Bag To The Future

07Apr18

OysterI think I’ve come up with a great business idea. If you’re an entrepreneur, you should steal this.

We’re moving to a smaller flat soon, so we’re trying to get rid of as much stuff as we can. Everything has to pass the, “Do we REALLY need this?” test. So far we’ve sold my Dr Who pinball machine, my Fender 100 watt guitar amplifier, my Marshall amp fridge and next week my Epiphone semi-acoustic guitar will go. I just don’t use them enough to justify keeping them. That brings me to something that takes up a lot of space but is hardly ever used, suitcases.

We’ve got three huge Samsonite hard cases, two medium sized hard cases and two small cases that class as cabin baggage on one, but not all of the budget airlines. We never use all of them at once but might use some of them, for maybe two weeks a year. The rest of the time they just take up space. We don’t have a loft, so they’ve ended up under the bed and on top of wardrobes. The new place won’t have a loft either, so it’ll be the same story there.

I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great if you could just rent luggage when you need it? That could be a great business idea!

No one would expect to rent brand new luggage, so you could buy used cases online. If you bought heavy duty ones, they’d last a long time too. You wouldn’t even need any stock to start with, you could just buy it as you need it when the orders come in. I checked and right now, you can buy a used Samsonite oyster case, just like the big ones we’ve got for £24 on eBay. You could probably rent it out for £30 a week so it would pay for itself first time out. If you get your customers to pay a refundable deposit up front, you could use that money to buy the suitcases as you need them, so you wouldn’t need any capital to set this business up.

You might be asking, if this is such a great idea, why don’t I start a suitcase rental business? Well, I’d love to but I’ve got nowhere to store the cases!

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