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Ideas for Custom Plush Toys – Save Thousands of Dollars and Months of Time

It’s often said that one good idea for custom plush toys can give you financial success. Ideas are considered to be goldmines because of its potential to turn into thousands of dollars in sales. If you’ve seen how plush stuffed toys sell, then you’ll see how it happens. This is the reason why a lot of people really take the time and effort to think of an idea that they can turn into plush toys. Once they think of that idea, they contact a plush toy manufacturer to turn that idea into reality.

But don’t just contact any manufacturer. If you really want to achieve success with custom plush toys, it’s in your best interest to contact someone who is reliable and proven to be very good at what they do. There are basically two reasons for this. First, this will make sure that the results will be great. Even if you have a great idea, no one is going to buy plush stuffed toys that are of bad quality. Besides, great ideas are usually very specific and creative. If the plush toy manufacturer doesn’t have the technology and experience to follow your idea, then what makes it different from the other toys? If you really want your idea to turn into thousands of dollars in sales, then it’s important that you find the best manufacturer that you can find.

There’s another reason why you have to be picky when it comes to a manufacturer of custom plush toys. There are a lot of good manufacturers out there. There’s no doubt about that. Most of them can help you make great quality plush stuffed toys so you can be a financial success. But go ahead and ask yourself. Can it get any better than that? For something as great as stuffed toys, there’s got to be something else that a plush toy manufacturer can offer to fully maximize its potentials.

If you’re going to choose a manufacturer, make sure that you choose those who have been in the business for a long time. This is to make sure that they are very experienced and that they know all the ins and outs of the industry. They should have tips and information on how to fully maximize the potentials of custom plush toys. So look for a plush toy manufacturer that’s been in the business for a long time and is willing to share what they learned to you. You can consult with them about your idea for plush stuffed toys and they in turn can give you ideas on how to improve them. Since they know what works and what doesn’t by experience, these ideas are priceless. One of these ideas can easily turn into thousands of dollars in savings. So not only do you get an opportunity to earn financial success, you can also save a lot of money in the process. If time is important to you, you can also save you months of time with ideas from the experts.

So choose a plush toy manufacturer wisely. Doing so will help your idea for custom plush toys turn into a goldmine. With their expertise and willingness to share tips and ideas, you can get ideas for your plush stuffed toys that can act as a bank for your money and time as well.

Custom Plush Toys – Asking for Help From Sales Representatives

You make custom plush toys with the plan of selling them after the manufacturing process. You take selling into consideration with everything that you went through to get your stuffed toys created; from the generating of ideas to the shipping. Unless you fancy having boxes of stuffed toys in your room, you have to sell everything right away with profit in mind.

This is why you want all the help that you can get to make sure that everything will be worth it. You can ask for help from a lot of people to help you sell your plush toys. A lot of inventors of custom stuffed toys sell them online or through local retailers. But before you do, you should ask an expert when it comes to selling. You can ask them how to best sell the plush toys. This is where sales representatives come in.

You can find sales representatives online. You can check out Facebook or Twitter and you’ll see a lot of Sales Coaches that can help you with ideas on how to best sell your plush toys. The great thing about them is they have the knowledge about selling online. It’s probably part of their training. If you want to sell your custom toys online, they can help you with it. Also, they have access to a lot of online information related to selling. This helps a lot especially since they can easily get the updated strategies and tips so you can be sure that what you will be doing for your plush toys is up to date.

But you have to be careful with online sales representatives or Sales Coaches. It’s because not everyone is truly knowledgeable or have enough experience to help you sell online. There are some who just happened to have read the latest eBook on online selling and don’t really have a clue on how to help you sell your plush toys.

The best way to ask for advice for your custom plush toys is by going to trade shows related to stuffed toys or toys in general. There are a lot of sales representatives who go to these events and they are usually armed with the latest strategies and knowledge about selling. It also helps that you’re actually face to face with the sales representative. You can gauge their expertise better. You can also show your plush toys so he’ll have a better idea on what he’ll be dealing with.

When the sales representative talks, really listen to what he has to say. They’re usually very generous with the latest trends in selling. Being sales representatives, they can also give you an honest to goodness feedback regarding your custom plush toys. Take constructive criticisms positively. You want to improve the chances of your stuffed toys of being the next big thing in toys. Researching the latest trends and strategies with the help of sales representatives can help you do that.

Classic Toys = Classic Fun

It seems nowadays children are preoccupied with either television or video games. But it wasn’t that long ago when children had to use their ingenuity and imaginations to be entertained when playing and having fun. Parents can bring back this ideology back into our homes by turning off those dreaded machines, getting back to the basics and bringing into our homes the classic toys that have entertained and educated children for decades.

With the advent of the “video age”, there is no doubt toy companies feel slighted on the bottom line. But some toys stand the test of time and never go out of style, still entertaining and thrilling children for decades, with no let up in sight. Let’s explore some of these classic toys and icons of the toy industry:

Etch a Sketch

Invented in the late 1950′s by a gentleman named Arthur Granjean (he called it “L ‘Ecran Magique”), meaning the magic screen; in his garage. The Ohio Art Company decided to take a chance on his “drawing toy” and renamed it the Etch A Sketch and in 1960 launched a successful television advertisement campaign to promote it.

The response was so overwhelming, Ohio Art continued to produce them until noon Christmas Eve, 1960. The toys were then immediately shipped to the west coast so people there could have the Etch A Sketch in time for Christmas.

The Etch A Sketch has entertained over 100 million adults and children in 67 countries worldwide. The basic design pretty much stayed the same, although Ohio Art did offer hot pink and blue frames in the 1970′s, but found that people preferred the traditional red frame. Additionally, the Etch A Sketch Club was formed in 1978 and has an average of 2,000 members worldwide.

For fun, take a poll of your friends or coworkers, and ask them how many of them ever drew something with an Etch A Sketch. Your numbers will be astonishing; it was and still is, one of the world’s most popular toys!

The Erector Set

A. C. Gilbert was a brilliant man. At the time of his death in 1962, he was credited with 150 patents for the inventions that went into his products. In fact, as a boy he was a talented magician and it was that talent that helped him pay his tuition to Yale Medical School. While going to school and performing as a magician, he formed Mysto Manufacturing, a company that sold magic kits to children.

Gilbert ultimately finished Yale Medical School, but decided to enter the toy business rather than practice medicine. He was a gifted inventor and chose to entertain and educate children. His most popular invention? The vintage construction toy-the erector set.

In 1911, on one of his many train trips from New Haven (his home) to New York City, he watched out the window as workers positioned and riveted the steel beams of an electrical power line tower. He decided to create a children’s construction kit, with evenly spaced holes for bolts to pass through and he included nuts, pulleys, gears and eventually engines. Although a British company called Meccano was selling a similar toy, Gilbert thought his “erector set” would be more realistic. His set had more technical advantages, especially steel beams that were not flat, but were bent lengthwise to produce a ninety degree angle, thus, four of them joined together side-to-side, formed a sturdy, square support beam.

Backed by the first major American advertising campaign for a toy, Gilbert started selling the “Mysto Erector Structural Steel Builder” in 1913, (later to be called, simply the “erector set”) and the toy became one of the most popular construction toys of all time. It was not unusual for living rooms across the country to be crowded with small skyscrapers and buildings that young minds had carefully crafted. It is estimated that the A. C. Gilbert Company has sold more than 30 million sets.

In 1943, a Naval engineer accidentally knocked some springs off of a shelf while he was working on a meter designed to monitor horsepower on battleships. He marveled at the way they “walked” instead of falling and the odd movement of these springs gave Richard James an idea and an instant toy was born. That toy:

The Slinky

Richard James then spent the next two years testing and refining the best steel gauge and coil to utilize for his new toy. His wife, Betty appropriately found the perfect name for this new toy- a Slinky; which is the Swedish word meaning traespiral or sleek.

The couple borrowed five hundred dollars and James designed a machine to coil eighty feet of wire into a two-inch spiral and manufacture their new toy. Sales were slow at first, but soared after the Slinky was demonstrated at Gimbel’s Department Store in Philadelphia for the Christmas season in 1945. The first 400 sold within the ninety-minute demonstration and a new fad had begun.

Around 1960, Richard James suffered what some called a mid-life crisis and left his wife, their six children and joined a Bolivian religious cult. He also deserted the Slinky toy he worked so hard to produce and left the company in debt and ruin. Betty James took over as CEO of James Industries and introduced other toys for the “Slinky line-up” including: Slinky pets, crazy eyes Slinky (glasses with Slinky-extended fake eyeballs), neon Slinky, and also replaced the original black-blue Swedish steel with American steel. Additionally she moved the company headquarters from Philadelphia to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and began an aggressive advertising campaign, complete with the now famous Slinky jingle:

“What walks down stairs, alone in pairs, And makes a Slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing, Everyone knows it’s Slinky… It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky, for fun it’s a wonderful toy It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky, it’s fun for a girl or a boy”

However, the Slinky is not just an entertaining toy for children. It is used in schools in physics classes to demonstrate wave properties, forces, and energy states. The Slinky still continues to sell (250 million have been sold to date) and are still manufactured in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania using the original equipment designed by Richard James.

We have looked at the history of three classic toys that continue to entertain children all over the world. There is one clear concept that be derived: Classic toys equal classic fun.