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#1 posted 07-01-2013 03:59 AM

MrRon, that is difficult also. I read an article on such endeavors. One was about a guy that invented a new kind of pliers. He ended un building 7 different kinds of prototypes. He finally got Sears to buy his idea and the next year they sold the Robo Grip pliers, the #1 selling pliers in the country that year. Another was about a fellow that graduated from college with a mech eng degree. He wanted to tour Europe for a bit before he took a job. He wuickly learned that in Europe when you rent a car it is new and you have to maintain it so you can drive it back to the rental place. He needed pliers and screwdrivers. He cam back to the states and built something and no one wanted it. he finally talked to an old college prof and decided he wanted to market it himself. The prof offered this advice. Put your name on it and keep the quality up. Cheap knock offs will be recognized as just that. He did and Dan Leatherman marketed the Leatherman tool. Another was about a woodworker that needed to be able to add a clamp while holding his parts with his other hand. It also took several prototypes. IT is the QuickGrip clamp that Irwin is marketing. There were 5 of these success stories and it took them a long time in each case. I think 5 to 7 years of hard work. No telling how many people failed. Probably 100 to 1 or maybe more.


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