Monday, 26 March 2012

Give + Take Shop - business model

An eco shop in East Dulwich has an interesting business model - bring in unwanted furniture or clothes and get a store credit for 50% of the net selling price. Presumably 'net' in this case means sale price less VAT.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Cues for Our Habits

Experiments have shown that most cues fit into one of five categories:

  • Location - Where are you? (Sitting at my desk.)
  • Time - What time is it? (3:36 p.m.)
  • Emotional State - What’s your emotional state? (Bored.)
  • Other people - Who else is around? (No one.)
  • Immediately preceding action - What action preceded the urge? (Answered an e-mail.)

Source: NY Times,

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Interesting. Not a brokerage - they buy the clothes from you and then re-sell.


This vending machine allows you to donate, receive or swap objects. If you donate you get a credit, if you receive you use a credit. Obviously it's not really enforceable, its "a statement on over-consumption in our society".


Jamie Oliver parties

Jamie Oliver has now followed Tupperware and Ann Summers in having home selling parties. Apparently, you can sign up to be a 'consultant' and earn money around your family life.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Pay-Per-Minute Cafe

Interesting business model innovation - cafe in Moscow where you pay for the time you're there and get free beverages.