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Posted on Has anyone tried selling kits to make toys rather than plans or the finished product?

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 07:21 PM

The Lowes in my area sells small prepackaged woodworking projects targeted at kids.

Have you tried approaching the boutique toy and children stores in your town? A packaged item like what you are proposing sounds like it would sell well there. Your local museums, zoos and nature centers might be a good market as well. We have a education store in my town that sells packaged science kits. If you have a store like that in your town it might be a good place for it.

Have you built and packaged your kits to sell? What about going selling directly online, etsy store maybe?

Anyone can build a handful of these kits to sell. Setting up and running a production line of custom wood parts is a different animal. Precision and production quality will make or break you. If one of your jigs becomes misaligned during a production run then you’ve lost a days work and wasted your raw material.

Are you planning to manufacture yourself or outsource? If you want to manufacture yourself get familiar with how to setup and run an OSHA shop. Don’t forget to check into your local zoning laws on where you can setup and run a production line.

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