Remember the old saying, “I got it for a song,” which means you paid very little for something? Well, now you can literally get stuff for a song, or a dance, or a poem, or any talent you may possess.
San Francisco’s The Merit Shop
accepts payment in the form of YouTube videos for items like:
- A box of cereal
- A football
- An iPod Shuffle (sold out—sorry!)
- A pair of socks
goes on, but you get the point. And it really is apparently that easy. Film yourself telling a joke, singing a song, dancing or performing whatever talent you might have, and any of these fine items could be on their way to you.
I attempted to score a copy of the “FIFA 14” video game for the PlayStation 3 with the following Instagram submission of me kicking a 35-yard field goal:
Here’s the response I got:
Thank you for shopping at The Merit Shop!
Your unique payment is now being reviewed.
Once your talents have been confirmed, we will contact you for shipping information.
The company is making it work somehow. From PSFK.com
When asked about the financial sustainability of an ecommerce site built on non-monetary payments, the founders responded that “It’s not about money. For us this is a project to see what happens. To make some good in this world.” The duo plans to film in other cities to see how others react, and are hoping that brands will donate more products to the shop. Interested companies can get more information here.
If nothing else, they got a pretty solid joke from a guy who appears to be homeless: