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As I’ve been learning, especially from Stephen Key and from Roger Brown, they both use very similar approaches in using a “Sell Sheet” as the first critical step in communicating your idea to a potential licensee. They both adhere to the KISS principle.

I’m ready to go, but I’m a bit technically challenged. What I want to do is take two different images from different websites, merge them together, and then make some small modifications to the resulting image. How do I do that?

I checked out Google Sketchup, but that seems more directed at 3d stuff, I just want to KISS! Any suggestions and education would be greatly appreciated.

Also, here is a link to a co. that S Key has worked with, they do Sell Sheets and websites, and they have 6 examples that you can check out. www.typevisions.com

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Best way to go is with Photoshop. You may be able to use it or get a copy from your local library. Otherwise, its kind of expensive. But you can layer the two images and erase elements of each so that the other image comes through. Plus it has a lot of other great features.

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Mike, that’s EXACTLY what I did for all five of my ideas. As I went along, the process became easier and my creativity really began to flow. I surprised myself with what I did. The images I created, combining images already online, look so real.

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They’re also called “One Sheets.”

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I did most of my work in Microsoft Paint/Excel. Really simple to use.

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I sure will. I wish I could share mine.

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Hey Roger…just looked at your website. Some of those ideas are mine…mine, mine, mine. I’m suing for infringement AND throwing rocks through your windows! Just kidding…nice website, impressed. I saw your other one but not this one. Ron Komorowski Inventor of Handi-Straps www.handi-straps.com

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Hey Charles, I would be very interested to know how you used Excel to do your “One Sheets”. I live on Excel and I don’t want to spend the $$$ on photoshop software if I don’t have to.

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Patrice, it’s so easy. I believe I read you’re in Finance. I am too. I use Excel to construct it, then MS Paint to give it a finished look. I copy and paste images from Google and the like. Alter them in Paint to what I need them to look like. Paste them into Excel for text and alignment, then back into Paint for finishing.

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Very cool Charles. I will have to try that in my spare time! I am in finance and I am getting no work done because I’m having trouble with my Essbase retrieves when bringing in my rev #’s for June. I have to explain act vs plan. Anyway, Do you have any particular sites from Google that you found were most helpful to you?

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Sell sheets seem to work really well. I got the idea from a few people on www.inventorspot.com. They said concise all of your ideas so that it can fit on one sheet of paper. I used Fireworks for the graphics. Printed on a sheet of glossy picture paper. Then during the presentation, handed a few of them out to the judges while I was speaking.

The judges spent a good amount of time referring to the sheet.

Thanks, if any of you guys are the ones that posted that on Inventorspot

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What is Fireworks? Is that a software?

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Macromedia(now Adobe) Fireworks

Yes it’s software, much like Photoshop. You could use free tools like Gimp and Paint.net.

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Patrice, I mostly go to Google and choose “images.” But, let’s says your invention is an improvement on a screw driver. I would type “screw drivers,” in the search window and see what images come that I can use there. We can talk about this again when you get started. Good luck with your analysis. I’m finishing up several recs. Don’t want any of this looming into next week.

Ben, I discovered Sell/One Sheets about 6 months ago. I agree they are great. The idea is to be as concise, as possible. Having to explain your idea on one piece of paper, images and all, really makes you do that.

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Thanks Ben and Charles. I want to have a nice looking presentation because that means everything but I don’t want to pay tons of $$$ for the software. I will try your method Charles. I like the sound of “free”.

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mginjhw's Avatarg8_badge

Nice, market is up two days in a row and you guys have given me some great advice on how to create my own little Frankenphoto. Things are looking up.

Thanks!

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I sure will. Thanks Roger.

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Roger, they are great! I have 5. I wish I could share them. I know the one I used at my in-person presentation, with EE, really helped convey my idea. I actually gave all the judges, at both phases, copies to look at while I presented. I let them all keep the copies to stay in their minds.

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Roger, if I hadn’t seen Stephen Key’s stuff and heard his reasoning, I would have been shocked that something as simple as your sell sheets got it done! It really emphasizes the need to approach the right person at the right company, and to do it professionally.

I thought it interesting that S Key doesn’t identify himself as an inventor, but a product developer when he calls companies. Says that “inventor” conjures up too many bad associations, but “product developer” is something they understand and can relate to. Any similar thoughts?

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Roger: Nice job on the sells sheets…It is always helpful to see real examples. I had a hard time conceptualizing how to condense all the pertinent info onto one page until I saw yours. Direct and easy to comprehend!

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I’ve come a long way, baby! I’ve got my first one done….and I might give it a C+, but hey I did it. I used Google Docs- the presentation format. Let’s you bring in images from anywhere, add comments, etc.

I even figured out how to convert to pdf and them email it to my own account!

Now I’m on to prioritizing the companies to contact and getting the names and phone #’s.

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Cool Mike. I need to get doing this too. My problem is that I wish I knew how to use photoshop to make a visual of my idea, instead of the msPaint graphics I have.

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Jason,
If you are better at sketching than photoshopping, you might consider sketching the idea first, then scanning it in and using photoshop or mspaint for color and text. That’s my plan, when I don’t go 3D that is.

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mark- I know that tip wasnt for me, but thank you, it’s a helpful one!

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Jason, If you have photoshop installed – just
play around with it. It’s really not hard.
I do my whole website with photoshop – If I
could do it, anyone can do it.
Check out my site – cafepress.com/zoozooz

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Mark, when you scan a document and you want to make changes to it, do you have to be in photoshop to make changes? I don’t have photoshop and I want to alter this scanned document like cutting and pasting. Can you do that in other MS programs?

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Patrice- you can scan into ms paint or photo impressions and then make some changes from there

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I found my way into ms paint.

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marcus's Avataree_badge

I’m glad you found it Patrice,
Sorry I was away and couldn’t answer. I didn’t know anyway, I use Photoimpact.

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I still couldn’t alter the scanned copy the way I wanted to. I want to cut a piece of the document out and past it on a different sheet.

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Did you try making a complete copy of it on the other sheet, then cropping to just the part you want?

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I’m not sure what you mean. I just scanned the document and saved it on my c drive. Then when I choose to edit it, it brings me into ms paint but I can’t cut words out and paste them on a different sheet.

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Sorry Patrice, I missunderstood.

I don’t use the same software as you but I think they will be very similar. I scan and clarify and crop and color in my graphics software (PhotoImpact) then save as a jpeg. Then I open my word processor (Openoffice) and insert the jpeg as a picture. There I size it and add text and arrows with the draw menu.
I hope this helps.

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Here is my issue with selling.If you have to sell,you’re talking to the wrong person.

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Roger.I have to mow the lawn before it rains-I’ll be back

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My statement was crass,Roger.You,as an experienced and knowledgeable person,could have nuked that.You didn’t,because you are a knowledgeable experienced person,and do not react to the obvious.
If I was to start selling you something,you would probably tell me to stop selling and tell you direct,give you the information,giving you time to interact,explore conversationally.You’ve either got something or you dont.As an inventor,you have to make sure you have.The onus is on both parties to understand what is on offer,it’s that serious.
It’s not a wine and cheese party.
The market is hungry,and the competition is on your heels.

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I’ve been trolling on AbsolutelyNew (which somebody told me was an invention scam company, changing names whenever the temp rises) but they have a TON of sell sheets you can look at here:

http://www.absolutelynew.com/manufacturers/products.php

Please note, I’m NOT saying they’re all great—some are obviously just quick & dirty, but some are pretty good. Every one has a “BENEFITS/FEATURES” area.

As far as graphics programs, there are a few options (I do interactive/graphics professionally, and if anybody wants, maybe we can start a thread to share graphics/design info.) Adobe has Photoshop Elements, which is a fraction of the cost of the full Photoshop but has most of its features. I don’t think it does CMYK, but if you’re just doing DTP on an inkjet, it doesn’t matter. Always print to glossy (photo) stock, try to keep your images to at least 300DPI.

There are a bunch of desktop publishing options to the $1300 Adobe CS3. Ready Set Go was actually around long BEFORE even Quark Xpress, and it’s been rejuvenated (not sure about the PC version).

If you want FREE hi-res photos, go here:

http://www.sxc.hu/index.phtml

If you want many more choices and other options, go here:

http://istockphoto.com/index.php

Those are all the secrets I’m prepared to divulge today ;-)

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Another thing: try to have a face on your sell sheet. The human face is a powerful visual magnet. Preferably pretty, or young, or smiling. Or all three.

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Thanks Bradley. Great info. Fun to look at all those sell sheets. I have seen a few of those products on the market, like the reindeer antlers for your car :).

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Thanks, Bradley. That’s some great stuff for me to dig into!

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Or a real ugly face Brad, one they won’t forget
and maybe get a laugh out of it. LOL

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amberlee's Avatar

great info Bradley, thanks!!!

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citizen's Avatar

Great Stuff!

I’ve created two sell sheets in the last week. They need some work, but I’m improving.

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Thanks Bradley, good stuff! I actually created my first sell sheet last night on powerpoint if you can believe that. I’m just having trouble trying to change this mesh material that is white to blue from a picture. Does anyone know how to do that without losing the mesh look?

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Patrice,

Is the picture a clip art type of picture or a photo?

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Margaret, it’s a photo.

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Patrice,

I just put a photo in my powerpoint program to see how it could be edited. There are some functions that can be used in powerpoint, such as turning it to grayscale, outlining it, etc. If you right click and select “format picture”, those will be your only options for editing the photo in powerpoint itself. I think for what you are trying to do, you will need to edit the photo in a photo editing software, such as photoshop, fireworks, etc.

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Margaret – Thanks! I think I saw a free version of photoshop somewhere I’ll check it out!

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I am developing a product that is my husbands idea. Over the years, he has had 5 or 6 ideas that are now on the market, sadly, marketed by someone else. We were not able to follow up on his ideas back then because we lived in the country, hundreds of miles from a patent attorney, and were raising children; no money, etc. etc. Two of those past ideas were BIG ONES, that are now way big! One is required to be on every new house that is built in California.

So, when my husband told me recently of his latest simple idea, I jumped on it. Eventually I bought Stephen Keys Invent Right course, followed his advice and now have a “sell sheet”. My husband and I decided that a comic strip would be the best way to show off his invention, so in my mind, saw exactly what I wanted each of four comic pictures to convey. I wanted an average middle aged “Joe Blow” to be the fellow in my comic strip, and knew exactly what movements he was to show, and knew exactly what he was to say in each picture.

So my search for an artist began. Asked everyone I could think of if they knew an artist who could draw what I wanted. Went on Craigs List. The answers I got were weird!! Finally, after months, asked my foster brother in Missouri if he knew of an artist. Turns out my sister-in-laws brother did comic strips for a newspaper, and also teaches art in a college in Arkensas. Perfect! I offered him $200.00, sent him my ideas on paper, and talked to him on the phone only one time. The two of us “clicked” on that one phone call, and each of us understood exactly what the other one was saying. We were both on the same page, and… Walla! He nailed it on the very first try!! Perfect!!!

I am pretty computer savvy, but did not know how to do what most of you probably know how to do, so went to my local printing store and had them e-mail my cartoon to me so I am now able to send it out to anyone I want to send it to. My cost was $7.00. Totally worth it.

My next step is to call a company who would be a likely match for what I am developing. I am confident that one look at my sell sheet is all the selling I need to do.

I am convinced a sell sheet is the way to go. Our product is patented, so if anyone would like to see my sell sheet, email me and I will email it to you.

Perhaps next week I will swallow hard, quake in my boots, take a few deep breaths, and make that call!

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Patrice,
Let me know if you get one. I can walk you through it. Also, there is a place where you can buy discount software if you are a student or teacher called Gradware.com. That is where I bought my Photoshop, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver. I was enrolled in evening classes for them so was able to get the discount. But perhaps one of your children might require some software?? ;) K on up are eligible. These versions are usually limited versions, they don’t have all the bells and whistles that the full versions have. But even the educational versions are plenty to get the job done. I still haven’t mastered all the features and I’ve had them for years. You can always download an upgrade for the full version later.

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Nancy,
Make the calls! Not call, calls! No time like the present.
Margaret, thanks for the gradware info…I’m looking to get Photoshop also.
I saw that Amazon is selling the next version of Photoshop Elements for $75. It’s not the full version, but prob would do everything necessary for a sell sheet.

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Mike…we need to “DARE” each other to do it.

I know that may sound stupid, but peer pressure works. One thing I want to do with the “Looking to License” group I started was to set goals/challenges for each other. Like for instance, maybe one week, have everyone’s goal to call 3 companies and then all go back and tell about our experiences. Its always nice to know you aren’t the only one out there scared/nervous/amateur.

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Ok, stupid question…but…I built my sell sheet in msWord, is there a way to save it as a pdf?

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Jason, I did mine in Google Docs- free- and they have a way to save it to PDF. I then emailed it to myself and have it ready to print and send, etc. Suppose you might be able to paste into Google Docs?

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Celeste…everyone should use your services if they can…that is how I started, website postcards and flyers/sell sheets. I know have sales completely around the world.

Roger….Yeah…I do…but I’m too stupid to figure how to load them. They are more like posters or ads than a detailed sell sheet…but maybe that would be a good exhibit of an alternative. How about I email them to you and you post for me? Half Polish…it’s hard for me.

One I send out is my Popular Mechanics editorial…I usually combine this with a couple sheets of paper. I know there is a copyright…but I like it too much…I use it anyway…don’t think they care.

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Save the sell sheet doc as a pdf, (poertable document format).

Joseph Fernandes
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I use print shop and add the photos and text the way I want it. pdf is the best format to use, or if you can jpeg is good as well, any software that i am aware of can use both and if you dont have pdf you can download the reader free. print shop is low end but effective and relativley cheap. there are some other photo edidting software products out there and i believe some are free as well but i cannot remember the names of them. By the way, nice picture patrice, i like that look better than your other one you had.

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I can only speak about Macs. I don’t know if this goes for P.C.s, but Mac provides the you the ability to virtually print any doc. from any software as a pdf. Meaning, you select print and you are given an option to “print to file”. This will save the doc as a pdf.

Hope this helps. :)

Happy Sunday to all!

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Roger,

I’m assuming since you are discussing file type that you are usually emailing the sell sheets. Do you usually email them or print them and send them snail mail? If you do print them out, do you do them yourself or do you have them printed on glossy or special paper at the printers?

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The important thing about pdfs:

A pdf doc. will display the same on any computer that has (the latest version of) pdf reader. Meaning; there will be no font, image, formatting issues when displayed. That way you can insure that the file will open for whom ever you send it to and it will display the same way you intend.

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Roger,

What is the average cost of having a sell sheet professionally done?

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Mark, it must be some software on your computer, XP itself doesn’tgive that option but many software companies do not. I know both my CAD software and my print shop software does. perhaps word or works but not sure as I don’t use them often enough. there are also free pdf sotware out there pdf995 which is free, you can do a search for pdf995 and it will come up.

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Hi Celeste, I think folks are scrambling to finish their HS entries before the deadline tonight. I finished my last one at 4:00 PM so now I can kick back. I tried a web link, from Bradley (thanks Bradley) posted earlier in this thread, with samples of sell sheets, but the link is no longer correct. I found the following link while looking around:

http://www.absolutelynew.com/news/licensed_products.php

The old link was:
http://www.absolutelynew.com/leads/splashg/index.php

I also think you have a cute poodle. Now I’m the last poster. Don

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Celeste,
Free sounds like too good an offer to refuse. I have a sell sheet I’m not thrilled with I would love for you to improve for me. I tried to email you and got a message that I needed to add you as a friend first so I sent you a friend request as well.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Hooray! My first friend. I sent you an email as requested and look forward to communicating with you. I have been reading posts and learning for a while here, and recently joined as a Gold member.

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Hey Celeste,

You have exceeded my expectations!!! Very nice Sell Sheet…To anyone else out there looking for a well done Sell Sheet, I would HIGHLY recommend Celeste. She is also as nice a person as her picture/avatar suggests. Today, I logged into my email thinking I would send her one asking if she got all of my information yesterday, and lo and behold, there is an email from her with a finished Sell Sheet attached. Wow! Fast and quality…That is rare! Thanks again Celeste.

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Also very nice, but I liked the first one from you the best!

Thanks again Celeste, I may just take your advice re entering the BBB search.

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I wanted to post a special thank you to Celeste for her hard work on my product sell sheet. Her fees are more than fair, her work is creative, responsive and quick. But, most importantly, she worked diligently on my sell sheet until I was satisfied. I would definitely recommend you give her a shot if you need a sell sheet.

Good luck Celeste and thank you!

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Hi Roger,

By any chance would you have an example of a sell sheet that I could down loaded or look at? or description? Sorry if it has been posted already, thanks for any info. Tim.

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Thanks Roger, Tim

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Celeste,
Your Sell Sheets are awesome! You have a natural talent for visual presentation. I’m envious (Seems someone else may also be…) I have spent days working on Sell Sheets that cannot compare. Kudos Girl!
Lisa

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Roger, how did you post the picture on here?

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If I only have the pictures on my local PC can I get them on here?

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Here is a typical sell sheet design I use – not one of my better products but does show the design. I use MS Publisher – constuctive improvements appreciated.

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I don’t think this is working – can you see the picture?

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Here is a typical sell sheet design I use – not one of my better products but does show the design. I use MS Publisher – constuctive improvements appreciated.

Joseph Fernandes
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Thanks Mark, they dry laundry 5X faster – if that isn’t clear then that’s a problem I need to focus on. As you know attention spans are short on this stuff.

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I have a question are most images on the internet considered public domain?
Great sell sheets folks and thanks did not know about them even though I am
In the possess of creating one myself just thought it would help describe the
Product better when submitting an entry to EN.

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Mark, that is a great looking sell sheet. Typically, my sell sheets do instantly convey what the product does. But your type of sell sheet is what I need – even for licensing. Thanks for showing – much appreciated.

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Mark thanks so much for the response going to change my avatar right away
I can see that your sell sheet image was all created, I like the way you hint at a can of coke
yet block out just enough of the lettering nice job in my humble opinion :)

Thanks for all the helpful links folks thanks to EN and y’all I am moving forward at a steady pace.
Hope to submit something by the end of next month.

Balance is the key to graceful movement.
A.M.C.

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Micheal maybe put Dry Laundry 5x faster for the large print message :o)

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I use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop extensively, but they are both difficult to learn to use.

However, listen up here. I have used The Print Shop for years and years, and have done sales sheets, brochures, catalogs and of course all the greeting cards and stuff that they offer. It is an extensive site with pictures and imaging negotiating, and you can save to pdf and jpg or all manner of extensions. This is the best program for cheap. I started way back when it was on #18, and am up to version 23 now.

I went on their site now just to confirm the web address, and see that they are selling The Print Shop 22 for R9.95. I would recommend grabbing this because it is a great program, and usually sells for $79.
Site is http://www.broderbund.com.

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You are perfectly correct that it is the sheet that matters, but if you don’t have the tools to create the sheet, it can be a daunting task. You don’t want to reinvent the wheel, and usually don’t have the time to learn difficult programs. If you can take one that is recommended to do the same job as Illustrator and Photoshop quickly and easily, then it is usually a good idea to get it.
All programs have to be learned, and the intricacies understood. Even Publisher and Word. It should also be fun sometimes! This is a cover that I did for an e-book where I used The Print Shop.

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By the way, I am not selling any program. This is just one of the many that I use.

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I have just had a G4 turn into a R5, and am wondering whether it is a good idea to build a sell sheet on a product that doesn’t yet have a finished prototype. Is it enough to have merely a design drawing, to put on the sell sheet?

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I have a question that pertains to prototypes! I am pursing a license agreement and I received an email yesterday from a very big kitchen company (not current EN searches), they wanted a video (which I sent them) and a prototype. UGH! I don’t have one. Now I am not sure if they will turn my product down because I do not have one. I searched my local area and found a prototype company (close to home) and have started conversations.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Anyone have this same situation. Should I assume that they as a kitchen company have an R&D department (I know they do) and could come up with one pretty quickly? What if I spend all this money on a prototype and then they don’t want to work with me? Lost! Help!

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Hi Roger, I sent them a video of the solution to something but the end result in the video was my picture sitting side by side of the problem, not that actual items. Clear as mud right? Anyway, from my conversations with this plastic prototype company it needs injection molding and this could take a few months. Still do not know the cost yet, they are quoting me today. I could not make this myself there are a few parts that are twisted onto the body of the item…frustrating.

Roger, have you ever been asked to give a prototype, what is the cost of something like this? I know you don’t know what my product is as we never got back in touch, but if you could shed some light on this it would be nice. Could I simply ask them if they turn it down now if I did get a prototype would they look at closer at that time? I am just thinking why can’t they get their team to look into this, they are huge!

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Andrea,
I didn’t see your posts over here.
You may consider making your own mold. I am working with a pourable silicone mold making kit right now. It is fairly cheap and easy to use. Is this something you could make the basic form using clay? If so you could make a mold of your clay model and then cast the plastic part from the mold. The trial kit has both the silicone mold material and pourable plastic to cast with.
Here is a link to the stuff I am working with right now.
http://www.reynoldsam.com/index.php?cPath=2_111...
They have some good tutorial videos on the site too.

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Thanks Greg, I will look into it. I might be able to use clay, I will check it out, probably worth a shot!

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Mark, great points. I am getting the idea now. I could go out and conjure up some things to have a working prototype, but in the end, they would make the final design work for their brand….I have put that into an email the explains that there are similar examples of tools that have “like” mechanics but that the mechanics in the drawings are very doable.

I am asking a few more questions of them as well, like “if I do not have a prototype, is this part of your process in accepting a product, and if so, could I help THEM to create a prototype by consulting with them for the idea’s I have or provide other examples of mechanics similar but not my patent pending product?” and “Are you simply asking for a prototype to see if it works, what type of material I suggest, etc”. I think I need more clarification.

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Mark, I think I forgot to put in a sentence, I agree with what you are saying, I just want to know if not having a prototype AT THIS TIME would be the end of our discussions. Not that I am not willing to do something about it.

I am working on doing just that, getting things to “hobble” together to show it’s capabilities and feel now that I see some interest that I need to do this.

I was speaking as of right now for this one particular company, not what I can provide if they can give me some time or another company in the future. The mechanics are very simply laid out in the sell sheet so it’s not hard to get the concept, but again, don’t want to assume they don’t get it.

I also found out by email that they just wanted to KNOW if I had one and not to worry about it if I didn’t. It was just part of the questioning they ask.

So at this point I wait to hear next steps…thanks, I didn’t take your advice as being mean…

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Roger,
Thanks for all the advice. I would like to check out your website. But I have the nasty habit of letting Norton safe web test all websites before I will visit them. May I suggest that you contact them and have them scan your site? I feel that you might be able to generate more traffic if it was proven safe to visit. Thank you in advance.

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This was a great discussion. Learned a lot just reading along. I wanted to come back and forgot all this was under “sell sheets!”

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Totally agree, I own a company and if I didn’t listen my customers or they me for our software capabilities, it wouldn’t be a good match!

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Andrea….what Mark said is good advice. Listen…you seem a die hard in this field. You are fired up and are here to stay it seems. People said to me that I just won’t stop until I make it in this field. You seem like that so listen…try this…

Join your local inventor’s group. Prototypers, licensing agents, patent attorneys, engineers….and more engineers all come together to help each other. At my group in NJ we had a number of prototypers, one even had a rapid prototype machine himself! This machine he had could make a PERFECT detailed plastic prototype and he would charge about $300 for a part the size of your palm.

You need CAD drawings to feed the rapid prototype machine. Your local group probably has people that can do CAD. My inventor’s group has helped me IMMENSLY and I owe them much credit for all my successes. They were involved in all. At my group we have a plastics engineer, two different people with very large machine shops to also help make prototypes.

That is my advice to you. I made the inventor group meetings EVERY month for years. My health makes it very tough now but I try to visit to repay and am still involved in many things.

As far as companies. They are usually VERY hard workers….manufacturers break their butt! They don’t want to see some smarty pants come along and try to outsmart them with a slick idea trying to weasil a monthly check or outright sale of the idea UNLESS the idea comes from a lifetime or long time of your expertise like if you were a research doctor for years and came up with a new medical device and just have the idea drawn up, you will get respected, but if you are an inventor idea person, they would like you to prove that and show you have alot into the idea and a prototype proves that….proves that you are a real inventor and not some person that thinks you are smarter than everyone else.

The best for you…to give you leverage is to have the prototype and to show them you are far enough into this that you will be moving forward with or without them, even manufacturing yourself if no deal comes looks best. They will respect you more.

Your prototype can be ugly if it functions although I did meet once with very serious top military and military manufacturers with just a simple CAD drawing in 2d and 3d so once in a while it can happen but the project had no legs and did die because I believe I had no prototype. It was a helicopter rescue system, quite large to have a prototype, although I had the helicopter ready to test!

Just show a company that you are also a company developing products and you will continue to be if you do not do business with them. Then they can see paying you every month or every quarter but manufacturers are tough hard workers…they are not built on salespeople that can understand getting easy money sometimes.

Your excuse for an ugly prototype is just fine and that is you will not waste your time building a perfect prototype, that is the manufacturer’s job, they do it best and you won’t waste your time trying to do what they can so much better. Good luck….and keep driving forward. As long as you are willing to continually learn you WILL be one of the successful ones. You are trying very hard and that is to be respected.

Note: If you went to a “prototyper” for a simple device you may figure $300 to $3000 for something presentable to a manufacturer (A VERY vague estimate…depends what you have of coarse). I have a friend that has spent $10,000 on a prototype. Biggest waste. If you have something with lots of internal parts then forget a functional prototype, a prototype that looks real but does not work can be ok if you explain. Also, colleges will help you with prototypes. I went to a couple colleges for inventor friends to build electronic devices. They will sometimes as a class project…or even just test your concept. Got a kitchen gadget? Maybe check with a culinary school to see if they will test and report…if you have a prototype.

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Lots of great advice Ron! How great to have such a group in your area. I think the problem is that some people might pitch an idea and then be kind of surprised when a company shows interest. At that point they’re trying to figure out what to do next. Like Andrea said, “putting the horse before the Cart” When you approach the company, you should probably be prepared right away to walk in with exactly what they need, or at least provide it for them.

Andrea, you sure are determined! We’re pulling for ya. Hope to see a product of yours on the shelves very soon.

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Thanks Chuck. I do not have not an inventors group in Pittsburgh, I have searched unless someone else knows something I don’t. I work with my uncle who has invented fishing gear for years so we have been chatting. It seems I am getting such different advice from licensed inventors and different advice from those pursuing a license. BUT, lot’s of ideas and advise is good, I can take from them all and ask lot’s of questions and then act. Thanks for the advice all.

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Good luck, Andrea. We’re learning with you! I thought my goofy looking protoypes might work against me, but now I don’t feel so bad. Ugly is OK, I guess! As long as they work and show the idea. Good to know.
Keep us posted and let us know what happens with that company, OK?

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Andrea, wow you have so much energy! Running a business, raising kids, inventing! Have you ever thought about being an agent? You’d be great!

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Thanks Jane and Betsy! Yes, you would think that I have my routine down, but not always. I have always been a thinker and a go getter, I have to slow down a bit now that I think of it! Ha Ha! I will keep you posted! Betsy, how is your invention coming along? Are you at testing stage yet? Can’t wait to see it!

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Really close Andrea! Lots has been happening! I am really excited and can’t wait to share it with all of you! It’ll be soon! :-) (The computer’s keys can’t really portray how big my smile really is!!!!)

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Awesome Betsy, we are all sitting on pins and needles waiting to see it! I really hope it passes all the tests and you make it big. I think it’s just as fun to see success as to have it!

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Thanks Andrea! I am keeping my fingers crossed too! But meanwhile to kill time I am finding I am entering searches that I have no business entering!! But, it really does get addicting!

Unlike you—-I will NEVER try to contact a company or pitch an idea. That I leave to the real die-hard inventors.

The reason I really like EN is that it really gives ‘idea’ people a shot!
All the talk about prototypes and CAD drawings, well that’s like a foreign language to me. So I will stick with my day job, enter some ‘ideas’ and have fun feeling like I know some of you!

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Wait a minute…an ugly prototype is ok IF you have a good excuse. That excuse could even be you just haven’t had enough time to make a better prototype yet….something.

R&D departments make rough prototypes too in the beginning.

If you can generally prove your concept with your prototype you will be ok. I remember once Switlick Parachute Company, they made the first U.S. parachutes for WW1 with Amelia Eirheart consulting, I sat with them and the CEO called my prototype “crude” I was so insulted! He was right though…but that did not effect the outcome.

Another prototype I have is very rough. I tell who I show there may be 50 variations and I just can’t make all 50.

However, any prototype further proves my dedication and seriousness for my idea. Sometimes I have pitched a second idea just on drawings but I do like to “go in” with a prototype and some kind of idea protection. No doubt I get taken much more serious than just a few drawings I made.

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Not sure if I blame you! It’s a hard road, fun, exciting but yet a waiting game! I also have posted 3 new ideas to EN and I am loving this site and opportunity!

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I’m with you, Betsy!!! I never would have attempted anything like this if it weren’t for EN. The expense, time, energy, oh… and the expense, would all keep me out. I did try to push an invention a long time ago and learned that I just didn’t have what it took. I can think of things I’d like to have or that I think would help people, but I can’t go the patent and marketing route any more.

I see Andrea and I see someone who does have what it takes! I enjoy following all the different routes people are taking with their ideas. Newbies to experts. The whole shootin’ match. The world of EN! And then… YOUR story!! I love it. It gives us all hope that what we think is possible here, really IS possible.

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http://www.brochure-catalog.com/sales-sheets/pr...

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Here is a wonderful resource for sell sheets, business cards, signs, etc. http://www.Vistaprint.com

I get no commission but am so loyal to this company, with little design skills you can use their templates, feed in your copy/upload your own photos/logos and voila it is all printed and mailed to you or anyone of your choice. You can even create a postcard and then pay to have it automatically mailed to the zip codes of your choice. If you do have photoshop/design skills you can download their automatic templates and create your own design ensuring margins/registration marks are on par. Even if you don’t want physical prints you can go to their site, get layout ideas, download the templates and make pdfs….

I’ve even used for car advertising, if anyone is in PA and see a car driving around with a buyStackMates.com graphic on the side of it, that’s me. So a wonderful resource. Cost-effective! Just make sure you spell check and grammar proof before uploading any final copy:

see. http://www.Vistaprint.com

Hope it helps, vistaprint is my friend. PS they even offer business cards for free, so make a little card about your product, hit communities with lots of mailboxes and spread the word yourself if you are selling something on your own…. The only way I exercise if I am getting something done at the same time, so will go for a walk and drop cards in the mailbox promoting my book….I then feel like I got out and did some work at the same time.

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I am just curious what is A KISS approach? thanks.

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Brilliant KISS!!!!!

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Welcome Back Celeste.

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Frank – you can’t just tease us, what was already on the market which squelched this idea? Really like that little caption in the upper right hand corner…..

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Thanks for explanation – Roger finding the existing product just tells us how much we DON’T know about searching.

Your new avatar: is that a skull with LED lights coming out of its eyes and mouth? And why does it have little bows in her/his hair? (I used to have braids so I recognize those bows…)
:-)

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I understand the value of research but sure is boring.

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Frank,
I actually submitted a design recently for a gadget to stop the mess on the stove top from boiling over liquid. I want one of yours!!! Where can I buy it!!! Perhaps if we put our two designs together we can come up with something that will rock in the shops!

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Frank, Humbled I am as I stand before you after that explanation. So much for being a smart aleck.
:-)

What a great honor for you to be asked to be involved.

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Lucky Lisa!

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nice!

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Great stuff Roger…Thanks!

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Roger…thanks for going the extra mile with this Sell Sheet info! I was just about to link this in that one thread that Kosmo started to compile helpful info named “EN Exchange” but after I just checked it, I saw that this thread is already linked there!

What I also wanted to include was that free download that Matt had told us all about a couple weeks ago using Solidworks/Auto CAD??? or something? and I can’t find this info now (since those spammers came and tossed all the threads around).

Does anyone have that link that Matt had provided and wanted us to check out as an option to Google SketchUp?

Frank..looks nice but I’m wondering if you had second thoughts about using Buzz because he is a licensed Disney character?

OMG…Here come them SpamBots again!

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Well..that would not be a problem then! Is it because you didn’t include the problem/solution statement? But couldn’t you have made it a two-sided flyer/brochure with this info on the other side? I dunno Frank, it looks great to me! Forgot your phone number, though.

(Maybe I would have tried to show the whole Buzz/floating effect without that gold side piece showing? There is some reflection of something on there..a sofa?)

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I just cut & pasted your two ‘rules’, Roger, and put the data in the Sell Sheet file: thanks.

Frank, is the answer related to the comment in the lower left hand corner? DID you present it to Disney?

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I have been using a very simple Sell Sheet that is most effective. http://baobabinc.com/MulberrySellSheet2.htm
I am not sure if the animation will work in this posting.

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I will be uploading an image of the Sell sheet from one of my latest patent pending products hopefully later today or tomorrow. LOTS of good information in this thread, thanks everyone!
Disclaimer: I’m considered pretty good at inventing, but no so much at sell sheets! : )

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how do insert images on here? I was going to upload a sell sheet but can’t figure it out. Thanks :)

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Hi Chris, I am not sure if this will help as I have not posted a picture here either, but I would try highlighting the picture, then right click & copy, then put your cursor in the post reply area and right click & paste maybe?

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O.K. Here’s my DRAFT Sell sheet for my Power Washer. That’s all I’m going to say about it for now, want to see who can figure out the product, market and potential of this without me spilling the beans. : )

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Error wrong thread

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Rainer-

Wait, What? I see this in the ‘Sell Sheets’ topic under ‘Selling’…

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No..I made a mistake not you …I posted in this thread by mistake and deleted what I wrote ,:)

I can’t delete entire posts ..only able to edit.

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Stumped me, Ralph, I can’t even figure out how you use that for washing. Is it that it attaches to the hose and the water comes out the sides?

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Greg-

That’s why I posted this…wanted to see if it was descriptive enough and I guess it is not. : ( This replaces that cheap rubber washer in your garden hoses & connection as well as the hot/cold water connections on your washer. You will never need to buy another, it will outlast you and me both. : )

I invented this as a result of my wife installing a ‘brand new’ sprinkler she bought and it proceded to leak water all over the place. I told her she must not have tightened the connection enough. She hands me the channel locks and says “knock yourself out smart-guy.” I tried to tighten the connection, re-tighten, take it apart and it still leaked. Brought it back to the store and told them "This one was built on a Friday or something’ and I wanted to exchange it for one that didn’t leak. Bring the new one home and it did the same darn thing. Now I’m pissed off. Pulled up my sleeves, fired up my computer and the rest will be history (we hope so, anyways) : )

Thanks for the feedback! I’ll start reworking the sheet now.

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Seems like a challenging value proposition to target consumers. I’ve never replaced one of those in anything except in a sink head (for some reason I think of it as a gasket, incorrectly I imagine.)

p.s. Power wash has the connotation for me of a high pressure water jet used for cleaning like houses or such.

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Greg-

I researched it and found out scores of people dislike, curse and fume about the ‘cheap washers’ in garden hoses. (me too) With water conservation being a topic who’s time is rapidly approaching (if not here already) no time like the present to capitalize on others mistakes.
Either they make it right, or I will. ; ) A quick Google search for the terms “hose leaks” turns up approx 4.7 million hits and the majority of them involve… garden hoses.
The reason its called the ‘Power Washer’ lies in its unique design: As you compress it from both ends (as in tightening the connection on the hose connector) it expands in diameter and the sealing tread on the edge seals any escape path of water out. It uses the ‘power’ of tightening to work. There are approx 6.9 billion people on this planet and many of them have access to or have to use a garden hose at some point in thier lives. I’m going to be a part of that. : )

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Hi Ralph,
Sounds like a punchy summary of that needs to be the first couple of lines set off as the primary market/benefit/consumer value proposition.

Stephen Key’s book gave me a real epiphany on how sell sheets work; particularly emphasizing benefits vs. features.

p.s. Just saw your response, Frank, I wonder if the falling out is from rubber fatigue and may be another benefit for Ralph’s innovation(presuming as presented it’s a silicone based solution.)

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Frank-

Thanks for feedback, appreciate it. Love your artwork, BTW! It’s awesome. : )
We fought with the name and looked at Super Seal, Ultra Seal, Power Seal, etc…(there are lots of those) Which is interesting cause the term ‘Power Washer’ does conjure up images and thoughts of high pressure water. We have tested the ‘Power Washer’ in a brand new garden hose with a pressure rig… got up to 220 PSI…and then the hose exploded! BUT… it did not leak! The way I see it, the ‘Power Washer’ is the washer for the next 20 years or so as it’s better than anything else out there including O rings. So I am looking at a much bigger market than just water or hoses. THIS is the washer NASA should have made, but didn’t. Think oils, gases, paints, etc…

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The world’s best, nothing else comes close…………. assumption or?
Super tough, flexible 75 below, 400 above…can you prove that?
Lifetime limited warranty……what is that?

No offense Ralf….and it is late, but what does it do? I don’t need more pressure in my apartment, hotel or Laundromat. If I do, why and what is the benefit? The garden hose, yes sort of but I have a nozzle.

Is it just a stronger washer or does it make all more powerful?

If a hose exploded with it, that is a huge liability.

I am in to gadgets that do a better job……….not sure what this does or if the claims are proven and what they are?

Late….but I think you have something, just not sure what besides a stronger washer?..

I wish you well………..maybe it is just me and my confusion or my naive nature.

Take care.

The last washer you will ever need. Lifetime Washer. Forevermore Washer. Super Washer. Is it plastic, rubber or ? washer?

What is another word for washer.

Nite all…Good luck Ralph, I do see the value…….I hate leaky hoses and especially faucets outside for certain. Just more to think out and you have come to a place at EN and others that will be honest an know way more than me…….other eyes open ours more.

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One more thought….what is the minimum hose tolerance the washer requires? David & Goliath?

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Greg- Penster-All-
Like I said before … I SUCK at ‘Sell Sheets’. I wasn’t kidding! : )

Penster- In regards to my claims, it IS the best based on all the testing we have done. Much of it was very unorthodox and border line crazy! I will in fact put it up against any other ‘hose washer’ on the planet and not be afraid. I know they would fail the tests I have already passed. The Power Washer takes significantly LESS effort to tighten and seal your connections, BTW. Great for us older folks!
The ‘pressure’ tests we did were to verify the wall strength and overall design based on increasing pressures. The standard home has on average 60-85 PSI in the water lines. We took ours to 220 PSI. : )

Greg- is correct it is made from a ‘custom formulation’ of DOW Corning M2 silicone. If you check the raw specs on that material you’ll see I was conservative in my temp range. You can add modifers, fillers and other compounds to your base like temp, modulus, elastomeric and shear strengthing agents. The material does not deform over time, nor will it ever weaken. I Love this stuff, also what my Dripnot ‘Home’ version is made of.

Greg- was also right about the ‘Standard rubber’ washers out there. They shrink, crack, rot, and also deform over time based on temp and pressure conditions. Many people do not realize that a garden hose full of water gets very, very hot in the summer sun. We measured over 150 degrees in ours already. That high temp plus the now expanding pressure in the hose is what kills all the basic washers. Plus, they simply cannot seal as well as ours- they never designed them to.

Frank- Ours will never ‘fall’ out of your open hose connection either. This baby goes in and stays put. I have tried to fling it out even, ain’t happening. I’ll send you some so you can have fun with them. : )

The whole invention process on this one was actually quite easy. The hardest part has been naming it and making the sell sheet. : )
Thanks again everyone for all your valuable input, hopefully I will get this right one day!

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Ralph, the average consumer, not professional, IMO will deal with the…..leaky and then buy a washer or three/six for a buck. . The professionals, think about mobile carpet cleaners, window washers, car washes that have higher tolerance hoses. The big box folks we consumers buy from probably have the same hose that could explode, and might…not a good market, IMO. Go BIG…………commercial, their equipment and hotels maybe have the equipment in place for the tolerance problems solution. Just a thought………..more profitable audience…….volume, franchise sales. If it is what you see…….not only water….vacuums, pools, venting, you know your research, not just a hose………….that explodes, that is the home thingy………think fire hoses……and more……fire plugs and hoses need more PSI.

Nite. BW public disclosure……hope the patent pending is good to go….more use ideas are endlessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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THIS is the washer NASA should have made, but didn’t.”??

I’ve seen you post some pretty arrogant things but this one tops them all!!

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My favorite squirrel……we all have our foibles. And then I smile because I am not alone.

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Hi Ralph M.

On your Sell Sheet you spelled laundermat. The proper spelling is laundromat. You should always make sure there
are no mispelled words on your sell sheet. Good Luck with your product.

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Alan, Penster, Toni-

Alan- Yeah, I make some pretty bold claims. But then again, one of my co-workers WORKS for NASA. He has a PHD in astrophysics and makes the heat shield (ablatives) for the Mars lander program (and now others) In general a pretty smart guy. I should have put quote marks around that statement as it was he that said that. I’m considering using him on my TV commerical just to show the nerds out there what high ranking science people think of it. ; )

Toni-
Office 2010 spellchecker did’nt pick up that so I proceeded with it. Turns out it is a variant of the word. ‘Laundromat’.
http://www.yourdictionary.com/laundermat

Penster-
I’m all about gaffes and arrogance, at least I do that well. ; )

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Interesting product and there seems to be a huge market for it. My question is who is your target customer? Are you looking to license it to a hose manufacturer, or plumbing supply company or would you bringing it to market yourself and sell directly to Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Plumbing supply stores…you mention TV advertising as well.. It doesn’t really hit the ‘hot buttons’ of a DRTV campaign..

Also, on your sell sheet, why not show the washer inside the hose (like a cut away view) so the viewer can understand it quickly.

My last comment echos Greg and Frank, when I saw “Power Washer” I thought of the high pressure washer that you would use to clean your driveway,etc… Why not modify it to something like: “No-Leak Hose Gasket featuring ‘POWER WASHER’ technology”

I could totally use one of those as my hose always leaks :) Good Luck and keep us posted!

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That’s the thing, it seems. To figure out who is going to read a sell sheet and make a decision. I know my first pass at write-ups for here ends up being very consumery, because that is the sales language I’ve been inundated with my whole life.

I’m focusing on getting better at speaking to the actual decision maker for the use I’m pitching. If I attempt to license something myself in the future, I’ll plan to have a somewhat different sheet depending on to whom I’m pitching.

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Michael-

Thanks for the feedback, appreciate that! As I stated earlier, the naming of this was (and is) quite a challenge. Even the category itself seems to be rather ambiguous. If you Google the term Hose Washer you get over 18 million hits with direct results. If you Google Hose gasket you get some more hits with 18,800,000. So clearly, the two terms are interchangable. Kind of like the British call a ‘Wrench’ a ‘Spanner’. I guess it all depends on what you are used to calling it.

Yes- my wonderful wife of 27 years does a great job of keeping me in ‘check’. ; )

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Bump.

Though I’d add a sell sheet tip for cheap SOBs (for example, me)

I use the free version of Serif Page Plus, this gives you all of the image import, font and color tools you will need. The free version doesn’t let you save it as a .pdf, so I downloaded another free program Cute PDF Writer. Just print your free Serif program to Cute PDF, and attach to your submission.

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Sell sheets are a must when pitching a product idea to a company. They convey the benefits and features of your Concept. It's important that the company understands the IDEA in 3-5 seconds. Companies do Not have time to sit and review hundreds of ideas with hours on their hands. It's imperative that your Sell Sheet is Compelling.

Sell Sheet Needs

1. Title

2. Tagline

3. Short description

4. Features

5. Benefits

6. At least 1-2 large images of your brilliant IDEA

I've submitted product IDEAS without sell sheets and have received a licensing deal. That was a rare occasion. I try and submit sell sheets now because they Do Make a Difference.

John Vilardi also an Edison Nation member does GREAT work on sell sheets. Very reasonable on prices as well.

Make 2020 a year full of Licensing deals. 

Saletta .
John Vilardi
Derrick James
Joseph Fernandes
williamj
Darlene Batrowny
C. R.
Steve Redwine
Rodney Goodrich
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Thanks, some good information.

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