Blogger sells his name: he's now "Mr. Freebeestore"

@Idlewild (6092)
United States
February 7, 2007 5:52pm CST
24-year-old Canadian Scott MacDonald has changed his name to "Mr. Freebeestore" as the result of an auction in which he sold his name. The Toronto-based Internet company known as www.freebeestore.com is paying him $37,001 to legally change his name for one year following an online auction that was held at his blog, Choosemyname.com. According to Canada.com, MacDonald's older brother Kyle " gained attention last summer with his blog, oneredpaperclip.com, which resulted in him making a series of trades beginning with a red paperclip and ending with him securing a house in Kipling. He is now working on a book and a movie about his adventure." Would you sell your name for cash? If so, how much green would it take?
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@sudhajan (1219)
• France
8 Feb 07
I am unable to understand why he sold his name and what can be possible or useful for anyone who buys that name.everyone knows his identity so what is it.
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@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
8 Feb 07
He legally changed his name, so now whenever he fills in a form or buys something at a store, he's using the name of that Web site. Yeah, it's pretty nutty...
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
12 Feb 07
I heard about the paperclip man! He got a house the end of it all, unbelievable. I'd sell my name for a year for that amount, I'd just make sure people called me by my first name! lol!
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@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
12 Feb 07
I know, but at least when he wears baggy jumpers you don't really notice! lol!
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@Thewishlady (1046)
• Netherlands
12 Feb 07
Wow thats a lot of money for a name... I don't know if I would do it.. but maybe I would... Its a good yearsalary...
@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Maybe it's because I'm older, but I'd hold out for a lot more money!
@kagandahan (1327)
• Philippines
12 Feb 07
i have read about the paperclip thing in reader's digest.cool,huh?well, asformy name, wouldn't trade it for cash,it has special meaning to me and my parents geve me that and i was baptize in a catholic church.i don't see any reason why would i have to swithc name justfor cash.
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@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Think of all the trouble he has to go through telling people what his name is and repeating it over and over when they don't believe him...
@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
10 Feb 07
very funny! It is one of the weirdest thing I 've heard lately! I'm not surprised. Today for money people could sell his soul to the devil too. lol that's amazing! I think I won't sell my name! haha
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@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I guess for a young man, $37,000 is a pretty good payday for doing nothing (except putting up with a lot of embarassment).
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• United States
9 Feb 07
Definitely strange. Proof that money can sometimes buy anyone? I'm not sure I'd change my name unless it was a LOT more than $37k. LOL I do remember the redpaperclip episode and I was so totally amazed at how it ended up!
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@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
9 Feb 07
OK, the owners of this site now know that you will not become Ms. Mylot for a measly 37K, they'll have to offer way more than that!
@shywolf (4519)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I don't think that I would sell my name for any amount of money, but who knows. People will definitely do some strange things for either money, attention, or fame. I have heard of people legally changing their names to far stranger things than "Freebiestore", actually, although that's a pretty good one. I can't remember examples off of the top of my head, but I was watching a chat show awhile back where the host had some people on who had changed their names to really bizarre things, things that you would never consider wanting as your name *laugh* Or things that at least i would never consider as wanting for my own name, let me tell you! LOL ^_^
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@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
9 Feb 07
For the right price, I would consider becoming Mr. Mylot.
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@LindaLou (483)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
Ha! I think that's an ingenious way to make a year's salary for doing basically nothing. I don't know if I would do it, but I can't say that I wouldn't. Funny though!
@Idlewild (6092)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I wonder if his friends are ridiculing him, or if they think it's cool for making money so easily?
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