Taggad: crazy

The ambassadors

Image from an old film
It’s always a merit to be The first of the few.

The crazy few that are extremely interested in my innovative products (and main part of this blogs readers) are a important part of it all. Keep spreading the word.

Great work chaps!
I couldn’t appreciate your efforts more and it’s a great boost when ever I get a message from a fan of my work. These type of friendly spirits is exactly what’s needed to keep me going.

More cannon fodder
It would naturally be great if more people got their eyes up for what I’m doing. I’m sure there is lots “in the closet” inventors out there searching for answers. This blogs purpose is to inspire you to realize your own ideas. Tell your friends that they certainly can both learn from my many mistakes in an infotainment kind of way.

Innovativity links
Gearfix Facebook page (the drill bit holder) usa
Gearfix web page usa
Gearfix web page sweden
Webshop on ETSY.com
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TreKorv Facebook page (the triangular hot dog) sweden
TreKorv on Twitter sweden
TreKorv web page sweden

 

The price is right. Right?

Donkey ass
I was an Ass at this!

A big issue for me was to figure out how much I could charge the retailers for my drill bit holder. In lack of good advice I begun a trial and error strategy that failed miserably!

I know nothing
The production cost was easy to get grips on. My manufacturer was very clear on what he needed to deliver the gadget. On the other hand I was clueless what the retailers margins were. I heard that some jewellers had an average profit over 1.000% and the local grocery store maby had about 50%.

My buddy’s advice
Earlier a Big shot buddy was nice enough to gave me some free advice and helped me out with some business strategy. Among many things, he suggested to focus on how much profit I needed and we came up with 25% to keep any sneaky bastards away.

My advisor’s advice
I also had a professional business counsellor who skilfully avoided answering this pricey question. It later turned out he was a complete bastard.

A wheel of un-fortune.
Spin the wheel or take my advice?

Excel* calculations
Starting from around me having 25% profit and the retailer around 300% I typed in many different scenarios. If I sold over 100 000 units it would just cover my expenses. Was that good or bad? It took over a year before I found someone that told me my calculations were fucked up.

Overpriced
I had no money, hardly any income and needed a painful loan to start the production. So the first order had to cover most of the expenses and I set the price stupendously high. This made the retailer only a tiny profit but they were really kind to accept. Since this ”very high” price for my drill bit holder worked for them I should have been able to stop myself from going on a crazy rampage later on.

*Actually I use Open Office.