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August 17th, 2006

A surprising niche

On the way into work, I saw a car with a sticker on the side for a company whose business model I would never imagine has any sort of chance for success: Propane Taxi.

The gist of the business is exactly what you’d think: you want propane, they bring it to you. If you have an exchange tank, you give it to them.

And that’s it.

Should be interesting to see how this new business does. Someone set a reminder on their calendar and we’ll see if they’re still around in a year.

(No word on whether or not Hank Hill has anything to do with Propane Taxi.)

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: COD
DATE: Thursday August 17, 2006 -- 10:13:56 am
Interesting idea, although I can't figure out how they could ever make money. Low dollar delivery works on repetition (like pizza delivery). We grill out a lot, and I still only need to exchange the tank once a year, and it's less than $20.

It would seem like the cost of acquiring that many occasional customers would be staggering, and the opportunity to make it up in volume doesn't really exist.




Ryan August 17, 2007, 1:36 pm

Note: they are still around. Someone set a reminder for another year from now and see if they make it to the two-year mark.

Ryan August 17, 2012, 2:40 pm

Six years later and these guys are still around. And doing well, it seems!

Amazing.

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