Monday, January 12, 2009

Markets in Everything: Beer, Rats, Smaller Homes

1. Beer delivery service in Florida.

2. Rat meat in Cambodia.

3. Rat farming in India.

4. Smaller homes in US, as recession shrinks the "American Dream."

HTs: Craig Summers for #1, Ben Cunningham for #2 - #4.


At 1/12/2009 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smaller Homes? It must be temporary due to the current recession and tight lending standards. Afterall, the price for square footage is falling, why would people consume less of it?

At 1/12/2009 1:28 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

I think there's a psychological piece here as well - Going into the future, people will be buying smaller homes even if they can afford more, so as to avoid the appearance of conspicuous consumption.

In the Depression, stuff-having was envied, but bragging about it/displaying it was considered bad form.

Or maybe I'm full of it. It IS a Monday.

At 1/12/2009 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's remarkable to me about this piece, is that anybody thinks that home beer delivery is a new idea! In the sixties, local beer stores (in MI) delivered cases (and kegs) of beer to homes all of the time. I didn't know the practice had ceased.

At 1/12/2009 6:59 PM, Blogger Y.A.M. said...

What a great blog.

At 1/12/2009 7:00 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Smaller homes"?!?!

What?!?! No more mcMansions?

Its all Bush's fault...

At 1/12/2009 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 20 years ago I wanted to start a local (non-alcoholic) beverage delivery service. Yes there is a lot of money to be made in alcoholic beverages, but I thought the basic service should have all the bugs worked out before tackling alcoholic beverages.

About the same time, I had an idea for a car insurance shopping service, similar to the websites which now exist that offer quotes from multiple insurers. At that time, I even discussed the idea with a SCORE volunteer. Alas, my idea was before its time, and about five years before the Web took off.

Twelve years ago I wanted to open a "take-and-bake" pizza shop - I researched pizza online and found Papa Murphy's, which was nowhere near the part of the country in which I lived at the time. I even had a great location picked out which was going to become available six months down the road.

I've been advocating tiny homes for years, but the problem from my perspective is the zoning regs - I'd like to see tiny homes on tiny lots, something almost never allowed in the U.S. The best you can do is put several tiny homes on a standard lot, which requires successfully writing and submitting a condominium plan and selling the homes as condos, which inflates the costs and thus defeats the purpose of what I was trying to accomplish.

I see opportunity all over the place but have no money to do anything about it.

At 1/12/2009 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, tiny homes have been built and marketed for some time. Last I looked, there were two builders in California who will build and ship the home to you by truck/trailer. At the time, shipping was $4 per mile but might well be higher now.

At 1/13/2009 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 said:

""Smaller homes"?!?!

What?!?! No more mcMansions?

Its all Bush's fault..."

Now that you mention it...there's a blogger who gloated about the BUSH ECONOMY for seven years.

For some reason he hasn't been gloating lately.

At 1/13/2009 4:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York City even has a Rat Information Portal which includes a Rat Map.


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