Prairie Tumbleweed Farm - A Great Internet Success Story
This story is what actually turned me on about getting started online.
This is not a joke. This is a true story coming from Kansas.
There is an actual website that sells tumbleweeds and they are actually doing not bad!
Linda Katz from Kansas, as a joke set up a website selling tumbleweeds from her farm. She really didn't think it would get anywhere......With a little 'help' from the search engines her site became known.
She has a yearly revenue of $40,000 selling tumbleweed! Linda says that orders come in from all over the world!
What I found interesting was that on her site there is a button to click on for Japanese translation.
I thought that was a little strange.
After a little research I discovered the reason: She was getting orders from Japan.
Now why were people from Japan ordering tumbleweeds from Kansas?
Because many Japanese exchange students who spent time in mid-west colleges wanted to have something in Japan that would remind of the good old mid-west. So why not order some tumbleweeds?
In fact - over the years movie production companies have purchased tumbleweeds from Linda for various movie scenes.
I like this story because it shows you that there is market for just about anything on the web.
Check out her site - (I don't think it has changed since the 90's):
Prairie Tumbleweed Farm - "... If they don't tumble we don't sell them!.."