Inventing with off-the-shelf parts
was our first ebook, detailing how Mark and I turned an invention
into our bread and butter. Since then, I've watched several
people work on bringing an invention to the world, and I've
noticed one big flaw in most folks' plan. Rather than
choosing off-the-shelf items that they can buy cheaply and modify
to create a new product, most inventors want to build something
entirely from scratch. At that point, they have to make a
decision --- pony up a lot of money to have the new product
mass-produced, or spend a lot of time building each one by hand.
I've photographed some of
the many prototypes Mark worked his way through to give you an
idea of the type of trial and error you should expect when
cobbling together an invention, and Mark made a youtube video
talking about the process. Total cost for months of
experimentation came to around $900, which also provided enough
startup parts for the first few weeks of EZ Miser sales.
Since our business is reaching so many more people than it did
when we launched our first waterer, Mark also talked me into
spending $800 on a patent search to ensure we weren't infringing
on anyone else's rights (although we still chose to eschew the
$6,500 patent filing process).
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