Virtual Cupcakes, Teddies Generate Real Cash

A $1 green balloon dog. That's what John Majkrzak likes to send his friends on their birthdays, along with a note that reads "hand-made gifts are the most thoughtful." Don't be fooled: Majkrzak doesn't make the balloon dog himself. He buys a picture of it on Facebook and puts it on his friends' profile pages. It's a virtual gift. "It's fun to do," says Majkrzak, a 52-year-old dispatcher from Blaine, Minn., who admits the gift doesn't hold much real-world value. But because his friends are...Full Story
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