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I remember when I was in 1st grade, I gotta a paint by color coloring book. I was kinda disappointed that I didn't get to pick the colors, but whatever.

So one Saturday morning I got up super early and carefully colored in each and every page. Then I carefully removed them from the book and went door to door selling them for 25¢ Lmfao! But really, only a small kid could get away with that. Well, until now. I spent most of the day with a sugar high and a pissed off mom because I didn't tell her where I was going! She totally would have nixed that idea.

Considering the cost of pencils and crayons, I'd be shocked if they broke even. Sounds like they just needed a way to pay for their coloring book obsession. 30 minutes is beyond generous, especially with crayons.

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Well, here's the cold hard fact.

Any product - coloring books, your time, whatever - is worth exactly what anyone's willing to pay for it. If someone will pay you $40 for a pre-colored picture that you made, well, who am I to say that's wrong? I wouldn't do it, but obviously someone does.

Now, as for that Powell's book....

It's not clear to me how big it is, but let's suppose it's 100 pages.

How long would it take you to (carefully) color 100 pages? Maybe 30 minutes a piece? If they are of a similar complexity to the cover I'd say even that's ambitious.

So that's 50 hours work. Are these being colored in Congo or something? This is what makes me think that this is not what the Dear Abby writers were doing - I can't see how they could possibly make a living doing this.

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"Too bad Robert's not around... he might finally have found a business he could... oh never mind"

I always hoped he would start a chocolate Easter bunny business, crush his employees under low wages and hard labor, and become rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

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"This is insulting. I am not paying money.."

Why is it insulting to them? I think sometimes people wish they thought of it first. I guess they won't be buying any used panties either.

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1* rating comment... "This is insulting. I am not paying money for something someone else scribbled in. I could sooner stop by an elementary school playground and have it done for free. You’ve sunk too low, Powell’s"

Ok, I understand getting some 'started', especially with the bigger parts and color scheme ideas because let's face it, most people aren't good with colors. The whole thing, though? I read that dear Abby as well and had a Wtf thought, too.

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I don't *think* that's what they are doing. I actually found that one in my googling but decided that wasn't it, exactly. I'm imagining that they are doing individual pictures and selling them.

But what do I know...

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www powells com/precolored-coloring-books

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Yesterdays' Dear Abby includes a letter which begins like this...

"My husband and I own a coloring business. We color unicorns and rainbows and other pictures. They are beautiful and sell well." Later they specifically refer to coloring books and crayons.

Perhaps I'm the one in need of an education here... people color children's coloring books and other people buy the colored pictures?

I tried googling to find an example to get some idea of a product/price combination, but have been unable to. Anyone know?

Too bad Robert's not around... he might finally have found a business he could... oh never mind.

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Eight Yale University graduate students, claiming "union" status, demonstrated in front of the Yale president's home in April demanding better benefits (beyond the annual free tuition, $30,000 stipends, and free health care). Some of the students characterized their action as an "indefinite fast" while others called it a "hunger strike." However, a pamphlet associated with the unionizing made it clear that strikers could go eat any time they got hungry.

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Jordan Haskins, 26, was sentenced to probation and sex counseling in May after pleading guilty to eight charges arising from two auto accidents in Saginaw, Mich. Prosecutors said Haskins described "cranking," in which he would remove a vehicle's spark-plug wires to make it "run rough," which supposedly improves his chances for a self-service happy ending.

Haskins's lawyer added, "[Cranking] is something I don't think we understand as attorneys."

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