Throw Back Thursday ~ 03.17.16

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

    Folks do and purchase some not-so-smart things and often get caught up in fads or crazes. Pet Rocks was one of them. The rocks were smooth stones supposedly from Mexico's Rosarito Beach and they were marketed as pets that did not die, need to be walked, fed, bathed and so on. They came in a carrier complete with breathing holes and were cradled in straw. A 32 page Care and Training Manual was included.
    Supposedly, there were over 1.5 million sold which goes to show you, Americans will buy anything and some folks have ‘rocks in their head’. The originator of the idea made millions. Not bad money for a 6 month fad.

And that my friends, is my 2¢’s worth for this evening - M

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Comments (14)

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

My grandmother owned a toy store during that era.  She made a lot of money from that crazy fad!

Mar 17, 2016 09:35 AM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

I don't think I ever had a pet rock. I had plenty of live pets that needed lots of attention and care. The rock seems like a better idea

Mar 17, 2016 10:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Michael TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. my kids were asking the other day about crazy fads and Pet Rocks did come up.

Mar 17, 2016 10:24 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

They were quite the rage and excellent marketing had people paying big money for a simple rock.  That and the adoption of a cabbage patch  kid

Mar 17, 2016 11:32 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The folks who came up with pet rock made a lot of money in a very short period of time  . . .. on something that could up off the ground for free.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 17, 2016 12:25 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Michael, I never bought the pet just blew min mind that someone would buy a rock... we have plenty here and will give them away freely

Mar 17, 2016 12:41 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I had one in the 70's Michael. I remember it was such a big deal.

Mar 17, 2016 01:22 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I remember this fad, but I didn't buy into it TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. 

Mar 17, 2016 01:31 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Michael. I thought it was stupid then and the same thing now, but I love that the free enterprise system was alive and well.

Mar 17, 2016 07:42 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Michael.  Yes sir here in my neck of the woods we grow them.  No matter how much dirt you cover the up with, they still sprout up all during the year.  

Mar 17, 2016 07:51 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Michael.  I'll have you know, that my pet rock is alive and well.  Requires very little attention and never messed up my home!  

Mar 17, 2016 08:56 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I used to work in a store that sold them, they did not fly off the shelves but I never got it and I still do not but I do wish I had made the million he did!

Mar 18, 2016 09:08 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Michael, I truly never understood that 'rock' craze but do get the rocks in the head well!

Mar 18, 2016 09:58 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The Tonight Show had a series of items that people bought on EBay and some of the items were shocking. Someone bought a cookie that a movie star had taken a bite out of. It didn't go cheap either. 

Mar 19, 2016 02:34 AM