, they need a good home 🙂

I will be making the official face-to-face exchange with Nicholas and Angela on Skype in the next few days. Make sure to check back to view the video.

Nerdbots joins my trade up quest!

28 01 2012

I told everyone that a comeback was coming and here it is! 🙂 I have struck a deal with Nerdbots – makers of awesome geeky robot companions.

More details will come in a few days… But in the meantime, take a look at Nerdbots’ site to see what they have to offer:

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Important change to the Shopify package could sweeten the deal!

6 07 2011

Shopify has just made changes to its packages – essentially removing the Enterprise and Premium packages and introducing an Unlimited plan. Since this change directly impacts the package that was offered to me, Mark Hayes was nice enough to contact me with a proposition to change the package to a 3000$* gift certificate that can be applied to any of Shopify’s monthly plans. I accepted as this makes for a much better deal for the next person I trade with!

What does this mean? A potentially much better online store package! Here are the plans you could chose for the trade:

– 23 month Unlimited Plan w/ 0% transaction fees** (BETTER HURRY BEFORE IT’S GONE! This plan is on promotion right now and would regularly cost 16 077$! Plus the 0% transaction fees is huge!)
– 30 month Business Plan w/ 1.0% transaction fees**
– 50 month Professional Plan w/ 1.0% transaction fees**
– 103 month Basic Plan w/ 2.0% transaction fees**

As you can see, this change gives the next potential swapper lots of options to open a new online store. This should definitely be interesting!

If you need more information about what is included in the packages, please visit this page on Shopify’s website:

Shopify Packages and Pricing Page

To explore all of Shopify’s in-depth features, visit this page:

Shopify In-Depth Tour

You may also want to signup for a free, no obligation 30 day trial. If you like it, and make a successful trade with me, Shopify will add the package of your choice to your account. How simple is that!?

So what are you waiting for – visit my Swapsity portal and let’s swap!

* The gift certificate can only be applied to the monthly online store plans from Shopify. It may *NOT* be used for any add-ons, customizations or transaction fees.
** Package details may change without notice. Please visit Shopify’s website for up to date package information and pricing.

My visit at Shopify – 6th trade officially completed

23 06 2011

Today was the big day where I got the chance to visit Shopify‘s head quarter in Ottawa’s Byward Market to finalize my sixth trade to officially seal the deal.

I was greeted by Marketing Manager Mark Hayes and felt completely welcomed. After a quick tour of the office… I have to say that this place looks like an awesome place to work! The open concept office space is absolutely gorgeous. Working at Shopify also has lots of perks – but here are the ones that I witnessed first hand:

– Relaxed but focused atmosphere
– Everyone is equipped with the latest Mac hardware
– Plenty of Nerf and squirt guns around the office… Not sure what they’re for! 🙂
– Need a mental break? Play some PS3 or Xbox360: Walked into a Street Fighter tournament (pic in the slideshow)
– Get your day started off right: Breakfast club with a wide selection of cereal (pic in the slideshow)

I also got to see all the different teams that make up Shopify – The executives, developers, support team and the Shopify gurus. They seem to work extremely well together. No wonder they have been named the fastest growing company in Ottawa two years in a row!

So thanks Mark and Shopify for the amazing trade and the great tour of your office!

Know someone that needs a fully featured online store, or you need one of your own? Head over to my Swapsity portal if your interested in making me an offer for the 12 month enterprise package from Shopify. The specs for the store can be found here and examples of the sites you can build with the software here. You may also want to test the service out with the free, no obligation 30 day trial. If you like the service – you may send me an offer and if I accept, Shopify will apply the 12 month package to your account! It’s that easy!

Slideshow of my visit below:

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12 Month Enterprise Online Store Package from Shopify!

15 06 2011

Shopify has really stepped my project up a notch with an amazing trade offer that I absolutely could not resist!

Good thing one of my over 45 emails sent to high tech companies in Ottawa landed in Mark Hayes‘ inbox. He is the marketing manager at Shopify and he loves beer, especially Beau’s. It’s one of his favorites! Needless to say he was completely psyched when I approached Shopify with my trade up project and the VIP brewery tour at Beau’s.

Shopify has agreed to trade a 12 month Enterprise online store package valued at 3000$ USD in return for my Super VIP Beau’s All Natural Brewing tour. They will be using the package as a sweet corporate outing for its employees.

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