Why aren't you turning potatoes into cash RIGHT NOW?

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32 Responses to “Why aren't you turning potatoes into cash RIGHT NOW?”

  1. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    My immediate thought was vodka.

  2. CSBD says:

    Biz-Op scams are awesome!

    • thatbob says:

      What’s the scam?  Slap the words “small batch” and “artisanal” on the label and sell them at a 300% markup?

      Artisanal: a product home-grown, hand-made, or machine-made under the supervision of somebody with a Masters degree (or higher) in an unrelated field.

      • Matt Ludlow says:

        Artisanal (alt.): Paul Simon’s frustration at his songwriting partner’s perfectionism.

      • Jerril says:

        Advertisement implies packaging and transportation are $0, for a net profit of $23.50 per batch. Ignoring any overhead costs for electricity/fuel to run the machine and for local ordinances for running a manufacturing plant and keeping up to health-code.

  3. Max Allan says:

    Doesn’t that kind of assume that there is a market for chips that are at your house. As opposed to maybe a restaurant where there are chip consumers. Unless there is some magical chip delivery mechanism that I’m not aware of.

  4. Paul Coleman says:

    Because my potatoes are still in the ground. Duh.

  5. Felton / Moderator says:

    I already spent all my money on this Cornballer.  Ouch!  Son of a…!

  6. Christopher says:

    Everyone’s probably familiar with the story of the origin of potato chips (a customer at a restaurant kept sending his sliced, fried potatoes back, complaining they were too thick, until finally the chef just made potato chips.) There’s a legend (completely untrue) that the grumpy customer was none other than Cornelius Vanderbilt.

    Because of where I work at least once a year I get to dress up as the Commodore. And I always make sure to include a bag of potato chips in my ensemble.

    It has nothing to do with turning potatoes into cash, at least not for me, but I thought I’d share anyway.

  7. signsofrain says:

    Could you just make chips and sell them to restaurants these days or do health and safety type laws prevent that? ‘Cause you know, gourmet, low-carbon-footprint handmade homestyle chips… could have a market! :)

  8. tw1515tw says:

    It worked for Phileas Fogg: the founders made £24 million and started in a portable cabin.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phileas_Fogg_snacks
    http://www.nebusiness.co.uk/business-news/interviews-with-business-people/2011/01/10/roger-mckechnie-founder-of-phileas-fogg-51140-27949906/

    And Tyrrells was started by a potato farmer called Will Chase. He made £40 million. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2006/jul/28/1

    Where there’s spuds, there’s brass.

  9. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    I’m going to check into this.  I’ve been passing peanut based bills for years now.

  10. GregS says:

    Potato chips rule.

    • Vostapato says:

      Cool picture! I’m from Seattle, so I’m very familiar with Nalley’s pickles, but until now I forgot that they ever made potato chips. (After a little research, it looks like the Tacoma Nalley’s plant stopped making potato chips in the mid-1990s, before shutting down for good last year.)

  11. franko says:

    why am i just learning of the existence of my theme song NOW?

  12. internetcontrarian says:

    Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew. Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew. Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew. Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew. 

  13. This recently appeared in my town. http://www.bigidahopotato.com/
    If only I had know about Mr. Miller’s machine, my fortune would have been assured.

  14. Boundegar says:

    I wonder if this ad ran in Pennsylvania.  While most Americans get 3-4 brands, PA is home to at least 16 potato chip brands, many of them family-owned, and I’ll bet 50 years ago there were many many more.  It’s like potato chip Atlantis.

    They don’t even have to put artisinal on the bag.

  15. voiceinthedistance says:

    What an oversight that the phrase “Potato Chip Millionaire” has not become part of our everyday lexicon.  

    I suspect the wise guys that cashed in on chips want to keep all the action for themselves, so they have deliberately put the kabosh on that lingo.

  16. TheKaz1969 says:

    Yeah, but.. greaseless potato chips? What’s the point? Eat ‘em while drinking alcohol-free beer..?

  17. Gimlet_eye says:

    Back then, there were no national brands of potato chips. They were expensive to transport long distances, and didn’t keep fresh well. So most were made locally, and it was a commonly-advertised business opportunity. Not a scam as far as I know, though like all businesses, not a sure thing, either.

  18. xpatriate says:

    …and a bag of chips…..

  19. Oh, if you only knew how many times that songs comes up in this house. 

  20. jdo says:

    Wow, is John Krasinski hurting that much for money???

  21. Bob Webb says:

    So they’ve never heard of the phrase “cheap as chips”, then?

  22. Brainspore says:

    As any casino can tell you, it’s a lot easier to turn cash into chips than the other way around.

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