Top 10 Stupid Business Ideas That Worked (Part 1)

Let’s be honest, stupid ideas can grow into a serious business venture. A once-laughable business concept with no common sense, often made their inventors get the last laugh. Here is the list of top ten.

Stupid Idea Number One: The Pet Rock

Children love pets. But who would imagine that a rock could substitute an animal? Who would expect people to buy rocks instead of dogs or cats? Well, the California guy named Gary Dahl, was actually the one who did. He collected a pile of stones and packaged them into cardboard boxes with holes so that the rocks could “breathe”. The idea turned out to be brilliant; the margins – unbelievable. Dahl bought each rock for a dollar and sold it for about $4. His company, Rock Bottom Productions, was one of the most profitable in 1975.

Stupid Idea Number Two: The Million Dollar Homepage

In 2005, some student came up with a “unique” idea of selling online ads per 10 pixels. Now imagine that a typical LCD monitor displays over 1,000 pixels. The idea took off and brought the guy over a million dollars in gross sales.

Stupid Idea Number Three: Holy Ink

No, this idea is not about the ink blessed by the Pope. But something similar to it. One day Father Bernard McCoy’s printer ran out of ink. He didn’t have enough money to replace the cartridges. Thus, the man started his own ink-refilling business. The monastery of Cisterian Abbey in Monroe, MO began refilling plastic cartridges with black powder. The “company” made around $2,000 in 2002 and over $2.5 million in 2005.

Stupid Idea Number Four: “Positive” Attraction

The word positive refers to “HIV-positive” in this case. That’s it. Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin started offering matching services for HIV-positive members on their website in 2005. Within a couple of years, the website grew into an over 50,000 member portal.

Stupid Idea Number Five: Plastic Wishbones

Keeping in mind a vast number of humans desperate for luck, Ken Ahroni established the company Lucky Wishbone Co. that produced plastic wishbones for $3 each.