End of the line for the Roadster!?… What am I to do? (w/ Poll)

15 07 2011

As most Tesla fans out there know – the Roadster is nearing end of production and they will stop taking orders of this iconic vehicle very soon as stock diminishes to focus on the Model S. Even though they ordered an extra 100 chassis from Lotus – I doubt they will last that long.

When news broke out, I received several messages saying that my quest is over. As much as I would love for Tesla Motors to hand me a brand new one at the end of the line, I know it isn’t a realistic goal and wasn’t my original intention. I agree that it will be hard to pry this car out of someones hands, but I always thought I’d have better chances acquiring a used one.

To get a new one, there just isn’t enough time. I would have to pray for a miracle that Tesla Motors holds one for me or that I complete multiple Hail Mary, high profile trades to order one in time! I guess everything is possible but this is unlikely.

That being said – I’m not giving up and will try my hardest to get one whether used or new! 🙂 Or should I perhaps change my goal car to the more practical Model S, since I have a growing family? Hmmm….

As I’m sure a lot of people have their own opinions regarding my quest’s direction. What’s better than a poll to figure out what people are thinking?

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.

Impromptu Interview with DJ G-Rant on Sudbury’s Hot 93.5 (w/ Audio)

29 06 2011

Early afternoon yesterday, I received a Twitter DM from DJ G-Rant at Sudbury’s Hot 93.5. He was asking me if I would like to do an interview with him on his afternoon show and asked for my contact info. I provided my phone number and he called me shortly after…..

Little did I know, he was already recording the interview! I was totally surprised but G-Rant made me feel totally comfortable during the whole conversation. I always find that I do better when unprepared… so even though it was unexpected, I think I did pretty well! 🙂

Thanks G-Rant for reaching out to me for an interview!

Here’s the audio clip of the interview – hope you enjoy:

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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Featured on one of my favorite websites – Autoblog Green

20 06 2011

The folks at Autoblog Green where kind enough to feature my quest. This is one of my favorite website that I visit daily. Check out the article at this address:


Thanks Autoblog for the shout out!

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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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Shopify gets involved in my trade up quest to a Tesla!

11 06 2011

I have just struck a trade deal for my 7th item with a leading eCommerce company based in Ottawa, Shopify!

Shopify has been on top of my list of companies to approach to swap the Beau’s tour and I am so happy to work with them on my next item.

The details of the trade will be posted on my blog next week! So please make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to make sure you get the update first!

Special thanks to Steven at Think Out Loud! in Ottawa for the awesome first offer, and for getting me some great exposure on Twitter. I really appreciate it! Make sure to check out his advertising firm’s website at http://www.thinkloud.webs.com/

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Story in a local newspaper – EMC Nepean/Barrhaven

26 05 2011

I made it onto a local newspaper called the EMC (Nepean/Barrhaven) and it has just been published this morning! Here is a link to the story:


New video posted on YouTube! Re-introduction and a showcase of my sixth item

25 05 2011

My first video detailing my quest was quite choppy and outdated so I decided to create a new video to re-introduce myself to everyone who don’t know me or have just started following my adventure. The video also outlines the details of my current item, the Beau’s Super VIP brewery tour!

Check it out and make sure to share this by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter icon below! 🙂 Thanks!

Offers are coming in!

24 05 2011

Offers have come in for the VIP Beau’s tour package, and the most recent offer is a 3000$ digital advertising package from Steve at Think Out Loud! in Ottawa. I’m assuming he’s a huge fan of Beau’s Brewery as he Twitted “Will Out bid if have to! I want this tour!” – I love his enthusiasm and the great offer!

If you can’t make an offer, the best way to help me out is to spread the word on Twitter and Facebook about my quest. Even if someone could hook me up with very well connected people that would be awesome! The help is very much appreciated!

If you, or someone you know would like to get in on the bidding action for the Beau’s package, click on the link below to post your offer on my Swapsity.ca portal or contact me directly.

I apologize for the lack of updates recently, the past few days I’ve spent catching up on some house work that I have been putting off for a while. This long weekend was a great opportunity to cross some stuff off of my to-do list.