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Old 01-23-2009, 06:57 AM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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With this poor economy, have swap meets and thrift shops become a sign of the times in your area? People seem to be selling whatever items they can to stay above water.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:13 AM
 
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I read an article that talked about lotteries increasing because of the bad economy.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Boston
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porn, booze and gambling for sure.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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porn, booze and gambling for sure.
Actually, the porn industry took a hit. Apparently people are buying "cheaper porn" now whatever that is. Same with liquor. I know a liquor store owner who said sales overall are around the same, but people are buying the less expensive stuff rather than splurging on popular name brands.

And yes, lottery sales increase during times like this. Funny thing, people buy more scratch off tickets, though. Lotteries contract out to computer-print these scratch off tickets, and they control how many winners there are, so in tougher times, they print less winners on them, so in theory, you're losing money by playing scratch off tickets. Regular lottery games (numbers get picked, etc) stay the same - odds are odds, so if you feel you must play the lotto in hopes of winning something, stick to the regular lottery type games as opposed to scratch off tickets.

You can also count on the fact that people will continue to be born and also continue to die, so if you go into any field related to births or deaths, poof - you're secure. Likewise, people still get hair cuts (though they may go to cheaper chain places to do it), and they still eat. So if you open a cheap hair cutting place that also sells cheap food, you're in, too. LOL
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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With this poor economy, have swap meets and thrift shops become a sign of the times in your area? People seem to be selling whatever items they can to stay above water.
In this area, which, despite the general perception to the contrary, is fairly depressed economically. Because of this flea markets and thrift shops are and always have been very popular.

If it weren't for thrift shops, I'm afraid I'd be running around barefoot and naked! LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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In this area, which, despite the general perception to the contrary, is fairly depressed economically. Because of this flea markets and thrift shops are and always have been very popular.

If it weren't for thrift shops, I'm afraid I'd be running around barefoot and naked! LOL

20yrsinBranson
Just wait till summer. Your area does great every summer regardless of the economy. People tend to scratch there Florida vacations when things are tight and drive to Branson instead.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:25 AM
 
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I suggest reading Maslow's hierarchy of needs as applied to entrepreneurship.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Actually, the porn industry took a hit. Apparently people are buying "cheaper porn" now whatever that is. Same with liquor. I know a liquor store owner who said sales overall are around the same, but people are buying the less expensive stuff rather than splurging on popular name brands.

And yes, lottery sales increase during times like this. Funny thing, people buy more scratch off tickets, though. Lotteries contract out to computer-print these scratch off tickets, and they control how many winners there are, so in tougher times, they print less winners on them, so in theory, you're losing money by playing scratch off tickets. Regular lottery games (numbers get picked, etc) stay the same - odds are odds, so if you feel you must play the lotto in hopes of winning something, stick to the regular lottery type games as opposed to scratch off tickets.

You can also count on the fact that people will continue to be born and also continue to die, so if you go into any field related to births or deaths, poof - you're secure. Likewise, people still get hair cuts (though they may go to cheaper chain places to do it), and they still eat. So if you open a cheap hair cutting place that also sells cheap food, you're in, too. LOL

I have an idea. A maternity ward/funeral parlor that sells great homecooked meals and offers haircuts at a discounted price... throw in a small liquor store and you've got an all around recession beater!
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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I make molds for cement statues, and am seriously thinking of getting into the cement grave marker market. I know most are marble, granite or whatever, and very expensive. They can be engraved, last forever, and if some idiot decides to trash a graveyard, they can be easily replaced with minimal cost.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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I have an idea. A maternity ward/funeral parlor that sells great homecooked meals and offers haircuts at a discounted price... throw in a small liquor store and you've got an all around recession beater!
Great idea, let's do business as, "Pop, Shop and Drop!"
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