Unexpectedly Intriguing!
April 4, 2007

Chocolate Bunny on White House Lawn Here at Political Calculations, we're always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to meet the previously unexplored needs of people that also provide the ability to supply us with buckets of money. Today, we're presenting three of our recent ideas for your entrepreneurial consideration. All we ask is a reasonable licensing fee (and maybe some venture capital!...)

  1. Have you ever bought something that you needed to return, but didn't have a receipt? Or perhaps you received a gift that you never took out of the box because you really didn't want it? And then, what if you have a receipt and the product in question has been sitting around in a closet for several months, and the store you bought it from won't offer any refunds after a certain number of days?

    In these cases, your options are limited. You can take the item to a store and be compelled to accept store credit (as opposed to actually getting your money back.) Or you could put the item up for sale (e-Bay, garage sale, etc.), but not be able to get anywhere close to its retail value. You might even try re-gifting the item, but how do you know that's not how it came to you? And then, there's always throwing it away and clogging up a perfectly good landfill.

    It seems to us that we have a unique solution to the problem of how to ensure that you can recover full retail value for the product in question and avoid all these unpleasantries. What you need is a store receipt. And it occurs to us that someone out there has one; one that you could use to get that full retail value back for your unwanted, unopened product. All that's needed to complete the equation is to make a connection, and that's why we've come to the conclusion that what the world really needs is an online market-maker for cash retail receipts!

    Think about it! The receipt holder gets some money for a piece of paper they might likely otherwise throw away, you get the full retail value in money back for the product you're returning (and certainly more than what you could receive if you sold the item yourself), the store gets an item that it may sell again at full retail value, and all for a small fee charged by the entrepreneurial market maker. It's the beauty of free trade: everybody wins!

  2. Our second idea for entrepreneurs is ripped right from the headlines. With post offices around the country seeking to "improve" service by removing clocks and take-a-number dispensers from their service lobbies, why not operate a business out of the post office whose purpose is to provide people with the option of doing the actual waiting in line for them?

    We think this kind of service will prove popular with those for whom time is more valuable than the post office thinks it is and would very well be willing to pay someone else to do it for them. We could even go "high tech" and use the latest electronic beeper things that restaurants use to let customers know that they're next to be served!

  3. Finally, with Easter coming, millions of chocolate bunnies will be consumed in the United States. As everyone knows, the ears are the best part of the chocolate bunny, so how about just boxing up a bunch of chocolate bunny ears for mass U.S. consumption? Sure, the problem then becomes what to do with the rest of the chocolate bunny carcass, but why not repackage these as "Happy Gophers" and export them to China, where they'll presumably sell very well?

Okay, we might need to do some more marketing development on that last one, but you know we're on to something. Venture capitalists, eccentric billionaires, you know how to reach us!...

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