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Strange But True Business: Dollar Hot Dog’s Mail Order Wieners

The strangest business idea of 2008 has been awarded to Dollar Hot Dog! This concept is so wacky; it's hard to believe it's not a hoax. A company that cooks and ships fully-dressed hotdogs in standard white envelopes to  mail boxes in the US for only $1...can they be serious?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dollar Hot Dog's specialty product is like the company name states, their original hot dog, cooked on a George Foreman grill, complete with bun and condiments of your choice all for $1. In order to keep your tasty, baseball stadium style treat, in edible form, they ship only from south-facing post boxes that self-insulate and slow cook your snack. That way, as soon as the mail carrier comes around you simply need to peel the wiener out of its envelope and enjoy.

In case a ready-cooked hotdog isn't enough to make you a consumer, they do offer gift baskets, made up with cooked wieners and condiments; or branded t-shirts to help with their marketing program.

The site might make light of their strange business concept, but Dollar Hot Dog's does seem to have a following. By June, 2008, about a year after launching the site, their count was up to 200 hotdogs shipped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note the Coors Light in the above picture; I think I'd need some liquid courage to think this was a good idea, too.

This idea is so wacky, I feel no sarcasm is required here...this business speaks for itself.

Comments
Dec 22, 2008
by Anonymous

"from south facing mailboxes"

Read the article. It says, "As an added courtesy, I only ship from southward facing mailboxes, so that the hotdogs continue slow roasting and the bun stays warm while in transit."

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Dec 22, 2008
by Anonymous

Sooo...

... these come to your mailbox hot? I'm intrigued, to say the least. I'd probably set a table full of condiments and a cooler of beer next to the mailbox and enjoy the fine weather whilst eating a delicious chemical meat tube.

I'm not kidding...

Maybe I'd double-up and have a garage sale at the same time...

Dec 22, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
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 Thanks for your

 Thanks for your comment...they are hot when they are sent, and remain as warm as possible using mailbox insulation! Take advantage of it, something to look forward to; good summer planning!

Beth Hodgson
Innovative Business Writer

Dec 28, 2008
by Anonymous

Liquid Courage I say IS needed!

I would DEFINITELY need Liquid Courage to bother to eat this thing. I mean, how long HAS the hotdog BEEN sitting in the mailbox? And if clouds came up outside, taking the sun away? Would need a hi-proof liquid courage to STERILIZE the hot dog in the stomach AFTER you've eaten it. So salmonella has less of a chance.

Dec 29, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
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I would have to agree, as a

I would have to agree, as a vegetarian I'm not sure I would even trust simulated meat pulled out of my mail box...and any time in transit it probably too long!

Beth Hodgson
Innovative Business Writer