The story on the thread about a dumpster diver who found a million dollar ticket http://www.lotterypost.com/threads121412p2.htm
brought to mind my old bud Deano... subject of one of the earliest entries on this continuum of blogishness: http://www.lotterypost.com/threads121412p2.htm
The earlier entry was a different story, no dumpster divers involved. But, time was when Deano developed a middling good dumpster diver business. All over Albuquerque there are street people running around trying to find anything worth a buck in dumpsters, along with food, just about anything.
Deano knew this, so he set up a schedule to be in specific locations on various mornings, buying whatever the divers pulled up, if it was worth anything. Might be flashlight batteries near the expiration date, might be discontinued merchandise of all sorts, might be vitamin pills discontinued or outdated, but unopened.
He'd buy it in quantity or by the item, maybe a nickle on the dollar he could get for it at the flea market on Saturday.
Deano claimed that was the beginning of his success in the 'junk' business, which he considered a good one, always good no matter how bad everything else got.
Innovative business plan he began with, I've always thought.