We are Attempting Something New

Over the last couple of years I have attempted a litany of side projects that were passions, but none of them were terribly lucrative. Then, in my COVID induced lethargy, I came across a “get-rich-quick” scheme that was too good to be true – that’s because it was. Starting an Amazon business is the new endeavour. “It’s a little hard work upfront, but it will be easy”, they say. So I decided to call their bluff, and the only accuracy in these influencers videos are the bits about ‘a little hard work upfront’. In this blog over the course of the next couple of months I will take you on the journey through international trade and intrigue. Regulatory capture and rent seeking. Then, God willing, an actual Amazon listing and sale. Why would I waste $1000’s of dollars and give myself a massive headache on this fool’s errand? Because I’m a Systems Engineer that has a masochistic need to learn hard things. Hell, I might even make some money.

Below are some of the Products I hope to sell via this site and other content funnels. Tell me what you think.

Nordic Night Stand LanternNew square design wood resin cordless RGB multi color led USB rechargeable touch desk table lamp

I finally received the sample for this (at a cost of $80) and I am currently not that impressed.

15W Qi Charger stand 3 in 1 Fast Charger with night light and holder Wireless Quick Charger for iPhone, Samsung, Huawei Devices

Currently in negotiations with this supplier now.

New Design Touch Sensor Bedside Wireless Charging Table – Lamp Led with USB Port Led Night Light Wireless Charger for Phone

I find this design a bit more elegant, but I suspect this may be a trick in photography. It similar in function as the 15W Qi Charger stand 3 in 1 Fast Charger. Currently in negotiations with this supplier now to obtain a sample of this as well.

I find this design a bit more elegant, but I suspect this may be a trick in photography. It is similar in function to the 15W Qi Charger stand 3 in 1 Fast Charger. I am currently in negotiations with this supplier, in order to obtain a sample of this as well. These and possibly other products are what I am working on, to sell on Amazon. Amazon did not make it easy setting up the seller account, and they are taking a sizable chunk out of the profit margin for the privilege of having access to their marketplace. Now I am running into finding freight forwarding facility/Service to help me through the process of getting these products from the Factories in China. There is A LOT of rent seeking that happens in international trade – many middle men (and women) in this process. Government agencies I have had to deal with so far: FDA, US Customs and Border and the patent and trademark office, because that may need to be a thing I have to do soon. Strangely though I am enjoying this journey and it is far cheat than a degree in International Business.

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Imagine I’m a Greedy Hedge Fund Manager… (2021 Update)

Friendly Hedge Fund Manager

Imagine I’m a greedy Hedge Fund manager. I’m sitting down with my army of tax attorney’s.  “The Trump-era tax rates will be expiring because you know Orange man bad. Now, how can I minimize the tax bite so I can buy another 134 foot yacht”, I ask.?

First, starting January 1st, I will only pay myself $150K for tax year 2021. That way when I get my fat-ass management fee check of $1.9 trillion dollars I’ll only have to pay an effective capital gains tax of 25%, better than God knows what % income tax the AOC’s of the world think is my “fair share”, and by the way I just moved to Florida because the blue State I just fleed sucked so state income tax need not apply.  Thanks carried interest!  I then systematically invest the remainder (after tax) in stocks and muni bonds. No tax on the interest on the munis and no capital gains tax on the stock because I’m a buy and hold type of guy (Gamestonks!!!). See, I’m not going to sit by and pay anymore than I have to, especially to the government.  Fuck those guys I own them. Oh and for those of you that think we’ll get it in an estate tax divestment, you know that non-profit charity I set up to feed starving African babies and give single mothers of Bangladesh a micro-finance loan (think Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)?  They’re the trustee to a trust I set up for my girls.  I will effectively be worth ~$0.00 (translation: jack-shit) when I pass. So, take that you pompous self-righteous, player-hating, liberal-asshole socialist!  You ain’t getting shit.

Love,

A Hedge Fund Oligarch

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Thank You For Your Servers Episode 38 – Excerpt

The State is eliminating all avenues for side hustles – during an economic catastrophe no less. Why? For the good of the worker of Course. If you don’t have the means to control the source of your income or to start a side hustle as an independent contractor without licence from the State, how much liberty do you truly have living in America?  

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