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Old 11-23-2009, 11:38 PM
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10 Totally Stupid Online Business Ideas That Made Someone Rich

How to get rich the smart way? Read what some creative people did:

1. Million Dollar Homepage

1000000 pixels, charge a dollar per pixel – that’s perhaps the dumbest idea for online business anyone could have possible come up with. Still, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old who came up with the idea, is now a millionaire.

2. PickyDomains
Hire another person to think of a cool domain name for you? No way people would pay for this. Actually, naming domain names for others turned out a thriving business, especially, when you make the entire process risk free. PickyDomains currently has a waiting list of people who want to PAY the service to come up with a snappy memorable domain name. PickyDomains is expected to hit six figures this year. Full Story

3. Doggles

Create goggles for dogs and sell them online? Boy, this IS the dumbest idea for a business. How in the world did they manage to become millionaires and have shops all over the world with that one? Beyond me.

4. LaserMonks

LaserMonks.com is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, an eight-monk monastery in the hills of Monroe County, 90 miles northwest of Madison. Yeah, real monks refilling your cartridges. Hallelujah! Their 2005 sales were $2.5 million! Praise the Lord. Full Story

5. AntennaBalls

You can’t sell antenna ball online. There is no way. And surely it wouldn’t make you rich. But this is exactly what Jason Wall did, and now he is now a millionaire. Full Story

6. FitDeck

Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for $18.95. Sounds like a disaster idea to me. But former Navy SEAL and fitness instructor Phil Black reported last year sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats what military pays.

7. PositivesDating.Com

How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

8. Designer Diaper Bags

Christie Rein was tired of carrying diapers around in a freezer bag. The 34-year-old mother of three found herself constantly stuffing diapers for her infant son into freezer bags to keep them from getting scrunched up in her purse. Rein wanted something that was compact, sleek and stylish, so in November 2004, she sat down with her husband, Marcus, who helped her design a custom diaper bag that's big enough to hold a travel pack of wipes and two to four diapers. With more than $180,000 in sales for 2005, Christie's company, Diapees & Wipees, has bags in 22 different styles, available online and in 120 boutiques across the globe for $14.99.

9. SantaMail
Ok, how’s that for a brilliant idea. Get a postal address at North Pole, Alaska, pretend you are Santa Claus and charge parents 10 bucks for every letter you send to their kids? Well, Byron Reese sent over 200000 letters since the start of the business in 2001, which makes him a couple million dollars richer. Full Story

10. Lucky Wishbone Co.

Fake wishbones. Now, this stupid idea is just destined to flop. Who in the world needs FAKE PLASTIC wishbones? A lot of people, it turns out. Now producing 30,000 wishbones daily (they retail for 3 bucks a pop) Ken Ahroni, the company founder, expects 2006 sales to reach $1 million.

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Old 11-24-2009, 12:55 AM
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I heard about the million dollar website couple years ago.
the idea is started by a college student who don't have enough money for his study.
great idea..
 
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:58 AM
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some new information to me!thanks
 
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:13 AM
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Hadn't heard of some of these.
Makes you think that maybe you should hit yourself on the head with a hammer or sit on a waltza for half an hour to come up with an idea that will make you rich.
 
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:33 AM
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Santamail...that kills me. Such a simple yet brilliant idea.
 
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Santamail...that kills me. Such a simple yet brilliant idea.
The idea because it was outstanding. However, I am shocked about how quickly it became so popular.
 
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:15 PM
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The idea because it was outstanding. However, I am shocked about how quickly it became so popular.
Agreed. It's such a ridiculous thing yet people went stupid over it.
 
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The big thing is though, the ideas were unique and had never been done before. That's why they caught everyones attention.
 
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:27 PM
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I sure do wish I would have thought of one of them and implemented it. I think the million dollar home page is the most brilliant because it was so incredibly easy to do and had very little cost to set up or work to do it.
 
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:46 AM
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I sure do wish I would have thought of one of them and implemented it. I think the million dollar home page is the most brilliant because it was so incredibly easy to do and had very little cost to set up or work to do it.
He should have niched it into like 10 different categories
 
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:47 AM
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great post thanks - gives us all hope!

Kinda reminds me that a manager once said to me most ideas fail because they are implemented badly, not because of the idea itself is bad. His advice was to ensure perfect execution, then if it doesn't work you know its the idea that was bad not the execution - and this he called: the perfectly executed grand disaster!

your thread also makes you question how you decide an idea is bad or not eh!
 
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Twitter should be added to the list. Who thought that people would want to hear about celebrities doing mundane things 24/7... D:
 
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Nice info i just learnt some new money making tips.
 
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That pixel one was really something else. I wonder what the kid did with his money.
 
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Just about any product has potential, it just depends on how it is marketed.
 
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:03 AM
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Provocative post you got here. We never really know if a concept will sell unless it's tried and tested.
 
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it's very unusual and absolutely new to me. I agree the ideas are crazy, but what is really surprising they work!
 
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Santa mail idea is profitable definitely.
 
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:O getting these kind of things popular does require a good marketing strategy, doesnt it?
 
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Ha ha. I guess I shouldn't feel so bad next time I get dumb idea!
 
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