I’m going to give you guys the insight (and permission) to take over my business that I built in Phuket. While there I read a my blog, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, and in it I discovered the health benefits of Chia Seeds – especially for long distance running. I really wanted to try it but couldn’t find it anywhere in Thailand. After a lot of searching I finally found a source but it was a pain in the ass to get to, literally on top of a mountain at an Elephant camp, and I had to order in bulk. So I put up some fliers around the gym, Phuket Top Team and Tiger Muay Thai as well as Tony’s restaurant, advertising Chia Seeds for sale.
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I was surprised how many people wanted them; I guess it made sense – people training are always looking for healthy things. What made me really like Chia seeds was I could just add a teaspoon to my water, let it soak for 20 minutes and all of a sudden, I had a drink that kept me full and gave me enough energy to get through my run and Muay Thai workout without having to eat anything in the morning. I sold the chia seeds in a 300 gram bag (about 10 ounces) for 500 baht ($16.60). You can either bring a bunch with you from home or buy it in bulk in Phuket. If you plan on bringing a lot, you might want to check with customs first to see if it’s okay, since it’s a seed and all . My source in Phuket is called “Good Karma” and their website is www.healthfoodthailand.com
If you buy in bulk, 2 kilos is 1,955 baht ($65US) and you can order it online and pick it up locally at:
• Sunshine Coffee Shop in Kata Noi – order online and pick up the next day (except Thursday). Open daily from 10am-5pm
• my blog Cafe Phuket in Nai Harn – order online and pick up in 2 business days. Open Tues – Sat 10am-6pm
If you buy 4 kilos for 3,910 baht ($130US) and sell the thirteen 300 gram portions for 500 baht a piece, your gross sales will be 6,500 baht ($216US) which is a pretty decent profit for not doing much. The funny thing was, I felt kind of like a drug dealer when I was slanging chia seeds. I’d have guys randomly drop by my room and ask for a bag, then ask me to show them how to use it before they left. I got calls on my local cell phone and even people asking for me at restaurants I’d frequently be at. At the end of the day, it was an easy business with almost no upfront cost (the first order I actually collected cash up front before I went to buy it) and it’s something that is actually healthy and useful – the exact opposite of selling dope.
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