Granny Can You Spare A Dime

@p1kef1sh (45642)
October 17, 2011 3:31pm CST
Looking around this site and others I am often struck by how many older people, women especially, are making a comfortable side-income via computer marketing. You may have heard the term "Silver Surfer" as a name for older surfers. I think that the silver is in their business acumen. Are you qualified for your pension and happily trading away online?
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
17 Oct 11
good for them! i am not quite at the silver stage but edging up there and i still plabn to work on the net whenever possible but i have not heard that term.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Oct 11
I agree. I am shamed by their knowledge of the internet business world. I don't have a lot of patience with marketing etc. Maybe that's where I have been going wrong.
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@bostonphil (4397)
• United States
17 Oct 11
I am a 66 year old American female who is not silver because I color my hair. I get a small amount of social security and I have a p.t.job with irregular hours. I make a little money online. Not very much but it is extra money and I use it to be good to myself. Fortunately, I do not have to use it for the basics as of now. I hope to be able to increase my online earnings as time goes on but I am most definitely not making a comfortable side income on line.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Oct 11
I think that you are one of the people that I am referring to. Someone with get up and go making the most of the technology at her fingertips.
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• United States
17 Oct 11
I got my first computer at 62 years old. It has changed my life for the better. I actually just submitted an article about this for Associated Content. It is interesting that facebook was developed by young people for young people. And it has become so valuable to us seniors. I am going to my 50th high school reunion next June. And it all began when I set up my facebook account. I got an email from facebook telling me that I might know someone on facebook. It was a woman who graduated with me from high school. And next June, over 100 of us will be at the high school reunion. And here I am mylotting about it. One thing keeps leading to another. It has all been mostly wonderful.
• United States
19 Oct 11
That's so wonderful bostonphil! So many people who are unfamiliar with computers are reluctant to learn how to use one even though there are so many opportunities online. Congrats on your 50th high school reunion! It sounds like it'll be a good time!
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
17 Oct 11
I am at the silver age. I wish I could qualify for something. As for pension the company that I worked for went bankrupt and lost all, well the majority of the pension. So if you can give me more information about the "Silver Sufers" I would appreciate it. I have never heard of it before.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Oct 11
"Silver surfers" is a name for older people that use the internet. Many of them are running small businesses online. Unfortunately there is no "school" where we can learn these things. I am sorry about your pension. Many people have been similarly afflicted.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
17 Oct 11
Thank You Very Much your concern is very much appreciated. God Bless You.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
17 Oct 11
I'm not really old enough for that . Can you let me know how you like it when you get there?
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Oct 11
Are you out of kindergarten without your Mommy little girl?
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
17 Oct 11
Yes, she passed in 2004 and I miss her all the time.
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• Australia
18 Oct 11
I have passed by silver to stark white, but unfortunately marketing and I have an intense mutual hatred. I don't even know how to haggle!!!!! However, I have found my own way of investing on-line. It is not something I would recommend to most, since it took 5 years and a lot of money to develop, there are huge risks involved, and I have no idea how to do it anywhere but on Australian sites. It's no Monte Carlo bank, but I earn the equivalent of our two pensions (which being Australian is reasonably generous in terms of overseas pensions but still not enough to get by on) by betting on a system I have developed for greyhound racing. In six months I have recouped about 60% of the development costs, and by the end of the year will be well into the black. It takes up about 25-30 hours a week with Tuesdays off for recreation - er, actually, recreation translates as a 5 hour return shopping trip to our local pseudo-metropolis, since out local village supermarket is horrendously expensive and going broke into the bargain. I'm thinking of taking up day trading next. Lash
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
I knew a professional gambler years ago. He said that once you had forced your way through a certain barrier wins invariably outweighed losses. His problem was that the more he won the less willing bookmakers were to take his bets. He made serious money though. Big house with land, Jaguar car, expensive clothes and a lifestyle to match.
• Australia
19 Oct 11
Fortunately I get to bet with the totes, who take their profit off the top and so couldn't give a monkey's how much an individual wins. It is their archives which allowed me to do my silver surfing to develop the statistical basis of my system. But there won't be any Jags for me, don't want the clothes or the lifestyle, and we already have a house on acreage which we're quite fond of. But relatively small though the winnings are, they beat online earnings from Mylot and friends hands down lol. And they're tax-free and don't affect my pension payments. Lash
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
17 Oct 11
Since most of the websites don`t have a limit for how young or old you should be to join why not ? If they can make a buck and have a little fun then they should do it.I am far from silver age but since i plan to live at least 200 years i may become a silver surfer one day
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@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
17 Oct 11
Yeah i see most of the websites have a 100 yo limit though so i think that`s discrimination .How will i have fun for the other half of my life ?
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@Hatley (164757)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Oct 11
lost my whole ddd response.copypaste to clipboard.I am a piker pikey as I just have mylot and my survey which I earn enough to pay almost all of my cable bill which helps as 125 a month is all that's left after gold c rest takes out the room and board each month.the greedy owners have our checks come to them so they get first cut and leave me with 125 after room and board are taken out.I imagine them at St peters gate and him telling them they were too greedy and he will not let them in lol lol.but I sometimes make around fifty a month with the two sites. I really do enjoy mylotting a lot I used to make 40 a month before I ever came here to Gold Crest.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Oct 11
Earnings from this site have dropped Hatley. I think that it is because there are so many more members now. You are an inspiration to us. You battle on. St Peter will welcome you with open arms and head you straight for Heaven's internet room (via your husband and family)! But not yet! He can't have you because you have to stay here and be pestered by us!
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• Spain
18 Oct 11
Hear, hear Pikey! Hatley, there is a new law - you have to stay on MyLot and leave St Peter tapping his foot and looking at his watch. We need you - especially for telling off the miscreants here, like the one in Box1. Nobody can tell it like it is like you do.
@CatGods (4596)
• United States
17 Oct 11
I'm almost there, silver surfer. I can not even begin to tell you how many hours I have spent surfing, reading and learning. I have a bookmark file that could go around the planet I bet several times. I'm like a reference librarian of the internet or sorts. I have several online business, some are doing ok and others are not so good. Currently I am re-inventing myself. The internet, the world, and the economy are changing and so must I. Just remember when it comes to making money online, school is never out/over. Any way got to go, got stuff to do.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
You sound extremely busy there. Maybe you should write an e book and sell it!
• United States
17 Oct 11
Well from the sounds of it you have researched this area, so as soon as I am grown up enough to have earned my pension I will be picking your brain of knowledge. At the rate our country is currently undergoing, sounds like if I am lucky I will get a dime as my retirement.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
I haven't researched it, just noticed. All women pay closer attention to these things than men I think. I have a few years yet before I receive my pension. At this rate I will be paying the Government and not the other way round!
@peavey (16300)
• United States
18 Oct 11
I guess you could call me a silver surfer although my hair is more gray streaked than silver. I'm retired (sort of) but I make extra money online and work part time for an online site. I've been working online for... a long time. The internet is a real boon to people like us who don't want to,or can't work a regular job.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
Spot on. If you can make some money this way and you enjoy then why not?
@peavey (16300)
• United States
18 Oct 11
Exactly.
@BarBaraPrz (19348)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
18 Oct 11
I think it's all a myth.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
Or a mithith.
@globaldoc (860)
• Philippines
18 Oct 11
The truth is, I really would not mind it so much. I think in their old years they have accumulated enough wisdom and experience to handle things their way, specially in the internet. I think the elders are just weaker physically, but their minds are not something we can just under estimate.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
Very true. Hopefull they will have amassed much knowledge and know how to deploy it to their advantage.
• India
18 Oct 11
HaHaHa there are so many of them here. I see they work hard get their pockets full in their last times. Because they are old they can't do any hard work or any job which requires much of travelling but sitting at home and making money on internet is one which has caught their eye on.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
I think that they do work hard at it. If they didn't they would not be so successful.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
17 Oct 11
I am not old enough to qualify for a pension. I do earn all of my money online though. I will do it for many years to come, I hope.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Oct 11
I hope so too Steph.
@jerzgirl (7978)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Oct 11
I haven't seen that term before, p1kie. I wish I could make a comfortable side-income, I have to say. I'll need some kind of income here soon.