TAIPEI (The China Post) – Among many e-commerce bestsellers nowadays, a series of school notes priced from NT$350 to NT$600 per subject on Shopee (蝦皮) has sold like hotcakes – about 1,600 copies in 5 months for up to NT$1 million in revenue. The seller is surprisingly a high school graduate from Taipei First Girls High School, who has turned the often-discarded school notes into income-producing assets to earn her first barrel of gold.
The latest Shopee feature — Color copies of Taipei First Girls High School student’s notes —pops up upon a few keyword searches. Authored by a top student in the local college entrance examination, the notes are sold by her classmate surnamed Yang, who currently studies at Taipei Medical University.
Four subjects are provided: Mandarin, English, Geography, and History. The content is well-organized in context with not only neat handwriting but beautifully, hand-made geography maps often seen in high-school textbooks.
According to media reports, after asking her friend if she wanted to share her notes with other students after graduation, venturesome Yang put the notes on Shopee for better exposure, which overtime brought the sale to public attention, helped many high schoolers in need, and attracted the interests of local publishers and cram schools.
According to Yang, the income made so far is sufficient for her to cover tuition, housing rentals, and a year’s expenses in college. They have also expanded the team to five members to respond to the need of the fast-selling goods.
However, she added that she is currently focusing on school work, so further plans to expand the e-commerce gig with publishers have not been considered.