Cutting Beer Bottles for Fun and Profit

Well….not really.

There hasn’t been much profit to be made and it isn’t that fun either. It’s more frustrating than anything.

The Synopsis:

I first came across Bottle Cutting Inc. through Facebook when I saw that a friend of mine who usually likes interesting things liked their page. I thought it would be a great addition to my list of side hustles for a couple of reasons:

  • I like beer. Other people like beer.
  • I like upcycling things when possible but more importantly, people like buying upcycled things.
  • It seemed pretty simple to do.
  • It seemed pretty lucrative once I came across this Etsy store and saw the prices.
  • Drinking beer would be the first step to getting my product. Oh darn…

The Good: 

The Bottle Cutting Inc. had a great video that showed how easy it is (or could be) to cut glass bottles. It took the guy about 5 minutes to cut a bottle which means I could cut up to 12 bottles an hour once I got really good. That means I’d have over $100 worth of product for sale in an hour according to the prices that I came across during my research.

Do that a couple of hours a day, and I’d have a couple hundred dollars worth of stuff ready to sell. Easy!

I was still a little skeptical because this seemed like a really lucrative business idea so I checked out all the product reviews. There were lots that were very good so those doubts were now gone.

There wasn’t much competition on Etsy so I would be a big fish in a big sea. By checking out that other Etsy store, it seemed like they would make great groomsman.gif"text-align:center;">* * *

There are no affiliate links in the above article. I sell old books using BookScouter. I sell stuff on Etsy and eBay. I use Shopify to run my online business. I make some money by taking pictures of my grocery receipts with Ibotta. I’m Marc the Shark , this is the Self Employed Movement, and yes, these are affiliate links.


  1. Oh my gosh, there are so many things on Etsy that seem like they’d be easy and then they aren’t. I decided I was going to make lip balm named and flavored after literary novels with the clever name Lit Sticks and the whole thing was a debacle.

    I’m pretty sure the people who do really well with it must be sort of passionate about it hobby-wise and enjoy the experimenting and stuff to get to the final product – AND THEN they start to sell on Etsy. Because otherwise it’s sort of miserable.

    At least, that’s how I felt. Your story makes me glad I’m not the only one!!


    • They do make it seem easy, don’t they! Lit Sticks sounds clever. Too bad it didn’t work out. But you don’t know until you try, right? Thanks for sharing your experience so I don’t feel like I’m the only one either!


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