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  1. Asif WILSON Khan

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    Autumn Leaves: Website Will Ship You New England's Finest for $19.99


    No need to fly to Massachusetts to see the leaves turning this year. An entrepreneur wants to sell you a hand-curated envelope of autumn foliage instead.
    A day-old start-up, ShipFoliage.com, offers to send a mix of red, yellow, and orange-colored leaves right to customers' doorsteps. Bostonian Kyle Waring, who carefully selects the leaves, then preserves them, started the business.
    Each bundle includes three leaves, in a mix of colors, for $19.99, plus shipping. He says the site booked 50 orders in the first 20 hours online.
    Waring told CNBC that production is harder than it seems. He goes hiking to find "perfect" leaves that fell naturally, looking for whole leaves and consistent color schemes.
    On a typical hike, Waring would collect 200 leaves, but only 20 to 30 would make the cut for customers.

    "The preservation process is pretty standard using glycerin," Waring explained. "I'd say the leaves will last five years, but I don't really know since I've only started making them this year."
    [​IMG] The foliage of a maple tree in Massachusetts. Ben Garver / The Berkshire Eagle via AP
    Although Waring is a full-time product manager at an advertising firm, the 27-year-old makes time to be an entrepreneur ? or at least a guy who can turn a joke into a business without any help from investors.
    This is not Waring's first seasonal business to rely on mother nature.
    He says he first turned a profit last winter selling more than 700 pounds of Boston snow with an endeavor called ShipSnow, Yo!

    He says the snow job grossed five figures last year, and he's already gearing up to ship snow in packages of 12 or 22 pounds this winter.
    What's next? Waring said he's working on some service-oriented projects.
    The only thing for sure is shipping flowers for spring is too ordinary ? definitely not Waring's style.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/tra...-will-ship-you-new-englands-finest-19-n440921

    http://shipfoliage.com/





    I think I am going to start a website selling stuff I find on the ground in my Local area, do you think there is a demand for used syringes, used condoms, empty special brew cans, dog shit and crack pipes?
     
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    Yet another stupid gag website. Let me just go ahead and pay $20 for some leaves.
     
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    Like they say, its the story that counts. Not the product.
     
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    you must be a brit wilson special brew is something the alkis buy over here
     
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    Or maybe even an actual tramp - plenty of them near me.



    Stupid to your average joe, but if this makes that guy $ then its genius
     
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    Sell conkers. Its just coming into that time of year.

    Or Magic Mushrooms. Your choice
     
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    The shit people will pay for never ceases to amaze me.

    I thought I'd seen it all when I saw people buying used underwear on reddit.
     
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    "Startup"

    Dunno about that one, NBC
     
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    What a scam. Glycerin won't preserve those leaves for 5 weeks nevermind "5 years". It's a hygroscopic, greasy, nasty liquid. After it pulls water from the leaves (first few days) it pulls water from surrounding air which thins the glycerin and goes right back into the leaves. All those bright shades will get mildew, turn grey, rusty brown within a month after they're delivered.

    Pressure treated wood is similar. They throw wood in an extreme vacuum which forces oils, chromium salts and borates deep into the wood. But if the outside layer isn't sealed... within 3 rain storms everything leaches out and turns grey.

    All he needs is some damp rid, floral wax and varnish.

    Actually, I might steal this guys idea and use japanese maple instead. I'll go steal them from my neighbor and flip'm for $20 each.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm going to start my own company that sells pencil shavings and give it the name "Cedar Le Hamtaro".

    What I'll do is collect pencil shavings and then sell them online to necrodendrophiliacs by the pound.
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    If anyone ever said the words "I bought snow" to me, I would no longer acknowledge them as a human being.

    On a different note, Zwielicht taught me something new. I had no idea that people were sexually attracted to trees. Or dead trees. There's always money in fetishes.
     
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    I'll follow your lead and sell my tears to dacryphiliacs by the ounce.. who knew we were a couple micro fetishes away from IM riches :)
     
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    in for a review copy of the condoms and crack pipes.
     
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    The guy needs to look for an evergreen niche IMHO.
     
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    I should really start selling all that African soil I have lying around.
     
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    since they sell bottled air nothing really surprises me anymore :)
    some people on fiverr are already lowballing lol
     
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