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Should I Submit an Invention that is an Improvement on an Existing Product?

lewdog's Avatar

Does Edison Nation only except products that are new with no market competition or would they work with an invention that is an improvement over a product that already exists?  I have an idea that would last longer, be cheaper to produce, and work better than existing products on the market.  Is it worth submitting?

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sabrinaj121's Avatar

all my  invention's are on what's out in store's and new spin on old things

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kdc's Avatar

If it's a product that is still selling well...you may want to hold onto it.  I've submitted an idea with an improved design for a product already available and submitted a short video showing the problem with the current product and how my design solves that problem.  I received an R4 on it. I wasn't told it was a bad idea, only that because the product is still selling well, it is too soon to introduce a 'new and improved' design for it.  So, I'm just keeping it on the back burner until the current sales begin to drop. 

The thing is...the people who have a problem with this product doesn't know it until after they've bought it. All the company sees is people are still buying it. 

Most people won't contact companies with complaints about a product if it isn't a high priced product. But, how is a company going to improve their products if they are not aware of the problems?  I always give feedback to companies, good or bad...but especially if it's bad, so they can fix it. 

An example of mine is this...if you go to a thrift store and you see a bunch of the same product on the shelves that are still being advertised on TV, and those products still look to be brand new...then there is a problem with it. They are being used once and donated because there is something wrong with them. Those are the products I buy, test them out to figure out what is wrong with them and try to come up with a better design to fix it.  

Best of luck to you, William...

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keeztan's Avatar

I like your thinking Kathleen!

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Thanks Roger. I didn't think about the inventory. I thought there would be a better chance going to the original company, since they would already have the 'blueprints', molds and a company manufacturing the product...it would cost less to make the simple design change than it would for an entirely different company to start everything from scratch.

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keeztan's Avatar

Kathleen- here are some products that can use a little tweaking to make them even better.

http://offbeat.topix.com/slideshow/17822?utm_so...

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kdc's Avatar

Mark, I have to admit...that was sure entertaining!  I remember the square egg maker.

Mark Bartlett
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