||[Jan. 18th, 2007|02:25 pm]
The American Caliban
|[||Tags|||||doom, dotcom, ecommerce, extremelyverticalmarkets, google, ha, microniche, niche, onewordplastics, tinyniche, triumphoftheegg, wherestheniche||]|
Google gave me $10 to sign up for their Checkout service. When I was done, they presented me with a list of suggested stores, including quite a few useful ones, and then many, many dotcom failure stores. Examples below. I think I'll just get some cat toys, which is what I did in '98 or so when pets.com gave me $10.
I know where you can get a great deal on some Sleazy Matures.
ALPACAS COST TOO MUCH. SO I OPENED ALPACA DIRECT. WHY PAY SOME MIDDLE MAN WHEN YOU CAN GET YOUR ALPACA AT ONE OF OUR FACTORY DIRECT WAREHOUSE STORES? COME ON DOWN TO ALPACA DIRECT AND BROWSE OUR THOUSANDS OF UNIQUE ALPACAS FOR THE LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM, DEN, AND EVEN THE KIDS' ROOMS.
AS AL GREENWOOD WAS THE BEDSPREAD KING AND AS PAUL IS THE KING OF BIG SCREEN, SO SHALL I BE THE ALPACA KING.
Back in 1998, I noticed Fogdog.com and laughed them off. I'm amazed that they're still around, eight years later. They're the longest-lasting first-wave dot-com failure that I can think of. God bless them and the trust fund that keeps them alive.
is there really, REALLY anything that there is not a market for?
Who says there's a market for it? They're just burning someone's mon(k)ey.
Actually that and several other "niche" clothing sites appear to be one kanadian kompany that has minisites for various products. That's actually smart. Village Hat Shop is vilhat.com but they have berets.com and a few similar ones.
Okay, with a sick feeling of curiosity, I checked out beautysurg.com. They have a Gifts section, where they recommend giving as gifts: acne treatments, fat analyzers and chemical peal kits. I'm trying to envision the situation where receiving any of that as a gift would not be outrageously offensive.
As for cat toys, get a Turbo Scratcher
. My cats love theirs.
The best part is that the google page that links to these is full of mysterious typos, and the whole reason I clicked through to beautysurg.com was that it was listed as "beautyurg" which sounded like a really appropriate site. Too bad.
I got the cat a smallish fake-sheep fleece to lie on, because she's crazy for the sheep feeling, like all of us.
When I was at Checkout, I always used BeefJerky.com
Why would you buy your beef jerky from Beefjerky.com?
Because it is FRESH!
Store-bought jerky can be over two months old.
Beefjerky.com's Beef Jerky was made just two weeks ago.