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But what can be done about the "retail apocalypse?" Hear me out

I think retailers are having a hard time trying to figure out which groups need what and what’s a feasible business model to meet that need. It’s like Macy’s. A place where my mom used to buy me clothes. To me it’s a place where there is nothing I like. I don’t wanna wear a Dockers brand suit that fits me funny and makes me look like I’m being forced to go to Sunday mass. I like wearing ray bans and expensive black jackets.

Or like Sears. Where the hell im a gonna put a washer and dryer, I don’t own a house. Where am I gonna put a bunch of craftsman tools I don’t have a garage. I don’t need a pair of $60 Levi jeans that fit me like I don’t care how I look.

Trends change fast. Resource get re-allocated fast. Markets fall out of equilibrium. Resources suffer from inefficiencies. And so on.

I remember riding my bike to the mall to go to comics and stuff and gamestop to buy video games or Pokémon cards. The place would be packed and it hurts me to say those were the good old days.

But it is sad to see most big American cities turn into stinky dumpsters of traffic, high living costs, crime, low opportunity, overpopulation etc. Stagflation. People are more isolated. American culture has become toxic in a way.
 

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I literally can’t do a 20 minute walk without stopping 3-4 times to talk to people. It’s just nice having a sense of community.

I hear great things about your banter or...Craic? is it? :rofl:

I have to visit sometime, moms parents moved from there in the 50's so I can get the citizenship via descent. Somewhere near wexford I wanted to visit...can't remember why right now.
 

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hispered that the automotive industry sends lobbyists the associations of county commissioners to spread "sensible zoning ideas." Which is to say, putting things as far apart as possible so we can sell more cars.

A lot of these zoning laws were put in place back a long time ago. You can’t build a building taller than so and so here or there. The result is most cities people live across town and work on the other side. Nobody anticipated the massive population growth and stagflation we have today. Americans have a love affair with financed vehicles so they can commute and make $500 payments. It’s a giant rat race it gives you headache.
 

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I don't like to be negative so I deleted 90% of my rant but as I just sold my house I have enough money for over a decade[s rent payments but obviously as a landlord, income is what you look at. It's just frustrating to not be able to have privacy, solitude, and freedom. I need space, for myself, and for my business. I'm frustrated.

I don't know where you are in the UK, but you could try looking at property rental companies that specialise in renting to foreigners, they're often used to being able to apply common sense to more unusual circumstances. For example, someone I know didn't really have much of an income in the UK, but had plenty of savings in the States. JLL (a property company in London, don't know how much of the UK they cover) however were more than happy to take proof of that over an income. You wouldn't even have the fx risk.

Or you could try private individual landlords who may also not operate with a "computer says no" mentality. You can find them on:
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I don't know where you are in the UK, but you could try looking at property rental companies that specialise in renting to foreigners, they're often used to being able to apply common sense to more unusual circumstances. For example, someone I know didn't really have much of an income in the UK, but had plenty of savings in the States. JLL (a property company in London, don't know how much of the UK they cover) however were more than happy to take proof of that over an income. You wouldn't even have the fx risk.

Or you could try private individual landlords who may also not operate with a "computer says no" mentality. You can find them on:
Find Houses, Flats & Rooms to Rent | OpenRent Property Search

I'll take a look into both those things, I really appreciate it!

Edit: just enquired about somewhere, fingers crossed
 
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ot to spread conspiracy theories, but I've heard it whispered that the automotive industry sends lobbyists the associations of county commissioners to spread "sensible zoning ideas." Which is to say, putting things as far apart as possible so we can sell more cars.

I think the word conspiracy theory is overused and misused. At this point yes a lot of our politicians are bought and paid for by special interests. These are big and powerful economic entities that have shaped our life in big ways and literally control massive amounts of resources. Not saying it’s good or bad it’s just how its worked all throughout history.

The biggest influence in terms of how American cities are laid out in terms of freeways, buildings etc is actually the Federal Reserve. The power to print money and manipulate the quantity is an indirect claim on infrastructure and human utility. Let’s create money out of nothing then loan it out! Even better if it’s collateralized! So in a real way when you look at a big American city in google maps you are seeing powerful economic entities like the Fed through corporate partnerships. Again I say this from a neutral perspective but it helps to explain what you see around you. The US government sells bonds to the fed then they build a big bridge with the money things like that. Interesting to think about.
 

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One thing as I've gotten older, I've started talking to all the neighbors. Even though out here, any neighbor is a walk over at least an acre or two between houses. We even bring them fruit or eggs sometimes ('cause we have trees and chickens).

Now, I know everyone doesn't have the excuse of a sudden surplus of bananas and starfruit to meet neighbors, but surely there's something. And a lot of people live closer together, which means there are more people around.

When I was a kid in a subdivision there were "neighborhood block parties." A few of the walled subdivisions would get together and everyone would meet each other. Usually it was picnik/bbq style on the sidewalk or in one of the empty areas around the neighborhood. Do people still do this? I don't know. But it can be done, even without a business property nearby.

Now, this next part actually is a rant, and it's about the way things "were." It's tangentially related, but I'm going to, at least partly, argue against this "congregating at some big shopping mall away from home."

I think it's a tragedy that people had to "go somewhere" to meet people in the first place. How did we come to that? How many people actually know all of their neighbors... even know who they are or what they look like? It seems rare when I observe the general public. Imagine this: You leave a place with 1,000 people living around you, drive 15 miles or more over lifeless post-apocalypse terrain (roads they call them) and meet up at a place where everything costs 5x more than at your house. Throw a martini party in the driveway... it's cheaper. And why are we so far separated from "the places we're going."

Part of the answer is zoning. I can see not wanting to have an auto shop or a sawmill next to your house. But does every type of commercial property have to be so far away from the residential properties? These poor commuters (including bussed kids) lose 2 hours a day moving from the green zone to the blue zone and back again (Sim City reference, sorry!). You would think we could integrate those a little more.

Look at a European town and it's often much, much better. They built a lot of these places when driving 60mph from place to place was not an option. Therefore, there are walking areas, town squares, local markets, local pubs and stores, all in the vicinity of where people live.

In the US, where almost all the cities grew up with cars, we have a baking desert of asphalt connecting nodes of isolated commerce or living space. Put space for small local commerce in the middle, and build neighborhoods around it for God's sake. Build more "commercial downstairs, residential upstairs" for people who have relatively non-disruptive businesses.

Anyway, you land developers, please implement my rant before the rest of the world has to be covered in asphalt. This is a good time since people are worried about too many people in one place at one time. Thanks in advance. ;)

Wow this is a really great point and good write-up, you nailed it! I'm still pretty young, but I see exactly what you mean. Maybe it's just the whole 2020 pandemic thing that's causing me to notice this, combined with recently leaving college (where everything was walkable and there were people chilling outside at all hours of the day)...
It sounds like cities and neighborhoods can be planned a bit better. We are moving that way with parks and little communities, but I also dislike the HOA's and all that stuff.

As a side note about commuting (this is a rant), you can see I'm from Texas... We drive a LOT! Everything is so spread out. It's a blessing and a curse. There's not much of a way around it. Even if we get the Hyperloop from Dallas to Houston (that would be kind of badass but I'd probably use it almost never), Texas just has a ton of private land and requires lots of travel.

Potential problem to solve? Well, besides getting billions from investors to build a futuristic high-speed rail system. That still doesn't fix the 30 minute drive between 2 tiny towns for work.
 

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I’m always thinking of new business ideas and I’ve always been fascinated by manufacturing. It’s a largely “hidden” operation. Not many people know how it works and it’s very technical.

Ive always thought that someone can create a scaled down operation in their home. A “mini” operation. Particularly working with metals. Low risk low start up costs. There are certain metals that are easy to work with and can easily be morphed into a product with the right tools and moldings.

Ive always loved the idea that someone can make something for $0.67 cents and then sell it for $6.70. It can be something small that solves a problem or you can make supplemental parts that big manufacturers don’t make.

It seems like a good launching point for someone looking to get started and it can be started from your home. It’s a good intersect between mind and raw materials. It seems like the possibilities are unlimited.

Maybe buy one of those mini metal melters and moldings. Then some finishing touches? Can you melt aluminum cans?

Im just tossing this idea around and have no experience in this but has anybody done this? Make something based off metal at home, brand it, sell it and market it?

What if you melt gold or silver into a product? Boom it solves a problem plus it has intrinsic value(the silver is worth something)? It’s almost like your silver tactical keychain will never lose its value. :) I know a company that made sunglasses out of gold. Boom! People automatically perceive it with value: the design and the Intrinsic value of the gold. If they don’t sell just melt it back down. Risk free investment. :rofl:

I’m obviously talking about small stuff not big machinery type of headache. What you guys think.
 
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I think the word conspiracy theory is overused and misused. At this point yes a lot of our politicians are bought and paid for by special interests. These are big and powerful economic entities that have shaped our life in big ways and literally control massive amounts of resources. Not saying it’s good or bad it’s just how its worked all throughout history.

The biggest influence in terms of how American cities are laid out in terms of freeways, buildings etc is actually the Federal Reserve. The power to print money and manipulate the quantity is an indirect claim on infrastructure and human utility. Let’s create money out of nothing then loan it out! Even better if it’s collateralized! So in a real way when you look at a big American city in google maps you are seeing powerful economic entities like the Fed through corporate partnerships. Again I say this from a neutral perspective but it helps to explain what you see around you. The US government sells bonds to the fed then they build a big bridge with the money things like that. Interesting to think about.

I would like to connect the dots on this federal reserve relation to roads a little more at some point. I understand they fund them, but do you think that affects the design and zoning?

I became hyper-aware of lobby interests after having several turned against my business at once, and having to fight or charm my way through them... prior to that I always assumed they left small things alone in favor of big things.

Over a period of a few years I've read up on a number of things that you would never think government was involved in, through lobbyists. It's a morbidly fascinating business... alternately using the government as a honey hole and a fly swatter. The automobile --> zoning one was suggested to me by a think tank analyst, but may not be accurate or complete.
 

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Wow this is a really great point and good write-up, you nailed it! I'm still pretty young, but I see exactly what you mean. Maybe it's just the whole 2020 pandemic thing that's causing me to notice this, combined with recently leaving college (where everything was walkable and there were people chilling outside at all hours of the day)...
It sounds like cities and neighborhoods can be planned a bit better. We are moving that way with parks and little communities, but I also dislike the HOA's and all that stuff.

As a side note about commuting (this is a rant), you can see I'm from Texas... We drive a LOT! Everything is so spread out. It's a blessing and a curse. There's not much of a way around it. Even if we get the Hyperloop from Dallas to Houston (that would be kind of badass but I'd probably use it almost never), Texas just has a ton of private land and requires lots of travel.

Potential problem to solve? Well, besides getting billions from investors to build a futuristic high-speed rail system. That still doesn't fix the 30 minute drive between 2 tiny towns for work.

Since you mentioned the Hyperloop, or public transit in general, here's something to chew on. We noticed this watching Bangkok after the BTS was built.

When you add mass transit to a city that attracts enough of the commuters, it redirects the human traffic pretty significantly. People whose shops used to be "on the way to work" suddenly aren't, because they're not on a mass transit stop. People who are right next to a new mass transit stop, if they don't get "eminent domained" before values shoot to the sky, can develop significant commercial interests, or sell to mall developers or whoever is trying to build out the particular stop.

Of course, the same thing happened with Interstate highways, and the little towns that used to be stops on the state/county roads.

It's kind of anecdotal and "back of the napkin," but I always look at these kinds of plans if I'm looking at investments. County planning boards, newspapers, and filings at county and city government offices often have a lot of information. Sometimes RE agents do too. Anyway, you can (probably) expect values to increase near transit exit nodes, and decrease in areas that were formerly in between nodes. Could inform a future speculative strategy, or just save you from buying a property in the wrong place.
 

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I would like to connect the dots on this federal reserve relation to roads a little more at some point. I understand they fund them, but do you think that affects the design and zoning?

A recent Supreme Court ruling describes exactly what you are saying. Probably one of the worst rulings ever.

Kelo v. City of New London - Wikipedia
 

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I’m always thinking of new business ideas and I’ve always been fascinated by manufacturing. It’s a largely “hidden” operation. Not many people know how it works and it’s very technical.

Ive always thought that someone can create a scaled down operation in their home. A “mini” operation. Particularly working with metals. Low risk low start up costs. There are certain metals that are easy to work with and can easily be morphed into a product with the right tools and moldings.

Ive always loved the idea that someone can make something for $0.67 cents and then sell it for $6.70. It can be something small that solves a problem or you can make supplemental parts that big manufacturers don’t make.

It seems like a good launching point for someone looking to get started and it can be started from your home. It’s a good intersect between mind and raw materials. It seems like the possibilities are unlimited.

Maybe buy one of those mini metal melters and moldings. Then some finishing touches? Can you melt aluminum cans?

Im just tossing this idea around and have no experience in this but has anybody done this? Make something based off metal at home, brand it, sell it and market it?

What if you melt gold or silver into a product? Boom it solves a problem plus it has intrinsic value(the silver is worth something)? It’s almost like your silver tactical keychain will never lose its value. :) I know a company that made sunglasses out of gold. Boom! People automatically perceive it with value: the design and the Intrinsic value of the gold. If they don’t sell just melt it back down. Risk free investment. :rofl:

I’m obviously talking about small stuff not big machinery type of headache. What you guys think.

Metalworking from a garage or yard is definitely possible. I think a metal-cutting CNC lathe, mill or router would be a good start, though casting is also possible. CNC gives you the ability to output precise parts without having to be a master machinist... even so, working with some actual machinists would be a good idea.

When I was 17-ish I built a coal forge and started making and selling medieval broadswords. I got my techniques from books like "The Art of Japanese Sword Making," some magazines about knife making, etc. Metals are wonderful materials with a lot of potential. Of course you can also burn holes yourself with them, and you have to figure out something to make that people actually need/want.
 

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A recent Supreme Court ruling describes exactly what you are saying. Probably one of the worst rulings ever.

Kelo v. City of New London - Wikipedia

Yes, I'm definitely familiar with people using eminent domain to steal one private person's land and award it to another private person. For "reasonable compensation" I'm sure... which is ridiculous because there is no compensation worth having what's yours forcefully taken away. Government is supposed to enforce rule of law. Stealing someone's land is practically the definition of lawlessness. Abusing so-called eminent domain like this is a travesty.
 

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As a person from Europe who traveled to the US I was shocked by the vast distances you need to travel in the US to go grocery shopping or do anything at all. It's so ridiculous I can't believe who could have thought this was a good idea. A food desert is such a ridiculous concept it can only come from the US LOL.

I have a convenience store right across the street and several supermarkets all within a 5-minute drive or a 10-15-minute walk. This plus many other places where people hang out (swimming pools, gyms, a climbing gym, outdoor gyms, playgrounds, dog playgrounds, urban parks, bike trails, etc.). And I'm not unique. Most cities are like that. If you don't have easy access to that, what's even the point of living in a city?
I live in a suburb of seattle and have to drive 5 minutes to get to the nearest grocery store. That store is way overpriced because its the closest one. Its another 5 minutes to the Walmart grocery store where I typically shop. My gym is in the same shopping center as Walmart so at least that is convenient.

The US is a big place and people have expanded to fill it. Even as it is, there are vast stretches of land where nearly no one lives. Back when gas was cheap and we didn't know about the environmental impact of driving so much, suburbs were born. They haven't changed much since then.
If you live downtown in pretty much any city in the US, you do have access to grocery stores within walking distance. But, then you're paying 3x or more per sq foot for housing. If you're single, that's not a big deal. Raising a family like that? I far prefer to drive 10 minutes twice a week to the grocery store so that I can have my space.
 

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In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action: Osterweil, Vicky: 9781645036692: Amazon.com: Books

I encourage everyone to go to a B&M store and shoplift this book. A woman that is vehemently anti personal property is selling a book. For money.

It is ok you can wear a mask and no one will be able to identify you on camera now.

Yes, this was me in walmart just trolling commies with the wife. Should have brought the microphone and interviewed people.

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Please interview people crowder style :rofl: :rofl:
 

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Happiness is just finding out there are the NBA playoffs happening, and not knowing about it, not caring about it, and not giving one absolute f*ck. When did that start up again?

Then after learning that, finding out the MLB season started too. Ha Ha, not one f*ck given.

And now, the NFL has resumed.

Again, ZERO f*cks given.

I'm done with sports -- for me, CV19 just proved how "non-essential" professional sports are. Sports was already on the outs for me, but the last 6 months has been the nail in the coffin.

BTW, I heartily recommend a media detox so you no longer have to participate in whatever bullshit the media wants you to be outraged about next -- cultural ignorance is bliss. I can only speculate what people are talking about here and elsewhere because generally, I have no clue. I'm entering my 2nd month of this abstinence and I couldn't be happier.

Highly recommended!

lol, funny story I'd like to share....

I was out doing some marketing for my biz and got interviewed by a sports podcast randomly on the street (my marketing gets alot of attention)

Anyways as the guy interviewed me about what I'm doing , he jumped to the question of who I have in the hockey game... Um what? There's a hockey game? Keep in mind I am Canadian, so it makes it even funnier, apparently the Stanley cup (Superbowl of hockey) was going on and my city (Vancouver) was in the final few games left to decide who moves on. I had no idea anything was going on :rofl:

I think team based sports are pretty stupid.... seriously if you have the Vancouver Canucks or whatever team that has people with different nationalities (we've got a bunch of American players and Euros) For me it makes absolutely no sense to have a team that is called VANCOUVER Canucks when most of the players aren't even from the dam city! I've gotten into heated debates over this..

Yeh, don't think my interview went on air, oh well. Hows the roadtrip MJ?
 
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Since you mentioned the Hyperloop, or public transit in general, here's something to chew on. We noticed this watching Bangkok after the BTS was built.

When you add mass transit to a city that attracts enough of the commuters, it redirects the human traffic pretty significantly. People whose shops used to be "on the way to work" suddenly aren't, because they're not on a mass transit stop. People who are right next to a new mass transit stop, if they don't get "eminent domained" before values shoot to the sky, can develop significant commercial interests, or sell to mall developers or whoever is trying to build out the particular stop.

Of course, the same thing happened with Interstate highways, and the little towns that used to be stops on the state/county roads.

It's kind of anecdotal and "back of the napkin," but I always look at these kinds of plans if I'm looking at investments. County planning boards, newspapers, and filings at county and city government offices often have a lot of information. Sometimes RE agents do too. Anyway, you can (probably) expect values to increase near transit exit nodes, and decrease in areas that were formerly in between nodes. Could inform a future speculative strategy, or just save you from buying a property in the wrong place.

that’s so interesting (it’s a big problem) because I remember my Uncle Charlie, an old Texas guy through and through, great man, playing a country song called “train don’t stop here no more” about a town that went through this exact problem hundreds of years ago.

I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same. That is still going to be a big issue with mass transit. Maybe there is a way They can use programming to improve the stopping locations?
 

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I agree with your assessment, but the problem is, young people won't remove the damn smartphone plastered to their faces. That is an underlying social issue that seems to be ignored, an elephant in the room...

It's not only that. But it really freaks me out. Even a few years ago, when I was a guardian at a church boarding school, I just couldn't believe it. WhatsApp had just come out. And suddenly, the pupils were even sitting at the same table, but communicated through text. What...The...F....

It's only gotten worse. And "hyperreality" is the "new normal". I always have to think of that South Park episode were Eric gets "harassed" for his photoshopped pictures on Social Media.

The problem is not only the technology, but a huge part of it is. Their business model is based on attention, and they train their little apes to give them as much of it as possible.

I remember the time when everyone got a mobile phone. And I just refused to get one. One day, my mother got me one for Christmas. That was already a huge blow. But smartphones? Oh, well.

But now on to the non-technical part:

We now have ministries for loneliness. In times where density of settlement has reached a peak, people get so lonely that it has actually become quite a problem. I'm always rambling against cities and will continue to do so. They are intensive livestock farming for humans. We're more connected and live closer together than ever, but it seems like this has only put trenches between us.

Personally, I understand that. The biologist Konrad Lorenz said that living that close together leads to intraspecific aggression and hostile behavior.

Although I'm not a fan, it has also put a strain on democracy. It's great that it's now possible to socialize online with whomever shares your worldview and is willing to confirm your existing world view. But I think everyone can observe how this leads to serious confusion about reality - that you are living door to door with people who don't. And there is no civil discourse anymore. Everyone's a zealot these days. Why should I spend my time with (or how can I even motivate my brain to want that) people who obviously will cause nothing but uncomfortable cognitive dissonance?
 

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This doesn't warrant a new thread but it's so silly I needed to share.

I'm following some dividend investors blogs. One of them recently started posting "success" stories and they're all so ridiculous I can't believe he's serious.

Check this out:


I wanted to share with you the story of Anne Scheiber, who died at the age of 101 with a portfolio of dividend stocks worth over $22 million. That portfolio was generating over $750,000 in annual dividend income at the time of her death. Anne Scheiber is one of the most successful dividend investors of all time.

I would assume that she didn’t even become a millionaire until the early 1970s, when she hit 80.

WOW that's such a successful dividend investor! I too would love to become a millionaire in my eighties.

Another one:


Grace Groner is one of the most successful dividend investors out there

it looks that she probably didn’t even become a millionaire until 1987, when she was 78 years old.

Another wealthy 80-year old! What an awesome financial strategy. Sign me up.

The success was dependent on several important factors:

1) Invest at a high rate of return for a long period of time
2) Invest in a company with durable competitive advantages with a long runway
3) Stay invested for decades, without selling
4) Keep reinvesting those dividends along the way

5) Don't die until you're 80.

@MJ DeMarco, you'd appreciate this LOL.
 

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that’s so interesting (it’s a big problem) because I remember my Uncle Charlie, an old Texas guy through and through, great man, playing a country song called “train don’t stop here no more” about a town that went through this exact problem hundreds of years ago.

I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same. That is still going to be a big issue with mass transit. Maybe there is a way They can use programming to improve the stopping locations?

The "they" planning the stops may be people with development plans oriented toward those stops in those locations. The uninvolved, or uninformed people will probably always see a shift of wealth away from them (on average) and toward the developer who can change municipal plans, hijack eminent domain laws, etc. Not that you can't work around that sort of thing, or benefit, or defeat it. Knowledge and control are key... if you blindly depend on things being the way they are, and someone changes them, you're more likely to come out worse for it. If you find ways to pay attention, discover future plans, build networks of interested people, etc., you can avoid some of the big surprises.
 

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WOW that's such a successful dividend investor! I too would love to become a millionaire in my eighties.

It's not buy and hold, it's buy and die.
Live poor, die rich.

And the plebs gobble it up like rats starving for cheese.
 

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I'm going to start making proper guitar playing videos tomorrow / Sunday. It's something I've been putting off for ages. The YouTube channel has started to grow recently, so this will be a good step forwards.
 

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I’m always thinking of new business ideas and I’ve always been fascinated by manufacturing. It’s a largely “hidden” operation. Not many people know how it works and it’s very technical.

Ive always thought that someone can create a scaled down operation in their home. A “mini” operation. Particularly working with metals. Low risk low start up costs. There are certain metals that are easy to work with and can easily be morphed into a product with the right tools and moldings.

Ive always loved the idea that someone can make something for $0.67 cents and then sell it for $6.70. It can be something small that solves a problem or you can make supplemental parts that big manufacturers don’t make.

It seems like a good launching point for someone looking to get started and it can be started from your home. It’s a good intersect between mind and raw materials. It seems like the possibilities are unlimited.

Maybe buy one of those mini metal melters and moldings. Then some finishing touches? Can you melt aluminum cans?

Im just tossing this idea around and have no experience in this but has anybody done this? Make something based off metal at home, brand it, sell it and market it?

What if you melt gold or silver into a product? Boom it solves a problem plus it has intrinsic value(the silver is worth something)? It’s almost like your silver tactical keychain will never lose its value. :) I know a company that made sunglasses out of gold. Boom! People automatically perceive it with value: the design and the Intrinsic value of the gold. If they don’t sell just melt it back down. Risk free investment. :rofl:

I’m obviously talking about small stuff not big machinery type of headache. What you guys think.
Check out the youtube channel Stuff Made Here.


This guy has his own shop and a ton of good ideas of things to make.

Seems like something that has a decent barrier to entry, as the equipment costs thousands of dollars.
 

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I'm told there's a shortage of primers, the little exploding things that cause a bullet to fire. That's contributing to a massive ammunition shortage. Apparently primers were formerly sourced from China, and now it's gotten harder to get them here timely. An opportunity for someone, I'd bet, if they can navigate the regulations and litigation in the US.

On the same topic, Remington just sold off its ammunition business for $65mm as part of its bankruptcy settlements.
 

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I don't know. Does the universe sometimes shout at me "DO MORE CARDIO"?

Let me tell you: When you take out the dog for his last walk in pitch-black darkness, joking with your girlfriend about getting eaten by werewolves, and then you end up running from a boar coming from the corn fields...

That's the universe yelling at you: "DO MORE CARDIO".
 

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I don't know. Does the universe sometimes shout at me "DO MORE CARDIO"?

Let me tell you: When you take out the dog for his last walk in pitch-black darkness, joking with your girlfriend about getting eaten by werewolves, and then you end up running from a boar coming from the corn fields...

That's the universe yelling at you: "DO MORE CARDIO".

When life gives you boars... make hogroast? :rofl:
 

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Meanwhile, somewhere on the internet:
"Teacher: What is the population of the Earth?
Me: Around one Despacito"
src
 

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