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Million dollar ideas...
« on: October 21, 2016, 03:14:18 PM »
Just told MagPul to incorporate a laser and/or light into their AFG...

So, what about you? What ideas have you had that you saw someone had made a mint off of?

Oh, another one: the whole "shopping cart" patent idea... I had that back in '89, before the internet was a thing, in a program I built for my BASIC programming class. You got a disc in the mail with a catalog, browsed the sections, and added the items you wanted to buy to an order form that you printed out and sent with a check back to the company.  Totalled prices and everything.

Dammit.

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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #1 on: October 22, 2016, 01:08:26 AM »
    My brother was having trouble operating his hand held plasma cutter because the trigger mechanism didn't allow fine enough control without shifting your grip to the point that the accuracy of your cuts was affected.  So, I got some metal stock from his storeroom and rigged up an actuator mechanism with a longer lever that allowed finer control of the cutter.  Put the whole thing together in about an hour and clamped it in place with a pair of metal hose clamps to see how it would work. 

    My brother loved it.  So much so, he took it down to the welding supply store a month or so later to show it to them.  They also loved the idea and said they were going to contact the plasma cutter manufacturer to see if they would consider making it as a modification to the existing unit.  They never heard anything back from the company but three months later something that looked exactly like my home made rig ( minus the hose clamps ) showed up in a product flyer as an "accessory" for hand held plasma cutters.   

    I'm thinking it was more like a case of parallel development rather than somebody stealing a good idea of mine but at least it was validation of my concept. 
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #2 on: October 22, 2016, 03:49:18 PM »
    Nope, they stole it. Three months is long enough to go up the chain, through tweaking, and into production.

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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #3 on: October 23, 2016, 12:57:23 AM »
    Maybe so, but to be fair - it was a pretty simple idea.   If I had gotten a five dollar royalty check on every one they sold it would probably have netted me enough to buy a used '79 Ford Granada.    :coffee
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #4 on: October 27, 2016, 11:15:22 PM »
    I had an idea for a self casting fishing rod when i was a kid.
    rapala made one that was spring powered.

    My idea was essentially an air cannon.
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #5 on: October 28, 2016, 12:05:15 AM »
    Like a T-shirt launcher?
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #6 on: October 28, 2016, 05:54:12 AM »
    Yep. I figured it would cast between 50-125 feet.
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #7 on: October 28, 2016, 10:04:50 AM »
    For me it was orangebullet.com.  My involvement there was the inspiration for my username here.  And perhaps my profile pic.

    The idea, in the late '90's, was a website that would be THE place to watch stuff from the web.  Complete with user uploads, comments, etc.

    But right as we got the beta of the website done, the creative content guy got a really lucrative job offer, I made a career change, and the two film guys headed to the northwest.  And we ran out of money.

    The domain lapsed for several years.  I finally got it back a few years ago and put up the original website kinda as an archive.  And cried a bit when Google bought youtube.

    Lesson here I teach my kids is ideas are a dime a dozen.  People that make them a reality are rare.
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #8 on: October 28, 2016, 10:13:51 AM »
    I once discovered a way to bend space-time and travel between dimensions, but my buddy was playing around with it and accidentally erased that timeline (and himself) from the multiverse.

    I had the idea once for a shotgun tube with a built-in laser, that was more of a passing "that'd be neat" idea, I never attempted to actually make one. They do make 'em now though.

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    « Reply #9 on: October 28, 2016, 12:24:43 PM »
    For me it was orangebullet.com.  My involvement there was the inspiration for my username here.  And perhaps my profile pic.

    The idea, in the late '90's, was a website that would be THE place to watch stuff from the web.  Complete with user uploads, comments, etc.

    But right as we got the beta of the website done, the creative content guy got a really lucrative job offer, I made a career change, and the two film guys headed to the northwest.  And we ran out of money.

    The domain lapsed for several years.  I finally got it back a few years ago and put up the original website kinda as an archive.  And cried a bit when Google bought youtube.

    Lesson here I teach my kids is ideas are a dime a dozen.  People that make them a reality are rare.

    I thought you just really hated databases...

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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #10 on: October 28, 2016, 05:55:46 PM »
    I'm trying to come up with an idea.  With all of the crap that is sold at gun shows, I figure there's gotta be something out there.  I mean, look at MagPul.  They got started because of one accessory.  It wasn't some new technology, just something people needed.
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #11 on: October 28, 2016, 06:24:26 PM »
    Just design a new bullet. It doesn't have to work. Have pictures of operators doing sweet roundhouse kicks and kicking down doors with explosions in the background.


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    « Reply #12 on: October 28, 2016, 10:47:38 PM »
    Just design a new bullet. It doesn't have to work. Have pictures of operators doing sweet roundhouse kicks and kicking down doors with explosions in the background.


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    bullets made from jello and lead powder.
    call them "Jello shots"
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #13 on: October 28, 2016, 10:57:19 PM »
    bullets made from jello and lead powder.
    call them "Jello shots"

     :facepalm
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #14 on: October 29, 2016, 06:20:43 PM »
    Well, you could taste them to see who shot whom?  :vomit

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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #15 on: November 09, 2016, 05:38:10 PM »
    Hmmm.  Jello shots fired from a t-shirt cannon.  How much could I rent that for at a frat party?
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    « Reply #16 on: November 09, 2016, 07:50:41 PM »
    Hmmm.  Jello shots fired from a t-shirt cannon.  How much could I rent that for at a frat party?
    $600 an hour.
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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #17 on: November 10, 2016, 08:27:06 PM »
    Well, you could taste them to see who shot whom?  :vomit

    Don't be silly.

    They'd be color coded...


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    Re: Million dollar ideas...
    « Reply #18 on: November 11, 2016, 12:05:06 PM »
     :rotfl
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