This is something I'd really like to do. How could I do it? Could I buy one cheaply in some rural town. And how could I prepare in the meantime? I guess you're essentially selling people things they don't need, or that you're selling to dumb people... people who buy the sweets, lotto, cigarettes, scratch cards, alcohol, etc. Below are some questions I have. What are the typical owner habits that cause most retail shops to lose huge amounts of money? What ideas do most store owners fail to think of as they become set in their ways? In the case of franchise owners, what rules do they have to adhere to that cause them to lose money? What expected technology could you do away with to save expenses? What are some examples of unexpected expenses that owners might have to pay? What other leaches does the owner have to pay, apart from government tax, and mandatory insurance? What sort of an inconvenience do health and safety pose these days? What store items can you think of, that would be expected by customers, but yet that aren't worth the profit margins? How could you cut down on electricity?