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Craigslist / Re: Business for sale on Craigslist
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:52:06 PM »
Who is the right person?

You'll note I refrained from analyzing either the internet cafe ad OR your ad.  ;D

The Treasure Chest / Re: Coins..Coins..Coins.....
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:36:09 PM »
To be determined....perhaps he's just at a loss for words.

That's why I said usually. He may turn out to be the top poster of the year !

Craigslist / Re: Business for sale on Craigslist
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:57:21 PM »
Isn't it obvious? Why else would our resident sleuth post a random business for sale ad?

Oh, I don't know. How about this one ?

Internet lounge business - $40,000 (Killeen)

Very popular Internet Cafe in Killeen, with 6 computer stations, a snack area, and a back room for other activities. The right person(s) can make $65,000 or more per year.
Monthly lease is $900.

We are leaving the business because of health issues.
Contact me by text, call, or email for more info.
(name and number deleted)


(use your imagination for the back room activities)  ;D

The Treasure Chest / Re: Coins..Coins..Coins.....
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:49:14 PM »

Usually when we see a meaningful comment like that the next thing we know we are being assaulted with spam.

The Lounge / Re: Travis's Avatar makes history at Vegas NASCAR
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:47:00 PM »
The Dos Equis guy's most famous gig is IN FACT his appearance on this forum.  ;D

Craigslist / Re: Business for sale on Craigslist
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:39:38 PM »
Isn't it obvious? Why else would our resident sleuth post a random business for sale ad?

Actually, from the way he phrased it I don't think Alloro knew. But he does now.

Now here's an appropriate story for "The Dump"

Mt. Everest was successfully climbed 60 years ago with "primitive" mountain climbing gear by Edmund Hillary, but 60 years later high-tech climbers are leaving behind mountains of trash, including empty fuel and oxygen containers and the usual waste of packaged foods, etc.

These climbers are anything but "green" to the mountain.

Picker's Paradise / Re: Picking Antique Malls
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:29:42 AM »
I was going to one almost every weekend just to see what was selling and prices. 

And I think that's the value to be obtained there for sellers like us. I have a friend who has two stalls in an antique mall and he went there after having  a stall in another place that went out of business and then after that, having opened his own full store (and subsequently closing it).

He says the antique business in our area (central California) is dead, but he soldiers on with his current approach.  He and I buy on a picking basis and often compete for the same goods though he deals more in vintage stuff than I do and we often tip each other to things the other person likes.


So, the use of antique malls to see what things are selling for (there) certainly has value. Personally, I don't want to be in a brick and mortar situation. Too much overhead and time and lack of freedom. If you don't need to go that route, why go there. The virtual stores of eBay and Craigslist are enough for me.

The Lounge / Businesses cutting back outlets !
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:02:37 AM »
Even though the economy seems to be picking up several big retailers are cutting back on sales outlets in an effort to improve the bottom line.

On March 5, 2014 Radio Shack announced the closure of about 20% of its stores. An executive even commented that oversaturation was a problem within a five mile radius of his home. There were five Radio Shack stores in that radius. Guess he wouldn't have a problem with them delivering to his home either !

On March 6,2014, Staples the office supply company announced cutting out about 12% of THEIR stores.
So much for the double-meaning of the "staples" name !

Still, it's every company's responsibility to make economies of operation pay the bills efficiently.

Craigslist / Re: Business for sale on Craigslist
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:43:11 AM »
Here's another thought.

How many people have $150,000 laying around to invest in a business?  Sure, there are some but are they going to plunk it all down on an INTERNET business?  There are a lot of scams going on in general and probably more in the internet arena than in brick and mortar businesses.

My personal feeling is that someone with that kind of cash on hand isn't going to be as interested in laying it all out at once on the prospect of earning it back in two years before a profit is turned.

Of course, we don't know what the business is and until a prospective buyer makes the call he won't either, but my guess is the business seller wants an in-person chance to sell the prospective buyer on the possibilities of future success and therefore doesn't want to tell what the business is in the listing.

Hopefully, the seller has the personal skills to promote and sell this business, but if that doesn't pan out, my idea of hiring a worker and pocketing the remainder is still a valid my opinion.  ;D

Craigslist / Re: Business for sale on Craigslist
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:35:27 AM »
I thought some more about this and some profit suggestions made by the seller would also work FOR the seller if he used my idea to hire someone for $25 to $30K a year and keep the remainder for himself.

IF the seller were to make $40K profit for a year (after expenses of hiring a worker as stated above) the seller would pull in $160,000 in FOUR YEARS and would be making $10,000 more than if he sold the business for the $150k (firm) asking price.

Sure, it's a smaller return initially, but as several of us have said on this forum, that regular income is nothing to sneeze at either.  For instance, I love buying something for $20 and reselling if for $200 or more, but buying $5 items and selling them for $25 to $50 pays off too, and there are MORE of those cheaper items to find and turn over than there are of the other items.

Just a thought and if I was the owner of that business valued at $150,000 that is what I would do. Hire someone and pocket the rest.

Craigslist / Re: Business for sale on Craigslist
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:58:58 PM »
I think if my business was bringing in around 70K a year I would do the following:

1) Hire someone for $25 to $30 K a year and keep the difference for myself.

2) Have a weekly massage by an expert.

3) Take two or three cruises a year.

4) Buy a super Lotto ticket on a regular basis

5) etc, etc.   ;D

Craigslist / Business for sale on Craigslist
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:42:55 PM »
I saw this ad on Craigslist. Any takers ?

Hi, I'm trying to find a buyer for my web based business. We are a subscription based information service with established clients and an excellent reputation in the industry. The site brings in around 70K a year and requires you to invest between 20-30 hours a week. The website does all of the selling. The site has excellent traffic and is independent of pay per click ads. About 27,000 of our annual income is guaranteed because the subscribers are set up on recurring monthly payments. It's a fairly simple business to operate, if you're familiar with spreadsheets / Excell & Wordpress, you can easily run this business. If not, I can easily train you. Since it's an internet based business, you can operate it from the comfort of your home.

 I'm asking 150K and the price is firm. You should be able to make back your investment in 2 years. This is a great company and the reason I'm selling is because I am working on another site that requires all of my attention.

 I will offer full training and support for as long as you need it. Call (name & number deleted) for more information.

eBay / Re: Ebay Non-Paying
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:19:19 PM »
Okay yes you can view all of the feedback if you go digging. I was talking about the initial view with the little positive, neutral, and negative word graph called the "Recent Feedback ratings". That only goes back 12 months on what it shows you.

Yep it does, but if you want to go further back the page options at the bottom work but take some effort to get far enough back and you might have to look at a lot of pages.

The best bet for looking at solely neutral and negative feedback is the externally available services.

What's it Worth?? / Re: Mushroom stoneware set?
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:15:55 PM »
Thanks guys.Yes all these pieces are heavy together couldn't ship it all.Will ask $100 this weekend and let somebody give me $50 or so.

Let us know the results.

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