It’s many years back, in the very beginning of personal computers.
I had my very first 286 computer back then, no hard drive and just one 5.25 inch floppy disk.
But I was already toying around with the idea of using it to make money.
Of course not online that time, because there was not internet. There was Fidonet though, but that’s a different story.
Anyway, here’s how it worked:
I sold software on these 5.25 inch floppy disks that I got completely for free.
I only paid a few cents for each disk, copied the software and sold it for about $10.
No worries, all was absolutely legal and ethical.
And it sold like hot cross buns.
But you can only sell so many pieces among your friends, so I needed to find a new way of distribution.
I went ahead, made 50 copies of the best selling items, and visited various book stores in the area to ask if they would like to sell my software for a commission.
And guess what?
During one afternoon I had an agreement with 5 of them to prominently display and sell my software at their checkout area.
It just took a few days until I got called for more, because some of the software titles already sold out.
It worked like charm.
Now these times are over, nobody purchases software on a floppy disk anymore. And even if, these shop owners would do this service themselves.
However, this concept still works nowadays, maybe even better than before. You just have to adapt it to modern times.