Guy Uses Craigslist to Trade Phone Up to Porsche

There are many good deals to be had on Craigslist, but would you believe that at teenage boy managed to turn his old cell phone into a Porsche Boxster S in two years?

At 15-years-old Steven Ortiz traded an old cell phone for another, presumably better, cell phone. That eventually led him to an iPod touch, which he was able to trade for a series of dirt bikes. He then went from bikes back to electronics, when he got a MacBook Pro. He then traded the Apple laptop for an 1987 Toyota 4Runner – but at 15, Ortiz wasn't able to drive it.

Ortiz then traded the SUV for something he could drive – a hot-rodded, off-road golf cart. He then went back to bikes, getting a dirt bike, then street bike, then back to cars, eventually ending up with a 1975 Ford Bronco.

That 1975 Ford Bronco was a collector's item worth around $15,000. That's not bad, especially considering he started from a cell phone that's probably untradeable today. But driving around in an old Bronco isn't nearly as cool as in a roadster; so at age 17, Ortiz now owns a 2000 Porsche Boxster S, which he drives to school.

He's now a bit of a celebrity, with his story all over the news. "I get so many people who say, `Can you trade my phone for a car?' I just say, `Yeah. It's not that easy,"' Ortiz said.

Ortiz isn't going to stay with Boxster S, however, as he's finding that the maintenance costs are a bit high at $150 for an oil change and $1,000 for a tune up.

Now he's looking for something a bit more economical – a Cadillac Escalade.

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  • mancream
    no man its an excuse for money laundering. hes a small time drug dealer
  • Anonymous
    What this doesn't mention and the article on Yahoo did is that he spends 5 hours a day on Craigslist looking for just the right deals, and this took him two years. If he just got a minimum wage job, he could have earned $15,600 in two years. (let's say $6/hr x 25 hours a week x 52 weeks a year x 2 years)
  • seboj
    Cellphone to a Porsche? Lame. This was originally done by a guy who traded up starting with one red paperclip and ended up with a house in Canada and his own holiday, in less than a year.
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  • bruce0750
    he should have sold the 1975 Ford Bronco for 15000 then use 9000 to buy a Porsche Boxster S, this way he won't lose 6000. Then he can use that extra 6000 to buy another used car for trading. But still, pretty impressive that he started with a phone and ended up with a Porsche.
  • bebangs
    he should buy a lot of phones and do it all over again.
  • mancream
    no man its an excuse for money laundering. hes a small time drug dealer