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Forum topic by edgarO posted 07-29-2010 04:58 AM 1848 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2010 04:58 AM

This is a really neat toy. Seems really simple to make. and material aren’t expensive.
So how long. and is the price sensible.

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 08:57 AM

I’ll make them a lot cheaper than that:-)) It’s for those with too much money and time on their hands, like CEOs dreaming about another way to screw the “Little People”.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 09:52 AM

You pay a premium to have that fancy box. ;-) Other than that it’s just some Baltic birch and rollerblade wheels.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 12:13 PM

I have to agree with Topa. I think it’s just for someone to have in there CEO office, to have people to look at.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 12:42 PM

Who has bought one and what is it for? That is what I want to know.

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 01:28 PM

The plywood is very simple yes, most of us could easily make a few dozen from scraps easily or more. Now, those look like rollerblad wheels, but there are some expensive wheels out there and some expensive bearings too. Just saying that maybe you could justify some of the price with good components.

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 02:58 PM

yeah and dont forget its “limited to 100” I like it, but would never pay that.
But if he is selling them maybe that is another opportunity for someone on here
to try and see if they can sell something like that. obviously the return would be pretty good.

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#7 posted 07-29-2010 03:08 PM

wow ,

i would pay that much just for the box !

that would make the other fools jealous .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 07-29-2010 03:17 PM

what does it do? Is it remote controlled or does it just roll downhill?

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#9 posted 07-29-2010 03:29 PM

”what does it do? Is it remote controlled or does it just roll downhill?”

I heard that it rolls uphill and in the rain no less! Except on every third Tuesday of course. ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 07-29-2010 03:44 PM

You’d think it would at least sharpen a pencil or sumpin :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 07-29-2010 05:16 PM

ABEC7 608ZZ bearings are $.59 quantity 1, less if you buy them in quantity (I just bought a box for a CNC mill that’s on my project list). They can be $3-5 a pop if you buy ‘em at your local skate shop, which might actually sell you ABEC5 or 3 bearings too. Unless I’m missing something about scale, those bearings are almost certainly 608ZZs.

The wheels… well, if I were building these I’d pick up some skates at garage sales, but cast silicone can cost a little bit more if you buy it new.

A friend once observed about some art that the art wasn’t in the craft of creating the project, it was in the writing of the artist’s statement copy that hung on the wall beside the work. I think we’re seeing similar here.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#12 posted 07-29-2010 06:27 PM

Where do you put the batteries? LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#13 posted 07-29-2010 07:09 PM

I’m sure something like this is a big seller in this economy….

My boxes come flat packed from Uline. I wonder if sales would increase if I advertised “custom hand formed” boxes for my products?

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#14 posted 07-29-2010 07:23 PM

Ya know, though, we can play “scoff at the overpriced toy” or we can play “what can we learn from the marketing of this product to apply to our own businesses?”

I don’t know how many they sell, but I’m taking notes from the writing and packaging…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#15 posted 07-29-2010 07:28 PM

Wow what is it they say A fool and his money are easily parted. Now sorry i gotta go (a guy has just offered me some magic beans for my tools.) lol Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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