I could be entirely wrong (not the first...) but it seems as thought the HYPE is the only HOOK with all of these GROUNDBREAKING internet enterprises. It doesn`t take long before they are saturated; therfore, standardized/common.
Take a look at www.cafepress.com . Sure, open your own store (among millions). Create and sell your own designs (among 10`s of millions). Certainly these types of place offer something: " A MERE SENSE, HINT, CRUMB, or MODICUM OF SELF CONTROL, and a TASTE OF INDIVIDUALITY & EXPRESSION$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Pennies at a time.
Where is the BUSINESS opportunity... (not for you). It`s for whoever is SELLING...$... Hope...$...Individuality...$...Hope...$...Individuality...$. ..MYSPACE!...MYSPACE!
The modern day CHARLATAN has been invented (re-invented). Yes! I am jaded and cynical.
NO! But I do suggest advertising in www.shop4patents.com for $50/year. Which includes unlimited picture and description. They have a great web page ranking/search results (no I don`t have any affiliations - I use them).
I also recommend advertising at www.marketlaunchers.com (more expensive).Or, possibly advertising in the "Inventor`s Digest Magazine" (Magazine and Website). Inventor`s Digest is the first National Publication devoted to individual inventors. It is a wealth of "honest" information/resources.
If you DO opt to look into Invention Marketing Firms? I suggest visiting the USPTO`s Fraud Alert Listings. As well as "Inventor Ed`s Fraudulent Company database.Rumpelstiltskin2007-4-4 13:47:27
http://www.smartlinc.net/index.html Try looking into this service. Also, I`ve heard of a shipping service (can`t remember the name) that "Bulk Ships" from many different vendors, and at a lower-rate. (sort of a co-op type thing). It is intended to provide bulk-rate-pricing to low-volume small business. I believe that all shipments are sent to a primary location first, prior to being sent to their intended destination.
Make sure you at least "notarize" the entries in you journal (with the DATES, not just signatures). Also, do not openly disclose any pertinent information without a signed NDS agreement (Non-Disclosure Agreement/Statement). If they do not sign - walk away (especially early on without proper protection). If you`ve submitted a patent application, it really doesn`t matter as much.
Although some companies reject NDS`s (as a matter of policy). There will always be another (more appropriate time) to engage them. But not without (at least) a notarized document that establishes "date of conception".Rumpelstiltskin2007-4-2 18:41:28
I have no specific"expertise" to offer. However, I am in a similar situation, and it all comes down to how much confidence you have in your designs/products. I would suggest going forward with the production run (if financially possible). The reason is simply based on the fact that you will "eventually" recuperate your money, i.e., in drips and drabs; simply because you`ll have something to sell - ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE!
Also, by having product ready-to-go, this offers you the ability to execute a more formidable marketing campaign (walk-the-walk..."I have product"). In other words, its harder to market "potential" than it is "actual". Therefore, you can "peddle" your products toward success! Besides, you`ll be that much more excited and motivated too.
I have a great (awesome) patented invention, and I know 110% it will be a success. If I had the upfront money to produce it - I would! This would give me an opportunity to promote it in ways that lip-service cannot. After all, its all about "THE PRODUCT" (not Just talking about it to people). The difference between having a product, and not having a product (in the eyes of the prospect), is like a G.E.D verses a P.H.D...credentials and commitment. Best wishes!
PS. $35K is not a death sentence (it`s a car payment). As I`ve said, it will never be a loser (at worst a slow recuperation of $35K).Rumpelstiltskin2007-4-2 16:59:14