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Official Spencer's Lighting Live Product Search (LPS) Q & A

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Do you have any questions about the Spencer’s Lighting LPS? Ask here. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll ask the search sponsor.

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I’ve questions regarding all LPSs, who does product development when a contract is landed, you guys, or the client/retailer’s internal resources?

Depends?

Joint effort?

Is the inventor more involved than they are with the show?

as in, the winning inventor is there at each stage to be consulted.

Being involved in each stage of product development is what I want to experience so that I can learn the rest of being an inventor. I’m interested in each stage…well, at least the engineering, prototyping, testing, and branding.

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Hi John,
I have a question regarding our dashboards. It seems that most of those who have been willing to share their dashboard status have been stuck at G3 for some time. matt once said that you [EN] know a great idea as soon as you see it. So, with that said, are there any dashboards that advance past the G3 stage prior to the close of the LPS? WE know there was one person whose entry for the gag search went to G7 and was ‘moved’ to the lighting search, I am asking about a typical entry.

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Mathew,
Regarding who does the development…it depends. Usually the sponsor will do the development. For example, Spencer’s has a terrific design and engineering teams. I anticipate that they will do all the development on any ideas they choose. However, I would not be surprised if they asked for assistance on a project.

Regarding inventor involvement…again, it depends. I think it is more likely that an inventor will be involved when his or her product idea has been more fully developed, i.e. refined prototype, patent application… The sponsor is not obligated to include the inventor in the development process.

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Thanks Jon,

I hope that if/when I win an LPS I’m involved as much as I can be, particularly the Razor search.

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Cheryl,
There are no hard and fast rules with regards to evaluations and the dashboard. For the searches that have closed recently, we are generally not moving anyone past G3 before the close of the search.

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John, when will you start evaluating the Spencers
Lighting submissions?

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Mine just went G3 today, so I assume they are looking at them now. Two closing on the same day and another opening must really have them jumping.

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Mine is still at G3.

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3G here as well. Now I’ve got to focus on a AS Seen product. I walk by the As Seen display at Target once a week, and am SURE there’s something else that should be there. Now just what!?

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I was just wondering if you had a time frame as to when you might be presenting to Spencer’s :)

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There seems to be a lot of movement on the dash boards of the Springs Creative Search, since this one ended the same day has anyone had any movement on their Spencer’s Lighting Search dashboards recently [like yesterday]?

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My ESP says I will have movement today/tomorrow on my Spencer’s Light Search- right now G3. We’ll see. Good Luck Everyone

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There won’t be any movement on the Spencer’s Lighting Search today and since I don’t like to make promises that I can’t keep, I won’t set the schedule. As I’m sure you have noticed, the team has put a lot of effort into the Spring’s Creative evaluations. You will see movement on this search soon though. Thank you for your patience.

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Well folks it’s too bad I don’t have the $25 to enter these contest. I had a great one for lighting and halloween contests. Where can I submit my inventions for free???

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I wish I could help you with the answer – but
I don’t know. Good Luck!

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John – when are they going to start looking at the Light Search?

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Well, I am excited for the new week, maybe we will have some movement in this search!

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John,
When are you making your presentation to Spencers for the light LPS.

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It looks like this search has taken a back seat. It probably has to do with the accidental time extension.

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It looks like we have activity! No change on mine yet but several people have posted movement on this search in another thread, Yay!

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yeah there is movement, Somebody make it stop

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Has anyone had any movemnet on the lightling search since last Wednesday?

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No movement for me Cheryl

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I guess maybe we have to wait until tomorrow :(

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I was a bit lost when I read the bottom of this thread. Then I read in another topic that Matt S wrote, “We’ve all been tied up this week between the redesign and reviews for the three searches that we’re presenting next Thursday (Spencer’s lighting and both WestPoint searches).” Since he posted it on friday, we’ve got two and a half days before they present the lighting ideas to Spencers. I would guess that means they’ll make final decisions on exactly what to present today or tomorrow, if they have not already done so. OK, now I’m anxious again. :) Good Luck everyone!!!

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Matt S, Do you have any of those wonderful stats to share regarding the Spencer’s Lighting Search? X number will be presented to Spencers on Thursday? Etc?

Also, since you are presenting on Thursday, am I correct in assuming that Spencer’s will be obliged to give a response by December 21st, 45 days out?

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Good luck G7’s today is D-day

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Just wondered if there was any new progressions or information.

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I just wanted to post an apology to all anxiously waiting the Spencer’s light search. For some reason anytime I get into something it ends up being delayed :). checkout lines, traffic, you name it. Just bad karma I guess hehe

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So it’s your fault Ms. Carrie LOL

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The minute Carrie announced that she was G7, Matt had to go clean up a spill in Aisle 2, and Louis had to run a price check.

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LOL

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Has anyone from EN posted anything about how the Lighting Search presentation to Spencers went? Did it go well? Poorly?? Did they like any??? Were they excited about any? Does EN feel like they were right on target with the ideas presented?

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Raf,
I think Matt is still in mourning after the election and can’t get out of bed. He was nearly catatonic at the presentations to Spencer’s and West Point Home [I have no idea how he was at these presentations!]
WE will all be fine Matt, we live in a wonderful country. Now, Matt Pleeeeease let us know how things went!!!!

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Matt, Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are.
Your people need to hear from you – Today! :))

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I hope we don’t have to wait til the cows come home!

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This is always the most anxious part for me. I wouldn’t get upset if we didn’t hear much for a little while. With the Spencer’s Make Us Laugh Search, we finalists were down to about one-in-15 odds at the end of the presentation. That kept us on edge for about 40 of the 45 days in which Spencers was required to make a decision. Worst part about that is that Wall Street experienced its biggest meltdown in decads in the middle of our wait. I’m sure that the financial problems have made many retailers change their strategies abruptly. So I had no idea wheather Spencers was even still interested in doing anything with the results. Clearly, they became more pragmatic in the number of products they chose to proceed with. That turned out to be far less than the number they initially seemed interested in. In this case I won’t get my hopes too high. If I get a win, then great! If not, … well I’m too busy trying to get my Spirit Halloween Search entry completed and submitted to worry about what I didn’t win.

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I don’t mind waiting for Spencers’ answer, any info would be great, but I feel so out of “the loop” right now! AHHHH the suspencers is killing me!

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Maybe we can get Margaret Pryor to take a ride over to Enventy’s and see if anyone is there.

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That’s so funny. I just opened this thread to see if any winners had been announced and saw your message Cheryl. Come on guys! Don’t make me come down there :)

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I’m not sure, but i think the delay may have to do with the electrical portion of the search. It’s not as technical as the heat search, but probably more technical then the make us laugh search. Just a guess. :)

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Hey Guys,
The presentation went very well! John will probably post an update for you all. We’ll be updating dashboards soon with the ones that they definitely didn’t pick. The ideas that are still in the running will remain as-is until Spencer’s has had their opportunity to do their due diligence. Yes, they have 45 days to make up their mind so that’s their ultimate deadline.

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Matt, you know the crazy inventors here aren’t going to settle for such basic info!! How many did you take to Spencer’s this time? How many are still being considered? I don’t even have anything entered and I need numbers!

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Oh, Red at 8……
However, it’s not as painful as I thought it would be, after 2 days delay, it’s kind numb already.

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One Red 8 :(

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Another Red 8 :(

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We have just updated your Spencer’s dashboards. The presentation went very well. Spencer’s was very pleased with the quality of the submissions. If you are still pending, then your submission is still in consideration. Thank you!

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Thanks for the update John! I am still in it, who else is still in?
Any numbers John? How many were presented/still in consideration?

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Sorry Cheryl & Tim:(
& Good Luck to you Greg!

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Holy Cow!!! I’m still in it, G7! Who would have thought? Congrats Greg and everyone else still in the lighting search.

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great news Rafael!

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three red 8s at once, all in lighting. :(

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Matt or John [or Chris Clark],
I know that all the G7’s are committed to EN for 6 months, my question is: Does Spencer’s have the ‘right’ to revisit them if they choose or is that ‘right’ solely EN’s?
I know that it would be foolish for EN to deny Spencer’s a ‘revisit’ if they want, I just wanted to know if it was guatanteed to Spencer’s that they have the right to revisit? Or is it OK for EN to pursue another company for license or manufacture?

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Cheryl,
Once a search sponsor says no to a submission, they no longer have the “right” to it. However, I am sure we would be accommodating if they changed their mind on an item.

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What’s the total G-7’s for Spencer’s Lite?

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John,
How many ideas were presented to Spenser’s in the Lighting LPS? and how many are they ‘thinking about’ [due diligence]?

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We presented 36 ideas to Spencer’s and 11 are still under consideration.

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Thanks for that answer John :))

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OK, so we’re now a little more than two weeks from Spencer’s deadline to select a lighting entry. Any news John? Anyone else getting anxious. I’m personally crawling out of my skin with excitement. I think I’ll drink a cup of cocoa next to my lava lamp tonight to calm myself down.

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EDITED POST*** I do not have an update on the Lighting Search selection. It is a very busy time for those guys. I will keep you posted. Unfortunately, I now don’t expect to hear anything until Monday.

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Thanks for the update John!

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Please note that I edited my previous post. I will keep you posted on the lighting selection process.

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Two weeks to go for Spencers to pick a (hopefully more than one) winner! :)

C’mon 7! Baby needs a new pair of shoes!

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OK, So Spencer’s has ‘til December 21st to choose a winner. That’s just 5 days away!! Anyone else excited?

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ME & MATTY :):):)- Hope we get picked too!

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Go Team Toni & Matty!!

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Thanks Raf, I hope all 11 of us win too!

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John M, friday is the last business day before the deadline for Spencers. Can we expect to find out which entry(s) won before, during or after the weekend?

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Raf, he answered that question re: the Westpoint by saying the deadline was Monday. Prob the same for Spencers? Rather have it today though!

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Thanks Mike. Yeah, I figured it might be Monday since the actual 45 day mark is on Sunday Dec 21st, It’s not that I’m against a flexible deadline. I’m just really anxious.

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Updates on Monday!

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Brace yourselves, everyone! It’s Monday!!!!!

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Was it just me, or was this the longest week-end ever! :-)

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Heart racing! Palms sweaty! Legs shaking!

Yes, Holly, it has been the longest weekend ever. In fact, given all the bad news, I would say last week was the longest entire week ever. After that, I’ll be happy to hear about the results, regardless of who one. Of course, I would be happier if that winner turned out to be me. Good luck!

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I was so nervous waiting for Monday, that it made me thirsty and asked my wife to get me a G8. LOL

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LOL. Good Luck Lawrence!!

I tell ya … 25$ can’t buy this kind of excitement anywhere else in the world. Lot’s of good people with real life stories in this round. The suspense is palpable.

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Well, I am still waiting. I can’t take much
more of this. LOL :) I hope EN doesn’t say
they want an extension of 30 or 60 days to look
further. My heart couldn’t take it. :))

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I’m nervous and I’ve already gotten my R8! good luck!

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I have good news and no news….

The good news: Spencer’s has made its selections.

The no news: Unfortunately, I cannot make the official announcement yet because I have not received the signed contract for each selection.

Guys, I am really sorry. I am really looking forward to making this announcement. It has been very difficult getting our partners lined up due to the holiday season.

I hope to finalize the selections early next week. I will make the announcement as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience.

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John,
You just made all those G7 ’ers know EXACTLY what it is like to be 5 years old this time of year!!!!

Hahahahaha
oooops I mean

Fa Ha Ha Ha Ha
Ha Ha Ha!

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Well another week – that ain’t sooooooo bad.
But atleast we know there is more than one winner.
So if there are 11 of us, we have atleast a 1 in 5 1/2 chance of winning. LOL
Good Luck and Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

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John, could you possibly tell us how many
contracts you are expecting back signed???
Maybe?

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Hi John! Could you throw us a stocking stuffer and just let us know how many they selected of the 11 finalists left. You know, just to build up the anxiety beyond its currently fevered pitch!

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I really wish I could give more details, but it will have to wait until the ink dries.

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John, can you shed some light (ha ha) on the WestPoint Home and Heat results?

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HAHA – Good Luck To You Guys Too :))

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Holly, I’m going to respond to your question on the one & only Official LPS Q & A thread here, http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/18/topics/1311

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Ok, just bringing this back to the top and wishing everybody the best of luck!

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Good Luck Everyone!!!

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Okay John, who’s the winners??? Your people
want to know :))

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It is killing me that I don’t have the signed docs back yet. I don’t expect them until after the New Year. Again, I’m very sorry.

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Ok, once again I’m bringing this back to the top…… Good Luck again to everybody!!

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Hey, Toni! It’s great to finally know that you’re not actually a cat! It’s also nice to know what you and your family look like so we can find each other more easily next week when we’re partying at Red Lobster to celebrate our success!

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Hi Richie, Yes, I posted my pic just so you could
find me at Red Lobster ahahaha – Good Luck!!!

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Hi Guys! I just got back from vacation in Massanutten, Virginia! What a blast. I highly recommend indoor surfing on the Flow Rider. My hat’s off to the guy/gal who invented that thing! Anyway, What’s up? Still no word from Spencers?

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Ok, here’s how I see it…… The Spencer’s gang were all finally back in one place at the same time yesterday after Christmas/New Years vacations, and the contracts were signed and FedExed overnight to John. Isn’t it wierd to know that someone else knows things that you don’t know about yourself……. Things that will have a huge impact on your life? Welcome to the Anxiety Society!

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Hey Richard, do you have a crystal ball or a mole at EN?

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Unfortunately, all I have is one of those magic 8 balls, and it keeps changing it’s mind, LOL!

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John M, So what are we looking at here? Are we close to the end? Or are we in an indefinite holding pattern? Can you provide any info at all? If some of us are definitely out of the running, perhaps you can let those of us know?

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WHEN O WHEN WILL WE KNOW!!!

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I don’t mean to be a pain in the neck … it just comes naturally! :)

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Maybe tomorrow Raf????

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OOOHHHHMMMMMMM, OOOOHHHHHMMMM, OOOOHHHHMMMM. Ahh, that’s a little better, LOL.

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When you haven’t heard from someone in 9 days about a deal whose deadline is long past due, it tends to drive up the anxiety level.

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Hey Raf, do you wanna take a trip to EN and see
what’s taking so long? Maybe we could help them
out. LOL

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Well, we now know that John is out of the office until Monday….. we may have to wait til then. The Anxiety Society lives on!

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Tomorrows A Day AWAY!!!

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today was tomorrow!!!

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toni's Avatarg8_badge

hahahahaha. Chic is that your blue motorcycle.
It’s very nice.

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yeah thank you Toni

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Dear John, Could you please let me know, if when
we enter contests and have sketches or drawings,
are we suppose to check the industrial design box?
I have not been checking any boxes. Am
I doing it correctly by not checking any
box since there are no boxes for drawings
or sketches.

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OMG, RAF YOU ARE THE MAN. I hope they can shrink
it down. You deserve it baby…:))

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Congrats to Bill Nguyen,Our second finalist Rafael Avila!! Good job guys!!!

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What did I miss? Congrats to Raf for????

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Mike go read the email from EN. WE all just received it. LOL

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Wow!
Congratulation to Bill & Rafael!!!!

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Sweet! Congrats Raf!

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Congratulations Raf!
I hear really cold water ‘shrinks’ things, maybe that will help ;)

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GO RAF!

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yeah!!!! What John said Raf,

Just think even if it don’t go threw, you’ll still get a half green LPS tag like John’s just without the G8 LOL

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good luck

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Thanks for the congrats everyone. And a truly heartfelt congratulations to Bill! As for me, I’ve got my fingers crossed that they can shrink it down. I’ve got a sledge hammer that says they can!! Actually, by my calculations, shrinking it should be no problem. It should work even better if it is smaller. Shrinking the cost is an entirely different matter. Thanks for your good luck wishes! We’ll know in a few weeks!

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OK SHRINK IT DOWN. go raf!

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Congratulations Bill and Raf!!

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Congrats fellas, I want to know what IP beat mine!

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I know we’re not supposed to disclose our entries. But I figured that since you asked nicely, EN and Spencer’s wouldn’t mind if I gave you a little peak.

I call it “Food For Thought.”

:)

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Raf,

Shrink it down- real small to the size of a night light and we can call it a “Night Bite” for fat kids.

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Hello Everyone! Well, it seems Spencers has finally made a decision on my entry. Alas, they were not impressed with the working prototype enough to commit to licensing the concept. So, in the end I go down in burning flames with an R8 on yet another LPS.

I wonder if I’m in the running for accumulating among the most R8s?

Oh well … better luck next search!

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So sorry to hear that Rafael :-(

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Bummer Rafael. So sorry to hear …

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Sorry to hear that Raf. :(

Welcome to the R8 Collectors Club!

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Sorry, Raf! Gotta “Embrace the Suck”, though.

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What I don’t understand is – doesn’t each LPS sponsor only have 45 days after the presentation to make a decision? How long did it take Raf to get a decision AFTER the presentation?

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Who would say no if the sponsor decides to license your product after 45 days? It cost me $25 to register and $40 to build. So I didn’t lose much. I was surprised the idea made it as far as it did. No complaints from me.

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