Successful Beer Bartering


satellite dish = beer

Thanks to Dan of Shanghaiist who spread word of my “satellite TV for beer” deal, yesterday I successfully traded a satellite dish with box for 4 cases (96 bottles) of Sol beer. Lenny and John B can verify that the Sol is much tastier than the satellite dish could ever be. Thanks also to Peter for his generous bid.

I’m leaving for the States tomorrow for a two week visit. Will there be any beer left when I get back? Hmmm…

This visit home is a first in a way because of the awesome deal I got on my plane ticket. It’s the first time I have paid less than 8000 rmb for a round-trip plane ticket to Tampa–I only paid 5600 rmb! It’s also the first time I’ll have less than two connecting flights. This is the simplest (best) route I’ve ever taken: Shanghai – Chicago – Tampa. The American Airlines direct flight from Shanghai to Chicago just started.

Anyway, if posts are light, it’s because I’m busy trying to gain 10 pounds in 2 weeks.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Sol isn’t beer!

  2. Whatever it is, I like it.

  3. Uhhh…why gain 10 lbs. may I ask? Trying to claim a belt in a new weight class?

  4. Wow! Kudos on finding such a cheap and direct flight. Have a great time with the Fam.

  5. Where did you buy the tickets?

  6. Jeff,
    Because it’s there.


    Ordered them directly through the American Airlines Shanghai office. It was a special offer because they just opened the new route. The offer doesn’t extend past April departures.

  7. john,

    alf, greg and I are in florida at the moment in naples on the beach, but it would be a shame if we didnt see you while you were in town. let us know when is a good time for us to see you and if you wanna come hang out and naples and play boccii ball with us let us know.


    ps we smell of tequila so I hope thats ok

  8. Damn… Florida.. Hey, what do I need to pay to get a flight out the the states to see you boys?

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