Under-$5 products worth millions

These 7 inexpensive items are so simple, you probably wonder why you didn't think of them yourself. If you had, you would have made some real money.

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Apr 2, 2011 10:49AM
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Clearly, it is at that point when you know you have to read things clearly before you post comments. This article is about products that alone are worth very little but as a whole, are worth a lot. Take the "Pet Rock" for example, it says they were sold individually for $3.95 in the 1970s, obviously if you sell enough of anything enough times, you can make a pretty nice profit--yes, most of these products are pretty useless and therefore inexpensive, yet they are worth millions simply because people want and buy them. In short, its simple multiplication, reading, and oh yeah, common sense.
Apr 8, 2011 9:22AM
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Slinkies were actually fun before they were made out of plastic.
Apr 8, 2011 7:22AM
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The article left out the hula hoop, that made Art Linkletter a lot of money
Apr 8, 2011 10:33AM
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Uhh, perhaps a typo?

 

"'Post-It Notes have generated at least $1 Million(?) in sales..."

 

How long have Post-It Notes been out? Was that supposed to be $1 Billion?  :))

 

 

Apr 8, 2011 4:37PM
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It seems to me that, no matter what article is posted, a lot of people can find something to bitch about. Witness the thread for this article (Under $5.00 products worth millions). Out of 15 comments, four are negative. That's right around 25%. Very cynical. Why can't people just see the interest in the story and leave out the sexism, the politics, the capitalism, etc., etc. etc.

What this story really does is point up that, if you have an idea, market it. It may not be as dumb as you think, and it may make you a fortune. And, it is a testament to Man's inventiveness, encouraging that inventiveness without which this world would be a sad place, indeed.

Apr 8, 2011 9:16AM
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i think the paper clip cost less than a half a penny to invent.
Apr 8, 2011 4:12PM
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Its so funny to me that so many people get all worked up over an article like this... even taking it to the level of saying all these items are junk and implying that the site was paid off to list these  "worthless" items. I would love for just one of these people to tell my child that her slinky is "worthless" as she is happily watching it "crawl" down the 2nd floor stairs in our home! Or tell her that her that she might as well throw away her "worthless" collection of silly bands!! An items value is not always determined by the amount of money spent to purchase it. More often its valued can be determined by the amount of moments spent smiling, giggling and enjoying it. If these fun little articles are so pathetic and offensive to some people, why even continue reading it.. and moreover why take the time to post about it? Hilarious!
Apr 8, 2011 10:54AM
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The best of the bunch is artist/inventor/writ​er Don Kracke's Rickie Tickie Stickies (the colorful daisies that adorned VW's in the 70s and still do, today!!!). They cost pennies to produce and sold millions..  This led to Kracke's (pronounced Krack-ee) writing How to Turn Your Great Idea into Millions (available) and appearances on Oprah, Phil Donohue, Nightline, and others over the years..
Apr 8, 2011 12:45PM
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They might be worthless,but in the long run the bang for the buck  inexpensive to buy but they did create jobs.And this was when we were doing better because we made alot of our stuff here, not overseas. So not a bad deal   in my opinion
May 5, 2011 10:35PM
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This article was great and fun!  I have owned or bought several of these, even had a pet rock.  For those of you who have to be so negative about something you know nothing about, just leave it out of these things.  There is already so much negativity in the world, we need some positivity!  LOL...I didn't know that was a real word until I did the spell check at the bottom!   Instead of putting something down, leave it alone.  If you have something good to say, it is so much better, and can help up-lift others, instead of bringing them down.  Thanks for reading.  I hope people will agree with me.  Have a good night. 

 A smile is so much better than a frown!  :-)
Apr 8, 2011 4:43PM
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Thank you AKDan! I agree.. and I don't believe any of these people felt "dumb" after making millions off there small ideas. THIS is whats wonderful about being an American! We are allowed to have ideas, market them, and make money off of them. Not everyone in this world is so lucky.
May 24, 2011 9:58AM
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Maybe they can run this a few more times. I never get tired reading the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over--------
May 5, 2011 2:11PM
May 5, 2011 4:51PM
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i think the paper clip is the all time winner, along with the pencil.
Apr 8, 2011 6:24PM
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wow, i'm 13 so i don't really know what a pet rock is but i'm just wondering WHO WOULD BUY THAT seriously you gotta be mental to buy a rock in a box
May 24, 2011 9:34PM
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Gary Dahl, the "Pet Rock" mogul found out his discovery had a very short half-life. C'mon, it's only funny once, twice if you're impaired. Plus, it was mandatory that you were doing well economically. At that time I was working for the Santa Clara County Public Defender and at Christmas we would collect toys, clothes, presents, etc. for families who didn't have the means to purchase Christmas presents for their kids. Well, Gary, being the philanthropist donated a ton of pet rocks to our organization for Christmas.  He was, at the time, not doing well financially so he thought he could write off a big donation.  Thanks Gar. I know I have never forgotten the warm fuzzy feeling of imagining a kid who had nothing but expectations opening their "pet rock." on Christmas. Thankfully, we all thought it was the most ignorant thoughtless thing we had witnessed lately (and that's alot coming from the Public Defender's Office).  I don't know where they went, but they were not given out on Christmas. To those of you who think I should only say pleasant things about "pet rocks", Maybe we should have handed them out.  I'm sure a few of the folks could have found a use for them. Like heaving them through a window.  How would you like a rock for Christmas?
Apr 18, 2012 9:03PM
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The EZ-I/O Changer is also a nifty device for about $1. It is used replace the toilet paper easily.
Apr 8, 2011 7:34AM
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Glue-less in Seattle posted a note about the rock hound being dumb. I take exception. Novelties sell. Ice Cream novelties are hotWinkConfused!
Apr 8, 2011 3:44AM
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Barnum Bailey was right, there is a sucker born every minute
Apr 8, 2011 1:22PM
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Ok so if the object of the game is to make a lot of money...then invent it and then manufacture the item overseas in China where people make so little per day and there are so few rules and regulations about working conditions and you can pollute all you want with little hindrance. The idea here is to grab as much loot as you can, then base your company out of the usa to avoid corporate income taxes. Then buy a few Congressmen so you will pay even less. Never mind the people here who are hurting now because of the Banker/Wall Street Depression. Then pass "right to work" laws in your own country to beat down labor even more. You are getting richer and more arrogant with all you wealth. Capitalism is so good!!
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