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Cash for sitting at the airport

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by mslake, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. mslake

    mslake Registered Member

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    I guess this is technically online money making, since you are using internet to make cash, right?

    I was in the airport today and made a few George Washingtons by selling my wifi signal through a mobile router. It's pretty easy to do. Just sit in the terminal, broadcast your wireless signal, and then sell your wifi access cheaper than airport prices with a wifi management software. If you do not have a hi speed mobile wifi card, you can also sell your regular GSM/CDMA internet access, but of course your bandwidth will be limited. Since it is Christmas travel season, I was able to clean up nicely with bargain internet seekers.

    Tip: Sell your wifi service in small time blocks, that way when you get on the plane, you don't have a bunch of angry chargebacks through your merchant account! Also, name your router something official, like "Cheap Dulles Airport Wifi" or something along those lines.
     
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  2. ducks4stacks

    ducks4stacks Newbie

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    ... or you can browse BHW while sitting at the airport! :D

    but seriously unless you travel a whole lot this seems like a pretty low rent idea.

    so i'm assuming people walk up to you and hand you the money beforehand? don't you need to keep track of everyone and how much they've given and how long they have to use the interwebs for? also, i'm curious as to how happy the airports are about you stealing their customers right on their turf. this whole idea just seems very complicated and not really worth it.
     
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    gimme4free Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Thats a pretty gd idea. You could always pay someone that lives near an airport to use their internet. Then get a 2 mile long cable so its hidden inside the airport and start earning lol.

    PS. How do you make a mobile router so other people can connect to you?
     
  4. unlimitedpostings

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    Ducks...They pay via their credit cards. You never make face to face contact with the person. They simply see the available internet connection on their laptop and go through the process to use it.

    This is actually a pretty cool idea. How much did you sell your small time blocks for? And if you don't mind sharing, how much did you make total? If you aren't trying to say, it's fine, I was just curious, cuz this is pretty clever.
     
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    LMAO wouldnt be hard for the airport to find you either :p
     
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    You know this is a pretty good idea, if you hooked up with a merchant they would probably let you leave a laptop there 24/7 selling shit.
     
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    And it works for railway stations too. Nice idea.
     
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    Thing is traffic though, airports have a lot more traffic than (most) train stations in the US.
     
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    Whisker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    There you go. It would be pretty inconvenient for you to physically be there, instead let the service run from a merchant's stand. The problem with this is that some airports contract with huge providers that will probably find out that you are trying to compete without the airport's consent and try to shut you down. So maybe it would be best to have a rouge "roaming" service that is constantly on the move in order to evade being noticed. Employ 1,000 steady travelers across the us to offer your service through their laptops and then you have a nice operation. This is a creative(probably illegal but creative) blackhat idea, so it flies by me. Get it flies... :eek:
     
  10. aмillionaírе

    aмillionaírе Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    A pun upon a pun!

    Nice idea!

    :D
     
  11. freqout

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    (almost) Every airport has a dodgy newsstand guy who charges 3 dollars with soda, and has a shitty little store, hand him 1k a month and in a decent airport you could double or triple this easily.

    I dont know if the airport would bother trying to find the signal but they dont own the airwaves, they may throw the merchant out or at least tell him to turn it off, but that is probably a few months if not a year down the track and you have made your money from it.
     
  12. Whisker

    Whisker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    The airport owns the airport, and the signal is being transmitted inside of that. I don't think they would be as inquisitive as the other merchants who are selling wifi(who i'm guessing have contracts where they kickback commissions the airport), as their sales would probably start to drop and they would look around for the reason.

    There is no way to make claims that you can get away with it for months/year without actually setting it up. If nothing else, wifi sales is a growing business, and if you set the model up and it fails in the airport, you can take it many other public places.

    I was in the virgin islands recently and noticed there was one business that sells wifi for $20/day to all the rich tourists that come in on yachts who have no problem paying that. Targeting remote tourist areas like that without plentiful access to internet is another idea.
     
  13. mdmoney

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    The last few airports I have been in I had free wi-fi. What airports charge for access to the net? Not my local airport.
     
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    i might try this i live not far from o'hare now just figure out how to set up pmt systemi would go there couple hours a day make some extra cash and still be on BHW
     
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    anyone recommend any particular software for doing this?

    TIA
     
  16. mslake

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    I was at Chicago Midway. They charge $9.99 for Boingo internet. I didn't get rich off it, but I made enough to cover a few beers while I sat at the bar using things I carry around when I travel anyway. I usually broadcast at the hotel as well. If you don't have a wifi card, just pay for the airport internet service and resell it in small packages to multiple people.

    Try a wifi management software like this one.

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    http://www.cyber-cafe-software.com/eng/hotspot/Hotspot-software.asp?gclid=CJzruMS50JcCFRg6awodjBJWCw
     
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    I've never paid for wi-fi at the airport. I've only had to get on in 3-4 airports but it's always free. I'd never pay for it either since it's usually painfully slow. I like you're idea though, just undercut them and charge 6.95 instead of 9.99...the airport will just watch their profit margins sink into the red lol.
     
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    A friend of mine works at the airport. He basically sits around all day alt tabbing between WoW and work. I think I can set this up on his system and get him to split the profits. Great idea for some nice daily income
     
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    mslake if you dont mind me asking what were u charging per hour at the airport? And how many people signed up?