Her Own Bubble Economy

Karen Young shows how the eBay network creates unique opportunities

Karen Young knows exactly when the bubble wrap took over. it was the day an 18-wheeler pulled up to her small-town Indiana home and unloaded a trailerload of the stuff. Bubble wrap filled her living room, gobbled up the hall and invaded her porch. "The neighbors had no idea what was going on," she says, laughing. They know now. Today Young presides over her own company, ShippingSupply.com and all that bubble wrap is now in a warehouse.

Young's niche is quirky but lucrative: selling bubble wrap over eBay, largely to other eBay sellers, who use it to wrap...

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