December 31, 2006

The Snow Business

An enterprising couple, Mary and Jim Walker, are selling snow from their backyard on eBay. That's right, good old — or, should I say, fresh — snow, from the recent twin blizzards that battered Loveland, Colorado.

"I figured eBay has ghosts and all sorts of weird stuff, so why not snow?" said Walker, who teaches business workshops on employee communications.

Right on, Ms. Walker. Selling snow is not much of a story in the post-eBayist era. It definitely does not beat the story about auctioning politicians, that I blogged in one of my previous posts.

Things were quite different in the bygone era of pre-WaWaWa. One of my all-time favorites was from the Wall Street Journal in the early 90's, I think.¹ There was this enterprising fellow from San Diego, I read, who chanced upon a great business idea. He chose a spot somewhere in the desert to the east of the city, and bought a few acres for his start-up. Real estate in California was much cheaper then that not every start-up had to start in a garage! He spent a few hundred of dollars and constructed a pillar at the center of the lot. Then, he invested a couple of hundred dollars more and installed a neon sign on the pillar that read,

Take your picture here. You are standing directly above the center of the earth.

As I recall now, it turned out to be multi-million dollar tourist trap. Now you know why it's always good to have a few million people believing in weird stuff like flat earth!

Cheers, everyone. Here's wishing you all at least one such million dollar idea for the New Year!

¹ A link to the original story, if someone could find it, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

1 comment :
  1. :)
    Wish you a great new year - may be you could sell your ideas on e-bay and makea cool million?


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