As I start to think about owning my own small business, it’s very easy to look around and attack the efforts of others. Here in Bali, particularly in tourist spots like Ubud and Seminyak, you’ll find shop after shop after shop after shop selling exactly the same products. In exactly the same way. On the same street. Often right next door. One after the other. Multiplied by 10.
I know there’s nothing new here, Blackpool wouldn’t be Blackpool without its candy rock shops. But there’s nothing that helps you make a decision on which shop to choose ‘IF’ you do happen to be in the market for a wooden-phallic-bottle-opener. I mean I’m not expecting a voice activated, virtual reality product demo but I do wonder how shoppers are making decisions. And why as a budding entrepreneur you’d choose to open a shop selling them when there are already 30 places doing the same. Right next door. I won’t even go into why you’d even want one in the first place.
Having said that, wooden ducks are also a big thing over here. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this innovative display the other night. Yes the colour choice is limited (if you’re not a fan of red and white) but it did enough to stop me in my tracks – some might say I’m a strange duck.