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MNgary

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09-28-2012 03:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sell product business

So many ask what to make that sells, here is another product to consider. Below is an excerpt from a recent edition of the St Paul Pioneer Press. You can Google the paper and browse the “Local” news URL to read more about his product and who is buying it.

”Last January, Mike Zoff opened a small storefront on Smith Avenue on St. Paul’s West Side to sell the affordable wooden coffins he makes in his garage. It was supposed to be a part-time second business supplementing his full-time job as a real estate broker.

Apparently, coffins are selling better than homes. Zoff said he is going full time in the coffin . . .

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 04:28 PM

Here in Louisiana you have to be part of some funeal home orgnization to sell homemade coffins. A while back one of the local religious organizations started making and selling coffins and the funeral home group took them to court.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 09-28-2012 04:49 PM

Greg,
That sounds like crony-captialism to me.

Wikipedia Crony capitalism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of dirigisme1 Crony capitalism is believed to arise when political cronyism spills over into the business world; self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government influence the economy and society to the extent that it corrupts public-serving economic and political ideals.

The term “crony capitalism” made a significant impact in the public arena as an explanation of the Asian financial crisis.[2]

According to a recent opinion poll, 39% of Americans believe the US has a crony capitalist system.[3]

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Loren

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#3 posted 09-28-2012 06:49 PM

I believe most states had anti-competitive laws regarding who
can sell caskets, but such laws have been repealed in most
states. Caskets were a big profit center for a wealthy industry
which has had its profits undermined in recent years by
price-fixing exposes and legal challenges.

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tenontim

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#4 posted 09-28-2012 10:30 PM

I agree that they’re a rip off. But if you’re going to make them, you better make ‘em good. I can just see the dollar amount for the “pain and suffering” lawsuit that you’d get slapped with, if old uncle Bob came busting out of the bottom of a home made coffin.

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Moron

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#5 posted 09-28-2012 11:27 PM

sure is a steady business

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OnlyJustME

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#6 posted 09-28-2012 11:51 PM

Only until Dec when the world ends and everyone dies. lol

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