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A full hour of Category5 in only 24 MB?

#11
I can do menus on Blu-Ray so it's no issue. It's more the cost of the discs.
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#12
I suspect that there are at least a few individuals who would be willing to pay forty or fifty bucks for a Cat5.tv episode archive 'box-set' on a branded Cat5.tv USB stick. However, I have no idea if the annual market would be 3, 30, or 3,000. There are many possible motivations for demand (poor ISP bandwidth/reliability, comfort of owning a box-set, financial support for desirable programming, etc.).

How about offering a 'Trial Run' of Cat5.tv Archive sticks with preorders for a very limited number of sticks. This would contain the effort to a clearly defined side-project. You could follow up with the buyers to get more insight into their motivations for purchase. Extrapolate from the knowledge gained in the trial run and see if it makes sense to move forward on a larger scale.

Just my 2 cents,

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(04-09-2012, 09:02 AM)cyberSmurf Wrote: I suspect that there are at least a few individuals who would be willing to pay forty or fifty bucks for a Cat5.tv episode archive 'box-set' on a branded Cat5.tv USB stick. However, I have no idea if the annual market would be 3, 30, or 3,000. There are many possible motivations for demand (poor ISP bandwidth/reliability, comfort of owning a box-set, financial support for desirable programming, etc.).

How about offering a 'Trial Run' of Cat5.tv Archive sticks with preorders for a very limited number of sticks. This would contain the effort to a clearly defined side-project. You could follow up with the buyers to get more insight into their motivations for purchase. Extrapolate from the knowledge gained in the trial run and see if it makes sense to move forward on a larger scale.

Just my 2 cents,

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#14
haha. Yes, sounds like a doable idea though!

I'll give it some thought. I know our minimum run is 25 units, and it's not cheap. Pre-orders would be a good way to offset the price of the initial run, but then the poor guy who orders it first is waiting a while, possibly.
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#15
Good insight Garbee, I did minor in Business Administration. That was many years ago though.

The minimum order of 25 does make a trial run a bit risky financially, I was thinking in terms of a smaller trial run.

Workaround? Robbie could change the name of the program to SanDisk.tv :-)
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#16
Robbie, You could ask anyone who is interested in it to contact you or have a specific area they can signup to show interest. Then let people know that if you get X amount of people interested then the run will be made; if you don't reach the set amount, then there is no run. That way the people who want it are not putting up money for something that may be months away.
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#17
I think we're on the right track, but I think a refund would be a better option. Otherwise we have a ton of people who say "Yeah, I'll buy it" but then don't pay when we say go.

So if we collected up front with the understanding that we need a minimum of 25 orders, and then we either go through with it when we meet that, or refund their money, or Robbie pays the balance and we go for it anyways and I'll keep the extras for giveaways (but $25 * 10 = $250... so it adds up quickly).
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#18
Or yeah buy a batch and sell some give the others to people in your community or give aways. Maybe if you call the company they can send you a reduced count test batch and you can tell them its to see if there is an interest. They may or may not be willing to break the 25 count rule there but worth asking.
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Hmmmmmmmm.....
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#20
I would ask who is willing to pay, then once you get close to if not the full 25 ask for money. At that point give people a few weeks (3-6?) to get money in for it, and then with the understanding if X number is not sold a refund will be given since it is not feasible to make the order at that point. This way you first get a guesstimate of a number interested, then ask for cash within a certain timeframe in order to make the order.
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