Every week, I like to pass along some of the most interesting and entertaining stories happening in the unconventional investing world.
The sorts of stories that go great with a quiet morning, some form of drink with steam curling upward… and the unhurried time that comes each weekend.
Well, now that we’re in the dog days and even Alaska is hitting triple-digit heat indexes now and again, I’ll bet you’ve set your sights on a cooler beverage.
Regardless! Relax, read, enjoy.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
There’s a new favorite hangout for scammers — and it’s Nextdoor.
Nextdoor is a website that’s all about linking communities. It has an extra layer of security that attempts to make sure everyone is real and actually lives where they claim. Then it connects the neighborhood.
Generally, that’s a great thing — how often have you heard complaints about isolation and loneliness in the internet age?
But unfortunately, scammers have made their way through Nextdoor’s firewalls — and they’ve filled the place with crooks.
Most scams involve folks claiming to be contractors who disappear after getting a deposit. Or caretakers who steal the identity of legitimate nannies or sitters. Or any of a number of other scams that have been used since the beginning of time — updated for the digital age.
These scams are more successful specifically because Nextdoor feels more trustworthy than most websites. It’s supposed to be made up of your neighbors, plus the extra layer of security.
But there’s never been a lock invented that can’t be picked. No matter where you conduct business, be careful, be vigilant — and never trust someone who wants to get paid upfront.
The Freest Place on Earth?
Disney World is supposed to be the happiest place on Earth. Well, one young mom has figured out how to make it the cheapest as well.
She’s about to take her second free trip to Disney World.
(Actually, that’s a bit of a misnomer — shame on the headline writers for MarketWatch.)
The truth is this mom took advantage of some of the income-generating ideas we often talk about here at UCW.
She uses Swagbucks to get money back on purchases… She fills out surveys to get paid that way as well… She does hundreds or thousands of small online chores — which eventually works out to a pretty hefty sum of money.
Enough that this is her family’s third trip paid for entirely by online savings opportunities and income gigs.
Want a vacation? You can do the same thing.
It’s Like You’re There
Most of the time, the internet is vaguely disappointing.
There’s all this potential and promise… but it winds up devolving into silly memes (which are never as riotous as promised), cute cat photos and troll flame wars.
Then every once in a while you get something like this — and it all feels worth it.
I don’t want to give too much away… It’s better if you simply click the link and see it for yourself.
But I will tell you, this magical piece of technology can take you to exactly where some of the greatest artists created their greatest pieces, and… well, you’ll see. Most of the views are ho-hum, but there are a few that simply leave you short of breath.
The Other Way to Get Rich With Drugs
By now you’ve probably seen hundreds — maybe thousands — of articles about how to make money off legalized pot.
Heck — I bet half of you have invested in one thing or another.
But forget the various quasi-professional companies vying to be the dominant movers and shakers in the soon-to-be-totally-legal (maybe?) marijuana space.
Instead — why not focus on the marijuana tools that have become coveted pieces of art in their own right?
Yep, that’s right — deluxe bongs created by high-end artisans are going for hundreds of thousands of dollars now. And as they enter fine art-style auctions, those prices look likely to soar.
This is one of the most unconventional spaces I’ve ever seen — and that’s saying something.
Editor-in-chief, Unconventional Wealth
P.S. Think it’s outrageous that bongs can be worth more than houses now? Suspect that Nextdoor neighbor is up to something? Want to figure out how to get your next vacation paid for? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Cole is the editor-in-chief of Unconventional Wealth. He’s been covering the alternative investment space for nearly a decade and writing about finance and investment for almost 20 years.
Ryan has walked the walk for years, living a very unconventional life. He’s led snowmobile tours through the mountains of Colorado, settled in Japan for five...