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Is there a strong market for practical inventions?

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     Hello, my name is Barry.  I have several invention ideas. Here are some of the categories my ideas are related to.(step ladders,small gas engines,refrigerators,roofing and gutters and more) I know that gadgets are always on the go and will make lots more money than practical inventions in most cases. Seems that gadgets are %99 of what Quirky inventors  platform does. I believe I would get more interest and have a better chance of my practical invention succeeding here at EN. Although $25 is not a lot of money for most people, I want to do a little research before submitting, because I live on a small monthly disability check. Any input and information will be greatly appreciated!

Robert Pontius
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Hi Barry and Welcome to Edison Nation!

You're definitely doing the right thing in researching companies before submitting. 

I'll leave the experience feedback to our community members, but I will suggest you check out the information found on the Edison Nation Help Page as well. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions, details on our process and our standard innovator agreement.

I wish you the best of luck and if you feel we're a fit for you, we look forward to reviewing your ideas soon!

Michelle

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Google Patents is a great place to start.  And always search categories OUTSIDE of the obvious.  For a Utility Patent remember - sometimes the function can be applied to OTHER Obvious uses - hope that helps and best of luck to you.

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Welcome Barry! I actually believe "practical inventions" are more likely to make money than "gadgets", especially gimmicky gadgets.

I think creating *real value* by way of practical inventions is the way to go and I have found that EN is the place to have that value recognized, properly reviewed and professionally handled. $25 is not nothing and I respect your effort to research, but I can tell you from my experience that you will find this is the best place to spend your time and talents, which, more than money, are the most valuable resources any of us have.

After reviewing the help pages as Michelle suggested, my recommendation is to look first at the latest sponsored searches, including the Bernzomatic search: https://www.edisonnation.com/live_product_searc... Not only is that a good example of the nature of the kinds of inventions/product EN works with, but from the sound of it, that may be a category you have an idea in already, or can develop one in. Of course there's also the "All Category" search if you have a couple of inventions ready to go in other categories.

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Thank You Robert for sharing your knowledge and inventor expieiences with me and others.You are right,the Bernzomatic torches and products caught my eye. I reviewed their product page and after a couple of hours one idea did come to mind. I think everyone will agree, it is a tough category, but I take that as a challenge. I,ve been getting great reviews about EN. I,m thankful to have found it.

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That's fantastic Barry - best fortune! Don't hesitate to reach out to any of us on these forums or via private message if you have questions as you go on this adventure - you'll find we're a helpful bunch!

I also recommend that you read everything you can by Roger Brown posted here on these forums and at http://rogerbrown.net/ - Roger is an absolute wealth of knowledge both about EN and inventing in general.

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