|Forum topic by KnickKnack||posted 01-09-2014 05:50 PM||1174 views||3 times favorited||6 replies|
01-09-2014 05:50 PM
There are often threads along the lines of “What sells at craft fairs?”, “What can I make easily and sell for mega-bucks?” etc etc
I think what I’m about to describe is a big opportunity to make money – at fairs, mail-order, and with strategic partnerships with vendors. No, there’s no pdf to pay for, no DVD to pay for – it’s just an idea I hope someone will make millions from – do with it, or do nothing with it, as you will. (Oh, and if you do make a lot of money – drop me a line and a picture of your creations so I can smile)
About 6 months ago I basically gave up smoking in favour of vaping. I’m not going to discuss pros and cons etc, but it’s a simple fact that more and more people are vaping – this month 3 shops even opened up in Lisbon, selling vaping supplies (almost opposite each other – go figure), and more and more spring up on the internet almost daily.
Although it comes in different lengths (lasting different amounts of time), there are 10s of millions of them in use today, and they all have the same diameter – around 14mm.
Really, it’s supposed to sit upright when not in use, but, here’s the thing, the range of items available for keeping it upright is dire. Worse than dire, I’d say. Most shops have nothing. Most internet shops have nothing, or tiny crappy, horrible plasticy rubbery things like this…
If you do an image search on google – like this – you’ll see what I mean.
There’s the odd “nice” one, but not really nice.
So I made a prototype for me, and one for her…
Yes, they really are as crappy as they seem – a 15mm hole in a bit of pine.
I have more vape stuff now, and yesterday I made this one…
I could have posted it as a project, but it took me about an hour, and, if I’d written this blurb along with it, it might have got a lot of favourites and thereby become dish of the day, thereby depriving a worthy piece of woodworking (this isn’t, trust me) of the acolade.
If I’d seen a nicely made, functional little thing (3 batteries catered for is enough), for say, 10 euros at a craft fair I’d have bought it. And I never buy anything at craft fairs, let alone anything made of wood.
The finishing section of my spiel…
As I say – I think it’s a good idea, and I intend to make a much nicer one for myself one day, but whether to risk those few inches of offcuts/scrap on making one is up to you.
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