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Thanks to forum in the early days, and speaking to loads of local tradesmen I've launched 3 ranges of switches & sockets. Development cost was fairly significant in the tens of thousands £. All of you guys have very strong opinions on product after using it (why the hell's it like that?!), but I come from the manufacturing side of trying to make stuff better. I can share some details of the product development side if there's any interest. I can post some images/link if allowed.

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I'm always interested in new products and always offer my honest opinion on them. I'd like to see some pics please and some details of the improvements / benefits of your new design.

Added: provided, as Rob says, its ok with Admin and you follow the forum rules.
 
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Think you'll need to speak to admin first before advertising your own products on the forum.
 

DG599

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Are we going to be seeing you at any of the trade shows like Elex?
We are exhibiting at 100% design which is at the same time as Elex. :( Definately interested in exhibiting at specific trade electrician shows too though. - I ended up designing many more products beyond electrical.
 
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DG599

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I'm always interested in new products and always offer my honest opinion on them. I'd like to see some pics please and some details of the improvements / benefits of your new design.

Added: provided, as Rob says, its ok with Admin and you follow the forum rules.
Agree, I'll ask. I don't want a blatant ad!
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What’s the company name so at least I can google you?
link in my profile, about bit
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This isn't really about the features, but i think is quite interesting. For each small peice of folded metal in a component. There's probably about 5 in a switch. You need a very intricate tool that has about 10 sections in it. This turns round wire into squished and folded flat plate though multiple steps. So getting anything made, is very involved before looking at improving quality.
 

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Thanks to forum in the early days, and speaking to loads of local tradesmen I've launched 3 ranges of switches & sockets. Development cost was fairly significant in the tens of thousands £. All of you guys have very strong opinions on product after using it (why the hell's it like that?!), but I come from the manufacturing side of trying to make stuff better. I can share some details of the product development side if there's any interest. I can post some images/link if allowed.

Cheers
Hi,

I'm okay with this running for now. It's on the line really. You've let the forum have a say in suggestions during design process, that's broderline market research. But I'd support any British business developing stuff. But now you're selling them? - So selling to and profiting from the members without contributing towards the running costs of hosting the development threads and discussion, and now sales threads and discussion, is just shady on the forum.

Perhaps consider posting a Promotional Thread at least: Your ads - https://www.electriciansforums.net/ads-manager/ads/

Maybe contribute by upgrading your account: https://www.electriciansforums.net/account/upgrades

Give back a bit to where you've had something from maybe.

Sponsorship is £2,500 per year. I'm sure that's out of your scope. But respect that other companies who benefit from being part of the forum HAVE taken that step. So just be mindful of that.

Note we monitor direct Conversation messages, and will remove your account if you're clocked selling via the system.

That's my take on it anyway.

*takes forum admin hat off

Well done for developing and launching a product. We need a lot more of that going on these days. The next Mr Dyson could be on this forum, and it could be you! If somebody has a crystal ball that shows you the future, let me know if this guy's a good bet and I'll invest. Wish I did with Dyson!
 

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i hope OP is not going to be another dyson, mass producing over-priced rubbish , making them pink and purple to attract the female punters.
 

DG599

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Thanks Dan, fair enough. Promo thread is the way to go I think. This wasn't in the marketing plan, to tie up forums. - Rather a place where I could give back some behind the scenes stuff that isnt very salesy. The challenges that we came up against, answering questions etc.
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i hope OP is not going to be another dyson, mass producing over-priced rubbish , making them pink and purple to attract the female punters.
No doubt overpriced, but hopefully not rubbish ;)
 

FatAlan

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Interesting but probably common situation. We're very good at discussing the merits of various products on this forum and this type of platform along with the other publicity streams like the plethora of sparks that are vlogging on youtube are obviously worth their weight in gold. I lost count of the number of times I've mentioned that the designer of a certain product had obviously given no consideration to those who have to fit it...and I'm very new to this game. £2.5k is probably well worth the while if trying to promote a product that tens of thousands have already been spent on developing.
 

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I didn't want to say that but yeah.

A promo thread is fine mate.

Or even - go answer some threads at least. If you have some knowledge others don't, perhaps share that. I'd let it go with just that I think.

But we have a mad scientist per month come on our forums and we usually tell them develop it and come back as a sponsor, or pay for market research by way of being a sponsor, and posting threads related to collecting market research.

Research and Development will always cost a bomb. Why get it free here. And you knew what you were doing. You took the mods for a mug a bit there I think.

Anyway. Rant over. :p

Crack on however but it's a fine line you're walking.

But good luck with the products either way. That, we need more of in the industry.
 

telectrix

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you could always send me some FOC for evaluation... say 50 double sockets and a variety of switches. i'll promise you a good review. :p :p :p .
 

DG599

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the designer of a certain product had obviously given no consideration to those who have to fit it
This is the reason why it's quite nerveracking for me to post here! No messing around. And probably why not many companies invite fairly brutal feedback.
 

FatAlan

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Go for it. Dare you get it reviewed online with Efixx / GSH electrical and the other cohorts. Send one to JW to try and blow up! :p
 
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