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The Shop That Doesn’t Want Your Money

January 16, 2014
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The Shop That Doesn’t Want Your Money
San Francisco's “Merit Shop” only wants your talent.

“Not everyone has money, but everyone has talent.” That’s the idea behind the San Francisco-based “Merit Shop,” which co-founder Daniel Sores has described as a social experiment. At the Merit Shop, you can get toys or candy for singing, doing a cartwheel, telling a joke, reciting poetry, painting or expressing pretty much any other talent, regardless of how big or how small. While it’s a tiny operation at the moment, the founders are looking to expand by partnering with businesses. In time, the store hopes to provide more morale-boosting talent recognition to those of limited means. As Sores told Fast Company, “Our aim is just to create a little corner of happiness in the Internet and in the world where money has no value.”

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