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er111a

Rope pens

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Hey guys! I am just starting out with a new product idea that I call rope pens. I am still very early in the stages of setting them up and everything. But I think they should be extremely popular in the sailing community. They are rope pens that use real cover from lines. All major company covers are an option and any color. I am currently selling them 1 at a time but packs are an option. I would love to hear some feedback from you guys!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/544197123/rope-pens

Thank you!

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So first off- buy an ad

secondly, you expect someone to pay $5 for a bic pen stuffed inside some scrap cover? Cover that's been poorly melted over the writing end at that...

 

its not a rope pen, it's a crap pen that's been covered poorly and pawned off as something special- 

hipster crap- 

 

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12 hours ago, er111a said:

Hey guys! I am just starting out with a new product idea that I call rope pens. I am still very early in the stages of setting them up and everything. But I think they should be extremely popular in the sailing community.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/544197123/rope-pens

 

 

But.... but..... I thought there was never any rope on a sailboat. Have I been misled?

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Jeez guys, he or she is selling them for $5/each, probably isn't going to get wealthy on them, it's just a creative idea, that probably doesn't necessarily need to be shat upon. It's not like it's napalm or leaky nuclear waste containers.

It's a creative idea, obviously so cheap that it won't support advertising, so he or she is doing what has to be done. If this were any of our kids making rope pens we wouldn't want them to receive this. For all we know, the OP is some well-meaning teenager who is at least trying to do something new. Would we rather this person shoot $60 in smack every day and finance the habit by stealing rigging off of your boats?

Hey er111a, how much is USA shipping? I'll buy one for my wife.

Given that, I think USA190520 might have a point. Instead of selling a cheap pen for $5, maybe sell a very nice refillable rope pen for $25? There is no margin for clubs to sell those as fundraisers, and there doesn't seem any way to customize/imprint those. Can you modify it with a better quality pen and some kind of imprint area? The sheath doesn't need to cover the whole pen, incentive companies might buy them from you if you could give them an imprint area, bump up the pen quality and keep the price low.

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Rather crudely made..... I can see this as something to do with a scap of line while you're bobbing around in the doldrums, but........ Buy? Nah.

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Some rancher at the grange when I was a kid made pens out of twigs (he bored a hole down the center and put in just the refill from a Bic). And he also made tie-clips out of bent horseshoe nails. He sold a lot of product, but that was pre-internet.

People do buy weird stuff. My son has conned his mom and I into buying him about six of those little fidget spinners, and they're not much more complicated than a rope pen and much less useful. I have an entire catalogue filled with incentive products like that for the golf industry, divot tools galore, many different pens and pencils.

The U.S. non-cash incentive industry is worth about $75 billion/year, which includes award points, gift cards, junkets, and pens like that one. 

It is a good idea, the OP just needs to find the sweet spot in customization, quality and price.

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APS attaches their pens at the checkout like this- it's truly not new or worth spending $5 on- 

plus- BUY AN AD

show is your tits

fuck off newb

 

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5 hours ago, USA190520 said:

APS attaches their pens at the checkout like this- it's truly not new or worth spending $5 on- 

plus- BUY AN AD

show is your tits

fuck off newb

When I reade you poeste.... I thick of

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Giffe the kidde a bracke.  Innotovatione happendes alle the time.  Tonite I invented the pinke G&T, ittes goode!              :)

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Maybe he/she could customise this even further with pen covers made from rope recycled from famous boats or owners. Who wouldn't pay more for a 50c pen covered in rope from Eds Anarchy?

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17 hours ago, USA190520 said:

APS attaches their pens at the checkout like this- it's truly not new or worth spending $5 on- 

plus- BUY AN AD

show is your tits

fuck off newb

 

There's really no need to be welcoming to this spammer.

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6 hours ago, Last Post said:

Combo Pen & Vibrator might have greater appeal

My ex girlfriend had one of these, She was always smiling, but her handwriting was terrible.

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Make it flexible with an eyelet spliced in the end so it can be wrapped around a handrail or at a nav station. Short pen long tail maybe.

 

Make an easy marking like option that can write on a wrist when writing in the cockpit, once again flexible enough I won't stab myself when bending over.

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On 7/18/2017 at 6:31 PM, Snaggletooth said:

When I reade you poeste.... I thick of

giphy.gif

Giffe the kidde a bracke.  Innotovatione happendes alle the time.  Tonite I invented the pinke G&T, ittes goode!              :)

What's in a pink G&T? Grapefruit juice maybe instead of lime? I'm intrigued about any new developments in the Gin and Tonic space, I feel that the whole quinine-based cocktail industry could use a little shake up.

Also, I have my own invention in this area. I didn't have any quinine tonic once, so I used Gin, a orange wedge instead of lime to give it a little sweetness, club soda and aspirin powder. Aspirin powder really can pass for quinine, it was good.

Here's something I just discovered earlier this year, it's called a Cantarito, all the deliciousness of a margarita without all that ulcer-inducing sugar. 1 part tequila, 1 part grapefruit juice, jigger of lime juice, club soda and salt. Drink from a ceramic mug.

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3 hours ago, Cape_taco12 said:

Make it flexible with an eyelet spliced in the end so it can be wrapped around a handrail or at a nav station. Short pen long tail maybe.

 

Make an easy marking like option that can write on a wrist when writing in the cockpit, once again flexible enough I won't stab myself when bending over.

That's a good idea ... Also, what about just leaving a couple feet of tail line on the pen, tie it up wherever you need to keep a pen.

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5 minutes ago, mikewof said:

What's in a pink G&T? Grapefruit juice maybe instead of lime? I'm intrigued about any new developments in the Gin and Tonic space, I feel that the whole quinine-based cocktail industry could use a little shake up.

Regurler G&T withe a sqirte of wattermellon juse

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7 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

Regurler G&T withe a sqirte of wattermellon juse

Interesting ... so it's basically a Gil Stratton without the mint and quinine instead of seltzer? I have to try this, what do you call it?

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12 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

Youde be suprized howe nicetey they go downe, tryem, youlle lickem.             :)

You could always substitute rhubarb juice!

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Just now, Snaggletooth said:

halve a source?

Gotta make yer own, Herr Snags.  Coupla cups of chopped up rhubarb in a sauce pan, equal amounts of water, simmer for 30 min or so, cool and strain.  Great as a splasch in club soda, or great with a little Stoli and lime.

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Just got back from the U.K. And one place did the gin and tonic with a sliver of pink grapefruit....   pretty tasty actually...  of course the best thing was at the golf course, they sold canned Gordon's gin and tonic at the halfway house....

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