Gumball Machines = Minisite?

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Last weekend I was reading through entrepreneur magazine and I saw an advertisement about vending machine. Since I was on an airplane I began to think about all of the vending machines you see and how much people pay for food. At school it is $2.00 for a coke. I began to think of the profit margin and how I can get in on this.

When I got back to my computer I instantly went to google and began to read everything from some really bad designed websites, but that's a whole new  post. The articles were good and I spent the day reading and learning.

My summary gumball machines can make money if in the right place and kept up. The gum only cost .02 per gumball. I also have plans to vend Dentine Ice and other adult friendly food.

Friday I was on craigslist and I found a guy in my city selling 25 gumball machines.  I went over to take a look the machines look nice and he really wanted them gone. He had said he wanted around $400 for all of them but he had to free up the space so I offered $100 and he said ok and even drove them in his truck to my house.  They took up my whole trunk of my car too.

I have now taken apart all of the machines and rebuilt them. I got them for $4 each and they are worth over $45 on eBay. I am going to put them out around the city and see if I can make a little extra money to pay for gas. It should be a great project. If you want more details email me it is a good business part time hopefully.

Now how is this related to Minisites. Minisites require lots of upfront investment of time and a little resources. A gumball machine requires the purchase and the placement but after you do that you only service t every 4 weeks. Mini sites too need to be updated every once and a while if you want to stay high in the Search Engines. The better a mini site works the more it will make just like a candy machine. The better the candy the more repeat buyers you get; if your visitors life your site they will come back.

Minisites bring in small revenue like gumball machines but when you add lots of them up your cash adds up quickly.

The point is to always be on the lookout for a deal domains, cars, and even gumball machines. Don't be  afraid to submit an offer you never know what situation the other person is in.

Also if you have not done so pick out a domain to make a mini site on soon I will be doing a series of articles where we make a minisite in 7 days in 15 min or less each day.

I will be trying to post more I have been on 3 trips in the past 2 weeks and I have lots of work to do but I will find some time.

Thanks for reading

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4 Responses to “Gumball Machines = Minisite?”

  1. charlie
    April 14th, 2009 @ 9:01 am

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    Very impressive young man.

  2. Steve Fox
    April 14th, 2009 @ 10:47 am

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    haha, that is great. Good analogy too. Chi ching!

  3. James
    April 14th, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

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    Good article.. can’t wait to read the articles on minisite development.

  4. Amanda
    April 15th, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

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    Really good article. I love your analogy of a minisite to a gumball machine. So true. Passive income man. Can’t beat it. I look forward to your mini site article series.

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