Selling Grease Online Proves College Smarts?

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Some college housemates in Maryland have collected their kitchen grease and sold it for big bucks online.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

It hasn't worked out for Lisa Perry, the woman we spoke to last week, who wanted to sell all her possessions on eBay and move west. She got only $880, she still wants to move and she's still got all her stuff. Now from the you-really-can-sell-anything-on-eBay department comes this. The Washington Post reported this week on a bunch of guys at the University of Maryland whose collection of cooking fat has generated $700 in income online.

The College Park housemates became inspired while collecting their kitchen remnants in a gallon of pickle jar rather than clogging their drain, not to mention their veins. When the jar was full of the congealed orange goo, sophomore Miles Lamborne announced he was going to sell it. It's making something out of nothing, he told the Post. It's being creative. It's taking a ridiculous idea and then taking it to the next level.

The winning bidder told the jar's creators to remarket it, so that's what they're doing. One possibility: As a calendar with young women posing with the grease. Another is to turn the fetid jar into an environmental symbol because it's keeping mess out of the Chesapeake Bay, or maybe it would make a nice premium for your next public radio fundraiser.

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