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Would you sell your name?

If someone were to offer you a couple hundred bucks to change your name (to whatever non-obscene name they chose), would you sell it? I’m talking passport, driver’s license, all legal documents, how friends reference you, everything. Probably not … but what if the offer was for $40,000 or more?

Scott MacDonald (the guy in the picture below) is betting that there’s a huge demand for his name, so he is auctioning his name off to the highest bidder (and, for good measure, giving 10% of the proceeds to charity):
Would you pay this guy $40,000 to change his name?

The current highest bid is just shy of $40,000, with another month to go (the auction ends on Groundhog Day). Here’s a few of the bids so far:

  • $36,789.10 – “Finest Freshest Fastest” (highest as of tonight)
  • $35,001 – “Schenectady New York” (not sure this is the best marketing ploy to turn around poor old Schenectady)
  • $24,123 – “Oprah Winfrey” (oddly, the bidder deals with plastic surgery and is a snowboard afficianado)
  • $4,100 – “Mr.” (his parents would be so proud)
  • $2,222 – “Ian Vestinaustralia” (get it? Maybe our neighbor down under is having financial difficulties too)
  • $5 – “Mr. Clean” (first offer, outbid the next day by “Vanilla Ice”)

So … would you sell? I would, but only if my name could be “SmarterThan TheAverage Bear”. That would make for fun business meetings and court cases, and it easily fits on most legal forms too 😉

4 Responses to “Would you sell your name?”

  1. on 04 Jan 2007 at 3:23 am Ajay

    For a few hundred bucks… no!

    A few million… maybe 😉

  2. on 04 Jan 2007 at 11:41 am Ian MacDonald

    This guy’s a GENIUS !

  3. on 04 Jan 2007 at 2:03 pm Jake

    Absolutely! $500.00 minimum though. Any offers?

  4. on 06 Jan 2007 at 5:28 pm Steinbring Inc.

    Man Auctions Naming Rights For Himself…

    Scott MacDonald is allowing the highest bidder to choose a new name for him.  As of 01/02/07, the highest bid is $36,789.10 and the winning name is “Finest Freshest Fastest.”  If that wins, would his friends just call him Finest?
    Choose M…

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