Does anyone here run a manufacturing business?
A lot will depend upon marketing path. If you manufacture and direct market you can figure on lower end cost and potentially higher profit margin. However if you have a distributor, figure end pricing to be much steeper. I hear people complain, sometimes rightfully so, about a 10 cent part costing $5.00. But if the person who designed or purchased the design wants to make money, they have to calculate the value of it. Then there is the distributor: they have to make it worth their while to invest in inventory, track it, sell it and distribute it. Then of course there is the retail location that ties up money stocking it, pays for a retail location, pays for advertising and sales persons. It snowballs and nobody is doing it just for fun.I'm considering starting small scale production of an item of my own design. A consumer item. Is there an inexpensive way to gauge the potential market?
What level of profit (if any) is typical when beginning production? I don't want to lose money but I know that until I'm making large numbers the profit will be negligible.
I've run the one with the deer on it for over a year without incident. It looks pretty rough though. But, you're correct in that one desiring to commit vandalism will find it an easy mark.From a practical standpoint, I am thinking a half figure with the back, flat side mounted to the plate would be more durable. Not only would you have a more solid, long lasting mount BUT it would be less inviting to theft and vandalism. Right now, any of those figures would be great stand alones on somebodies desk or dash. Very tempting for lowlife to just rip them off, or tear them up attempting to. Those animals though, wouldn't stand up too good on only two legs and with two planes of attachment, the difficulty and lessened temptation would probably triple their life span.
That's because people in WI are always drunk, and buying while drunk isn't a good idea. Plus the killing of brain cells all the time.Chase that dream. Some dude thought up taking a piece of foam, cutting it in the shape of a piece of cheese, painted it yellow and the cheesehead was born. They sell a over $1M of that stuff a year.