Re: Potential POP-POP Boats: Seaworthy Small Ships at Nature Coast Hobby Shop
- Hi Pete, Don and All,
We have links to several companies that are promoting the use of cellphones as remote controllers for expensive toys with batteries, motors and wheels. By pitching pop-pop boats as cheaper and more durable entry level toys kids could could carry in their pockets, purses or back-packs and launch in pools, ponds or puddles, we might change the general perception of pop-pop boats as cheap tinplate toys with dangerous sharp edges and toxic levels of lead-based paint by promoting the use of safe materials and made in China labels. It worked for Best-Buy and Walmart, so why wouldn't it work for us?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Pete" <georgeyyy@...> wrote:
> Hi Don,
> The three boats that you mentioned have definite possibilities for
> Pop-Pop designs. All three could be easily modified for a Pop-Pop engine
> installation. I think, however, that advertised costs would be a bit
> expensive for the average "bathtub sailor". I think that it was Kenneth
> that outlined a set of question about going into Pop-Pop manufacturing.
> He pretty much hits the nail on the head.
> 1. What is the target market? low cost/high volume or high cost/low
> volume? store shelves or mail order? 2. Product design? (based on
> market aimed for). kitted parts/assembly required or complete
> assembly/ready to run? 3. Where produced? 4. How much are you
> willing to invest/lose???
> For my money I think that it makes more sense to work with existing
> Pop-Pop manufacturers to see if they might be interested in a "specialty
> market" incorporating some of Old Frank's (materials) or Daryl's
> (engines) ideas and those of others. Whether you go it alone or in
> conjunction with others you'll have to be a great salesman!
> --- In email@example.com, Don & Marsha Munsey Jr
> <dmunseyjr@> wrote:
> > I stumbled on this link earlier today.
> > http://naturecoast.com/hobby/neon.htm
> > Although rubber powered, some of these boats show potential for
> > propulsion at what I think is a reasonable cost.
> > I especially like the TOAD tugboat, but the Draketail and Scorpion are
> > nice as well!
> > Keep in touch,
> > Don Munsey, Jr
> > Living in the UpperRightCorner of Louisiana, USA
> > fmg