6 surprisingly simple ideas that made millions

These products prove that a straightforward business concept can be just as profitable as a complicated one.

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Apr 20, 2014 11:43AM
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  There's nothing new under the sun. The all time winner "The Pet Rock". I still have mine but I caught it myself in the wild. It put up a good fight but I still have it and it hasn't died. I saved ten bucks. 
Apr 20, 2014 9:34AM
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Six ideas that made millions and the government has millions of ideas that made none !   
Apr 20, 2014 2:02PM
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i have a million dollar idea get the government out of my life
Apr 20, 2014 6:41AM
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I'm not getting the blowout concept. What am I missing? Do you go there with a wet head and then they blow it out & style it??? Or do they wash, blow dry & style? I'm not seeing anything different about going to my hairdresser. They charge $40 vs $100 is not a deal. I go to my professional hair dresser, who colors my hair, trims it and is a whiz with a blowdryer for $50. While I won't let anyone else color or cut my hair, I can go to any chain and get a wash & blowout for $20 if there's a quick need for a special event/occasion. It's my time to sit back, relax and get a little pampering. There's coffee & tea if you choose to have. I get my hair done and off I go, feeling like a new me. I don't have the desire or time to sit around having a martini.

Maybe it's the author's interpretation/explanation but I'm not getting it. and yes, I tip her $10 so make it $60 - she cut and colored my hair, too.

Apr 20, 2014 2:52PM
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Most people have ideas that they never act upon.   I know I have had a few that later became money makers, and thought "darn if only....".


The beauty is that nobody is making you buy a pet rock, club, or get a blow out.   I do not understand all the negativity and pettiness of commenters about people who followed through on their ideas. It takes a tremendous amount of guts to sink your money and time into something. Don't like it, don't buy it.....it is that simple.

Apr 20, 2014 9:40AM
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I have been thinking about a great idea and I have an appt this week at an invention co, hope it goes through!!  I'm so excited, all they can do is tell me to get the He... out of their office, he he!!  Happy Easter everyone!!
Apr 23, 2014 9:37AM
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I already have a snuggie. I put my bathrobe on backwards.
Apr 20, 2014 2:16PM
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P.T. Barnum said there's a sucker born every minute...these people proved he was right...
Apr 20, 2014 9:24AM
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A dry blow out center!?? That is just plain stupid. Another way for hairdressers to rob you of your $$$$$
Apr 20, 2014 10:31AM
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mmmm...yeah..."the greatest things since....."

nope, 'sliced bread' still kicks the crap out of ALL those ideas.....

Apr 20, 2014 12:48PM
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Sugar free  water?

Sunglasses for dogs?

Some folks have more money than brains.

Apr 20, 2014 5:50AM
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"The Dugout" - it's more than just a canoe or a place for baseball players to gather.  Happy 4/20.

Apr 20, 2014 2:49PM
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I know it sounds crazy but someone bought me a snuggy for x-mas and I like it.  The next year the got one for my dog and she loves it.  So don't bad mouth things until you try them!
Apr 20, 2014 12:39PM
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They didn't make any money off of this guy!
Apr 20, 2014 12:47PM
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The slinky also play-dow..Two idea's back in the 1950's that were amazing at the time.
Apr 23, 2014 10:10AM
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Toy is 1950s Tinkertoy made out of plastic. Obviously not too new an idea. Unimpressed by a blanket with sleeves. The goggles would never last on my dog.
Apr 20, 2014 9:02AM
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these ideas werent theirs.  someone else made it happen
Apr 20, 2014 11:44AM
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One of the most stupidest things they ever made was the snuggie. Bought one and hated it ever since.  Took mine to a Goodwill store and never will by another one again.  Waste of money.
Apr 23, 2014 6:16AM
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Does anyone have a dog who will tolerate wearing sunglasses?   Snuggies give me the straitjacket feeling.   I can go to my salon and have them wash and dry my hair for $27.00.   I rather squeeze lemon in my water than whatever they use.  But if these people made a ton of $$$ off this stuff, good for them!    
Apr 23, 2014 12:17PM
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Just goes to show that millions of people buy the stupidest things, although the Doggles do serve a purpose.
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