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Shark tank 5/4/12 custom bicycles?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by omnibus, May 5, 2012.

  1. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

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    The value added on this one was that it fits perfectly in the truck bed, including making space for the wheel wells, so it's edge-to-edge mattress without gaps around the edges. It's a good idea that makes sense... it's just that the market is really, really small.
     
  2. tiams

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    But you can't sleep on top of the wheel well, so it's not really any more sleeping area.
     
  3. Jebberwocky!

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    who says you can't? The tight fit around the bed is a benefit. The one drawback (per my wife ;)) is that if you put a bunch of stuff with you you'll have to take it out of the bed to inflate the mattress.
     
  4. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    Because there is a big, uncomfortable, hard, uneven, hump underneath you.
     
  5. Jebberwocky!

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    so says you - are you positive that there is no padding whatsoever by the wheel wells?

    Besides, who would sleep next the to side of the bed?
     
  6. Frylock

    Frylock Live Long and Tivo!

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    I figured that was due to their size. They are focusing on a niche market to start, and to meet demand, they need to limit things somewhat.

    I was surprised at how many bikes a year Barbara buys!
     
  7. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

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    the thing that I see about the custom mattress versus a generic is that with a generic, you'll have big gaps around all the edges, where things can roll off and fall into the gap. Even if the wheel wells are unpadded, it's still a custom, 100% "fitted" mattress, so it won't move around and stuff won't get trapped in the gaps. Like I said, it is a sound idea, just no way to make A LOT of money at it.
     
  8. omnibus

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

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    Is "niche market" the same as the market where people care more about bright flashy colors than considerations of weight, adequate braking and reasonable prices?
     
  9. pmyers

    pmyers Active Member

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    For those "Boot Illusions" I would have MUCH better preferred to take FUBU's offer with a licensing fee and free myself up to do whatever else I wanted than Barbara's offer and have to be so involved.

    Of course they could have negotiated that royalty fee but she was so enamored with Barbara.
     
  10. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    And by the looks of it, the husband was really irritated with the wife just taking the deal without discussing it.

    My fiancee happened to be in the room while I was watching and she said this was a really good idea and she thinks it will be a big hit.
     
  11. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

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    He wasn't the husband, just a "friend/business partner".
     
  12. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

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    You're completely missing the point of cruiser bikes. They're for a day at the beach, a trip to the grocery store, or a ride around the neighborhood.

    They're not for tackling hills, so weight isn't an issue. Likewise, you only have the one gear, which limits speed, so a coaster brake is just fine.

    In fact, if you did tackle a hill on a cruiser, you'd probably burn up the coaster brake on the way down.

    They're for fun.
     
  13. Frylock

    Frylock Live Long and Tivo!

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    They are NOT going after the bike market. If you want a cheap bike, they are not targeting you. They are targeting people who want to make a fashion statement. It's no different than going to target and buying a $50 handbag or buying a $500 designer bag. They both function the same, but one is about the brand name and recognition. Same with the bike.

    As for the boot illusions, I also thought she was nuts to go with Barbara there. Then again, she did get the idea from a dream, and go to Turkey with no plan. I wonder how Barbara will like dealing with her.
     
  14. mattack

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    I forget which item it was -- I THINK maybe the boot illusions one -- the onscreen graphic was screwed up. It said something along the lines of "25 cent per item royalty", but it was really a 25% royalty! VERY big difference!
     
  15. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

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    Are you sure? A 25% royalty seems really high.
     
  16. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    I'm 99% sure. and it wasn't just a cents vs % sign difference (i.e. typo). The voiceover of one of the sharks said 25% royalty.. Unless someone proves me wrong, but I would bet money that it wasn't a 25 cent royalty.
     
  17. Ment

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    lol what the hell was that people powered uni-coaster. If ANY investor put money into that then dude is a svengali.
     
  18. Hank

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    I looked that guy up, and he and his brother DID invent modern in-line skates (brand name "Rollerblades")

    But the Skybike was a total non-starter except for maybe Larry Ellison or Richard Branson who wants another toy in their backyard.
     
  19. pmyers

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    I remember Damon saying somethign like "for every dollar that comes in you get 25 cents" and then that graphic showed up. Makes sense in that context.
     
  20. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

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    I could see those things installed at places like resorts. Take a spin around the property. Maybe have an easy and an advanced track for people who just want to sight-see or get a workout. Not a huge market, though.
     

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