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Unusual Ways To Make Money Online

Updated on April 8, 2012
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There are many ways that you can make money online. The usual ways would include setting up websites for ad revenue or product sales, buying and selling on online auction sites, flipping domain names or websites, promoting a product as an affiliate, etc. Those of you who have been online for any period of time has probably seen it all and more. But, in the nooks and crannies, there are still some rather unusual, weird and unique ways which have escaped the usual attention.

BuyandSellHair.com

Do you know that there are people who wants your hair? And yes, I mean that stringy thing growing out of your head. Apparently, your hair is needed for use in wigs, for hair extensions and even in artwork.

And they are willing to pay real good money for it. If you have long and thick virgin tresses, you might get offers in the thousands of dollars although most sales would probably average below a thousand dollars.

On BuyAndSellHair.com, you list your ad on their site for a small fee and interested buyers will contact you. This site has been featured in many press publications including in a news report by the FOX TV station My9TV.

But a word of caution is in order. The Hair Trader is an online ad site, and an unwelcome "feature" of many such sites are the scammers. Before transacting any business, do a search on Google to find out a little more about how scams have been carried out there. I have also written a short hub about Online Auction Scams which might prove useful. I have to thank tlpoague for telling me of this possibility.


WorldWinner

WorldWinner is an online games website featuring more than 35 of the most popular games titles. They have games like Zuma, Solitaire, Free Cell, Luxor, Bookworm and Skillgammon, to name a few.

On WorldWinner, you compete with other players for cold hard cash. This is different from games of chance like roulette and craps in that a certain level of skill is required. If you are not a skilled player, you will most definitely lose, and lose consistently, while a skilled played can win consistently.

So, if you are a really good computer games player, this site is for you. Entry fees range from as low as $0.75 for a 2-player competition, to as high as $35.00 for a 10-player Luxor competition.

As you would expect, the 90/10 rule applies here, in that the top 10% of the players will win 90% of the money. But if you are pretty good player, but not good enough to be in the top 10%, there are still certain ways that you can consistently make money from this site. The trick is to play in their open skill competitions, in which you play against players of all skill levels.


Entropia Universe

Entropia Universe is a online virtual universe in which you can network and interact with other users, play games, go on missions and perform other activities all within an immersive 3D environment. It is free to download and play, and there are no monthly fees.

Entropia Universe is unique among other similar worlds in that it boasts an in-game currency, called the PED, which is pegged at a fixed value to the US dollar. This means that currency held in-game holds its value and does not fluctuate according to supply and demand. The PED can be bought at an exchange rate of 10 PED to 1 US dollar. Any PED earned or made can also be freely exchanged back into US dollar.

You can perform activities like hunting, mining or crafting, which could be profitable over the long term. However, as many players have discovered, it is not easy to profit. It takes good skills, a lot of time and a little luck and even then, profit is not guaranteed. Only Mind Ark, the company that runs Entropia Universe, knows the exact formula on how to profit.

Other than the usual activities, one way that you can profit consistently is through trading. There are many commodities like ores, ematters, weapons and other items that you can buy for a low price at the auction and from other players, and sell off at a higher price. You will need maybe a week or two to get familiarized with the price fluctuations. A starting capital of $100-$200 should be sufficient to get you started. And if you are not willing, or not able to come up with the starting capital, there are ways in game in which you can slowly earn your capital.

In the latter part of 2011, the company released Land Lot deeds. Land Lot deeds are essentially shares in MindArk, entitling you to dividends which are paid weekly. At the offer price of the deeds, the returns are a very attractive 27% - 30% per year.

I wrote a hub, "How To Make Money In Entropia Universe", that goes into some detail on how you can combine Land Lot deeds, sweating and trading, along with a initial investment, into an account yielding hundreds of dollars a month and worth thousands of dollars within a few years.


Conclusion

I'm sure there are ways to make money online that are much more unusual than what I have outlined. The online world has and is still evolving at such a rapid pace that there will be many more unusual and unique ways to be discovered and created in the coming years.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      break up books - I'm actually kinda of surprised that there is a market for hair as I would have expected that we would be able to make artificial hair that looks and feels like the real thing at a cheaper price.

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      break up books 6 years ago

      This is a very informative hub! I love your ideas about how to make money. I think I might try the hair thing, there is a niche business in that, especially if you are in the hairdressing trade.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      nikashi_designs - I have been thinking of doing a follow up hub but never did. Thanks for reminding me. :)

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      Sorry about that, lost sight of the topic "online" unusual ways to make money. Just get excited about hubs that actually have something to say. That would be a good follow up hub.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      nikashi_designs - A lot of Singaporeans are the same way. They are good at complaining, and whining, and pointing fingers, and not much else, all the while waiting for solutions to drop onto their laps. While the herd mentality is part of the Eastern culture, it is worrying that you should say the same about your fellow Americans. :(

      I understand that the selling of plasma is a way of making money, along with volunteering to be medical guinea pigs, but this hub is about online ways of making money. Guess I should start a hub titled, "Unusual Ways To Make Money In the Real World." :)

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      Wandererh its the only logical solution. The problem most people are conditioned that you can only do it one way, think one way. I can comfortable say that most of the population are followers. In a recent example, I applied as a graphic designer position. I really didn't have the qualifications to do the job but new that I could do it. Instead of submitting the usual resume, listing all your experience and blah blah. I created a resume without words. Only colorful graphs listing my strengths, unusual yes. Did it work, yes, was offered an interview, did I get the job, no. But the point was taking some risk can benefit you. This applies to everything in life. Do things that are a bit uncomfortable, those are the things that reap the most reward. Add this to you list of "unusual things to make money" Sell body parts, kidney, liver, bone marrow. Just a thought. Pretty interesting topic. Thanks

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      nikashi_designs - In my opinion, thinking out of the box may be only way to go in the online arena. In other words, you got to be different. If you want to be successful, and you do what everybody else is doing, it follows that you can't be successful because most people are not successful.

      Hope that makes sense. :)

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Jayden - Thanks! I went to the original site and I got screen that asks me to log in, but no site. Thanks for the heads up. :)

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

      Originally, I was selling products in retail format to make some money. But reading thru the Hubs, in particular your hubs. Slowly transitioning to information and creative ways to make money. Even though this hub is a bit older, have started to research different avenues to generate revenue. Thanks for opening my eyes and making me think outside of the box.

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      Jayden  6 years ago

      Hey wandererh, might be worth updating ur hub as http://thehairtrader.com closed and looks like replaced by http://buyandsellhair.com - spotted it on this great resource: http://newyork.timeout.com/things-to-do/this-week-...

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      PaperNotes - Yep, much better than just browsing and wasting time. :)

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info. They sure are helpful in making internet browsing more productive.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      aneesharyan - Thanks! :)

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      aneesharyan 6 years ago

      great information

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Str8up Hookups - Good idea. He's probably playing games the whole day anyway, so he might as well make himself useful and earn his keep. :)

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      Str8up Hookups 6 years ago

      Nice hub,very interesting.Going to have my son check out the game idea.

      Thanx for sharing.

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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Sir Frobisher - Thanks. Give them a try and if you find any more, feel free to give me a shout. :)

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      Sir Frobisher 6 years ago

      Thank you for making me know what I didn't know before. Let me see if I can make some money with these methods.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      bruzzbuzz - I agree. Selling your hair would prove a little difficult. :)

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      bruzzbuzz 7 years ago from Texas , USA

      If I had hair I would be set. Damn! Thanks for an informative post.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      CD Duplication Services - It is definitely worth some money. So the next time you are short of a couple of hundred dollars, you know what to do. :)

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      CD Duplication Services 7 years ago

      WOW. Thanks for sharing the Hair Traderinfo. My wife has long silky black hair to her waist and never knew that it was worth something.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      drewga403 - That's not exactly my kind of "game" but maybe others will like it. Thanks for visiting. :)

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      drewga403 7 years ago

      Hi Wanderer,

      This is a very well written hub. I had not heard about online games that use their own currency system before. Cool idea. If you like the idea of making money from online "games" you might be interested in www.thetendollarkey.com/inspire

      It is not as sophisticated as the game you described, but definitely has money-making potential. Let me know what you think. For now, I think I'm gonna go check out the Entropia Universe. Sounds like fun!

      Thanks,

      -drew

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      WebDesignDoctor - I have to agree with you in that there are lots of ways you can make money on the web and that most people are only aware of the usual few like affiliate marketing, auctions and online business.

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      WebDesignDoctor 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is a great hub, I don't think many people are aware of how many ways there are to make money online! Considering it is the single largest target market you could ever imagine, I'm surprised people aren't more aware! Great job, keep up the good work!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      My shopping genie scam - what kind of info are you looking for?

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      My shopping genie scam 7 years ago

      Where we can get more info about this?

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      nagarasapandi - I have made money at Entropia and Worldwinner and have withdrawn the money successfully. But I have no personal experience with The Hair Trader.

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      nagarasapandi 7 years ago from Chennai

      It is very nice to hear about make money with unusual ways but really is it possible

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Dom24 - If you explain a little more about your new way and why it will make us all very happy, I think we will be able to make you even more happy. :)

      t-m-s - I'm very happy with my kidneys, all two of them, so I'm hanging on to them. :)

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      t-m-s 7 years ago

      Or you could sell your kidney on Craiglist...?

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      Dom24 7 years ago

      I encourage all of you to take a look at my hub, it is a new way to make money online and for anyone that wants to do so will be very happy!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Johnny Joe - Yep, you're right. Some are a little weird, and that's what this hub is about. :)

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      Johnny Joe 7 years ago from USA

      This is the first time I read about hair trading. Really amazing. Yes, there are n number of ways to earn money online, though some are very weird.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      TylerCapp - Yep, and by pegging it to the US dollar, the currency, and in game items, are guaranteed to retain their value.

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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I think it's brilliant how they came up with a video game that uses it's own currency. Very smart. And I am sure that it makes playing the game more interesting.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      love is hurt - Thanks! Yep, hairdressers can be rich, especially those who specialize in cutting your long hair to a short short bob. :)

      laughing loon - Thanks for visiting. :)

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      Lynda -Bailey 7 years ago from South Los Angeles

      Thanks for sharing.

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      love is hurt 7 years ago

      brilliant hub! I had no idea that you could sell your hair online. Hairdressers could be rich!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      I love PHP - Thank you. I thought it would be interesting to focus on the unusual for this hub. :)

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      I love PHP 7 years ago

      Now this is a hub that stands out - *unusual* ways to make money online. Most articles focus on what most people already know.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi niner, it was my pleasure bringing it to you. I didn't know about the hair site myself when I started writing this. :)

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      niner 7 years ago from Arizona/Nebraska

      How interesting! I've never heard of any of these websites. I'll have to grow out my hair and hone my solitaire abilities. :P Thanks for a such a unique (and fun) article.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      josechukkiri - I'm sure there are other more unusual methods. If you come across any, please feel free.

      The Tutor - You're right. I don't think tutoring online is that unusual. But it's a good idea for making money online, and so is the dog biscuit idea. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      The Tutor 7 years ago

      Tutoring online may not be that unusual, but many people have not yet thought of it. There are many children needing good online tuition (tutoring) and if you have a skill or experience and you are patient and willing to teach, then online tutoring could be a good money-maker for you.

      http://how-to-become-a-tutor.blogspot.com

      I never knew about selling your hair, but that only works for young people who have never dyed their hair. Wig companies don't want dyed hair, or gray hair.

      But here's another idea you can use to make money: search online for homemade dog biscuits recipes, then make them and package them up and take them to local pet stores to sell. If you have a nice package and list of ingredients, you could make some good money. I see them in our pet stores all the time.

      Well thanks for the hub! It was definitely good reading. You have a good following going there.

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      josechukkiri 7 years ago from India

      Of course, there are lot of unusual online money making methods. Here a few interesting items are mentioned for the benefit of readers.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      thebellrecordsche - I understand that the hair is also used for wigs. And if you think of it, we already use animal parts in our handbags, shoes etc. :)

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      thebellrecordsche 7 years ago

      wandererh Great find on the hair trading, it is very unusual and weird at the same time. I mean if they are buying the hair for people who lost their hair naturally or diseases, then that's great. if they are keeping it for collection... it's kind of creepy, don't you think?

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      divacratus - Thanks! :)

      giwrgos12 - Thanks for the "heads up" :)

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      giwrgos12 7 years ago from San Diego

      I must say "heads up" for your great hub!

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      Kalpana Iyer 7 years ago from India

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hey k@ri, playing games for money is great. But when you 're doing it for money, it does take a little bit of the fun out of it as you really have to work to get good at the game, but it's still fun. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Hi wandererh! Good to see you! Thanks for the links. Selling hair is a cool idea, and I love the game. I'll have to check it out. I waste a bit of time playing video games...money is as good an incentive as any...at least I can say, "Be Quiet, I'm Working!" :D

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      MythiliK - You got the right idea, you gotta do something you are good at. :)

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      MythiliK 7 years ago from India --> Switzerland

      completely new things to me and I know I am not good in any of them. So, will look forward for something that I can make use :-)

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      malabikajay - I'm sorry to say that your link looks like countless other mlm or networking marketing sites on the web. It would be great if you can explain how the link you are promoting is different.

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      malabikajay 7 years ago from Pune

      I appreciate the artilce. Thanks for the same and will appreciate if you can have a look on the following link also..I found it useful and thought to share with you:

      http://www.teambuildingproject.com/?ref_by=8675

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Kevin Lam - I think not many people know about this but I have been doing this for quite a few years now. :)

      bobbyboy152 - You are right. But it is not easy to find a "proven" method that is really proven, and even if it is, with the changing nature of the Internet, there is also no guarantee that a proven method would deliver.

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      bobbyboy152 7 years ago from Australia

      There are so many ways you can profit online, just gotta pick a proven method and keep working and never give up

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      Kevin Lam 7 years ago

      I didn't know you can make money playing games. This is a very unique article. Keep on writing!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Silent Writer - You definitely can. But you do have to be a decent player and choose your games wisely. :)

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      Silent Writer 7 years ago from Udaipur

      Wow! I can make money playing games too!

      Thats great. I didnt know that.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      burning bush - They have been around for sometime. But you do have to practise a little to make money though. :)

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      burning bush 7 years ago

      I must admit, not being a game player, that some of these were news to me. Good hub.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      sim0n30 - Give it a try. But the best over there are really good. Good luck! :)

      Mary - True. With so many opportunities, the keyword is to find one that works, or should I say, find one that works for you. :)

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      Mary 7 years ago

      Anyone with a computer and internet connection can make money online these days. In fact there are just so many money making opportunities online that it can be difficult trying to find one that will actually work.

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      sim0n30 7 years ago from Ireland

      I used to be a master at solitaire I might have to give that website a go, thanks for the article it was really interesting.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks lender3212000. I have actually been making money from Worldwinner and entropia for a while now, but I guess the idea is still pretty new.

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Those are some unique ideas! Gives me some new things to consider.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Maggie - Yep. You could provide a service that sweeps up the hair on their floor for a nominal charge and earn some money there as well. :)

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      Maggie 7 years ago

      Love that hair idea! I should go to salons around my house and collect hair.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi AaronAdamic, you got that right. Everybody seems especially intrigued by that one. :)

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      AaronAdamic 7 years ago from New York

      Interesting hub! Especially about selling your hair. :)

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Quite true, Cedar Cove Farm. For most, the extra money will not even be close to a full time income, but who doesn't want an extra hundred or so per month? :)

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      Cedar Cove Farm 7 years ago from Southern Missouri

      Deffinately worth some thought.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      privateye2500 - Actually there are 3 ways listed. Anyway, the keyword here is unusual. The other ways that I have come across are more well known but you are welcome to recommend any ways that you feel is unusual. :)

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      privateye2500 7 years ago from Canada, USA, London

      that's only 2 ways...?

      wheres the rest?

      LOL!! :}

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, FREE Cash!. :)

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      FREE Cash! 7 years ago

      An informative and unique hub. Excellent!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi tipoague, thanks for the tip. I did a search and it seems that there are scammers operating out of Hair Trader. I'd do a little bit of reading and put up a warning later. Thanks again. :)

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      Tammy 7 years ago from USA

      This is a great and interesting hub, but The Hair Trader you would have to be careful with because of the scams out there. I would first recommend looking into these sights before commiting to them. Locks of love is another great place to check out, occationally they buy hair. Great hub though and very informative.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi nyc123, I would guess that her hair was probably made into many wigs as I can't imagine somebody paying $3600 for one wig. :)

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      nyc123 7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Interesting hub! You have really outlined some unique ways to make money online that are unlike any of the conventional methods that are normally practiced. The hair trader segment was especially interesting, as I am wondering how much the ultimate wig was sold for from the woman who sold her hair for $3600, wow! Nice job!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks okmom23! :)

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      Donna Oliver 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Thank you for a very timely hub!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      You got that right, moneyonlinenewbie. And anyway, the Internet is just an extension of the offline world, and you can sell anything offline as well.

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      moneyonlinenewbie 7 years ago

      A friend of mine told me once that there are people interested to buy hair for wigs. I thought it was a joke. If that's the case, you can literally sell anything online. Nice tips...

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi ModernMom, and while you are growing your hair, you could always tell your long-haired friends how sexy short hair is, and even offer to cut it for them. :)

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      ModernMom 7 years ago from United States

      wandererh,

      This is awesome (growing my hair by the minute) where did I put those vitamins?

      ModernMom

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Glad to be of service, nikmaya62. :)

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      nikmaya62 7 years ago

      Thanks guys,,, you've given me new informations about make money online.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi hurdlesgreetings, then let's not tell him now, shall we? The competition on the site is stiff enough as it is. :)

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      hurdlesgreetings 7 years ago

      Thank you for the information. My son better not read about the video games, or we will have no chance!!! LOL

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Sekharg. I'm sure there are lots more that we have never heard of, and I'll continue looking for more unusual ways and websites. :)

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      Sekharg 7 years ago from USA

      I wonder how many websites like this exist on the internet which we never heard of. Well researched info. Thanks for sharing.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      ldparker10 - Yep, the hair site sounds like free money. But you probably do have to grow your hair to a reasonable length before it can be easily sold. :)

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      ldparker10 7 years ago

      cool hub! they were some crazy ideas, particularly the hair one!!! might try a couple of them!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Don Simkovich - You got that right. I would have expected ebay to have auctions like that but not a site dedicated for hair. Anyway, I found the site when I read a news story online about a girl who sold her hair to pay off her bills.

      blbhhdcn - Thanks. If you know of other cool ways, let me know. :)

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      blbhhdcn 7 years ago

      Another cool way to make money online. Thanks.