|SEASON 8 EPISODE 6|
|Pitch||custom messages written on a potato|
|Entrepreneur||Alex Craig and Riad Bekhit|
|Asked For||$50,000 for 10%|
|Deal||$50,000 for 10%|
What is Potato Parcel?
Potatoes. You can bake them, mash them, cut them into fries, and you can use them as the most unexpected message delivery system yet. Potato Parcel guarantees 100% confusion and laugher from anyone who receives a messenger potato in the mail. They can even put your face on a spud!
Who is the Founder of Potato Parcel?
Alex Craig, the founder of the unusual Potato Parcel company, is from Dallas, Texas. He is an alum of the University of North Texas and developed mobile apps before making a fortune through mailing potatoes with messages or faces on them. Craig eventually sold Potato Parcel to entrepreneur Riad Bekhit.
Potato Parcel wouldn’t have graced the world with its quirky presence if not for Reddit. Craig was browsing the site when he saw a post of a potato with a massive five million views. The trending potato had postal stamps on it and was sent in the mail.
Craig thought that if a humble potato in the mail could attract the attention of millions of people, it could be turned into a profitable business model. Turns out he was right. Craig founded Potato Parcel and made $2000 in just two days.
Potato Parcel’s success continued to grow. In just a few months, the business earned its investment back. With a monthly profit of over $20,000, Potato Parcel was in a position to donate one potato to a food bank for every potato sold. Potato Parcel expanded to include themed potatoes for different holidays and a wide range of “wacky” merchandise.
Potato Parcel Shark Tank Update
Did Potato Parcel Get a Deal on Shark Tank?
On Shark Tank Season 8 Episode 6, Alex Craig and Riad Bekhit accepted an offer of $50,000 for 10%, from Kevin O’Leary.
Is Potato Parcel Still in Business?
Twitter on a potato? The company that limits you to 140 letter messages or a single image on a potato is still in business. It didn’t take long for the potato postcard company to blow up after appearing on Shark Tank.
In early 2017, Potato Parcel went viral after a publicity stunt where the company sent Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, dozens of anonymous potato postcards which congratulated him for reaching the 30,000 career points milestone.
Potato Parcel Sales and Net Worth
In 2018, Riad revealed that he had reached a 6-figure salary and now in 2021, Potato Parcel is estimated to be worth $1 million with the company having made over $700,000 in sales since the appearance on Shark Tank.
Potato Parcel Reviews
There have been a some complaints about the quality of the potatoes or unreceived packages. Despite this, Potato Parcel continues to receive thousands of positive reviews from customers who love a conveniently simple and funny way to put a smile on someone’s face.
Potato Parcel has undoubtedly seem its fair share of taters but its fair to say that these ‘fries’ will be ‘chipping’ around for a while.
Most importantly, these potato heads have proven that with any idea, you can get a Shark on board and most importantly, be very successful.
Potato Parcel Competitors
Similarly is Brick or Potato, a UK-based company that ships through Europe. Going with the concept of a brick through a window, you can either send a message to someone you dislike in the form of a brick. Or a personalized message on a spud.
Here in the US, there’s the option to go old school with PigeonGram, which allows you to send messages as they did at the turn of the 20th century. The only catch is that after a short flight on an actual homing pigeon, the message will continue its journey to the recipient via the US Mail.