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What's a business that exists that you don't understand can make money?

  • 01-03-2023 1:16pm
    Registered Users Posts: 827 ✭✭✭

    I'll start with those magazines you see near the tills at the likes of Lidl.

    There's so many different ones, mostly relating to showbiz and the likes. But then there's even more niche ones I don't know how they sell enough to cover costs/make a profit. There was some one related to only running, something like Runners Monthly or similar.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,094 ✭✭✭thomil

    A lot of the Irish "corner stores", especially those seemingly just built into the ground floor of a 1960s-era semi-detached or terrace house in a council estate, with hand-painted signs, faded ad signs for the likes of Coca Cola or HB, rusted window-frames and equally rusted metal grates in front of the windows. Seriously, how do they make any money? They look about as trustworthy as a white van with "Free Candy!" scrawled all over the sides...

    Good luck trying to figure me out. I haven't managed that myself yet!

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,823 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    Places in shopping centers that sell a small amount of clothes, Jewellery, cosmetics, etc. They are often expensive and other shops in the center selling the stuff cheaper.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 395 ✭✭Hungry Burger

    Ditto on the magazines especially the really niche ones like “Naval Warfare Monthly” and the likes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 966 ✭✭✭some random drunk

    Marks and Spencer (in Ireland post Brexit)

  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭niallpatrick

    I used to work as a yardman for wholesale newspaper and magazine distributors, the excess niche magazines they couldn't sell were given back to the suppliers as for the junk that came with the magazines I got to tip it into the compactor. Junk such as mini teapot collections, tons of build a scale model whatever and classic mini libraries. Actual mini books of classic literature, each book roughly 2 inches in height.

    The build a scale model series were a joke, I bought a motorbike 1st edition just to see what parts I got, the central spring for a super sports suspension. But hey I bought the magazine, only another 180 editions to complete the full model. £2.99 per 1st edition then retail price after £4.99 for something worth £12-15 if you bought it as an Tamiya kit or equivilent. They do sell but I doubt many buy the complete series, actually pretty smart if they only publish 100 full editions of each series. Keep bringing out, build a scale titanic/sr71 blackbird/mig 29. Junk sells as long as a market exists but it's still over priced junk.

    What you'd spend on the full series you could buy a home quality 3d printer and template for your own snap out models.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,823 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    Iceland is another one.

    I think they sold their Irish stores/operations lately.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,086 ✭✭✭eviltimeban

    Alias Tom in Dublin. Really expensive and is nearly always empty when I go by it. But it's been around, what, 20 odd years now?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,418 ✭✭✭zg3409

    Nail bars, painting nails. A massive trend, full late on Friday evenings, multiple per town.

    In the past they did not exist beyond a beauty counter in big stores, now a separate busy business. Similar to doughnuts it's a fad that will be copied until they go bust.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    subway, there are so many

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,758 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    Only Fans.

    There's the world of free porn out there, no matter what sick fcuked up tastes you have. Why pay for it? Surely there's free stuff out there that's good enough for you to get your rocks off to.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭walterking

    Vape shops

    Either the margins are enormous or there's another aspect to it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,399 ✭✭✭✭yourdeadwright

    I thought the same as yourself i didn't quite understand it ,

    Then i realised after talking to younger lads i play football with that for the younger lads late teen to 30 lets the interest was because there was a lot of local girls who they would know on it, I guess the girls see it as easy money & don't mind the stigma of doing it because if a lad slogged them over it they could just say well you paid to see it ,

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,455 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    In Temple Bar there is an international fashion and ‘lifestyle’ retailer. (UO) They used to have excellent clothing ranges, fashionable stuff, French Connection, Barbour, Armani, Fred Perry, Lacoste, Timberland, Diesel etc…

    ‘Ethical’ and ‘sustainable’ repurposed no name shîte seems to have taken over, spending a couple of hundred in there now enables you to look like your uncle Gerry circle 1987… who had as much fashion sense as Mr. Magoo.

    I don’t mind non known brands but can you not try compete with second hand shops ? Tramp chic isn’t cool exactly and sometimes people like to look well, fashionable and have comfortable, hard wearing, and attractive clothing… as opposed to a step up from rags.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,593 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34


    600,000 guys in Dublin.

    599,999 Barbers. Quiet Tuesday to Friday.

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    Compulsive buying at checkout. Sells red tops with Lizard People headlines and small bags and bars of candy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 861 ✭✭✭Jellybaby_1

    I am of an age to remember when Alias Tom started in the 1970's. I think it was situated in the Grafton Arcade at first, but I might be wrong about that. Definitely a lot longer than 20 years! Must be doing something right!

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,912 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    I would have thought there's a lot of catfishing around Temple Bar...

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,387 ✭✭✭Furze99

    AIB? They write off 90% of the money they loaned to a heap of people.

  • Registered Users Posts: 827 ✭✭✭farmingquestion

    It's the knowing YOU are getting an exclusive or YOU are being shown specifically.

    It's like people who send dick pics. Fellas don't send dick pics to try and get women to ride them or think they find it attractive. They send dick pics because they get turned on knowing the woman saw their dick

  • Registered Users Posts: 827 ✭✭✭farmingquestion

    Price of haircuts now though. I can see it costing the same for men as it does women some day! 22 or 25 euro for a haircut.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,156 ✭✭✭Cluedo Monopoly

    What are they doing in the Hyacinth House?

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  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,021 Mod ✭✭✭✭artanevilla

    There's a Chinese restaurant in every town in Ireland. Always empty.