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Are you against monetization of Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 23, 2011 at 3:32 AM

I just launched a Paleo for-profit site. I'm moderately concerned this question will het me banned as it seems like an ad, but I will not post the link. it is in my profile if you want it. But the question is valid. Why do you think people are against businesses? I think I have a good way of bringing value to people, both paleo producers and consumers. Yet by makin any profit margin, people assume you are 'taking advantage'.

Anyone care to explain why there isn't a distinction? Snake oil salesmen exist but that does not mean that every saleman is selling snake oil.

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on June 23, 2011
at 03:53 AM

I have no problem with it. If you provide true value people will pay for it. I would love to support businesses who support what I believe in and my lifestyle. I also believe that thriving paleo-related business serves to validate our position and grow the community. I wish you good luck!

(And for what its worth I don't buy any product unless I can first read the ingredients list and the nutritional data. I love kale chips but I'm not taking anyone's word for it that something's paleo unless I see it with my own two eye. I'm just saying...)

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on June 23, 2011
at 04:05 AM

I see you're from Syracuse - I myself am from Auburn and would be landing there in September. I myself have been planning to make and sell products - not necessarily just for the paleo crowd but also like-minded people and those who might be giving gifts to cavemen and women.

I personally don't see the problem with it so long as the products are authentically paleo, which in and of itself can be a tricky thing. We can be a niche market that could be catered to. I also think that authentic, ready-made products can help serve a need for those who do not cook or desire certain products. While a big portion of paleo is DYI and buying local food, pragmatically, this isn't always feasible. Hunter-gatherers do trade food, items and technology with other bands or tribes.

However, I do question authenticity and the motives of diet-based marketing, since it can be deceptive, so the proof has to be in the pudding. What concerns me is that there could be a glut of faleo products or questionable things out there that could misrepresent what paleo is. However, I do believe that it is a matter of buyer beware, such that one should understand that Weight Watchers 1 point cakes aren't actually diet food should you eat twelve of them in one sitting, and almond flour cookies chock-full of honey aren't meant to be meal replacements. But like I said, a credible seller sells credible products, regardless of the label.

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on June 23, 2011
at 03:57 AM

Go for it.......anything that builds the community is a win win.

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on June 23, 2011
at 03:57 AM

The hatred of business stems from the fact that when -some- people selling -some- things...like food... perceive a profit to be made, they do bad things, sometimes, and it harms people and people's planets. I'm not saying this is you. Don't make that you.

I don't care how much bling bling people get off of paleo as long as it keeps its integrity.

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on June 23, 2011
at 03:42 AM

In the context of paleo foods. I would just say I support local, decentralized food systems before I support the paleo community. So based on that I would never find myself ordering paleo foods online. If I found a local person making some kind of paleo friendly food from local sources. I would support them. If it either saved me money or significant time or if my money was going towards a project I believed in. In that case it would probably be a nonprofit anyway..........

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