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(Forbes)   Forbes contributor lets loose the Grandest Secret in the Ways of Economics, and it's a stunner: Sell something that people want, at a profit, and keep doing that. Tag is for all of us experiencing this J. Robert Oppenheimer moment. Godspeed, friends   (forbes.com ) divider line
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2013-05-29 12:46:19 AM  
got my dick caught in a widget
 
2013-05-29 08:10:11 AM  
Sounds too consumerist and capitalistic. Just place all resources in the hands of government and let them concentrate on providing what they think we need and we can do without what we merely want.
 
2013-05-29 08:11:22 AM  

1.bp.blogspot.com

 
2013-05-29 08:14:33 AM  
Sell at a profit? Those evil capitalist pigs. My family should starve so liberals can get something a little cheaper.
 
2013-05-29 08:19:52 AM  
I'd rather follow Mitt Romney's example and use my vast inherited wealth to buy a controlling interest in already successful companies and then drive them into the ground in an attempt to create a short term spike in their stock price so that I can sell sell sell and get paid.
 
2013-05-29 08:21:28 AM  
i3.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-29 08:24:00 AM  
Step 1:  Write a book that details the EZ way to get rich quick.
Step 2:  Get rich.
Step 3:  Write another book that details the EZ way to get rich quick.
 
2013-05-29 08:51:45 AM  
Buy stuff.

Sell it.

Buy more stuff and sell that, too.

If only corporations actually still did this.  Or answered their phones.  Or stopped billing you for "convenience fees".  And quit offloading utter crap for more money every year.  Or paid a living wage.  Or didn't steal their workers' pensions.  Or didn't see destroying companies as a "viable revenue channel".  Or
 
2013-05-29 09:22:54 AM  
FTFA: About the author:  I'm a former Navy SEAL officer

What's his Fark handle?
 
2013-05-29 10:05:50 AM  
Sell money, food, drugs, liquor, water or hope.

Everything else is vaporware

/cynic
 
2013-05-29 10:12:55 AM  
What if all I have to sell is my Labor?
 
2013-05-29 10:27:05 AM  

Heraclitus: What if all I have to sell is my Labor?


You get to die in the mud, you filthy peasant!
 
2013-05-29 10:41:17 AM  

Heraclitus: What if all I have to sell is my Labor?


That would depend on your skill set:

This guy for example is paid $156,000 a year and he is "Labor".


www.nypost.com
 
2013-05-29 11:14:54 AM  

Heraclitus: What if all I have to sell is my Labor?


Like most products and services it depends on the demand . If the labor your marketing is the ability to put hubs caps on cars or knobs on a washer on an assembly line then you won't sell much because they have machines that can do that. If you can program or maintain the machines that put on the hub caps and knobs then you might do OK.
 
2013-05-29 11:17:15 AM  

hasty ambush: Heraclitus: What if all I have to sell is my Labor?

That would depend on your skill set:

This guy for example is paid $156,000 a year and he is "Labor".


[www.nypost.com image 525x600]


This guy is an ambulatory corporation.  Consume, grow fat, sh*t, sleep.
 
2013-05-29 11:17:37 AM  
But what if nobody wants to buy the extreme furry porn I make with MS Paint? I shouldn't have to make something else that people do want, I'm a special and unique snowflake and anyone who doesn't respect my right to be paid a living wage no matter what I do are the ones fursecuting me! I'm going to use my vote to elect anyone who promises me perpetual tax-free money, and hire a lobbyist to force the government to buy my artwork, and even pay me in advance for commissions that I'll never even bother to start.

/people hate capitalism because capitalism isn't "fair" to them
//problem is, anything that's "fair" to one person always turns out to be "unfair" to at least two other people
///capitalism doesn't distribute wealth equally, it distributes unfairness equally, which turns out to actually be more important to peaceful civilization than the money
 
2013-05-29 11:23:28 AM  

Tatterdemalian: But what if nobody wants to buy the extreme furry porn I make with MS Paint? I shouldn't have to make something else that people do want, I'm a special and unique snowflake and anyone who doesn't respect my right to be paid a living wage no matter what I do are the ones fursecuting me! I'm going to use my vote to elect anyone who promises me perpetual tax-free money, and hire a lobbyist to force the government to buy my artwork, and even pay me in advance for commissions that I'll never even bother to start.

/people hate capitalism because capitalism isn't "fair" to them


No, they hate it because it's supposed to be an en toto, covers all bases religion when it''s really just a component with limited use.    And a component that's been debased, altered, misused and turned into a club.  That, and you just described almost every chartered corporation in America.  Fairness?    Yyyyeahhhh, I guess some animals are  more equal than others.

/no longer buying Boxer's dictum
 
2013-05-29 12:04:31 PM  
Well, more like sell something people want at a profit, get undercut by giant corporation selling your one product at a loss to bring people in to their store/website, go broke, repeat.
 
2013-05-29 12:14:48 PM  

Nightsweat: Well, more like sell something people want at a profit, get undercut by giant corporation selling your one product at a loss to bring people in to their store/website, go broke, repeat.


www.themusicvoid.com

"Somebody's been paying attention.  I can't say as I care for that."
 
2013-05-29 12:21:40 PM  

hasty ambush: Sounds too consumerist and capitalistic. Just place all resources in the hands of government and let them concentrate on providing what they think we need and we can do without what we merely want.


I really hope you are joking or there are very few people who believe as you do, because history is full of failed attempts at this approach.

You have to design your product to fail at some point in order to have consumers re-purchase.
 
2013-05-29 12:24:15 PM  

Profedius: You have to design your product to fail at some point in order to have consumers re-purchase.


So true!  I mean, just look at cars, appliances and governance.
 
2013-05-29 12:40:07 PM  
I thought you were supposed to demand that the public buy your product, bundle it inescapably with something they actually want, and/or have your pet politicians pass a law or two making it illegal to not own what you're selling.
 
2013-05-29 01:15:39 PM  
A product? I'm all for that. It's these people who can sell 'nothing' that make me mad.
 
2013-05-29 01:15:43 PM  
DubtodaIll:

Came for this.

"So it's a profit scheme..."
 
2013-05-29 01:37:10 PM  

hasty ambush: Heraclitus: What if all I have to sell is my Labor?

Like most products and services it depends on the demand . If the labor your marketing is the ability to put hubs caps on cars or knobs on a washer on an assembly line then you won't sell much because they have machines that can do that. If you can program or maintain the machines that put on the hub caps and knobs then you might do OK.


So I will join with other people with my specific skill set, create an artificial demand and sell at what the market will bear.

If corporations can be people, Why cant people be corporations?
 
2013-05-29 01:40:19 PM  

Heraclitus: If corporations can be people, Why cant people be corporations?


They can.  It's mud simple, relatively inexpensive and has some, if limited, advantages.
 
2013-05-29 02:16:06 PM  
well then yay skippy! I want my paycheck sent to a bank in Ireland and I will withdraw my discretionary funds from a subsidiary in the cayman Islands.

Screw FICA!
 
2013-05-29 02:24:30 PM  
Can you imagine what this country would be like if Labor Unions  did business the way that Petroleum Companies do?
 
2013-05-29 02:39:58 PM  

bunner: Tatterdemalian: /people hate capitalism because capitalism isn't "fair" to them

No, they hate it because it's supposed to be an en toto, covers all bases religion when it''s really just a component with limited use.    And a component that's been debased, altered, misused and turned into a club.  That, and you just described almost every chartered corporation in America.  Fairness?    Yyyyeahhhh, I guess some animals are  more equal than others.

/no longer buying Boxer's dictum


I live with my mom, your "I ignore objective reality and substitute my own!" schtick wasn't that funny when you did it the first time
 
2013-05-29 02:50:58 PM  

Tatterdemalian: I live with my mom, your "I ignore objective reality and substitute my own!" schtick wasn't that funny when you did it the first time


A - I didn't ask.

B - Your projector is broken, and

C - If your "it works like this" pose's rectitude is so self evident, why are you selling it to me?  Objective reality according to the bar of gold on YOUR altar?  Please.

-1/10 ?

Meh.
 
2013-05-29 08:36:05 PM  
Sometimes the brutally obvious needs to be said.
 
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