Saturday, August 1, 2009
I spent nearly the entire day today researching pinback button makers. Oh my gosh, I didn't realize how overwhelming this was going to be. I can either go the route of a plastic hand-press for less money (but still a little pricey) and risk things such as having buttons not turn out because of major room for error in the process of making the buttons and/or the machine itself breaking because of not-so-durable materials used in its construction. Or I can go the route of a much more expensive manual press that would allow me to make really nice buttons in large quantities. Now, I am pretty certain I could make money doing this. How much money, though, I am not sure. I am pretty confident that I could make nicely designed and pleasing buttons. I am also a bit of a nerd about popular and geeky things that seem to be appealing to people. I also know that buttons are quite popular and have been for quite awhile. My ability to sell, though, may be lacking. So, what I have decided to do is to design several great buttons, have them made at someplace like Cafepress and test the market. I will open up a shop somewhere online (most likely ebay or etsy) and try this out. If successful, I will then assess how much money I am willing to dish out for a pinback button making machine.