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Public Domain Niche Idea #3
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I don't think you'll come across too many people who don't like either movies or TV shows. The public domain can be a gold mine here.

There are a number of sites that, with a little bit of searching, can provide you with movies, clips, commericals, TV shows, and more -- certainly more than you would probably ever need.

If, for example, you were going to focus on movies, you could package them by genre, actor/actress, director, year. . .whatever you want.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. There's one movie in the public domain that has been a good seller for me, particularly on eBay. I think part of the fascination and rebirth of the film came from the 1990's comedy smash Seinfeld, as Jerry mentioned it a number of times and once referred to it as "possibly the worst science fiction movie ever made." If you're a Seinfeld fan, you know, of course, I'm referring to Plan 9 from Outer Space. But there are so many other movies out there, it'll make your head spin.

The great thing about this niche is that it has so many possibilities. If you want to branch out from film, you can focus on classic TV shows. Imagine being able to repackage shows such as Bonanza, Leave It to Beaver, Dragnet, The Dick Van Dyke Show, even certain episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. And they're all available in the public domain.

You say you don't want to focus on movies and TV shows? Maybe too much competition? Okay. Here are a couple more narrow niches. How about classic TV commercials? How about movie trailers? What about stock video? Believe it or not, you can even package and sell drive-in commercials. That's right. I said drive-in commercials. Are people buying them? You better believe they are!

The cool thing about this niche is that there are so many possibilities. I know it sounds like a cliche to say you're only limited by your imagination, but in this case, it's truer than ever. Pretty much every computer sold today has CD/DVD burning software pre-installed. Buy a few disks, scour the internet for sites that offer public domain movies, and you're in business.

Test various genres. Maybe you'll find movies work best for you, especially since you're providing titles that aren't readily available. Maybe you'll find a niche in the classic TV market. Just be secure in the knowledge that whatever direction you choose, you'll have a wealth of public domain products at your disposal.


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