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Unusual Ways To Make Money Online
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.
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 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 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.
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.